Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology

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This spring, Literary Cleveland is partnering with the Cleveland Museum of Art to present Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, a series of programs featuring local storytellers offering creative interpretations of select objects on view in the museum's new Stories from Storage exhibition. Learn how four of the most talented storytellers in Cleveland use art as inspiration for new and exciting work. Don't miss these free events!

March 17 at 12:00 pm EST

Chapter 1 - Eric Coble

Playwright Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn, Bright Ideas) draws from photographs of popular tourist locales to create the dramatic monologue “That Which Can Be Held.” Watch Coble’s live performance and then join him and curator Barbara Tannenbaum for a conversation about the fantasy and romance of travel in image and spoken word.

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April 7 at 12:00 pm EST

Chapter 2 - Sarah Lohman

Food writer and culinary historian Sarah Lohman (Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine) brings viewers on a journey to the culture and landscape of the Navajo Nation that begins with artist Lenore Tawney’s postcard collage Cañon de Chelly. In weaving her narrative, Lohman draws on curator Emily Peters’ research into Tawney’s practice and artist Zefren Anderson’s deep knowledge of Diné art and history.

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April 21 at 12:00 pm EST

Chapter 3 - Mourning [A] BLKstar

Musical collective, Mourning [A] BLKstar presents a meditative soundscape created in collaboration with multi-media artist Jenn Kidd and inspired by Buddhist and Hindu devotional objects Green Tara; Agni, God of Fire; and Bodhisattva Manjushri: Lord of Wisdom. Band members RA Washington and Teresa May join curator Sonya Rhie Mace to discuss their distinctive interpretations of these sacred and protective artworks.

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May 5 at 12:00 pm EST

Chapter 4 - Kamden Hilliard

Poet Kamden Hilliard presents a new work, developed in dialogue with Kara Walker’s monumental collage-drawing The Republic of New Afrika at a Crossroads. Hilliard and curator Key Jo Lee discuss the histories that Walker’s work unearths as well as the new understandings Hilliard’s poem reveals.

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This spring, Literary Cleveland is partnering with the Cleveland Museum of Art to present Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, a series of programs featuring local storytellers offering creative interpretations of select objects on view in the museum's new Stories from Storage exhibition. Learn how four of the most talented storytellers in Cleveland use art as inspiration for new and exciting work. Don't miss these free events!

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