March 26, 2008

National Cityscapes Conference traverses urban environments through humanities' lens

Cleveland Skyline as seen from the West Bank of the Cuyahoga River

The three-day National Cityscape Conference, sponsored by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art, will examine our urban environment, past and present, through the lens of the humanities, asking what contributions the arts, culture, and society have made to the formation of cities.

The free, public conference, March 27-29, launches with an exhibition by conceptual artist Carl Pope, who has turned a public conversation about Clevelanders' dreams and anxieties for their city into a poster installation called The Mind of Cleveland that will extend out into the city through billboards and kiosk posters. Viewing begins on Thursday, March 27, at the Cleveland Institute of Art, 11141 East Blvd., with a preview at 4 p.m., followed by a keynote talk at 5 p.m. by New York University visual culture professor Nicholas Mirzoeff on "Days of Race: Democracy and Black Reconstruction in the Work of Carl Pope." The preview and talk are followed by the official opening and reception at 6 p.m. in CIA's Reinberger Galleries.

The Cityscape conference continues on Friday, March 28, at CIA with sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., devoted to "Creating and Performing Community," "Contested Space and Social Divisions" and "Organizing the City."

The Saturday sessions on March 29, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., move to Case Western Reserve University's Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations Building, 11402 Bellflower Rd. Sessions will address "Knowing, Remembering and Imagining the City," "Representation and Urban Spaces" and "Marketing the City."

A reception and talk by public artist Lee Quinones closes the conference at 4:30 p.m. with an overview of "The Lincoln-West High School Mural Project," about the experience of working with local high school students on the art project.

The Cityscape conference dovetails with Case Western Reserve's 2008 Humanities Week celebration, March 24-29, dedicated to the theme of Cityscape. Highlights of the week include a film series at Cinematheque and lectures by visiting scholar Alison Isenberg from Rutgers University. The featured keynote speaker for Humanities Week is Norman Krumholtz, winner of the 2007 Cleveland Arts Prize for his lifetime work in urban planning. His talk, also free and open to the public, takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Amasa Stone Chapel, 10940 Euclid Ave.

Funding to the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities for Humanities Week comes from a major grant from the Presidential Initiative Fund for the Humanities through the generosity of the Cleveland Foundation and a grant from the Ohio Humanities Council. Additional support for these various activities is from Clear Channel, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimpeman (Ward 13) and Progressive Arts Alliance.

Although the event is free and open to the public, registration is required by visiting, where a full list of events and speakers is also available for the conference and Humanities Week 2008.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, March 26, 2008 11:42 AM | News Topics: Arts & Entertainment, Cleveland, Collaborations/Partnerships, College of Arts and Sciences, Conferences/Symposia, Events, HeadlinesMain, Provost Initiatives, news

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