How to Remain Human


MOCA Curatorial

How to Remain Human continues MOCA Cleveland’s focused engagement with artists connected to Cleveland and the surrounding region, including neighboring cities in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The exhibition features emerging, mid-career, and established artists who work in a wide variety of media such as writing, painting, sculpture, film and video, sound, performance, graphic novels, and fashion design. Across this diversity, their works both question and affirm notions of humanness.

 The title of the exhibition is a line from the late Ohio writer d.a. levy's "Suburban Monastery Death Poem" (1968). Ardent, aching, and raw, levy's poetry captured the struggle for freedom and expression during a tumultuous time in Cleveland’s history. The artists in this exhibition share a need to make, in order to question, clarify, or understand life. The catalog includes two original texts on each artist by MOCA curators and guest writers, in variety of formats including interviews, essays, prose, letters, and poetry. These texts constitute in-depth scholarship that seeks to promote a critical dialog in the region and beyond.

 Artists featured in the exhibition include: Mary Ann Aitken, John Backderf, Cara Benedetto, Christi Birchfield; dadpranks, Kevin Jerome Everson, Ben Hall,  Jae Jarrell, Harris Johnson, Jimmy Kuehnle, d.a. levy, Michelangelo Lovelace Sr., Dylan Spaysky, and Carmen Winant.

 Authors include MOCA Cleveland curators Rose Bouthillier, Megan Lykins Reich, and Elena Harvey Collins, and guest writers:  Lynn Crawford, Owen Duffy, Ken Eppstein, Ed Fraga, Amy Fung, Michael B. Gillespie, David Lusenhop, Ebony L. Haynes, Indra Lācis, Fred Moten, Kris Paulsen, Terry Schwarz, Ingrid Swanberg, and Christina Vassallo. 

 How to Remain Human identity & design concept are by Ryland Wharton, The Work We Do. The catalog is available as a freely downloadable PDF on the exhibition’s website. Hard copies are available for purchase, and are produced on demand at the Museum.


130 pages, 11 x 8.5 inches
Soft cover, full color
ISBN: 978-0-9899550-5-8

RRP$ 15.00

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