On May 17, 2014 Rooms To Let: Cleveland transformed three vacant homes in the Broadway Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland Ohio into art exhibits for a day. Led by Slavic Village Development, the event drew over 500 visitors and neighborhood residents to experience unique installations that ranged from an “Homage to the Workman’s House” to an exploration of displacement and isolation to an interpretation of the five stages of grief in the foreclosure crisis.
Three curators, Westleigh Harper & Michael Horton of MAKER design studio, Barbara Bachtell, Director of Broadway School of Music & the Arts and visual artist, Scott Pickering, a graphic designer and multi-media artist (all of whom live or work in the Slavic Village neighborhood), recruited a range of artists interested in creating transformations of space in abandoned or foreclosed homes.
Given the larger context of Slavic Village’s unique history (and national attention received in the wake of the American foreclosure crisis), Rooms to Let: Cleveland was an opportunity to view one of Cleveland’s most historic neighborhoods in new light. Rooms to Let inverted those icons often associated with neighborhood blight and despair into new propositions of engagement, resilience, and contemplation.
Artists listed by house:
House: ektopos: Out of Place
Curator: Barbara Bachtell
Artists: Acerbic (Donald Black, Jr., Ali McClain, Gabriel Gonzalez, Darius Steward, and Shawn Jiménez), Art House Inc. Denison School Residency Students, Claudia Berlinski, Rian Brown-Orso, Nicholas Fenell, Charles Gliha, Alan Burton Tucker, Liz Maugans, Nathaniel Murray, Jessica Naples, Paolo Orso-Giacone, Claudio Orso-Giacone, Cynthia Penter (with Leigh Silverblatt), Julie Schenkelberg, Laila Voss. Cleveland Institute of Art will be represented by students Jamie Ausperk, Karolena Kuhn, and Nicole Matthews.
House: The Boingy House
Curator: Scott Pickering
Artists: Bob Aufuldish, David Cintron, Alane Potokar Sandoval, Tony Yanick, Sean Kelly, Loren Naji, Jeff Chiplis, Steven Intermill, Justin Brennan, and Dan Corrigan. Cleveland Institute of Art will be represented in the event through the participation of students Jamie Ausperk, Karolena Kuhn, Kristina Kuhn, Nicole Matthews and Matthew Rowe.
House: Existing To Remain
Curators: Westleigh Harper & Michael Horton
Artists: Allison Lukacsy, David Craun, Theodore Ferringer, Hallie DelVillan , Brad Valtman, Chelsey Finnimore, Michael Horton, Westleigh Harper and Michael Loderstedt,
For more information on future events, visit facebook.com/slavicvillage/events.