The Disobedient Chicken: An Art Book by Christine Mannix

  Cleveland Public Library Special Collections collects artist’s books created by local and regional artists. Artist’s books are works of art that transforms the concept or format of a book into an object of creative expression. They are often published in small editions or produced as one-of-a-kind. The Disobedient Chicken is a contemporary fabric artist book created from a scanned…

Roll of Honor

Honoring Cleveland Veterans of WWII:  1942 Roll of Honor on display at Cleveland Public Library The Greater Cleveland Roll of Honor lists the names of many Cleveland area men and women who served during World War II. Since many were on active duty at the time, their wives, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers or other family members would register the name of their…

Superman painting by pulp fiction cover artist H.J.Ward comes to Cleveland

This painting of Superman by pulp magazine artist H.J. Ward comes to our exhibit after a long and mysterious journey.  It was commissioned for $100 in 1940 to promote the Superman radio series, and for many years hung in the offices at DC Comics’ New York headquarters.  Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster saw it every time they visited DC, but…

Cleveland Music Collection

Any Clevelander knows rock and roll was made famous by local DJ Alan Freed who started playing the music on his radio show The Moondog House, where Freed started to popularize the term “Rock and Roll. While it’s true Cleveland Rocks, there is other music the city is well known for. The city is home to one of the top…

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks On Exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art January 22nd, 2017 to April 23rd, 2017 With no formal training, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960–1988) succeeded in developing a new and expressive style to become one of the most influential artists in the postmodern revival of figurative painting during the 1980s. In a series of notebooks from the early…

Roll, Jordan, Roll

Text by Julia Peterkin; photographic studies by Doris Ulmann New York: 1933 Special Edition. The photographs of Roll, Jordan, Roll were created by Doris Ulmann (1882-1934) in collaboration with novelist Julia Peterkin, a project that began in 1929.  They wished to document the lives of former slaves of South Carolina and their descendants. Ulmann studied with Lewis Hine (1874-1940), a…