Documenting a Diverse City

Cleveland, get ready for your close-up. This year, thanks to the Library’s special partnerships with the Cleveland Print Room and ideastream, the lives and times of our city will be documented, shared, and celebrated like never before. These two ongoing, community-based projects—one focusing on photography, the other on storytelling—will also help honor Cleveland Public Library’s 150th anniversary year. “What better…

Prison Nation Exhibit

At least 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. Prison Nation uses recently-discovered photo archives to help tell the story of incarceration and its disproportionate effect on people and communities of color. Mass incarceration, however, impacts everyone. All Americans are impacted and implicated by a system of governance that uses prison as a “solution” to our society’s social,…

Common Energy by Lauren Herzak-Bauman (See Also: 2018)

Common Energy seeks to provide the community with a message of positivity, inclusivity, and love. In the midst of a volatile political climate it is crucial to practice tolerance, compassion, and kindness toward ourselves and others. The inspiration for Common Energy is based on Tibetan prayer wheels, cylindrical wheels inscribed with Buddhist mantras on the surface. This wheel is based…

See Also: Dialogue

Public space offers opportunities to encounter strangers. While we may occupy a common space, our experiences often remain solitary. Between the current political climate and the echo-chambers of our worldviews created by social media, the need for shared physical experiences is paramount and Dialogue offers a spark to start them. The circle of interlaced sound tubes is a social infrastructure…

Superman: From Cleveland to Krypton – An Exhibit

Follow the creative birth of Superman in Cleveland through his nationwide popularity, his influence on the current superhero craze, and the continued love the community has for its homegrown superhero. This exhibit features memorabilia, art, and artifacts from the Mike Curtis Collection of Superman Memorabilia and other prominent collectors. OPENING May 6 Main Library, Brett Hall, 1st, 2nd and 3rd…

Jasper Wood’s Cleveland

Cleveland Public Library and Canopy Collective are proud to present the exhibition Jasper Wood’s Cleveland. The exhibition will feature twenty prints of photographs by Jasper Wood (1921-2002) along with a digital presentation of his short film Streetcar. The art on display is drawn from over 800 items in the Jasper Wood Collection in CPL’s Photograph Collection, Center for Local &…