Daniel Arsham in the studio.
Photo by Jose Tutiven.
Library Street Collective is pleased to support Daniel Arsham's solo exhibition titled Score and Sound, at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. With deep-rooted connections to the city and a prominent role as the first-ever Creative Director of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Arsham returns to the place where his creative journey began. Drawing upon Cleveland’s rich sporting and musical traditions, Score and Sound marks the Cleveland debut of a globally recognized artist, renowned for his boundary-breaking collaborations that fuse contemporary art with design, architecture, sports, film, and fashion.
Encompassing nearly thirty sculptures, Score and Sound will feature Arsham’s iconic, eroded cultural relics, sculptural works that invite viewers to reflect upon the material and cultural histories of everyday objects, such as Walkmans, cameras, baseball gloves, and basketball hoops. Each sculpture in the exhibition serves as an archaeological artifact of transformation, unveiling layers of histories, narratives, and evolutions in the cultural realm and challenging our perceptions of time and reality.
Daniel Arsham states, “It is an honor to present the first solo exhibition of my work in my hometown of Cleveland at The Sculpture Center. For this show I have reflected on the city’s cultural history and traditions, particularly those of sport and music, relevant to the city and which serve as consistent influences on my practice. I look forward to engaging with the Cleveland community through the various activations we have planned throughout the duration of the exhibition.”
Arsham’s concept of archeological fiction takes on renewed resonance in conjunction with the inaugural opening of The Sculpture Center’s historic gallery space on Euclid Avenue–once a showroom for funerary monuments–nestled across from Cleveland’s famous Lakeview Cemetery. This historic building is at the center of The Sculpture Center’s transformative growth, as it expands the scope of its artistic and public programs, while continuing to prioritize community-driven and socially relevant exhibitions.
Grace Chin, Executive Director of The Sculpture Center, states: “We are honored to partner with the Daniel Arsham Studio, Library Street Collective, and the Cleveland Cavaliers to present Daniel’s homecoming exhibition in Cleveland. Staged in The Sculpture Center’s newly inaugurated gallery, this exhibition furthers our mission to celebrate contemporary sculpture and to welcome diverse Cleveland communities seeking meaningful experiences.
Sarah Spinner Liska, a non-profit leader, arts advocate, and trustee of The Sculpture Center, remarks on the importance of the exhibition in Cleveland: “Score and Sound will firmly center Arsham’s artistic legacy in the cultural histories and communities of his hometown. We are thrilled to celebrate Arsham’s work and his interdisciplinary aesthetic, which vastly opens our understanding of contemporary art to embrace a diversity of disciplines, perspectives, and audiences.”
Anthony Curis, Founder and Partner of Library Street Collective, notes, “to date, we have partnered with Daniel on numerous projects across Detroit and Cleveland, spanning a diverse range of mediums including exhibitions, public installations, and community-based programs. We look forward to continuing this partnership in support of his inaugural institutional exhibition in Cleveland at The Sculpture Center, which promises to further Daniel’s success in challenging viewers to consider the future beyond our own existence.”
The exhibition, free and open to the public, will run from November 3, 2023 through January 27, 2024 at The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. A public opening will be held at The Sculpture Center from 6:00–9:00 pm on Friday November 3. Tickets to the opening are free, but must be reserved in advance at sculpturecenter.org. For more information about the exhibition, visit sculpturecenter.org.