Cleveland Public Library
welcomes the public to the opening on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Day, Monday, January 20, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. in Brett
Hall, on the first floor of Main Library in downtown Cleveland. “The
exhibition is a celebration of Cleveland. The culmination of a
community effort to document our city’s story through words and
images, it’s a larger than life thank you card to the community
for supporting the Library for 150 years,” said Aaron Mason,
Director of Outreach and Programming Services of Cleveland
nearly 200 photographs with four central themes: water, leisure,
intimate moments, and geography.
exhibition presents 25 points of view of Cleveland, interwoven
in groupings that evoke the texture of urban life at various
and neighborhoods—some familiar, others not,” said exhibition
curator Lisa Kurzner.
Kurzner’s portfolio as an independent curator includes the
Cleveland Museum of Art, moCa Cleveland and FRONT International
“The project turns an historical archive into a curatorial time
capsule. The photographs show the realness of Cleveland that is
often taken for granted,” explains Shari Wilkins,
Executive Director of the
Cleveland Print Room.
There are 25 amateur and professional photographers who spent
nine months chronicling the people, the places, and the true
grit of the city in color and in black and white: Tim Arai,
Enahjae Beasley, Stephen Bivens, Bridget Caswell, Matthew
Chasney, Hadley K. Conner, Destanee Cruz, Billy Delfs, Shelly
Duncan, Maria Fallon, Aja Grant, Diana Hlywiak, Da’Shaunae
Jackson, Adam Jaenke, Jef Janis, Felix Latimer, Daniel Levin,
Greg Martin, Christopher Mason, Gabrielle Murray, Owen Rodemann,
Ruddy Roye, Michael Tsegaye, and Shari Wilkins.
also features extended contributions by Ruddy Roye, a
nationally recognized photographer based in New York, whose
Cleveland visits yielded a group of impassioned images of street
life made in several city neighborhoods. Robert Banks, a
Cleveland filmmaker, presents a new film of Roye working;
catching the photographer interacting with his subjects.
“The photographers captured Cleveland as we know it. We invite
people to visit the Main Library to see the exhibition and
experience the raw truth and emotion of the subjects. It is
history in still form,” Mason remarks.
Cleveland Public Library will preserve the images compiled for
Cleveland 20/20 in its Photographs Collection, which
currently holds 1.3 million photographs, most from the mid-1800s
to the 1990s.
In addition to the Cleveland 20/20 photography project in Brett
ideastream will display its CPL150 Storytelling Project, a
collection of audio and video stories highlighting the
diversity, passions and hopes of those who call Cleveland home.
For more information about
Cleveland 20/20, visit