Duke Riley: An Invitation to Lubberland

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Artist Duke Riley navigates the relationship between marginal peoples and mainstream culture. In his artistic practice, urban waterways, waterfronts, and small islands function as metaphoric stages fro re-enacting the struggle of outsiders to live freely and fairly alongside conventional society. In this immersive installation of commissioned work, Riley re-envisioned the history of Kingsbury Run, a now-buried river in Cleveland that was once the makeshift home of transient workers. Using video, mosaic, drawing, found objects, photography, and sculpture, Riley constructed a new narrative about Kingsbury Run from the vantage point of the hobos that once lived there. "Duke Riley: An Invitation to Lubberland" was curated by Megan Lykins Reich. This exhibition was generously underwritten by An Anonymous Donor, Melva Bucksbaum, Raymon Learsy, Cleveland Lumber, and The Cleveland Institute of Art Digital Output Center.

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released September 10, 2010

Photo credit: Duke Riley, "A Map of The Kingsbury Run In Her Years of Splendor and Glory", 2010, Ink on Paper, 39 x 24 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Magnan Metz Gallery, New York

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