Christine Hill

Cleveland Museum of Art

In late February, artist Christine Hill moved to Cleveland for five weeks to carry out a project that involved organizing and shooting a pilot for a television show. Toward this end, she studied the history of Cleveland, constructed a set, sought out local talent, and, on March 28, taped Pilot (Cleveland), a single complete episode from an imaginary late-night TV talk show, before a live audience. Behind her desk was a photo backdrop of downtown Cleveland. With the help of her “sidekick” Dave Herman, she used flash cards to tell jokes about the rivalry between Cleveland and New York City. The exhibition included the one-hour- eighteen-minute video of that show; the stage and backstage area where the production was prepared, which fills most of the large gallery; and displays of earlier performances and exhibitions elsewhere of Volksboutique, the arts organization Hill created in the early

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