Breaking the Mold A transplant from Dublin, Ireland, O'Keeffe has worked as an art professor at Kent State University for more than 30 years. His sculptures have been exhibited in New York City, Los Angeles, Paris and Dublin. His work is part of the NEO Geo exhibit of geometric abstraction Nov. 21-April 24 at the Akron Art Museum. Material Presence Inspired by his late son's poetry, a distant silence features stacked rectangular blocks of translucent blue acrylic sheets and Plexiglas in geometric layers. "His poetry focused on living in the moment," says O'Keeffe. "These sculptures possess a material presence of being in the moment, because I don't plan the final product before I start working." In a Day's Work Most of O'Keeffe's work requires months of meticulous planning and model building before he begins sculpting. But for a distant silence, he completed each sculpture in a day, gluing together small acrylic sheets. "I had to limit the work to simple procedures," O'Keeffe says. Wave Functions The stacked rectangles of translucent oceanic blue evoke feelings of reflection. "The series imbues the blank sheets of Plexiglas with meaning despite its blankness," says O'Keeffe. "The sculptures are like paintings but also architectural." // Roxanna Coldiron
Sept. 12-Jan. 3, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, cmnh.org
From the northern lights over a Norwegian fjord to a snowy mountain in his native Slovakia, photographer Filip Kulisev captures astounding natural wonders. See more than 30 of his images in the exhibit that coincides with the centennial of the Cleveland Agreement, a stepping-stone that propelled Czechoslovakia to declare statehood in the early 20th century.
Do Ho Suh
Sept. 25-Jan. 10, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, mocacleveland.org
Walk through a life-size replica of the South Korean artist's apartment constructed entirely out of bright-colored translucent polyester fabric and thin steel framing. The installation artist and sculptor uses his work to communicate themes of home, movement and transparency.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Oct. 11-Jan. 5, Cleveland Museum of Art, clevelandart.org
For the first time in decades in Cleveland, Claude Monet's three famous paintings of water lilies are reunited as a triptych. View more than 100 pieces that show how the garden played the role of muse for Monet and other 19th- and 20th-century artists. // Madeline Smanik