Italian Artist Claudio Orso Explores Cleveland Immigrant Experience

Feb 06, 2020 316

Italian-born artist Claudio Orso first made his way to the U.S. in the 1990s, following a stint working in Mexico. He walked across the border then with little concern from customs officials. A couple of decades later, Orso, now an American citizen, works with immigrant students from Cleveland's Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy.

"I speak French, I speak Spanish. So it was very interesting to speak with kids in three different languages during the same class," Orso said. His observations of these young immigrants serve as one of the inspirations for his new exhibition, "Panta Rhei"or "everything flows" in Greek, on view at the gallery in the Bostwick Design Partnership building in downtown Cleveland. 

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