In the new year, issues of cultural identity dominate an upcoming round of exhibitions at two of Northeast Ohio’s premier venues for contemporary art, overlapping thematically and even spotlighting a few of the same artists.

At the Akron Art Museum, “Pattern ID,” a group show of approximately 40 works, will look at the ways in which some contemporary artists use pattern and attire to situate themselves within increasingly globalized societies.

Curated by Ellen Rudolph, the museum’s curator of exhibitions, “Pattern ID” will feature works by an international group of 15 artists of diverse origins, most of whom have never before exhibited in the region.

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Among them are Mark Bradford, iona rozeal brown, Nick Cave, Willie Cole, Brian Jungen, Takashi Murakami and Kehinde Wiley.

The show will include painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media and video.

“Many of the artists in the exhibition have migrated from one culture to another, be it national, ethnic, racial, socioeconomic, political or religious,” Rudolph said.

“Rather than trade one identity for another, the artists in ‘Pattern ID’ reveal ways in which identity can be cumulative.”

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