Did you know that China’s Southern Paradise has the most cases ever exhibited in a CMA exhibition?
Anyone have a guess for how many cases? Comment below! 🧐
The CMA creates transformative experiences through art, “for the benefit of all the people.”
The Cleveland Museum of Art offers dynamic experiences that illuminate the power and enduring relevance of art in today’s global society. The museum builds, preserves, studies, and shares its outstanding collections of art from all periods and parts of the world, generating new scholarship and understanding, while serving as a social and intellectual hub for its community.
Did you know that China’s Southern Paradise has the most cases ever exhibited in a CMA exhibition?
Anyone have a guess for how many cases? Comment below! 🧐
Add some midweek excitement to your calendar with tickets to Love in Exile, the trio of Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily—three of the most innovative composers and music-makers of today.
Brought to you by Grog Shop, witness these world-class musicians forge a singular voice that builds on their distinct backgrounds and vast histories to create a one-of-a-kind performance, defined by a sense of timeless beauty.
Tickets here: https://bit.ly/3PU51KT
This stunning silk and wool tapestry, Family Gathering on New Year’s Morning, is a showstopper. 😍
The European-style tapestry employs Western perspective and shading combined with the traditional Chinese subject of a family gathering in a palace, including motifs expressing wishes of good fortune and for a peaceful reign.
To see masterworks like this and more (and to conjure up a bit of good fortune for yourself 😉), grab a ticket to China’s Southern Paradise here: https://engage.clevelandart.org/overview/10547
You’ve probably seen this stunning Taihu Garden Stone in our atrium, but as of late, it’s found a temporary home in our newest exhibition, China’s Southern Paradise.
Joining a space with over 200 objects from all over the world, this scholar’s rock feels right at home, especially with a variety of depictions of the sculptural stone all throughout the exhibition.
How many scholar’s rocks can you spot?
The Ingalls Library celebrates Latinx Heritage Month featuring select new titles by and about Latinx artists available to you during library hours.
Details, details, details.✨✨✨
China’s Southern Paradise features 240 masterworks, including intricate hand scrolls like the one seen here, each with a new story to uncover.
Experience Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, only in Cleveland. Tickets here: https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/china%27s-southern-paradise-treasures-lower-yangzi-delta
Senior Conservator of Paintings and Head of Paintings Conservation, Dean Yoder, is inpainting Venus Discovering the Dead Adonis, painted in Naples around 1650. Dean is applying conservation-grade reversible paints to carefully reconstruct areas of paint loss. Old, pre-existing fills were first toned to match the ground layer, followed by fine lines and dots to simulate an aged paint layer.
A peek into paradise. China’s Southern Paradise that is.
Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition, features 240 masterworks, many of which will never be seen together again. This landmark exhibition is the first in the West to explore the historical and cultural riches of a pivotal region called Jaingnan—conceived by artists as heaven on earth— and will only be seen in Cleveland.
Tickets available here: https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/china%27s-southern-paradise-treasures-lower-yangzi-delta
Have you bought your ticket to paradise yet?
China's Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta is open now. Grab your timed ticket here: https://bit.ly/3ZkWpzI
A perfect weekend at the CMA ✨
Thanks to all who joined us in grabbing their chalk and bringing their creative ideas to the sidewalk. We loved watching your masterpieces come to life. 🎨
We’re kicking off with an artist feature that will bring some bold color to your day. ✨
Over the last decade, Firelei Báez has become one of the leading voices in her generation of Latinx artists. Based in New York City, Báez is an American artist of Haitian and Dominican descent.
She works across media addressing themes that include histories of colonization, popular culture, and the natural world. A painter above all, Báez fuses boldly colored abstract gestures with finely rendered figurative details, creating powerful canvases whose rendered worlds are at once exuberant and controlled.
Untitled (Plate 36. Vertical and Latitudinal Distribution of Animal Life) is in line with the artist’s signature investigation of water, which she sees as a connecting force that unites migratory communities, from Africa, to the Caribbean, and throughout the Americas.
Untitled (Plate 36. Vertical and Latitudinal Distribution of Animal Life), Firelei Báez. 2023.6.
Did you know the museum has been featured in more than one Hollywood film? 🎥
Movies were shown in the museum as part of children's programming as early as 1917. We began showing film as an art form in 1936. Film animation classes in the 1960s and 1970s created movies that were shown in commercial theaters. Lights out Locked Up (1972) and two other student films are now available to view on the Internet Archive here: https://bit.ly/3sSl5DF
Friends bring friends to the museum. It’s as simple as that.
Tag a friend you want to take to the CMA 🖼️
The Community Arts Center is hosting a free mini chalk festival to get you excited and inspired for the upcoming two-day festival at the museum the following weekend.
More information here: https://bit.ly/3PaDOlf
Read more about our current exhibition, Colors of Kyoto: The Seifū Yohei Ceramic Studio, here: https://bit.ly/3Pt9xzt
INSTALL A HANGING SCROLL WITH US ✨
Our team is deep in the process of installing the upcoming exhibition, China's Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta (and making it look easy, might we add). Take a trip to paradise with us and check out this exhibition featuring more than 200 objects.
Reserve a ticket here: https://www.clevelandart.org/exhibitions/china%27s-southern-paradise-treasures-lower-yangzi-delta
A Prunus in the Moonlight, 1300s. Wang Mian (Chinese, 1287–1359). Hanging scroll; ink on silk; painting. 1974.26
Chalk Festival is coming up soon! ✨🎨
Join us on September 16 and 17 was we turn the walkways of the Fine Arts Garden into a colorful canvas. More info here: https://bit.ly/44Bi0F2
Labor Day recognizes the many contributions workers have made to the strength and prosperity of the United States.
Many of the contributions of these workers are depicted in the CMA collection. Learn more through our Collection Online here: https://bit.ly/3dXC4IJ
Since 1967, the Ingalls Library has welcomed students in the CMA-CWRU joint program in art history. Throughout their academic career, the library is their home where dedicated staff guide them through their studies.
Librarian Beth Owens is also an adjunct member of the CWRU art history department faculty. Classes are held in the library seminar room as well as museum galleries.
The first Friday of the month is approaching and you know what that means…🕺
Grab your tickets for MIX: Raja, a night celebrating South Asian music, dance, art, and cuisine. It’s the perfect opportunity to view A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur before it’s too late. ✨
For more info and tickets, visit https://www.clevelandart.org/events/special-events/mix-raja.
It’s Virgo season! ♍️
And what better way to kick it off than meandering through our Fine Arts Garden? Located by the museum’s south entrance, you’ll find Chester Beach’s Fountain of the Waters and these various statues portraying the 12 zodiac signs.
Which zodiac statue is your favorite? 👀
Assistant Conservator of Paintings, Julianna Ly, is safely reducing an old, non-original, yellowed varnish from the surface of Berthe Morisot’s Reading, 1873. Morisot’s Reading was featured in the first exhibition of Impressionist painters in 1874. Along with being among the first exhibited Impressionists, Morisot was also the only woman among the six organizers of the show including Monet, Pissarro, Degas, Sisley, and Renoir.
Careful testing is always conducted under a microscope before cleaning begins to ensure that a cleaning system can be devised that will not harm the original paint film.
Stay tuned for more updates about this ongoing treatment!
You can now take your Udaipur experience home with you, thanks to PUR Spices LTD 🤭
Stop by the museum store to pick up these specialty sauces and spice blends, and be sure to hit A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur before September 10th.
An eventful season of art is among us 🖼️
Read more about Vogue’s 28 Must-See Exhibitions of the Fall here: https://www.vogue.com/article/must-see-american-art-exhibitions-fall-2023
Take a stroll through Udaipur with us…
These extraordinarily detailed paintings paired with audio artworks help to create an immersive experience unlike any other. A Splendid Land: Paintings From Royal Udaipur, on view until September 10th.
Celebrate World Photography Day with the CMA on Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 11am-3pm! Attendees may enter a drawing to have their portrait taken by artist Greg Martin using the historic collodion process, a technique used in the 1850s-1880s. Additionally, guests can explore and learn about the diversity of photography with stations from our conservation, library, and education art collection teams.
Hello, my name is Zoe Nguyen, and I am a pre-program intern in object and paper conservation at CMA. In the paper conservation lab, I am learning how to examine photographs and identify various photographic processes.
The photograph I am sharing here was made in order to produce a group portrait of a number of women who, for some reason, could not all be together in person. We do not know the identity of the photographer.
This composite black and white photograph is made up of individual headshots, possibly from a school yearbook or social club register, that were cut out, arranged, and rephotographed to produce a “group photo.” Information that came with the photograph indicated that it was taken around 1910 using a gelatin silver process (1885-present).
The date provided matches the timeframe when these particular hairstyles were popular, around the Edwardian period (1910s). The photograph is mounted to a rigid board of a type common for the albumen process (1885-1890). To determine whether the print is albumen or gelatin silver, I viewed the photograph under a stereomicroscope at various magnifications and lighting angles. I compared the visual characteristics of the photograph to known examples of albumen and gelatin silver photographs and consulted reputable print and online photographic identification resources. The visual characteristics of this photograph include a continuous fine image tone, very limited visible paper fibers, and the presence of a thin baryta layer (a layer of barium sulphate applied to photographic paper before it is coated with a gelatin silver emulsion).
Together, these eliminate albumen as the photographic process and suggests that this is a gelatin silver print. The hairstyles of the women and visual characteristics of the print suggest that the date and photographic process provided are correct.
Worldwide fascination with ancient Egyptian culture in the 19th and early 20th centuries spawned archeological expeditions that sent massive amounts of Egyptian art to western museums, CMA included. A 1914 gift from the Huntington Trust was supplemented by purchases made by our field agent, Howard Carter. Following his later discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb scholars raced to produce books and articles documenting this extraordinary find. Egyptian motifs continue to serve as inspiration for artists. Enjoy Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession in gallery 234. 🐪
1 - Howard Carter letter to the Cleveland Museum of Art, c. 1917. Museum Archives
2 - Children drawing in the Egyptian gallery about 1920. Museum Archives
3 - Thebes The Glory of the Great Past, 1926. Ingalls Library
The perfect way to spend a day…
in our totally unbiased opinion, of course.
Hi, my name is Kyle Norris, and I am a rising 2nd year painting student at the Institute of Fine Arts Conservation Center at the New York University. In the CMA painting studio this summer I am undertaking two unique projects.
Painted in 1932, Flying Ponies (Euclid Beach Park) by Carl Gaertner is an oil- on- canvas depiction of a carousel that stood at a now-defunct amusement park right here in Cleveland. The painting has had an extensive and thoughtful treatment history, and part of my internship is to continue ensuring the painting can look its best for display. My task this summer is retouching areas of loss throughout the composition that have been damaged and abraded over time.
When it comes to conservation, analytical equipment can help a conservator better understand material histories on a microscopic level. As part of my condition assessment of this 16th century Italian oil- on- panel titled Madonna and Child with Saints by an anonymous Venetian artist, here I am setting up the XRF or X-ray fluorescence machine to perform a non-destructive analysis of the paint layers to determine the elemental composition of the materials within the composition. This can be utilized to understand what certain pigments are made of to help identify them. A thorough technical analysis will benefit future treatment decisions related to the care of this painting.
Tomorrow night’s MIX celebrates Louis Armstrong and New Orleans jazz. Art and jazz mix like a smooth cocktail.
Enjoy jazz related art in the galleries and learn more about the connection between art and jazz in the Ingalls Library. 🎷
I’m Hannah Dorris, an undergraduate studying Art History and Chemistry at Case Western Reserve University and the CMA’s SOTC/Warshawsky Fellow in the textile conservation lab this summer. One of my projects was mounting a textile, Samite fragment with hunters (https://www.clevelandart.org/art/1974.98), for display in the Islamic gallery next spring. I used a type of mount commonly used by textile conservators to display flat textiles that consists of a solid support board, two layers of batting, a display fabric, and plexiglass.
The Samite fragment with hunters was made in Sogdiana (present Uzbekistan and Tajikistan) between the 8th and 9th centuries. It is a woven silk made with techniques native to the region, but the design of its hunting scene was influenced by Chinese, Byzantine, and earlier Central Asian works of art.
1. This is me working on the mount, I am securing the plexiglass to the solid support board. Holes were pre-drilled through the plexiglass and solid support board
2. This is the finished mount; the next step is to have a frame made for it. Then it will be ready for the galleries!
3. This is how I pre-drilled the holes; the blue tape holds the plexiglass to the solid support board to keep the two layers aligned.
4. The outline of the textile was traced on to a material called mylar, this was used as a stencil to cut shape of the textile out of top layer of batting, this gives the textile a place to rest in the mount.
5. A frame like this one will be made for this mounted textile. The frame will be painted to match the gallery walls.
Be sure to look for it in the Islamic gallery starting mid-May 2024!
The CMA was paid a very special visit by Princess Padmaja Kumari Mewar of Udaipur, here to visit our most recent exhibition, A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur.
In collaboration with Princess Padmaja, many of the paintings in this exhibition are on public view for the first time straight from the City Palace Museum in Udaipur. Check out this incredible exhibition, on view until September 10th.
Today we celebrate and honor the 100th birthday of architect, visionary, and Cleveland icon, Robert P. Madison.
During his 60+ years as an architect, Mr. Madison's accomplishments are many and distinguished. He was the first African-American to earn an architectural degree in the State of Ohio, and has completed many projects across the globe and in our Cleveland community, including the United States Embassy in Dakar, Senegal and the Cleveland Browns Stadium.
In 2013, the Madison family endowed The Robert P. Madison Family in Memory of Leatrice B. Madison Endowment Fund to support an annual public lectureship on African and African-American Art. This endowment consistently emphasizes the importance of the global arts and creates important dialogue around African and African-American art.
Mr. Madison's support has contributed to making the museum a vibrant, dynamic place in the community that provides a sense of openness and belonging. Thank you, Mr. Madison!
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Since '15, Ingalls Library has hosted an intern through a partnership with Smith College & the Summer on the Cuyahoga (SOTC) program. This year’s intern, Maddie Rehrman, digitized rare folios and the travel journals of Cleveland-area art historian Franny Taft.
It's Walk on Stilts Day (yes, a real holiday!) ✨
Here are some Parade the Circle favorites to celebrate these skilled individuals that bring nothing but fun to University Circle Inc. each year.
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