For the Win: Athletes in Art

A century ago, our founders established the Cleveland Museum of Art “for the benefit of all the people forever.” Next week's Gay Games 9—“The Games for All”—exemplifies our mission of inclusion and access to the arts for all.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is proud to be a community partner of Gay Games 9 (GG9) and very pleased to host Night Before 9: Out in Art on Friday night, August 8. We look forward to welcoming participants from around the globe, their families and other guests for an evening of celebration, culture and camaraderie the night before the Games begin. In the meantime, get to know some of the museum's sports-related objects from the collection, highlighted below!

On view now: Stag at Sharkey's, 1909. George Bellows (American, 1882-1925). Oil on canvas, Framed - h:110.00 w:140.50 d:8.50 cm (h:43 1/4 w:55 5/16 d:3 5/16 inches) Unframed - h:92.00 w:122.60 cm (h:36 3/16 w:48 1/4 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1133.1922.

Mary Holland Bacher, 1891Otto H. Bacher (American, 1856-1909). Oil on canvas, Unframed - h:90.60 w:57.40 cm (h:35 5/8 w:22 9/16 inches). Gift of Will Low Bacher 1966.388

Statuette of an Athlete, 510-500 BCGreece, Peloponnesus, late archaic - early classical period. Bronze (solid cast), Overall - h:21.50 cm (h:8 7/16 inches) Wt: 4 lbs.. John L. Severance Fund 2000.6.


On view now: The Biglin Brothers Turning the Stake, 1873. Thomas Eakins (American, 1844-1916). Oil on canvas, Framed - h:117.00 w:167.00 d:6.50 cm (h:46 1/16 w:65 11/16 d:2 1/2 inches) Unframed - h:101.30 w:151.40 cm (h:39 7/8 w:59 9/16 inches). Hinman B. Hurlbut Collection 1984.1927


The Ball Game, c. 1934. Mabel A. Hewit (American, 1903-1984). color woodcut, Sheet - h:45.90 w:36.40 cm (h:18 1/16 w:14 5/16 inches) Image - h:35.50 w:29.50 cm (h:13 15/16 w:11 9/16 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Jurey in memory of Mabel A. Hewit 2010.687

The Tennis Player, 1896. Eugen Kirchner (German, 1865-1938). Etching and aquatint, Sheet - h:27.80 w:38.70 cm (h:10 15/16 w:15 3/16 inches) Platemark - h:19.60 w:24.00 cm (h:7 11/16 w:9 7/16 inches). Gift of John Bonebrake 2009.572.

Indoor Athlete, First Stone, 1921George Bellows (American, 1882-1925). Lithograph. Gift of Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. 1936.581.


> Learn more about Night Before 9: Out in Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, featuring a live performance by Escort, and get your tickets online or at the door!


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