As one of the great American modern artists, Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) brought to life important historical events and contemporary scenes through a striking style of elemental forms and expressive colors. Among his notable achievements are works in extended series tackling heroic stories and themes. The first of these monumental efforts, The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, is showcased this fall in our prints and drawings gallery through January 4, 2015.
Composer John Luther Adams was in Cleveland in September 2014 for a short residency that included presenting two of his major non-concert hall works: Inuksuit, for 99 percussionists, was performed in the Lake View Cemetery on an unexpectedly gorgeous early autumn day; and Veils and Vesper, a ten-channel immersive sound environment, was installed at St. John's in the Ohio City neighborhood. In this video clip , Adams talks about the process behind his "most rigorously mathematic and most unabashedly sensuous piece," as well as the importance of the surrounding environment to the experience of the installation.
On October 25, 1881, artist Pablo Picasso was born in Spain. In honor of his birthday, we take a closer look at one of the Cleveland Museum of Art's most significant works by the artist, La Vie, on view now.
The Cleveland Museum of Art's Curator of Photography, Barbara Tannenbaum, offers an inside look at the forthcoming exhibition, Forbidden Games: Surrealist and Modernist Photography, opening Sunday, October 19.
On the heels of the museum's annual Performing Arts series kick off, we sat down with Tom Welsh, Director of Performing Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art, to talk more about the artists performing this year.
There is always something new at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and this month we are excited to present five new exhibitions opening throughout October. Soon-to-be on view, enjoy American painting to provocative photography, and explore a marriage of mixed media that engages our sense of sight and smell.
In the Spring of 2014, the Cleveland Museum of Art reinstalled its contemporary art galleries. Watch the process unfold in this two-minute video clip, and experience the newly reimagined contemporary art galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art - always free!
Visitors to the Transformer Station’s crane gallery this fall will encounter a weeping woman with a deep-fried floral arrangement for a head, larger-than-life perfume bottles brimming with eyeball-enlarging contact lenses, and paintings made of soap that examine the human body on a molecular level. All of these artworks are part of Anicka Yi’s first solo museum exhibition, hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art, beginning Saturday, October 11.
Masterpieces from the Cleveland Museum of Art are constantly traveling all over the world. Works from our collection are highly sought after for exhibitions in the United States and abroad. After conservators and curators evaluate whether a work is in good enough condition travel and determine the significance of the exhibition is a match, a work of art is carefully packed and accompanied by a courier on every step of its journey. Here is a sneak peek of some of one of these stories, which we will be featured in upcoming posts.
Frederic Edwin Church was one of our country’s consummate artistic talents, and his masterpiece, Twilight in the Wilderness (1860), ranks among the Cleveland Museum of Art’s most admired paintings. This fall, beginning Saturday, October 4, we will showcase the majestic work in a special focus exhibition, Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s Twilight in the Wilderness, displaying it alongside nearly two dozen the artist painted the canvas in his New York studio, partly basing it on sketches he produced during travels near Mount Katahdin in Maine.