If you’re stocking up on rabbits’ feet and turning the other direction when you see a black cat today, you’re not alone. The reasons Friday the 13th in particular became such an inauspicious day have been lost to history, but both Friday and the number 13 have also been considered unlucky on their own for centuries. Logically, when the two come together on the calendar the misfortune only grows.
Ringing in the New Year at a big bash? The museum’s collection can help you with timeless style.
Here’s to Forever
CLEVELAND (December 13, 2016) – Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include an album of 37 photographs by acclaimed 19th-century Indian artist Raja Deen Dayal; a painting by Wadsworth Jarrell, a founding member and leading figure of AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists); and photographs of African American life in the 1960s by photographers Louis Draper and Leonard Freed that will be featured in an upcoming special exhibition in the museum’s Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery.
Artist Tony Smith was born on this day, 9/23, in 1912. Often considered a forerunner of minimalism, Smith created monumental sculptures in geometric forms often inspired by nature.
The CMA's Source, on view in the North Sculpture Garden, possesses a balance between mass and volume, creating a playful energy that spills over into the public space. See it in person on your next visit to the CMA!
Two recent rotations in the CMA’s Japanese gallery (235B) include the return of a masterpiece hanging scroll depicting the Medicine Master Buddha and the Twelve Divine Generals that was lent to the Tokyo National Museum and the Kyushu National Museum in Japan in 2014, and a Varja bell, a recent acquisition, on view for the first time at the CMA.
This September, the CMA has acquired a number of new pieces to be housed in its permanent collection!
Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include Surrealist André Masson’s Paysage au serpent (Landscape with Snake), a rare example of the artist’s automatic painting technique; a new, monumental drawing by leading contemporary artist Kara Walker; and a photograph by Shirin Neshat, an artist who creates still photographs, videos and films that explore gender roles in post-revolutionary Iran.
CLEVELAND (June 15, 2016) – Recent acquisitions by the Cleveland Museum of Art include a Byzantine icon of the New Testament Trinity; a Bacchus centerpiece by famed artist René Lalique; an exceptionally beautiful Japanese lacquer writing box; a contemporary sculpture by a Cambodian artist; and an African figure from the Mbole people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Icon of the New Testament Trinity
Painting dates to before the fall of Constantinople
Cleveland, OH (May 9, 2016) After two years, conservation of one of the Cleveland Museum of Art’s masterpieces, Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of Saint Andrew, 1606–7 is complete. This is the first time the painting has been conserved since coming to the museum in 1976. In 2014, extensive treatment began on the work, whose original paint layer was obscured by clouded, cracked varnish and retouching.