CLEVELAND (December 17, 2013) – The Cleveland Museum of Art announced today that 501,314 visitors came to the museum during the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This attendance statistic represents a 39% increase year-over-year and is the highest attendance in over a decade. Key drivers of attendance included the opening of the museum’s 39,000 square foot atrium; the award-winning Gallery One; the new north wing galleries along with many new programming initiatives, including the MIX at CMA first Friday happy hour series and Second Sundays family day programming.
Events and Programs
The CMA's renovation and expansion project will come to a completion on December 31. In recognition of this historic moment, we sat down with Interim Director Fred Bidwell to talk about the building expansion and grand opening, his new role and top priorities for the future, and the impact of the Cleveland Museum of Art on the community.
Multimedia artist Camille Norment's current trajectory of work includes live performance as a mode of exploring the formal and cultural consonances and dissonances in music, freely collapsing any given genre and aesthetic spectrums. She performs with her trio as part of the CMA Concerts at Transformer Station series on Sunday, December 15.
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents the 20th annual Winter Lights Lantern Festival. The original lantern installations will be on display around the museum and outside in the Environment of Lights on Wade Oval today through late December 2013. The displays are created by Northeast Ohio artists under the direction of CMA community arts artistic director Robin VanLear.
Make and Take: Craft with Style at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a monthly event where we invite people create DIY projects in the museum atrium. Each month introduces a new and easy craft to make and take home. This month, in the spirit of the holidays, we focus festive creations. Patty Edmonson, Intergenerational Interpretation Specialist, shows us how to create one-of-a-kind stationery from stamping.
See, Shop, and Support Amazing! This holiday season, enjoy a festive event over the holiday season, experience the collection with out-of-town guests, and give the gift of art to a loved one!
Spend a virtual lunch break with the Cleveland Museum of Art: Join us on Monday, November 25 at Noon for a live Twitter chat with CMA’s Provenance Chef Partner Douglas Katz! Until 1 p.m., Katz will be answering questions and handing out tips about creative cooking for Thanksgiving and discussing Provenance’s new prix fixe menu, Home & Hearth.
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Disembodied: Portrait Miniatures and Their Contemporary Relatives, an exhibition showcasing the museum’s entire collection of portrait miniatures for the first time in over half a century. The renowned collection of around 170 objects spans six centuries, bridges eight European countries as well as America, and is considered one of the finest in North America. Disembodied presents the collection from a fresh perspective, including works by five prominent contemporary artists who explore issues of death, likeness, memory, identity, privacy and body-centered scale, themes that also deeply engaged miniature painters for over 500 years.
Many works of African art refer to and derive meaning from an invisible realm beyond the material world, serving as conduits between the living and the spirits, as conveyed throughout the Cleveland Museum of Art's newest exhibition, Fragments of the Invisible. In the spirit of Halloween and MIX: Underneath, we go beneath the surface and examine the spirituality and power behind masks, particularly the Helmet Mask on view in the exhibition.
Cleveland Museum of Art presents an ongoing series of solo concerts featuring composed and improvised music by some of the most remarkable artists of our time at Transformer Station (1460 West 29 Street Cleveland, OH 44113).