CLEVELAND (June, 2012) – The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, a wide-ranging exhibition which brings together for the first time the work of more than sixty painters, sculptors, and photographers who explored a new approach to realism in the years between World War I and the Great Depression. Youth and Beauty is complemented by an extensive program schedule, including 1920s Cleveland architectural tours, lectures and gallery talks, and a silent film and musical performance program.
We are anticipating the installation of Work No. 965: Half the air in a given space by Martin Creed, one of Great Britain’s most acclaimed contemporay artists, has been described as an “epicsculpture/installation/happening.” The all-inclusive list attempts to classify an artwork that is versatile in essence and cannot be pinned down as one specific genre.
Building on Artistic Legacy
Studio Glass in Focus: Dialogue and Innovation is one of more than 150 celebrations across the country that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the studio glass movement. The current wealth of creativity in glass art had humble beginnings in 1962 at two workshops arranged by Harvey Littleton at the Toledo Museum of Art.
We thought it would be fun to ask a few people who work in the beauty industry to visit our current special exhibition. A few of the staff of Salon Bella Vie in Strongsville were glad to take us up on our offer. They visited last Friday night and count it as an “amazing” experience.
Every time I stroll through the Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, I gain new insights into the complex decade of the 1920s. This time I was struck by how many different roles women play in the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs on view. The 1920s was a time of rapid social change that offered new freedoms to women, who had slipped out of the corset and into the voting booth just a few years earlier.
In celebration of Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties, Fire! Food & Drink, Great Lakes Brewing Company, L’Albatros, and Table 45 have created signature cocktails to be served at their restaurants. Fire! Food & Drink is presenting a scrumptious happy hour special – a Chartreuse Swizzle cocktail served with deviled eggs, house made ham, and croustade ($20).
Fascinating rhythm, oh won’t you stop picking on me? The rollicking, roiling, wonderfully cacophonous variety of works in Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties sent me diving deep into my record collection – I just had to hear what was going on at the time these paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs were being made. And the opportunity to put together a playlist for the pure enjoyment of it all was just impossible to resist.