The Eastern religious practice of Tantra emphasizing ritual, meditation, and visualization is the subject of the second exhibition in the museum’s new Focus Gallery. Tantra in Buddhist Art features twenty works of art that illustrate the spiritual practices of Tantra in the Buddhist context and document its spread across Asia from the seventh to 17th centuries. Inspiration for this exhibition began with a magnificent piece from a bequest to the museum. Hevajra was part of a gift from John and Maxeen Flower and is the defining piece of Tantra in Buddhist Art. We spoke with Sonya Rhie Quintanilla, the George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art, about how she built the exhibition around Hevajra and the history of Tantric Buddhism.
Currently on display in the east wing glass box gallery, Damián Ortega: The Blast and Other Embers highlights the striking suspended sculpture The Controller of the Universe. Additionally, this exhibition features the Tool Bones series, which were created specifically for this exhibition. We sat down with Reto Thüring, associate curator of Contemporary Art, to find out more about the exhibition.
Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography, provides background on the Afro-Chic video by Carrie Mae Weems, on display through September 29 as part of the artist's retrospective, Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video.
CLEVELAND (June 14, 2013) – The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video, an exhibition showcasing nearly 125 examples of the artist’s intellectually challenging and aesthetically compelling work. Visitors will have the opportunity to see photographs, installations, audio pieces and video selected from six museums, several private collections and the artist’s own holdings.
The current exhibition The Last Days of Pompeii is a multi-faceted look at one of the most infamous natural disasters in human history. Since the eighteenth-century discovery of the buried sites in the Bay of Naples, western culture has been obsessed with how and why this Roman city met its demise. The Last Days of Pompeii is broken down into three parts – decadence, apocalypse, and resurrection. Decadence illustrates Pompeii as an extravagant, gluttonous, highly sexualized society—a place that was doomed by fate because of its excesses.
CLEVELAND (June 3, 2013) – The Cleveland Museum of Art presents Damián Ortega: The Blast and Other Embers, a solo exhibition by leading contemporary artist Damián Ortega. The exhibition features Ortega’s innovative and powerful works Controller of the Universe (2007) and Tool Bones, a series of six plaster sculptures created specifically for this exhibition.
The Cleveland Museum of Art and MOCA Cleveland have joined forces to present two contemporary installations by celebrated multi-media artist Janet Cardiff—Forty-Part Motet at the CMA and The Paradise Institute at MOCA. In celebration of these two innovative works of art the CMA’s first Friday happy hour event, MIX, will be a special collaboration with MOCA’s WtF (Welcome to Fridays) series. Join us Friday, June 7 from 5-9 p.m. at MIX: Connections for cocktails, live music and immersive art at both the CMA and MOCA. A free trolley will run all evening between the two museums. In anticipation of this exciting evening, we discuss Janet Cardiff and her groundbreaking installations.
Beginning on December 22, 2012 through May 5, 2013, three recent works and a large-scale installation of 35 flag paintings by American artist Fred Wilson will be on view in the Betty T. and David M. Schneider Gallery (East Wing Glass Box Gallery). Included in the exhibition is a recently acquired artwork by the museum, To Die Upon a Kiss, (2011), a Murano glass chandelier. The objects included in the museum's installation give an overview of Wilson's influential and diverse practice and explore the question that has been fundamental to his art making: How is it possible to pose critical questions about how museums work from within a museum itself?
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents DIY: Photographers & Books, the first museum exhibition to examine the print-on-demand photobook and explore its impact on contemporary photographic practice. The free exhibition, which features over 150 books and 18 framed photographs, will be on view from August 11 to December 30, 2012 in the museum’s photography galleries. The exhibition contains work of the most innovative print-on-demand books being published today by international, national and local artists as well as the winners of college competitions organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents William H. Johnson: An American Modern, a free exhibition showcasing a rarely seen selection of works by the African American artist whose career spanned two decades and three continents. On view through January 27, 2013, the exhibition highlights Johnson’s artistic achievements through 22 objects in a variety of subjects and media. Drawn from the collection of the James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University, Baltimore and supplemented by two works from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Smithsonian traveling exhibition charts the pivotal stages of Johnson’s fascinating artistic evolution. William H. Johnson: An American Modern inaugurates the museum’s new Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Exhibition Gallery and is complemented by a diverse schedule of related programming.