While our contemporary galleries are being re-imagined and reinstalled, the first of new relational art pairings are now featured in the Reid Gallery.
Rembrandt in America is now on view at The Cleveland Museum of Art through May 28. You may know the artist’s name, but the exhibition offers the opportunity to explore his life and work and to understand why collecting his work in America was so important.
This is the first of a series of blogs that will dig deeper into topics related to the exhibition. We’ll start with offering 3 lenses to view the exhibition.
What do Valentine’s Day and a Wolf have in common?!
Saundra Stemen fell in love with The Cleveland Museum of Art almost at first sight. She happened upon the museum while in town visiting Case Western Reserve University in 1970. She remembers the visit because it was the first time she saw one of her favorites in the collection Picasso’s La Vie for the first time.
As a museum visitor, have you ever wondered if your views are used in the process of developing programming? How exactly does the museum know what the community wants to learn and see? Perhaps it’s the luck of the draw or perhaps it’s the result of something called an audience researcher.
Even as a museum professional, I sometimes feel challenged to make art exhibitions accessible to my four-year old daughter. You may be surprised, but the current special exhibition, Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965), has been one of her favorite museum exhibitions. How did that happen? When we went to the exhibition, we focused on something she already liked. In our case, my four-year old daughter and I are always ready with our cameras to capture the world around us.
It’s never too early to gain experience in a field of interest, especially as a high school student. For Aaron, Jake, Patrick, and Leah, tenth grade students at Trinity High School, they are getting a head start on their careers by interning in the museum’s curatorial department every Thursday for the entire school year.
Have you ever wondered why people so freely write “Merry Xmas”-? It’s not necessarily disrespectful- the use of the X in reference to Christ’s name is evidenced in Early Christian art. Case in point- the object below, 1965.551; Monogram of Christ from the 500s AD in Syria.