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Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe Exhibition Programs

Exhibition Tours
Thursdays, 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 2:30 p.m.

Objects of Memory: The Later Medieval Reception of Earlier Medieval Art
Wednesday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.
Erik Inglis, associate professor of art history at Oberlin College, delivers the CWRU Department of Art History Julius Fund Lecture in Medieval Art. Devoted to medieval art and architecture, including several works in the Treasures of Heaven exhibition, this lecture looks at how works of art were re-used and re-interpreted later in the Middle Ages.

Sacred Landmarks Series
Saturdays, October 23 & November 6, 1:30 p.m.; and November 13, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
C. Griffith Mann, the CMA’s chief curator, gives gallery talks on sacred pilgrimage in medieval Europe and the continuing tradition of venerating relics. Series concludes with a trolley tour of Cleveland’s sacred landmarks and their reliquaries led by Cleveland architectural expert Tim Barrett.$60, CMA members $50 for series; $13, CMA members $10 for each gallery talk, and $35, CMA members $30 for trolley tour.

Ritual and Pilgrimage in World Religions: A Panel Discussion
Sunday, October 24, 2:30 p.m.
Experts in Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and African religions explore the themes of ritual and pilgrimage from a cross-cultural perspective, offering important insights into the practices that connect disparate religious traditions and cultures. Panelists: Sarah Brett-Smith (Rutgers University); C. Griffith Mann (The Cleveland Museum of Art); Vasudha Narayanan (University of Florida); Justin R. Ritzinger (Oberlin College); and Deepak Sarma (Case Western Reserve University). Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU.

Medieval Revelry: Family and Community Day
Sunday, November 7, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
The CMA studio art staff and members of the Society for Creative Anachronism provide an afternoon of manuscript and pilgrims’ badge demonstrations, helmet-making workshops, the Armor Art Cart with touchable objects, dance performances, and sword fighting. Join in the revelry! Free to all.

From Constantinople to Rome and Back Again: The Transfer of Byzantine Relics in the Medieval and Modern World
Friday, November 12, 6:30 p.m.
George Demacopoulos, associate professor of theology at Fordham University, delivers the first James H. Dempsey Jr. Guest Lecture. His talk addresses the renowned occasion in November 2004 when Pope John Paul II sat beside Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome as the relics of Saint Gregory the Theologian and Saint John Chrysostom were solemnly returned to the Orthodox Church. This lecture explores the history of these relics and the politics of the possession of sacred treasure.
This lecture series has been established by Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP, in honor of Mr. Dempsey’s distinguished service as a partner of the firm and a long-time museum trustee.

Interreligious Dialogue through Visual Imagery: Jews, Muslims, and Christians in Iberia
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.
S. Brent Plate, visiting associate professor in religious studies at Hamilton College, explores historic relations between Jews, Muslims, and Christians on the Iberian peninsula (present-day Spain and Portugal). Co-sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, CWRU.

How Did They Make That? Metalworking Demonstrations in the Galleries
Sunday, December 5, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Join Matthew Hollern, Cleveland Institute of Art’s professor of jewelry and metals, for an interactive demonstration of metalworking techniques seen in the exhibition. Also experience hands-on workshops for children and families that replicate the techniques used to adorn objects within the show.

A Splendid Gathering of Saints: Curatorial Perspectives on Treasures of Heaven
Saturday, December 11, 2:30 p.m.
Holger A. Klein, associate professor of art history and archaeology and director of graduate studies at Columbia University, speaks about co-curating the Treasures of Heaven exhibition.

Relics, Sanctity, and Kingship in the 13th Century: Louis IX and the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris
Wednesday, January 12, 6:30 p.m.
Gerry Guest, associate professor and chair of the department of art history and humanities at John Carroll University, discusses one of the best-known buildings of the medieval period, the Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. Built by King Louis IX in the 1240s, the chapel housed relics of Christ’s Passion, purchased by the king at an enormous cost. An examination of the building as a whole—its architecture, decoration, liturgical furnishings, and use—reveals the key role the relics played in medieval notions of holiness and authority.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Monday, January 17, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Join us for a wide array of art-making workshops, the Art Cart with touchable objects, musical performances, and a panel discussion on pilgrimage and faith.

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe was organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum, and the British Museum. This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. Support for the exhibition has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Education program support is provided in part by Giant Eagle and by Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Smith and Tom and Sandy Sullivan. The Cleveland Museum of Art is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this exhibition with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.