Saturday, June 27, 2009 to Sunday, August 23, 2009
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall
Sherman Lee was fond of saying, "News is not history, fashion is not taste, and opinion is not judgment." Evidence for this was apparent in the exhibition Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art, a show of 50 Asian masterworks acquired by Lee and co-curated by James T. Ulak, deputy director of the Freer and Sackler galleries at the Smithsonian; Stanislaw Czuma, curator emeritus of Indian and Southeast Asian art; and Anita Chung, curator of Chinese art. It opened concurrently with the new east wing, which houses the European and American modern and contemporary galleries. "The exceptional quality of the objects acquired under [Lee's] tenure reflects his view that art was the focal point of the museum—a view not always upheld by the art museums of today," says Czuma.