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Artful Mother’s Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Mothers receive free admission to Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art

CLEVELAND (May 3, 2019) — The Cleveland Museum of Art hosts a day of programs to celebrate Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12. Highlights include free admission for mom to the special exhibition Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. Additionally, a special Mother’s Day brunch will be available for purchase at Provenance, the museum’s fine dining restaurant. Visitors can also enjoy guided tours of the collection, a curated and dynamic view of works celebrating mom in ARTLENS Gallery and art-making activities for the entire family. 

Stroll through the tree-lined walkways of the Fine Arts Garden—masterfully designed by the firm of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer of Central Park in New York City—to view sculptural highlights including Edith Barretto Stevens Parsons’ Turtle Baby, Malvina Hoffman’s Boy and Panther Cub and Chester A. Beach’s Twelve Signs of the Zodiac and Fountain of the Waters. Make way to the 1916 building’s south entrance to tour the permanent collection galleries and visit Louis Hayet’s Banks of the Oise at Dawn, one of the CMA’s most recently acquired works.

CMA members also receive exclusive discounts at the restaurant, café and store. 

Mother’s Day Activities

Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art 
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall
Through June 30
FREE admission for mom (and any person who identifies as a mom)
A major international loan exhibition of great importance, Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art presents artworks of Shinto, Japan’s unique belief system focused on the veneration of divine phenomena called kami. Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, with the special cooperation of the Nara National Museum, the exhibition presents about 125 works in different media—calligraphy, painting, sculpture, costume and decorative arts—assembled from Japanese and American museums, shrines and Buddhist temples.

The exhibition includes treasures never before seen outside Japan and a significant number of works designated by the Japanese government as Important Cultural Properties, which may be shown for no more than several weeks a year for preservation purposes. Because of this and the light sensitivity of other works on view, the exhibition has two rotations: April 9–May 19 and May 23–June 30. Almost half of the works on view during the first rotation will be replaced with new works for the second rotation.


$10 adults; $8 seniors and students; $5 children age 6–17; $5 CMA member guests; free for CMA members and children ages 5 and under. 

Nonmember tickets purchased during the first rotation (April 9–May 19) can be redeemed for a free ticket to view the second rotation (May 23–June 30). Redeem in person by presenting the original ticket or order confirmation receipt. CMA members can view the exhibition for free at any time.

Shinto Exhibition Tour
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall
2:00 p.m.
Limit 25; tour ticket required
Join a CMA docent for a tour of Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art. 

Mother’s Day Brunch 
$23 per person; reservation required
Treat mom to a mimosa and a special Mother’s Day brunch designed just for her. Make your reservation at 216-707-2600. Members receive a 10 percent discount at the restaurant and café. 

New Acquisitions on View
Banks of the Oise at Dawn, gallery 222, Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Gallery of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art.
Louis Hayet painted Banks of the Oise at Dawn (1888) in the radically new style of neo-impressionism, also known as pointillism or divisionism, during the early years of the movement. This painting enriches the CMA’s overall representation of 19th-century French landscape painting, forming both a complement and an instructive comparison to works by Eugène Boudin, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh.

Enjoy curated artworks celebrating mom on the ArtLens Wall, discover hidden details in a selection of Mother’s Day–themed objects on the Reveal and Zoom wall or curate your own tour of the collection for your mom using the ArtLens App. 

ArtLens is free to download to iPads or iPhones (running iOS9 or higher) and to Android devices (4.4+), from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

Open Studio
Classrooms B and C
1:00–4:00 p.m. 
Drop in to the Make Space and create an original artwork for mom. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to imagine, experiment and create. 

Guided Tour
1:00 p.m.
Discover some of the CMA’s treasures with mom as you take a guided tour of the newly reinstalled Dutch galleries. These gems include paintings of delectable meal still lifes like the newly acquired Still Life with Meat, Fish, Vegetables and Fruit by Jacob van Hulsdonck, atmospheric scenes of the Dutch countryside and memorable portraits by Rembrandt and the newly acquired Violin Player with a Wine Glass by Dirck van Baburen. Important furniture and Asian porcelain brought to Europe by Dutch traders will also be included. 

Tours depart from the information desk in the Ames Family Atrium.

CMA Store: Member Discount
Celebrate mom with something special from the CMA store. Choose from a variety of cards, posters and gifts based on works from the museum’s collections as well as unique jewelry from the PONO line by Joan Goodman, clothing accessories and other items from both local artists and from museums around the country.

Members already receive a 15 percent discount, but in honor of this special day, they’ll receive a 25 percent discount from Friday, May 10, to Sunday, May 12

The Cleveland Museum of Art is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Wednesdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays.

Contact the Museum's Media Relations Team:
(216) 707-2261