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Lunchtime Lecture

The Artistry You Don’t See: Creating Mounts for Challenging Objects


Beth Edelstein, Objects Conservator, and Philip Brutz and Dante Rodriguez, Mount Makers 

Tickets now on sale
Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 12:00 p.m.
Gartner Auditorium

Free; ticket required

Come to the CMA for a quick bite of art history. Every first Tuesday of each month, join curators, conservators, scholars, and other museum staff for 30-minute talks on objects currently on display in the museum galleries.

Have you ever wondered how works of art that may be hundreds or thousands of years old are prepared for display in our galleries? Join CMA objects conservator Beth Edelstein and mount makers Philip Brutz and Dante Rodriguez to learn how mount makers collaborate with curators, exhibition designers, conservators, and collections-care staff to create innovative mounts for some of the most challenging objects in the collection. See how skills in engineering, fabrication, and machining are used in a museum setting. (Yes, math really does come in handy in an art museum!)

This program is made possible with support from Gail C. and Elliot L. Schlang.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by an anonymous supporter, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Marta Jack and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O'Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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