Lunchtime Lecture Series
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.
Many Pre-Columbian objects are categorized solely by their iconography, given that there is little documentation of when and where they were retrieved from. To combat this, conservators and conservation scientists perform technical analysis to provide a deeper understanding of these objects and to inform how they are conserved and exhibited. Join Elena Mars, the CMA’s Samuel H. Kress Fellow in objects conservation, as she discusses her study of two painted earthenware Maya incensarios (incense burner supports) and how she used a variety of techniques to determine their authenticity.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection. Throughout the years, the museum has relied on the expertise and generosity of benefactors, many of whom were women, to achieve this goal. In this lecture, Leslie Cade, director of Ingalls Library and Museum Archives, introduces a few of these extraordinary women, including Emery May Norweb, whose Pre-Columbian art formed the basis of the museum’s collection in that area, and India Early Minshall, an expert in Russian history and Fabergé.
Since its acquisition nearly 20 years ago, the Cleveland Apollo has taken its place as both a CMA visitor favorite and a rare example of a nearly intact large-scale ancient bronze sculpture. Cast in hollow bronze sections using the indirect lost-wax technique, the sculpture still appears strikingly lifelike today, many centuries after its creation. Learn more about the latest CMA research into its ancient manufacture and modern reconstruction.
Traditional Korean paintings feature not only animals that are native to the ecosystems in the Korean Peninsula, such as tigers, leopards, and cranes, but also exotic ones, such as gibbons and elephants. In this lecture, Sooa Im McCormick, curator of Korean art, introduces a few ways to read and understand the language of symbolism in Korean animal paintings.
Objects in miniature have mesmerized people of all cultures throughout the ages. Join Senior Technical Project Manager Haley Kedziora and Curatorial Assistant Katie Kilroy Blaser as they explore the role and function of miniatures and small-scale masterpieces of craftsmanship as well as the technical and photographical elements used to bring the exhibition China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail to audiences.
Every museum display is the result of collaboration. In this “behind-the-scenes stories” talk, Kristen Windmuller-Luna, curator of African art, highlights objects whose presentations benefited from recent collaborations with CMA conservators and mount makers, a contemporary Nigerian artist, and a bird expert.
Drawing transformed radically in 19th-century France and became an independent medium used by artists for exploration and experimentation. Although this moment in art history is often associated with male artists, from Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres to Edgar Degas, women played an important role in the history of drawing. Britany Salsbury, associate curator of prints and drawings, highlights their influence by taking a closer look at works by and influenced by women included in the exhibition Nineteenth-Century French Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Tilman Riemenschneider (c. 1460–1531), one of the most prominent German sculptors of the 15th and 16th centuries, repeatedly worked with alabaster early in his career. In the upcoming CMA exhibition on the artist, one of Riemenschneider’s major works from the CMA’s collection is brought into dialogue with selected masterpieces from the Louvre in Paris and from North American collections to highlight the special importance of alabaster as a material in 15th-century Europe. The lecture expands on the theme of the exhibition, exploring the distinctive features and circumstances that led European patrons and artists of that time to produce sculptures made from this unique stone.
Join CMA associate conservator Sara Ribbans as she discusses the structure of Japanese folding screens in relation to the ongoing treatment of a 17th-century example. Ribbans will share details of how folding screens are produced, clues to the history of when the screen was last remounted, and the challenges of treating and remounting folding screen paintings.
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s depiction of an enslaved Caribbean woman was created in 1867, a decade after the abolition of slavery in France, joining the rapidly proliferating images of Black womanhood in Europe and the United States. But what stories were these images, often of unnamed living models, meant to convey? Join CMA Associate Curator of American Art Key Jo Lee as she describes how Why Born Enslaved! and other colonial and postcolonial images of Black women were at the nexus of Western fantasies of dominion and freedom in the 19th century.
All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and Sally and Larry Sears. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, Cynthia and Dale Brogan, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Jeffery Wallace Ellis Trust in memory of Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., Pamela Mascio, and the Thompson Family Foundation.