Virtual Leadership Circle Lunch and Learn—Digitizing the CMA’s Collection
Join chief digital information officer Jane Alexander, along with director of collections management Mary Suzor and chief photographer Howard Agriesti, to learn how art and tech came together to digitize the CMA’s collection. Watch as they also show you how to use tools to explore the collection from anywhere.
Special One-Night Screening: The Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey
A one-night-only screening of The Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey by Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia, featuring an introduction by curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and a live Q&A session with the audience post-screening.
Virtual Corporate Members and Sponsors Talk
Hear from CMA leaders about the museum’s strategy and long-term plans. Director William Griswold also introduces you to the major spring exhibition, Stories from Storage, and Susan E. Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art, previews her story, one of the 20 included in the exhibition.
Movement and performance artist Marcia Custer will take us on a virtual dancing tour through the galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Experience various art periods and styles from the CMA’s collection in a whole new way—as points of inspiration for dancing and creative play! Featuring magical green-screen visuals by artist Ben Oblivion and a live DJ set by Haley Himiko Morris, this playful community dance experience will hold space for and celebrate all bodies, experience levels, and identities, and aims to liberate, connect, and re-energize us all in the depths of winter. We encourage you to wear something colorful and/or inspired by your favorite work of art!
Painting and Drawing Society Virtual Talk: Inside the Stories—Revealing Mysteries
Painting and Drawing Society members and Column & Stripe members are invited to a virtual talk featuring associate curator of European art Cory Korkow, along with conservation intern Elena Mars.
Desktop Dialogue: Comfort with the Unknown
How might close and mindful looking at artwork help us find comfort with the uncertain aspects of our lives today? Join Andrew Cappetta and Gwendolyn Ren, a mindfulness and contemplation guide, for an interactive conversation and guided meditation session inspired by the enigmatic Statuette of a Woman, popularly known as “The Stargazer.”
Womens Council Virtual Membership Program: Meet Gerhard Lutz
Womens Council members are invited to the January virtual membership program featuring Gerhard Lutz, the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art.
Desktop Dialogue: Capturing the Spark
Perhaps the greatest joy of the art historian is the unpredicted spark of inspiration one gets from an artwork when seeing it for the first time. Join Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee as they share two newly collected works by Harry Bertoia and Mickalene Thomas and discuss the connections the objects have inspired.
Close Looking at a Distance: Stitching Complexity
Join program host Key Jo Lee and CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur for a deep and guided exploration of a single mola, made using appliqué and reverse appliqué techniques. Learn about these processes and their complex associations with the Guna understanding of the universe.
Memory, Materiality, and Transformation: Contemporary Artists and African Traditions
Join artists Nnenna Okore and Tahir Carl Karmali for a conversation with exhibition curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, moderated by host curator Kristen Windmuller-Luna, as they reflect on the themes of memory, materiality, and transformation and discuss how contemporary artists engage with traditional African arts.
Virtual Talk: One Work from “Second Careers”
CMA Insider, Leadership Circle, Legacy Society, and Friends of African and African American Art Members are invited to join Kristen Windmuller-Luna to hear the life story of a 20th-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (called egúngún), from its origins in Ògbómọ̀ṣọ́, Nigeria, to its current home in the CMA exhibition Second Careers. Created with more than 300 textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, the creation of egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. In the summer of 2018, this egúngún was traced back to its makers, the Lekewọgbẹ family. Though no longer ritually empowered according to its community of origin, it remains a compelling symbol of belief.
The Art of Celebrating: A Virtual Leadership Circle Holiday Party
Toast your fellow Leadership Circle members at this holiday-themed event featuring Kristen Windmuller-Luna, curator of African art; Seth Pevnick, curator of Greek and Roman art; and Sue Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art as they explore libations in 20th-century Africa, ancient Greece, and the ancient Andes through the CMA’s collection. A special musical performance is included in the evening’s celebrations.
Fall Members Party
All CMA members are invited to celebrate the fall season of exhibitions with curator talks, a behind-the-scenes visit of the museum, and a special musical performance by Chief Ayanda Clarke, Ajibilu Awo of Osogbo, with THE FADARA GROUP. Chief Ayanda is a Babalawo, an Egúngún initiate, and a GRAMMY® Award–winning master percussionist. He is also the founder and CEO of THE FADARA GROUP, a Brooklyn-based company that intertwines music, culture, and spirituality.
Desktop Dialogue: Making and Meaning in Mola Textiles
Join CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur and museum guide Leonardo Pérez Carreño from the Museo de la Mola in Panamá City, Panamá, for a conversation about making and meaning in molas, a key component of traditional dress among indigenous Guna women and the subject of the upcoming exhibition Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá.
Removal, Refusal, Release: Abstraction and Catharsis
In this Close Looking at a Distance session, join us for an interactive, guided look at several works from the CMA’s permanent collection that exemplify artistic strategies that, as a means of catharsis or protection, remove or refuse viewers’ access to a figure.
Leadership Circle Virtual Travel: Weimar, Germany
Take a virtual trip to Europe and explore the city of Weimar, Germany. The CMA’s newest curator, Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art, who is currently living and working in Germany due to the pandemic, leads this virtual tour. Focusing on a selection of Weimar’s major cultural attractions, Gerhard provides insights into the complexity of the city’s highlights of German culture and monuments of its darkest past.
Desktop Dialogue: Healing through Abstraction
Can the expressive possibilities of abstract art help one heal from trauma?
Join visual artist Hernease Davis and host Andrew Capetta for a conversation on Davis’s abstract photo-based images, installations, and weavings, which she describes as surfaces for “expression, meditation, anger, rest” and “quiet spaces of self-care.” Together they also discuss the work of artists that have inspired Davis’s own move from representation to abstraction, including Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, and Lorna Simpson.
Identity, Experience, and Contemporary Latinx Printmaking: A Conversation
In conjunction with the exhibition A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America, join contemporary artists Fidencio Fifield-Perez, J. Leigh Garcia, and Michael Menchaca for a conversation about their use of printmaking to express their identity and experiences as Latinx artists in the United States, and the social and political issues that inform their work today.
Close Looking at a Distance: Documenting White Masculinity
What kind of white masculinity is on display in the photographs in the upcoming exhibition Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang? In this CLAD session, we interrogate several photographs from the exhibition together and contemplate what each composition may express about the young men who appear in them. Join host Key Jo Lee for this lively and interactive conversation.
Leadership Circle Lunch and Learn: Conservation
Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the global pandemic has impacted the field of conservation and how the CMA is adapting to the changing landscape.
Desktop Dialogues: Documenting Communities
In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang, join curator Barbara Tannenbaum and photographer Vincent Cianni as they explore the roles and responsibilities of the documentary photographer. In his projects We Skate Hardcore, Gays in the Military, and the Newburgh Community Photo Project, Cianni has explored issues of community, memory, and social justice.
Close Looking at a Distance: Scrutinizing the Stitches
What can a wedding gown, liberally decorated and lovingly patched and repaired, tell us about the culture, values, and artisans from which it emerged? In this CLAD session, join host Key Jo Lee and curator of Korean art Sooa McCormick for a guided look at an intricately embroidered garment from the CMA’s permanent collection, currently on view in the exhibition Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea.
Desktop Dialogue: Navigating Gender and Breaking Barriers
What impact do gender constructs have on artists and art history? Is there greater gender equity in today’s art world?
New York–based artist Maria Yoon and curator Sooa McCormick explore the pressing issue of gender inequality, past and present, through their shared experience as Korean women and discuss how notions of gender play a role in their artistic and curatorial practices.
MIX: Amplify celebrates how music and art have promoted social justice and combatted racism through messages of rage, hope, and protest. The event is inspired by and in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and featuring a live DJ set from Vikter Duplaix, a showcase of different styles of street dance from hip-hop ambassador and choreographer Samuel McIntosh of 10K Movement, and video art by Wil Frierson.
The Fine Print Fair of Cleveland Presents: A Virtual Celebration of Prints
Join Emily Peters, curator of prints and drawings, as she presents highlights of recent acquisitions made by the Department of Prints and Drawings. Emily will touch upon a variety of acquisitions in various media throughout the centuries, ending with a focus on contemporary prints and a discussion of how she and colleague Britany Salsbury, associate curator of prints and drawings, are thinking about growing the collection in this area.
Close Looking at a Distance: Revising the Form
In portraiture, artists often impart specific attributes to represent power, presenting their subjects such that they best “look the part.” In this CLAD session, we look at two works by contemporary artists, whose pieces both defy and revise art historical conventions, in order to make Black women’s enduring power and historical influence visible. Join host Key Jo Lee for an interactive discussion regarding artistic revisions by artists Simone Leigh and Amy Sherald that amend the canonical European portrait.
Desktop Dialogue: Images of Leadership
Join Andrew Cappetta and curator Seth Pevnick as they discuss ancient Greek and Roman representations of leadership through both ancient and modern lenses. How have surviving images of ancient leaders conditioned our present understanding of them? And how have interpretations of these ancient images helped shape historical images of American authority, allowing certain archetypes of leadership to persist?
Virtual Chalk Festival: Love Your Community with All Your Art
To connect the Cleveland Museum of Art community online and to maintain new safety procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMA will host the 31st Annual Chalk Festival virtually on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13. Participants are encouraged to share their chalk drawings on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #CMAChalkFestival.
A Photographic Friendship: Abe Frajndlich and Ilse Bing
Internationally renowned Cleveland photographer Abe Frajndlich speaks with curator Barbara Tannenbaum about his collaborations with fellow German immigrant Ilse Bing in the 1980s and 1990s, which included remaking her iconic self-portrait 55 years later and printing for her.
Reserve a free ticket online to join the event.
Why do artists select specific media to express their ideas? Does what something is made of affect its meaning? How do we know? These questions guide the next Close Looking at a Distance session, “Printing Democracy,” as we meticulously examine the print The 1920’s . . . The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots (1974) by Jacob Lawrence and contemplate screenprinting as a medium for political protest or artistic activism.
Close Connections: Indian Art and Photography
Curators from two disparate disciplines make connections across the CMA collection. In the first program of this new series for CMA Insider members and above, curators discuss how the areas of Indian painting and photography intersect in a special piece from the CMA collection.
Close Looking at a Distance: A Matter of Perspective
Artists are well aware that personal perspective determines so much of how we translate what we see. If you could only use one, what adjective would you use to describe this untitled photograph from Lee Friedlander’s series Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom?
Following last week’s conversation with Andrew Cappetta where she described care as a central tenet of her curatorial practice, scholar, curator, and cultural organizer La Tanya Autry joins Key Jo Lee to carefully analyze this photograph with you, the viewers.
Care and Curatorial Practice: A Conversation with La Tanya Autry
How do you define the word “care” and how does it relate to curatorial practice?
Scholar, curator, and cultural organizer La Tanya Autry discusses her innovative approach to creating exhibitions that focus on collective community care, including recent projects Temporary Spaces of Joy and Freedom (moCa Cleveland, 2020), Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom (Yale University Art Gallery, 2017), and The Art of Black Dissent (various sites, 2016–).
Inspired by Britain
Leadership Circle members have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the reimagined British Galleries with CMA curatorial and design teams
Close Looking at a Distance: The Inquisitive Eye
Art is both a window to and a mirror of the world. It can hide as much as it reveals, often disguising or erasing inconvenient truths. Museums work to divulge art’s secrets, but every story told conceals others. So how might we better sense the other stories waiting to be witnessed?
This week, Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee lead the audience in viewing two unique portrait miniatures to show how active noticing can lead to discovering or recovering ideas, histories, and people who might have otherwise remained obscure.
Celebrate the diverse sights and sounds of Latin culture in honor of the current exhibition A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America. The night includes visuals by Texas-based artist Michael Menchaca, the Afro-Caribbean dance duo Caribe Conexión and beats by Cause&Effect (Jean Paul Hernandez). Tune in right at 8:00 p.m. to hear an original poetic response to Belkis Ayón’s print I Always Return by actor-poet Andrew Aaron Valdez (host of Voces Fuertes Open Mic, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center).
Desktop Dialogue: Re-visioning Art and History
At this moment, engaged citizens across the world are questioning the systems, structures, and values that museums are built upon. Join Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee to discuss how these much-needed critiques will inform CMA programs like Desktop Dialogues and Close Looking at a Distance, explore objects that reshape what we know about art and museums including Fred Wilson’s To Die upon a Kiss, and learn the value of adopting multiple perspectives to understand works of art.
Starting at 12:30 p.m., all participants are welcome to continue the conversation and interact in an informal, live Zoom video conference meeting. A link to join this additional discussion will be provided during the program.
Desktop Dialogue: Recovering Lost Histories of Pride
Honor the origins of Pride Month and its connections to the Black Lives Matter movement. Join writer-educator Naazneen Diwan from the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah to discuss the importance of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) queer and trans activists and artists to movements for LGBTQ+ rights. This is a live event, and questions from the audience are encouraged.
Desktop Dialogue: Healing and Heritage
Join curator Kristen Windmuller-Luna and artist-educator Orlando Caraballo to discuss how artists and makers have turned to cultural objects and practices for healing.
Desktop Dialogue: Restore and Reflect
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Join curator Sonya Rhie Mace and meditation instructor Jennifer Bochik as they look closely at examples of Buddhist art and demonstrate how traditional mindfulness practices can help us manage the challenges we are facing today.
Desktop Dialogue: The Comforts of Home
What objects around your home bring you comfort? Curator Stephen Harrison and educator-scholar Key Jo Lee discuss Emma Amos’s Sandy and Her Husband and decorative art from the museum’s collection, reflecting on the ways works of art and design make the home a place of tranquility.
Desktop Dialogue: Resourcefulness
Have you found yourself developing hacks and work-arounds to put dinner on the table or celebrate a holiday? Join curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and artist-educator Robin Heinrich to discuss how limitations helped artists Sanford Biggers, Louisa Joiner, and Robert Rauschenberg become resourceful and arrive at new creative solutions.
Desktop Dialogue: Communicating Across Distances
Join curator Britany Salsbury and educator Arielle Levine for a discussion around the exhibition A Graphic Revolution and how artists José Guadalupe Posada and León Ferrari used printmaking to communicate ideas and messages across great distances.
Desktop Dialogues and Close Looking at a Distance have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.