Image: Jessica Williams
  • Image: Jessica Williams

Virtual Events


Upcoming Events

Leadership Circle Lunch and Learn: Conservation

Friday, October 23, 2020, Noon

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.

Close Looking at a Distance: Documenting White Masculinity

Wednesday, October 28, 12:00 p.m. ET

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. Your comments, questions, and reflections are at the heart of CLAD, so get ready to register your thoughts, questions, and ideas during the program!  

J. Leigh Garcia, “Fueron Bautizados,” woodcut, 22 x15 in., 2020

Identity, Experience, and Contemporary Latinx Printmaking: A Conversation

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

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.


Past Events

Desktop Dialogues: Documenting Communities

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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. 

James Brown, 1966. Courtesy of the Chuck Stewart Estate

MIX: Amplify

Friday, October 2, 2020, 8:00–9:00 p.m.

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.

Untitled Anxious Crowd. By Rashid Johnson. CMA, 2020.78

The Fine Print Fair of Cleveland Presents: A Virtual Celebration of Prints

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12:00–12:45 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00–12:45 p.m.

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

September 12–13, 2020

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

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

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.

Printing Democracy

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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.  

Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji (detail), 1920s. Khubiram Gopilal (Indian, 1891–1970). Watercolor, gelatin silver print, gold paint; 46.5 x 59 cm. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust, 2018.213

Close Connections: Indian Art and Photography

Thursday, August 27, 2020, 6:00–6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 6:00–6:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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. 

MIX: Viva

Friday, August 7, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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. 

Image: Jessica Williams

MIX: Bloom

Friday, June 6, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Dance your way into spring and join us for MIX: Bloom, featuring a live DJ set from JonDoeTho1  (pop, hip-hop, soul, and future beats) alongside  remixed  animated visuals  of florals from  the CMA’s collection by motion graphics artist  Jessica Williams

Desktop Dialogue: Healing and Heritage

Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

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.