Past Virtual Events

These events are in the past. For a listing of upcoming virtual events, visit our calendar.

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Saint Catherine’s Monastery is located in Sinai, a place associated with well-known events narrated in the Old Testament, making the region the ultimate locus sanctus (holy place). Built in Egypt in the mid-sixth century by Emperor Justinian on the site of Moses’s Burning Bush at the foot of Mount Sinai, the fortified monastery remains intact to this day. In this lecture, Maria Vassilaki investigates how and when the Sinai landscape was transformed from a mere background setting into an independent composition.

Special Event
Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join historian Kathleen Kete of Trinity College (CT) and curator Mary Weaver Chapin of the Portland Art Musuem as they discuss how animals arose as an important subject for Bonnard and other artists of his time and the popularity of pets in late 19th-century France.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join fashion historian Catherine Amoroso Leslie of Kent State University (OH) and CMA chief curator Heather Lemonedes Brown as they discuss the styles of dress popular in late 19th-century Paris and how Vuillard’s bold use of pattern reflects the fashions of the time in this virtual event.

Special Event
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 6:00 pm

Join artists Johnny Coleman (Oberlin, Ohio), Antwoine Washington (Cleveland, Ohio), and Kambui Olujimi (New York, New York) and curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah on a virtual walk-through of the CMA exhibition New Histories, New Futures.

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021, 7:00 pm

For centuries, the Silk Road has been an important network of trade routes that has allowed for the exchange of silk and other goods, as well as of ideas and technologies between cultures across Asia and Europe.   

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 6:00 pm

Art objects tell stories not only in the narratives displayed on their surfaces but also in their transformations as material objects over time. Join the CMA’s Eric and Jane Nord Chief Conservator Sarah Scaturro, associate conservator of Asian paintings Sara Ribbans, and former senior conservator of paintings Marcia Steele as they highlight recently conserved works.

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Friday, March 12, 2021, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

In anticipation of a major exhibition and publication focused on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s holdings of 19th-century French drawings in spring 2022, scholars from across the globe present new research related to the materials, function, and collecting of drawings during this period.

Special Event
Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 pm

Linda C. Harrison, director and CEO of the Newark Museum of Art, Rehema Barber, chief curator of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and Key Jo Lee, director of academic affairs and associate curator of special projects at the Cleveland Museum of Art, discuss how building a more inclusive future for museums.

Movement and performance artist  Marcia Custer  will goes 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.

Special Event
Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:00 pm

A special one-night-only screening of Coco Fusco’s and Paula Heredia’s The Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey introduced by curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and a live Q&A session with the audience afterward.

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Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day poets use Michelangelo Lovelace’s painting My Home Town as a departure point to explore Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's concept of Beloved Community, a vision that King popularized during the Civil Rights Movement.

Special Event
Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00 pm

Join artists Nnenna Okore and Tahir Carl Karmali for a conversation with exhibition curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, moderated by 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. This event is organized in tandem with the CMA exhibition Second Careers: Two Tributaries in African Art.

Special Event
Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:00 pm

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.

MIX: Amplify celebrates how music and art have promoted social justice and combatted racism through messages of rage, hope, and protest.

Special Event
Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm

Join Emily Peters, curator of prints and drawings, as she presents highlights of recent acquisitions made by the Department of Prints and Drawings.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Sunday, September 13, 2020, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

September 12–13, 2020

Special Event
Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 6:00 pm

In celebration of the exhibition Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica, 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.

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, whose video art combines imagery from video games with ancient Maya texts to explore Latinx identities in a post-internet American landscape.

After months of sheltering in place at home, MIX is back . . . virtually! 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.