More than 4,000 artworks from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s permanent collection are on view in the galleries. However, many works remain in storage for various reasons: some are light sensitive, some have condition issues, some have contested attributions, or others simply do not fit into the narratives or finite spaces of the galleries. Stories from Storage reveals approximately 300 works of art from storage. Visitors will encounter 20 stories—told by the museum’s 17 curators, as well as the director, the chief curator, and the assistant director of academic affairs—that highlight works seldom on view, spanning the museum’s encyclopedic collection, from the ancient world to today. The unifying thread is the glimpse into storage that each story provides.
Second Careers explores the connections between historical African art and contemporary practices through a selection of exemplary highlights from the museum’s African collection and loaned works.
Laura Owens (b. 1970) is known for her ranging and experimental approach to the medium of painting. Her work embraces a breadth of sources from the avant-garde to the popular to the decorative.
Like many Chicago artists in the first years of the 20th century, Gustave Baumann discovered the beauty of rural Brown County in Indiana. While living in Nashville from 1910 to 1916, he produced his first important set of color woodcuts.
The mola is a key component of traditional dress among the indigenous Guna (formerly Kuna) women of Panamá. Guna women have been sewing mola blouses since the turn of the 20th century, and they have become powerful symbols of their culture and identity.