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Cleveland Art, 2022 Issue 1

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: March 3, 2022

In this first issue of the new year, it seems only appropriate that I take the opportunity to extend my appreciation for your support in 2021, which—despite the ongoing challenges posed by the pandemic—was in many ways one of the most successful years we have had in recent memory. Not only did we celebrate the opening of our Community Arts Center on the near west side, but we also completed major reinstallations of our contemporary and Islamic art galleries and inaugurated the groundbreaking exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain. I invite you to explore the museum’s new and reimagined spaces to uncover fresh perspectives on art history.

March 12 marks the opening of another major new exhibition, Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure. Co-organized with the Fondation Giacometti in Paris, this is the CMA’s first exhibition on Giacometti’s work in nearly half a century. With a spotlight on the Swiss artist’s major achievements of the postwar years, the exhibition examines his unique concern with the human figure. The show presents 60 sculptures, paintings, and drawings, including such masterpieces as The Nose and Walking Man I. In this issue, a close look at a group of busts of his brother Diego offers insight into the artist’s creative process.

In February we opened Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus, which features seminal works by major Black artists, juxtaposed with significant contributions by emerging names. Works from our own holdings are compellingly installed with a few choice loans both in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery and in the galleries dedicated to our permanent collection. An interpretive guide is available to help visitors navigate the museum and discover these exciting works.

I am also pleased to mention a third new exhibition, in the Arlene M. and Arthur S. Holden Textile Gallery: Cycles of Life: The Four Seasons Tapestries. This offers a rare look at a complete set of tapestries from our collection that have not been displayed since 1953 because of their fragile condition. Each tapestry depicts seasonal activities: fishing and gardening (Spring), grain harvesting (Summer), wine making (Autumn), and ice skating (Winter). Case Western Reserve University students in our joint program in art history assisted in the research for this exhibition. On page 22, we take you behind the scenes to our textile conservation lab.

We welcome two new members of our board of trustees: Rebecca Heller, who is also a trustee of University Hospitals’ Rainbow Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland; and John Sauerland, CFO of Progressive Corporation. Their passion for the community will help us to advance our mission and achieve the goals of our strategic and diversity, equity, and inclusion plans.

Our work would not be possible without you—our members and supporters—and I offer my sincere thanks to those who contributed to the annual fund last year. I very much look forward to seeing you soon.

With gratitude and every good wish,

William M. Griswold Director and President

Cleveland Art members magazine cover with Walking Man

Alberto Giacometti in Cleveland

Widely acclaimed as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Giacometti reasserted the validity of the figure and figural representation at a time when abstract art had become dominant in the international art world. His works also became associated with existentialism, a philosophy t...

Alberto Giacometti in His Studio 1957. Robert Doisneau (French, 1912–1994). Gelatin silver print; 23.5 x 30.5 cm. Archives, Fondation Giacometti. © Robert DOISNEAU / GAMMA RAPHO

Giacometti's Creative Process

Think about the last project you completed or skill you acquired. Are you always immediately confident in the results or your abilities? For most of us, learning or creating is a process of trial and error—and for artist Alberto Giacometti, it was no different. Throughout his career, he worked itera...

Head of Diego c. 1936. Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966). Plaster; 23.5 x 14.6 x 21.2 cm. Fondation Giacometti. © Succession Alberto Giacometti / ADAGP, Paris, 2022

Currents and Constellations

The exhibition space is a powerful one that does more than fulfill the seemingly simple function of displaying objects of creative expression. Exhibitions also have pedagogical roles, teaching the values of art, cultures, social movements, and national histories. Because of this particular significa...


Finding Connections

Interpretation is both a planning framework and a communication strategy that results in the text panels, labels, and gallery guides you encounter throughout the museum and the content in the ArtLens App. These tools aim to enhance understanding of art and spark curiosity. Because visitors bring the...

Shadows of Liberty 2016. Titus Kaphar (American, b. 1976). Oil and rusted nails on canvas; 274.3 x 213.4 cm. Yale University Art Gallery, Purchased with a gift from Ellen and Stephen Susman, BA 1962, 2017.67.1. © Titus Kaphar

Cycles of Life

Cycles of Life: The Four Seasons Tapestries celebrates the recent conservation treatment of a set of tapestries in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection. They have a rich history but were faced with an uncertain future; when they were acquired in 1952, they could not be safely hung. They remained...


Behind the Scenes

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s textile collection, numbering between 4,500 and 5,000 objects, mirrors the permanent collection: it spans all cultures and time periods, from Egyptian mummy linen to contemporary fiber art. 

From documenting textiles as they arrive for exhibitions to preparing works to l...

Recent acquisitions undergo evaluation, such as this contemporary textile woven in Madagascar (2021.167), examined by Sarah Scaturro, Eric and Jane Nord Chief Conservator

Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty

From March through August, Robert Smithson’s iconic film Spiral Jetty will be featured in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Video Project Room. The film was recently acquired by the CMA as part of a broader initiative to integrate time-based media into the contemporary collection, which currently compri...

Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty in the CMA's Video Project Room

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