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Cleveland Art, 2022 Issue 2

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: June 23, 2022

As the sun rises on another summer in Cleveland, my colleagues and I look forward to welcoming you to several important new exhibitions and exciting public programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In May, we inaugurated the exhilarating and provocative exhibition The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion. Curated by New York City-based art critic and writer Antwaun Sargent, the show spotlights the work of 15 groundbreaking artists, including Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer to shoot a cover for Vogue, and Awol Erizku, whose photographs have appeared in Vogue, GQ, and the New York Times. In Cleveland, the exhibition features vignettes with actual outfits, designed by three leading stylists: Arielle Bobb-Willis, Daniel Obasi, and Jermaine Daley.

Later this summer, the museum will present a number of important installations as part of FRONT 2022. FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a major festival of contemporary art comprising artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs. These will unfold across Northeast Ohio and may be seen in spaces throughout Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin, including in several CMA galleries. Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, this year’s iteration of FRONT, will run from July 16 to October 2. Find more on the museum’s role in this groundbreaking international triennial on pages 12 through 14.

Also opening later this year is an exhibition examining the wide scope of the Keithley Collection. In March 2020, Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley donated more than 100 works of art to the museum, the most significant single gift we had received since the bequest of Leonard C. Hanna Jr. in 1958. Their wonderful and wide-ranging collection focuses on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings. Among the highlights are five paintings by Pierre Bonnard; four each by Maurice Denis and Édouard Vuillard; two each by Milton Avery, Georges Braque, Gustave Caillebotte, Joan Mitchell, and Félix Vallotton; and remarkable individual works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Camille Pissarro, Andrew Wyeth, and others. The Keithley Collection also includes works on paper, European and American decorative arts, and Chinese and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Western and Asian works will be intentionally juxtaposed in the show, in much the way they were when still in the collectors’ home. We are hugely grateful to the Keithleys for their transformative gift, which CMA visitors will have the opportunity to experience in its entirety for the first time in the fall. Stepping outside the museum, we will present Summer Arts Fest: Dance with Giants on June 11, Solstice on June 25, and our City Stages world music series later this summer. Please watch your email and visit for details as they are released.

Finally, I want to invite all of you to come visit us soon. Our outdoor spaces—the Smith Family Gateway and the Wade Lagoon and Oval—are in full bloom, and we have much to explore inside the museum’s doors.Once again, thank you for your continued support.


William M. Griswold Director and President 

Cover of members magazine featuring New Black Vanguard, model with bright colored top and yellow lips

The New Black Vanguard

“The beauty of photography,” says Ruth Ossai, “is it starts a dialogue about who we are, where we come from, and where we are going.” Ossai is one of 38 photographers in The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, an exhibition organized by curator and critic Antwaun Sargent. These...


Art Meets Fashion

From dressing celebrities for red carpets and music videos to developing the creative direction for fashion magazine editorials and fashion campaigns,it is the stylist who assembles compellingoutfits that enthrall audiences. A stylist’s role is to choose and assemble all the garments and accessories...

At last . . . Love (sketch of installation) 2022. Daniel Obasi (Nigerian, b. 1994). Courtesy of Daniel Obasi


Julie Mehretu: Portals

On the occasion of FRONT 2022, Julie Mehretu: Portals offers a fresh perspective on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s encyclopedic collections through an artist’s eyes. This exhibition, the first of its kind at the CMA, integrates paintings by Julie Mehretu with works from the museum’s collections that ...

Julie Mehretu


FRONT International 2022 at CMA

Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the second iteration of FRONT International, is a multi-venue exhibition that embraces art as an agent of transformation, a mode of healing, and a therapeutic process. The title is an homage to the 1957 poem “Two Somewhat Different Epigrams” by Langston Hughes. A tende...

History Painting as a Slow Read

On April 1, a major installation of artworks was unveiled in the contemporary galleries. A centerpieceof the rotation is the new addition of Kerry James Marshall’s Bang (1994), which came to the museum through a generous loan from the Progressive Insurance Corporation. Nadiah Rivera Fellah, associat...


Impressionism to Modernism

Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection, one of this fall’s exhibitions, will celebrate the extraordinary gift and promised gift of art from Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Announced in March 2020, the gift of more than 100 works of art is the...


Why Born Enslaved!

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux’s stunning sculpture Why Born Enslaved! (1868) is one of the most powerful expressions of abolitionist sentiment in the visual arts. It depicts a woman of African descent bound by ropes and looking defiantly upward. The ropes press into her breasts, and her torn blouse alludes...