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Cleveland Art, 2022 Issue 3

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: September 13, 2022

As the leaves change to vibrant orange and red around Wade Lagoon, signaling the arrival of autumn in Cleveland, we welcome our members to enjoy an exciting slate of new special exhibitions and programs.

Fall begins with the anticipated exhibition Impressionism to Modernism: The Keithley Collection. The show celebrates Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley’s extraordinary gift and promised gift of their remarkable, wide-ranging collection. We are immensely grateful to the Keithleys for their transformative gift of more than 100 works of art, which visitors will have the opportunity to experience in its entirety for the first time.

A month later, Tales of the City: Drawing in the Netherlands from Bosch to Bruegel opens on October 9. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition features a wide range of rarely seen drawings from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, one of Europe’s oldest and finest repositories of Northern Renaissance drawings. I am thrilled to have Emily J. Peters, our curator of prints and drawings and a specialist in Netherlandish art, share her expertise and enthusiasm for these captivating works.

At the year’s end, previewed in this issue, Photographs in Ink will be on view in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Galleries, exploring the use of photomechanical processes to widely disseminate images and their adoption by fine artists as content and aesthetic choice. China through the Magnifying Glass: Masterpieces in Miniature and Detail in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery will showcase the CMA’s large number of high-quality, small-scale objects from various Chinese dynasties, which have mesmerized people of all cultures through the ages.

I am also pleased to mention The Art of Ikebana: Japanese Flower Design, an event that will be held at the CMA on September 30. Headmaster Hiroki Ohara will travel from Japan to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Ohara School of Ikebana Northern Ohio Chapter with a demonstration in Gartner Auditorium. One of the world’s leading masters of ikebana, Ohara displays a creative energy and an immense talent that will dazzle the audience. Learn more from the event’s cochairs, Ursel Dougherty and Ingrid Lüders, on page 18.

A recent and unprecedented addition to our acclaimed holdings of Chinese art was the gift of Taihu Stone, Large Perforated Garden Rock by contemporary artist Liu Dan, arguably the greatest draftsman of modern China’s rocks. James and Donna Reid Curator of Chinese Art Clarissa von Spee offers more details about this acquisition on page 22. Finally, we are delighted to share a behind-the-scenes look at our terrific art-handling and packing team in the Department of Collections Management. I hope you enjoy getting to know the staff who ensure our collection is transported and installed most safely.

None of these exhibitions and programs would be possible without you, our loyal supporters and members. As always, thank you for your patronage. I look forward to seeing you soon.

With my gratitude,

William M. Griswold Director and President

Magaziner cover with painting of a colorful picnic on an orange tablecloth

Color, Sensation, and Memory

Nancy and Joseph Keithley’s gift and promised gift to the Cleveland Museum of Art includes more than 100 works of art. Their collection, amassed over more than two decades, focuses on Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern European and American paintings but also contains variety and depth be...


Tales of the City

How does one best live a moral life, be a good citizen, reconcile wealth with piety? These were pertinent questions for city burghers (citizens)—and civic artists—in the Netherlands during the 1500s, when proliferating international trade brought tremendous wealth to its cities. Moralizing images—th...

The Tree Man c. 15001510. Hieronymus Bosch (Netherlandish, 1440–1516). Pen and light- and darkbrown inks on paper; 27.7 x 21.1 cm. Albertina, Vienna, inv. 7876. © The Albertina Museum, Vienna

Photographs in Ink

In fourth grade during career day, I vividly recall looking through a magnifying lens at a photograph on the front page of the local newspaper. I saw the image dissolve into a mesmerizing abstract field of dots. I later learned that the dots of printer ink that enabled this magical experience are pa...


Chinese Miniatures

Miniatures have mesmerized people universally throughout the ages. Unlike large objects, their presence does not intimidate the beholder. The miniature, the small object, or the fragment demands attention to detail and employs the imagination. Moreover, by offering an alternative world, miniatures c...


The Art of Ikebana

On September 30, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. in Gartner Auditorium, the Womens Council in collaboration with the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Ohara School of Ikebana Northern Ohio Chapter will present a demonstration by Headmaster Hiroki Ohara, the fifth headmaster of the Ohara School of Ikebana, to benef...

Headmaster Hiroki Ohara of the Ohara School of Ikebana

Gift of a Lake Tai Stone

A recent gift of a large garden rock from China marks an unprecedented addition to Cleveland’s acclaimed Chinese art collection, highlighting the country’s admiration for natural stones and its unique garden culture. With its dynamically upward-winding masses, perforations, weathered surface, and mu...

Artist Papers

The Ingalls Library has been creating clipping files on artists since before the museum opened in 1916. This collection, now of more than 15,000 artists’ folders, includes newspaper articles, gallery brochures, press releases, photographs, and other often rare ephemeral material. For local artists e...

Hewit in her studio. Photographed by Henry P. Boynton. Henry P. Boynton collection of Cleveland artist portraits

Meet the Staff

When walking through the galleries or strolling the grounds, have you ever wondered who installs the awe-inspiring artwork? Working almost exclusively behind the scenes, art handlers are responsible for physically overseeing all art movement and gallery installations at the museum. The six art handl...

Art handlers Barry Austin, Joe Blaser, Tony Cisneros, Jason Willis, and Andrew Robison deinstall Untitled (1961) by Richard Stankiewicz, which is traveling to the Jewish Museum as a loan this fall. Due to the sculpture’s weight, it must be rigged and placed onto a pallet to be safely moved and staged in storage.

Education Art Collection

Educational programs at the CMA are designed to spark wonder. Whether on a field trip or in a virtual lesson, we let our learners’ curiosity guide the way. Our exceptional education art collection (EAC) is a powerful resource in this effort, as it allows for a more intimate, multisensory experience...

“Calling All Gumshoes! What in the World?” is an Art to Go unit of mysteries for participants to solve. It includes objects, such as a Mexican Chocolate Beater (1900s) and an Egyptian Mortar and Pestle (BC 1900–1600s), that are not immediately recognizable. Through close looking, critical thinking, and group discussion, students can develop hypotheses about the objects’ purposes and origins and provide observational details to justify their ideas.

Alfred M. Rankin Jr

The Cleveland Museum of Art has been part of Alfred M. Rankin Jr.’s life for more than 50 years. The former president of the board can trace his involvement to his return to Cleveland in 1970 to work for McKinsey & Company. Over time, Rankin became ever more deeply engaged, serving on the board of t...