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Cleveland Art, 2023 Issue 3

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: August 29, 2023

As the leaves turn and a new season arrives in the Fine Arts Garden, we invite you to experience a particularly exciting lineup of exhibitions and programming here at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Our new major exhibition China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta is the first in the West to focus on the artistic production and cultural impact of the fertile region south of China’s Yangzi River. For millennia, this region—called Jiangnan—has sustained rich agriculture, extensive trade, and influential artistic production. Art from Jiangnan has shaped the image and idea of China for the rest of the world, and its lush, green scenery has inspired artists to conceive it as heaven on earth. The exhibition features about 200 objects from the Neolithic era to the 18th century, ranging from jade, silk, prints, and paintings to porcelain, lacquer, and bamboo carvings. China’s Southern Paradise explores how Jiangnan assumed a leading role in artistic production and how it succeeded in setting cultural standards. 

In early October, another important exhibition will open at the CMA. Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism will be the first to explore Edgar Degas’s representations of Parisian laundresses. These working- class women had a visible presence in the city, and their job was among the most difficult and poorly paid at the time. Degas remained fascinated by the industry through his long career, beginning in the 1850s and continuing until his final decade of work. Degas and the Laundress contextualizes these works with paintings, drawings, and prints of the same subject by the artist’s contemporaries. This past spring, I had the tremendous pleasure of traveling to South Korea with Sooa McCormick, Korea Foundation Curator of Korean Art, and a group of trustees and Leadership Circle members. We spent 10 days traversing Seoul and Gyeongju, visiting renowned cultural destinations including the National Museum of Korea; Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art; and Bulguksa temple, as well as several artists’ studios. Learn more about this exciting trip with museum members on page 20.

I am also thrilled to announce that we now have a fully endowed suite of Asian art curators, thanks to generous gifts from Janice Hammond and Edward Hemmelgarn and the Korea Foundation. Read more about these munificent gifts in our donor feature on page 19.

I hope to welcome you and your families soon to what is certain to be a memorable fall at the CMA.

With my gratitude and every good wish, 

William M. Griswold Director and President

Cleveland Art members magazine cover with Portrait of Calligrapher Weng Dehong

On China’s Southern Paradise

In advance of the opening of China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, Cleveland Art sat down with Clarissa von Spee, James and Donna Reid Curator of Chinese Art, interim curator of Islamic art, and chair of Asian art, to discuss the exhibition.

Beginning on September 10, the...

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The Labor of Parisian Laundresses

Impressionist artist Edgar Degas is best known today for his images of entertainments for the upper-middle class in 19th-century Paris, especially the graceful movements of ballet dancers and the dynamic energy of horse racing. Throughout his entire career, however, Degas remained fascinated with an...

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Fund for Exhibitions Supporter Highlights

What inspires your support of the CMA and giving to the Fund for Exhibitions?
Eva: Supporting the Cleveland Museum of Art comes naturally to me and to our entire family. My husband, Lloyd H. Ellis Jr. (known to friends and family as “Sandy”), was a physician who loved art and art history from his col...

Eva Ellis
Eva Ellis and her late husband Lloyd H. Ellis Jr., MD, PhD, have been members and dedicated supporters of the CMA for more than 36 years.

A Fully Endowed Suite

The CMA’s celebrated collection of Asian art, which includes significant works of art from India, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Japan, Korea, the Islamic lands, and China, inspires Cleveland and worldwide audiences every day. The collection continues to grow in global importance with the addition o...

Korea Foundation president Kim Ki-hwan (right) with CMA director William M. Griswold and CMA members on the director-led trip to South Korea

Fellowship through Art

This past April, as light- and dark-pink azalea blooms covered Seoul, 19 trustees and Leadership Circle members, accompanied by CMA director and president William M. Griswold and Korea Foundation Curator of Korean Art, Sooa McCormick, enjoyed a 10-day journey immersed in historical and contemporary...

CMA trip participants outside the Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art

Welcome, Ada de Wit

This August, the CMA welcomed its new curator of decorative art, Ada de Wit. Previously the curator of works of art and sculpture at the Wallace Collection in London, de Wit now brings her wealth of knowledge to the CMA. 

Studying art history in Poland, de Wit initially focused on European painting a...

PHOTO COURTESY OF ADA DE WIT

Transformer Station Joins the CMA

Hingetown’s Transformer Station has officially joined the CMA as a satellite location dedicated to contemporary art. This acquisition came after 10 years of a successful working partnership with art collectors Fred and Laura Bidwell, the founders of Transformer Station. Since 2013, the CMA and the B...

Transformer Station’s original façade was built in 1924. The Bidwells added a modern addition in 2011 but retained the original grandeur of the railway building.

The New CMA Website

Get ready for something new! The Cleveland Museum of Art is about to unveil its updated website, carefully crafted to provide an exceptional digital experience akin to our physical spaces. The CMA’s in-house development team has collaborated with multiple partners, including the open-source front-en...

Never miss a happening at the museum with the website’s “What’s On” event and exhibition listings.

Marc and Elizabeth Wilson

The Cleveland Museum of Art receives generous support from its donors, making it possible for the museum to build on its legacy of excellence, continue its audience-centered approach, and fulfill its mission of creating transformative experiences through art, for the benefit of all the people foreve...

PHOTO COURTESY OF MARC AND ELIZABETH WILSON

History and Hauntings

The CMA, with ghostly sightings and unusual disturbances, has been called one of the most haunted museums in America. Are these events embedded in our history? Sightings are usually associated with spirits who attach themselves to objects or locations due to a strong emotional bond or a tragic demis...

The Asian gallery 1977

Richard Avedon’s Centenary

Celebrated fashion and portrait photographer Richard Avedon was born just over 100 years ago on May 15, 1923. Museums and galleries around the country, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, are commemorating the centenary of his birth this summer and fall by showing his art. A masterpiece by Avedon...

In the American West: Ronald Fischer, beekeeper, Davis, California, May 9, 1981 1981, printed 1985. Richard Avedon (American, 1923–2004). Gelatin silver print; 143.1 x 114.5 cm. Leonard C. Hanna Jr. Fund, 2005.143. © The Richard Avedon Foundation