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Cleveland Art, 2023 Issue 4

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: December 1, 2023

As we celebrate the holiday season and look ahead to the New Year, I invite you and your loved ones to experience the exciting exhibitions and joyful programs offered by the museum this winter.

The once-in-a-lifetime exhibition of masterpieces of Chinese art, China’s Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta, remains on view through January 7, 2024. This extraordinary presentation of paintings, sculpture, metalwork, ceramics, lacquer, and jade, spanning some 5,000 years, was recently short-listed by Apollo magazine as Exhibition of the Year. It can be seen only in Cleveland.

New Narratives: Contemporary Works on Paper explores the myriad ways artists use storytelling to engage the imagination, scrutinize the past, and envision the future. The exhibition features many recent additions to the CMA’s collection. Learn more with curator Emily J. Peters starting on page 4.

Other exhibitions revolve around two leading French Impressionists. For most museumgoers, Edgar Degas calls to mind images of dancers. The works on view in Degas and the Laundress: Women, Work, and Impressionism could not, at first glance, be more different. Still, as curator Britany Salsbury explains beginning on page 8, you will find surprising similarities between the laundresses and the dancers who labored in 19th-century Paris. Opening on March 31, 2024, Monet in Focus considers Claude Monet’s innovative practice of producing multiple paintings of the same motif at different times of day and under various conditions of light and weather. Co-organized by the CMA and the Musée Marmottan Monet, the exhibition presents five masterworks by the artist, including three on loan from Paris, each belonging to a key series in his work. For a preview, see page 10.

Another important loan, Gustav Mahler’s handwritten manuscript for Symphony no. 2 in C Minor (the Resurrection), is now on display thanks to a long-standing partnership between the CMA and the Cleveland Orchestra. Read more about this noteworthy installation on page 30.

Over the holidays, we hope that people of all faiths and cultures will join us to celebrate at the CMA. For an overview of family-friendly holiday opportunities, see the calendar listings. December 8 brings the entertaining a cappella group Accent to Gartner Auditorium for a holiday concert (see page 26); the following day, we celebrate light with an illuminating Play Day in the Ames Family Atrium (page 36). And on page 37, you’ll find information on our exciting new dinner and music series, Date Night with Degas, in Provenance Restaurant.

With my gratitude and every good wish for the season,

William M. Griswold

Director and President

Cleveland Art members magazine cover with Degas Woman Ironing

New Narratives

This winter, compelling stories rivaling the latest Netflix drama are on display in the museum’s James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery. New Narratives: Contemporary Works on Paper presents a range of works that emphasize storytelling, whether imaginary, historical, personal, cultural,...


Reconsidering Degas

For most people, the name Edgar Degas likely calls to mind images of the gracefully posed dancers who occupied the stage of Paris’s Opéra as seen in two longtime viewer favorites in the museum’s collection: the painting Frieze of Dancers and the luminous pastel Dancers. The works on view in the exhi...


Monet in Focus

An exciting exhibition of five masterworks by French Impressionist Claude Monet is on view in the Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery this coming spring and summer. Three paintings are coming from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris as part of an exchange agreement that sent Monet’s Water Lilies (A...

Rouen Cathedral, Sunlight Effect, End of the Day 1892. Claude Monet (French, 1840–1926). Oil on canvas; 100 x 65 cm. Paris, Musée Marmottan Monet, Michel Monet bequest, 1966. Inv. 5174. Photo © Musée Marmottan Monet

The New CMA Website, Part 2

If this magazine is in your hands, the museum’s new website is either up and running or just days away from launching. We are excited about what is to come, and we want to share more about the features to look forward to post launch. 

The new website represents a remarkable transformation, shedding t...


Noteworthy and New

With its renowned, comprehensive collection, why does the Cleveland Museum of Art continue to acquire works of art? The museum seeks out exceptional objects that help convey the stories of human achievement in the arts through time and across the globe in order to provide visitors with a more comple...


Tuning in with Accent


Gabe Pollack, the museum’s director of performing arts, and Evan Sanders, bass vocalist in Accent, sat down for a conversation with Cleveland Art about the group’s holiday performance at the CMA.

Gabe, how did you first hear about Accent?

GP: I first heard of Accent in 2016 while working at Bop Stop....


Harriet Warm

Harriet Warm recalls the first work of art she ever purchased. It was a signed Pablo Picasso print of a nude, which she still owns. Harriet was at Wellesley College exploring a love of art history and a burgeoning interest in contemporary art. She paid $75 for the Picasso. 

Harriet shared her passion...

Harriet Warm and the late Dick Blum at a Hard Hat Tour during the CMA renovations

Mahler’s Resurrection

Now on view in the Monte and Usha Ahuja Founders Rotunda (200) at the Cleveland Museum of Art in collaboration with the Cleveland Orchestra, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 in C Minor (the Resurrection) represents one of the greatest Western compositions of the 19th century. While musically it portra...

Andria Hoy, archivist for the Cleveland Orchestra, and Moyna Stanton, CMA paper conservator, discuss Mahler’s elegant handwriting in pen and ink on the manuscript’s professional staff paper.

Welcome, Erin Fletcher

Erin Fletcher joined the CMA this past spring as director of interpretation, adult programs, and academic engagement. She is responsible for overseeing adult and academic programming, the docent program, and the interpretation team.

Fletcher comes to the CMA from Ohio Wesleyan University, where she s...

Celebrate Light

As the winter solstice nears, marking the shortest day and longest night of the year, daylight grows dimmer, the air becomes colder, and many of us find warmth in light. We use more lights at home, holiday lights abound in our neighborhoods, and fireplaces exude a warm glow.