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Cleveland Art, Fall 2021

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  • Magazine Issue
Published: December 1, 2021

Autumn is a season of change, with shorter days beckoning one indoors to experience several exciting and powerful new exhibitions here at the museum.

This issue of the magazine features three articles about the immersive exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain. The exhibition situates the CMA’s sculpture Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan and nine other closely related Cambodian statues in their original context. In the following pages, learn about how this incredible sculpture came into the CMA’s collection, the highly collaborative, multiyear conservation project that resulted in its recent restoration, and the groundbreaking technology that will bring to life both the story of Krishna and the ancient site of Phnom Da.

The thought-provoking exhibition Picturing Motherhood Now examines the concept of motherhood through the eyes of a range of contemporary artists, challenging archetypes while exploring changing definitions of family and gender. See page 20 for a conversation between Native American artist Wendy Red Star and associate curator of contemporary art Nadiah Rivera Fellah.

Presented in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, Derrick Adams: LOOKS features nine monumentally scaled paintings of mannequin heads—joyfully styled with colorful wigs and makeup—from the Brooklyn-based artist’s recent Style Variations series (see page 18). Adams’s work seeks to promote visibility and celebrate Black self-representation. The exhibition opens December 5 in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery (230).

Over the past few years, the museum has steadily added to its collection of works by women printmakers. Many will be seen for the first time in Women in Print: Recent Acquisitions, opening in January (page 22). At the same time, as part of a special exchange of loans with the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Frederic Leighton’s Portrait of May Sartoris (pictured on the back cover) will be shown in the Ellen and Bruce Mavec Gallery (203B) through July 10.

We also invite you to meet two new members of our staff. Fashion historian Darnell-Jamal Lisby has joined us as assistant curator, and Changduk (Charles) Kang is our first Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellow in Art History Leadership, a joint appointment with Case Western Reserve University. Learn about their upcoming projects beginning on page 36.

It is hard to believe the holidays are upon us. In this issue, discover how you can spend the season at the Cleveland Museum of Art—and give the gift of art through a membership or a contribution to the annual fund.

Thank you once again for your continued support. I hope to see you in the galleries soon.

William M. Griswold Director and President

Magazine cover with a visitor wearing hololens  headgear and looking into a cave with the Cleveland Krishna super-imposed inside

The Cleveland Krishna

Long before the CMA acquired Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan in 1973 as a fragment, with no arms or legs, scholars and connoisseurs interested in the arts of Asia recognized it as a masterwork of early Cambodian sculpture. The museum’s director at the time, Sherman E. Lee, worked unflinchingly for e...


Conserving Krishna

When people ask about my work as an art conservator, their first question tends to be whether I really get to touch the art. I tell them that I do, and that it’s always a thrill. They also ask how long conservation treatments take, especially for large and complicated paintings and sculptures. The a...

Conserving Krishna CMA art handlers align the body and upper stone section on the new mount, 2021.

A Virtual Polish for an Ancient Masterwork

While developing the digital elements in Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain, I caught myself thinking about my visit to the King Tut exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1978. We waited in long lines to enter; the excitement in the crowd was palpable. It was the firs...

HoloLens Experience A mixed-reality headset projects holograms amidst actual people and objects in the surrounding space, allowing visitors to interact with physical and virtual environments simultaneously.

Derrick Adams: LOOKS

“The content of most of my work,” says artist Derrick Adams, “is based on observation and, more so, observation around my environment. I look for things that are in my visual grasp on a daily basis. I look for meaning in those things.” The wig shops in the artist’s Brooklyn neighborhood inspired the...

Style Variation 35 2020. Derrick Adams. Acrylic paint and graphite on digital inkjet photograph; 245.1 x 153 x 4.4 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

Preserving Matrilineal Culture

Raised on the Apsáalooke (Crow) reservation in Montana, Wendy Red Star makes work informed by both her cultural heritage and her engagement with many forms of creative expression, including photography, sculpture, video, fiber arts, and performance. An avid researcher of archives and historical narr...

Wendy Red Star


Women in Print

 Over the past few years, curators at the Cleveland Museum of Art have been actively building the holdings of prints by a diverse and international range of women working today. These exciting new additions to the collection will be on view for the first time in Women in Print: Recent Acquisitions.



Toward the Ultimate Figure

The Cleveland Museum of Art is the opening venue for Alberto Giacometti: Toward the Ultimate Figure, a large touring exhibition that focuses on the artist’s major achievements and creations of the postwar years, from 1945 to 1966.

Widely acclaimed as one of the most important artists of the 20th cent...

Currents and Constellations

Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus puts art from the CMA’s permanent collection in conversation with a vanguard of emerging and mid-career Black artists, as each explores the fundaments of art making, embracing and challenging art history.

The connections between the artworks and the the...

The New Black Vanguard

The New Black Vanguard  an exhibition of photographs by young Black artists working in Africa and across the African diaspora, celebrates Black creativity and underlines the cross-pollination that occurs between art, fashion, and culture. For many decades, images by Black photographers were rarely f...

Fire on the Beach 2019. Dana Scruggs (American). Image courtesy of Aperture, New York, 2019. © Dana Scruggs

Roy Minoff

Roy Minoff’s generous support of the museum was inspired by his father, Sam. A unique philanthropic opportunity joined his love of music with the Cleveland Museum of Art.

How did you become involved with the museum?

My father traveled a great deal, and during my childhood he exposed me to artists like...

Supporter Roy Minoff (center) with June Scharf (right) and Colleen Russell Criste, deputy director and chief philanthropy officer, celebrating the installation of the upgraded sound system in Gartner Auditorium


Portrait of Renoir

The Cleveland Museum of Art recently acquired an exquisite portrait by Frédéric Bazille depicting his close friend and fellow Impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Although not as well known as the other Impressionists, Bazille played a seminal role in the early history of the movement.

Bazille was bo...