Cleveland Art, March/April 2019

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  • Member Magazine
Published: March 1, 2019

In this issue of the members magazine: Acquisitions 2018; Meet Seth Pevnick; Shinto Masterworks; The Rise of Gordon Parks; A Lasting Impression; Burchfield’s CMA Poster; Introducing Open Access; Elevating Indian Art

Cleveland Art magazine cover, Japanese sculpture of a man in a robe

Acquisitions 2018


The Cleveland Museum of Art’s strategic plan recognizes that the collection is the institution’s greatest asset and indispensable foundation, telling the story of human achievement in the arts throughout time and across many cultures. In the pages that follow, the museum’s curators offer...

Meet Seth Pevnick

In December, following an international search, the museum announced the appointment of Seth D. Pevnick as curator of Greek and Roman art. He will oversee the care and development of the collection of art of the ancient Mediterranean, including the art of Egypt and the Ancient Near East. Working clo...

Shinto Masterworks

Organized with the special cooperation of the Nara National Museum, the assistance of the Kyushu and Tokyo National Museums, and the generosity of lenders across Japan, Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art presents works associated with belief in divinities called kami (pronounced kah-mee...

Seated Tenjin, 1259. Kamakura period (1185–1333). Wood with color; 94.9 x 101.5 x 68.8 cm. Yoki Tenman Jinja, Sakurai, Nara Prefecture. Important Cultural Property

The Rise of Gordon Parks

In August 1937 a magazine changed the life of a 24-year-old dining-car waiter on the Northern Pacific Railway. Inspired by the issue’s images of dispossessed migrant workers roaming the highways between Oklahoma and California, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) decided to take up photography. In 1940 he quit...

Washington, D.C. Government charwoman, July 1942. Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006). Gelatin silver print; 23.7 x 18.2 cm. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., LC-USF34-013407-C [P&P]. Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Photograph

A Lasting Impression

The Cleveland Museum of Art holds one of the nation’s most important print collections, thanks to the generosity of the Print Club of Cleveland. Since its founding in 1919, three years after the museum opened, the club has championed printmaking and built the museum’s holdings of works on paper thro...

Burchfield’s CMA Poster

From 1912 to 1916, Charles Burchfield studied at the Cleveland School of Art, now the Cleveland Institute of Art. One of the school’s trustees, real estate investor Ralph T. King, was also a Cleveland Museum of Art trustee. Interested in encouraging young artists and in supporting both the students...

Inaugural Poster, 1915. Charles Burchfield (American, 1893–1967). Opaque watercolor with blue pencil. The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives

Introducing Open Access

“The Cleveland Museum of Art’s adoption of a clear open-access policy allows Wikimedia volunteers alongside other reusers to build more free knowledge with its collections, and to help give these the broadest possible impact.” –Ben Vershbow, director of community programs, Wikimedia Foundation

What i...

Livestreamed Launch Jane Alexander and Bill Griswold celebrate the announcement of Open Access. Photo by Scott Shaw.

Elevating Indian Art

For Catherine Glynn Benkaim and Barbara Timmer, philanthropy is a joyful obligation. The couple takes great pleasure in giving back to the community, and the Cleveland Museum of Art is grateful to be among the recipients of their generosity.

In 2018 the California-based couple divided more than 200 R...

Barbara Timmer (left) and Catherine Glynn Benkaim