Cleveland Art, Summer 2021

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  • Member Magazine
Published: August 20, 2021

In this issue of the members magazine: Private Lives; Medieval Treasures; Collecting Dreams; Picturing Motherhood Now; The Community Arts Center; Parade the City; The Muralists at the CAC; Art of the Islamic World; The Mihal Family; Reimagining Education at the CMA; Defiant Dido; Exploring the Fine Arts Garden; A Tour of 19th-Century Art in Paris

Magazine cover with a wealthy woman in a red dress in a chair looking down upon a baby in pink, in front of a blue and white tile fireplace in a red room

Private Lives

In 1889, a group of young, avant-garde artists in Paris formed a brotherhood to promote a radical new direction in art. Adopting the name Nabis—Hebrew for “prophets”—they aimed to capture subjective experience and emotion in their paintings and works on paper.

The Checkered Blouse (Madame Claude Terrasse at Age 20) 1892. Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947). Oil on canvas; 61 x 33 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, RF1977-89. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

Medieval Treasures

Saint Paul’s Cathedral in Münster preserves one of the most outstanding medieval church treasuries in Europe, which looks back on a tradition of more than 1,200 years. The objects were acquired and mostly made for the church and have been kept there ever since. The building of the new treasury in Mü...

Reliquary Cross c. 1050–1100. Engraved gem: AD 1–100; rock crystal mounting: 800s–900s; setting: late 1200s. Western Germany; engraved gem: Abbasid. Wood core, gold, 14 gemstones, 50 pearls, copper, and rock crystal; overall: h. 22.6 cm; cross: 17.2 x 13 cm. Hohes Domkapitel der Kathedralkirche St. Paulus, Münster. Photo: Stephan Kube, Greven, Germany

Collecting Dreams

In his own time, 19th-century French artist Odilon Redon was described as “the prince of mysterious dreams” by one prominent art critic for creating paintings, drawings, and prints that imaginatively blended fantasy, literature, and the subconscious. Today, Redon is well represented in museums aroun...

Picturing Motherhood Now

There is a long history of picturing motherhood. That history illuminates the culture from which it springs. What, then, do contemporary pictures of motherhood say about our own time? As scholars of contemporary art and mothers ourselves, this question is deeply engaging to us. In creating Picturing...

Las Talaveritas 2015. Aliza Nisenbaum (Mexican American, b. 1977). Oil on linen; 162.6 x 144.8 cm. © Aliza Nisenbaum. Valeria and Gregorio Napoleone Collection. Image courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York

The Community Art Center

The newly opened Community Arts Center, in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood on Cleveland’s near west side, offers opportunities for residents there and beyond to connect with the arts. The former awning factory has been transformed to include a variety of arts, culture, and service organizations. The c...

Community Arts Center Opening (From left) Robin VanLear, Chuck Fowler, Char Fowler, William M. Griswold, Scott Mueller, Richard Nord, and Stefanie Taub

Parade the City 2021

As with most public gatherings this past year, Parade the Circle, the CMA’s signature event to kick off the summer, was unable to occur in the normal fashion. Keeping the spirit of the popular annual event alive, we reimagined a new iteration: Parade the City. Local artists were paired with communit...

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The Muralists at the CAC

Bruno Casiano
Puerto Rico plays an integral role in the life and art of Bruno Casiano. Born in Gary, Indiana, to Puerto Rican parents, Casiano moved back to the island with his family at age 10. He grew up in Juana Diaz and attended art school in San Juan and the Dominican Republic, studying illustra...

Art of the Islamic World

The reinstallation of the Islamic art galleries challenges the preconception that objects produced in the Islamic world are necessarily religious, or that they are always produced by Muslim artisans. Featuring works produced from the 700s through the 1800s, the core of the CMA’s collection, the new...

The Mihal Family

Milan (Mel) Mihal and Marilyn Atkin Mihal requested that tribute gifts in their honor be made to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Upon their passing in 2020, their daughter, Mia Mihal Faxon, shared her family’s history of connection and relationship with the CMA, which led to lives dedicated to art span...

The Mihal Family (Clockwise from left) Mel, Mia, Anna, and Marilyn

Defiant Dido

Aurelio Lombardo’s commanding marble Dido is poised to present a note of feminine challenge to the Cleveland Museum of Art’s august collection of classically inspired Renaissance portraits of great men by Mino da Fiesole, Girolamo della Robbia, and Gregorio di Lorenzo. Dido is an exquisitely carved...

Exploring the Fine Arts Garden

Have you ever walked through the CMA’s Fine Arts Garden to explore the sculptures and statues up close or enjoyed a picnic on the Smith Family Gateway? You may not realize that the museum’s collection extends well beyond the gallery walls, where a beautiful landscape and works of art await discovery...

A Tour of 19th-Century Art in Paris

My last trip to Europe before the pandemic was in January 2020. I traveled to Switzerland to negotiate loans for Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900. Now that overseas travel is becoming possible again, I look forward to returning to the city that was home to the...

Twilight also called The Game of Croquet 1892. Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1967). Oil on canvas; 130 x 162.5 cm. Musée d’Orsay, Paris, RF1985-8. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo: Hervé Lewandowski. © 2021 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris