By Britany Salsbury, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings

Anyone who has visited Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900, now in its last few days, may be tempted to draw connections to CMA’s upcoming exhibition Collecting Dreams: Odilon Redon.

At first glance, one might easily think that these two exhibitions have very little, if anything, in common.

Odilon Redon was known as “the prince of mysterious dreams” for his enigmatic and imaginative paintings, drawings, and prints that mined fantasy, literature, and the subconscious. …


By Beth Edelstein, CMA Objects Conservator

Krishna’s torso is moved into alignment with the upper section of the sculpture in the new reconstruction, 2021

According to Sanskrit texts, Krishna, an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu, once hoisted a mountain overhead to shelter people and cattle from a mighty storm brought upon them by Indra, the god of rain and lightning, whom Krishna had angered. At the time, the dark-skinned god was just eight years old, and after this feat, his fellow villagers came to recognize him as a divinity.

Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan, carved around 600 for the temple site of Phnom Da in southern Cambodia, is one of the central works of the Cleveland Museum of…


By Cameron Findlay, 2021 Warshawsky Fellow in Collections Management at the CMA

Cameron Findlay was the 2021 Warshawsky Fellow in the CMA Collections Management Department where she worked on a long-term loan digitization project. In this essay, Cameron connects her personal interest in research on itinerant artists with skills learned during the summer fellowship.

The work that registrars and collections management staff do is vital to understand the history of artworks and how collection practices have evolved over time.

The main job of a museum registrar is to organize and maintain records for artworks, as well as loans, acquisitions, rights…


You may have heard of Humans of New York, the project by Brandon Stanton involving the pictures and interviews collected on the streets of New York City. If you’ve ever visited NYC, you know what it’s like to be in the center of a city that never sleeps. Part of the excitement of the city is the anonymity, seemingly endless possibilities, chance encounters, and people watching it affords.

During the 1900s, NYC was an epicenter of change, packed with vibrant new communities of immigrants from Europe and Latin American countries and with Black Southerners who had migrated north. Artists responded…


By Viktoria Weinebeck, Curator at the Domkammer in Münster

One of CMA’s current exhibitions, “Medieval Treasures from Münster Cathedral” features a collection of relics and reliquaries kept in the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Münster, in northwestern Germany. For the medieval Christian, collections of relics and reliquaries held spiritual power and political clout. To deepen our understanding of these treasures we asked the expert: Viktoria Weinebeck, curator at the Domkammer in Münster.

They say you’ll never forget your first love— and they are right. I still remember the moment I saw the head reliquary of Saint Paul for the first…


With Arseniy Gusev, Student at the Cleveland Institute of Music and Tom Welsh, CMA Director of Performing Arts

When the worlds of music and visual art collide, an audience can feel, grasp, and absorb the material in a whole new way. As the museum’s director of performing arts, Tom Welsh explains:

“Music and the visual arts are often intertwined; indeed, this is one of the many reasons the Cleveland Museum of Art is so terrific — the founders understood this from the beginning, and here we are carrying on their vision more than 100 years later. …


Every so often we need a break from our busy lives to relax. While a vacation is a great solution, there are simple diversions that can give your eyes a rest from staring at screens and blue light sources, and instead use our imagination.

Temporarily escaping or distracting ourselves from reality has been a remedy throughout history, but it became a trend during the Great Depression (1929–1933) as a way to deal with the hardships of life. …


By Courtney Toelle, Graduate Student Intern at the CMA

Graduate students interning at the CMA through the Joint Program in Art History at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Case Western Reserve University conducted historical research on the museum and it’s art for the full year of their internship. In these essays, the students share the findings and insights from their research. Courtney’s essay is the first in the series.

Mermaids of the Earth. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

The land surrounding Wade Lagoon near the Cleveland Museum of Art was always intended to be a free and accessible public park; however, in the 1920s a nearby neighborhood was…


By Seth Pevnick, CMA Curator of Greek and Roman Art

The Olympic cauldron will be lit during the Opening Ceremony at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games later tonight and over the next two weeks, a worldwide audience will watch as thousands of athletes compete, realizing lifelong dreams. Although a number of their disciplines are entirely modern, many have been practiced for millennia; some even stretch back to ancient Greece, where the Olympic Games originated as a quadrennial festival held at the Sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia. There, tradition tells us, the games were first held in 776 BC, initially with…


By Nadiah Rivera Fellah, CMA’s Associate Curator of Contemporary Art

North Star series and original mural background by Kambui Olujimi

New Histories, New Futures, CMA’s newest contemporary exhibition which is now on view at Transformer Station, tackles the concepts of time and perception as told by three contemporary Black artists who engage with historical revisionism. Each artist engages with the exhibition’s premise from the perpectives of the past (Johnny Coleman), present (Antwoine Washington), and future (Kambui Olujimi).

Let’s take a walk through this exhibition and explore how each artist’s work coincides with the main themes of the show.

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