A Table of Contents for Our Featured Exhibition

By Jessica Ketz, Digital Communications Manager

Due to the pandemic, exhibition projects that had been in development for years were suddenly halted and turned upside-down. However, this offered a new perspective and resulted in a spellbinding exhibition. It usually takes years to plan and curate a show, but we curated Stories from Storage within a mere handful of months by looking to our own resources.

Stories from Storage is a narrative told through art about life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Think of the exhibition as an anthology of twenty short stories authored by our curators. …


By Amanda Mikolic, Curatorial Assistant for the Department of Medieval Art

Did you buy your face mask from a well-known designer or was it lovingly made by hand by a family member or friend? Does it feature a trendy design inspired by pop culture? Is it a reflection of your personal style and taste? Did you order it online or design it yourself? In the age of COVID, the facemask is the most visible form of PPE, or personal protective equipment. But the art of PPE has a long history. …


By Hajnal Eppley, Gallery Teaching Director

If there ever was a time to focus on social-emotional wellness, it’s 2020. In this year’s uncertainty and change, children and grown-ups traverse a wide range of emotions each day. As a parent working from home while also supporting my two children in their remote learning, I can say that today my household experienced excitement, frustration, guilt, confusion, joy, and exhaustion.

Naming these emotions is one of the first steps to helping children navigate their feelings. The next step: what does one DO with all these feelings?

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When Governor Mike DeWine announced the move…


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James Brown, 1966. Courtesy of the Chuck Stewart Estate.

Next week’s MIX: Amplify is inspired by social justice in art and music, highlighted in a new exhibition at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The virtual MIX on Friday, October 2, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. will feature a live DJ set from Vikter Duplaix, a showcase of street dance from choreographer Samuel McIntosh of 10K Movement, and video art by Wil Frierson.

Art and music always reflect the times, and in response to the global protests following the killing of George Floyd, the Rock Hall organized It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment


Because travel remains limited by the public health concerns of COVID-19, we’re exploring our own surroundings more. Cleveland artists have done that for a century and created some remarkable views of our community. Walkers and bicyclists this year have had a bright and cool summer to enjoy the area. We asked some avid bicyclists to compare what they see now with works in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection by artists who have interpreted our city. Inspiration is everywhere!

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Artificial Intelligence Offers a New Way to Find Your View in the CMA Collection

By Anna Faxon and Haley Kedziora, Digital Project Managers

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Right: Flowers in a Vase, c. 1669. Simon Verelst (Dutch, 1644–1721). Oil on wood; framed: 41 x 37 x 5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, 1982.246. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Art is one way people reflect and shape the world they see, and the Cleveland Museum of Art has a new way to match your view to views created by some of history’s greatest artists.

The CMA’s Digital Innovation team has launched ArtLens AI: Share Your View. This interactive tool on the museum website and on Twitter matches what you see in your world to art from the CMA’s remarkable collection.

This easy point of entry into…


By Maddie Armitage, Studio Programs Manager

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Image courtesy Howard Agriesti for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Creativity is a skill that everyone can practice. It’s like a muscle that can be stretched and strengthened. Creativity is empowering because it is grounded in play, joy, and wonder. It feeds us. Stimulating the creative mind happens in the exercise between imagination and guidelines. I like to think about guidelines not as boundaries but as fun challenges pushing us to re-imagine something.

As a creative professional myself, I thrive upon prompts that spark ideas that are then followed by a process of establishing my own rules — and then breaking them. I often…


By Bentley Boyd, Donor and Member Communications Manager

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The Beatles Times Nine, Contact Sheet, 1964, printed 2004. Harry Benson (American, b. Scotland, 1929). Gelatin silver print; 120.7 x 122.6 cm. © Harry Benson. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Many images stop you in your tracks as you walk through PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet. You see wonderful Man Ray abstractions from 1926, Robert Frank’s look at everyday Americans in 1955, and O. Winston Link’s rumbling trains.

But even more fascinating are the celebrities stopped for us, held at one place and time on the arc of their legendary careers. Some of these images capture a global talent at the beginning. Some frame a celebrity in summation. …


By: Bentley Boyd, Donor and Member Communications Manager

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Image: John Ewing, Curator of Film at the CMA for 34 Years. Image courtesy Howard Agriesti for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

You couldn’t watch a movie on your phone when John Ewing took over the film program at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1986. But our era of on-demand streaming content only makes the CMA’s curation of film more important, he believes.

“A lot of us who love film resist the word ‘content.’ The best movies are not ‘content.’ They are works of art conceived by artists and should be seen in the best possible environment,” Ewing says.

Ewing was about to show director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Day of Wrath (1943) at…


By: CMA’s Interpretation Department

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Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Avenue, Cleveland — A. (at extreme right) is Miss Belle Sherwin, President, National League of Women Voters; B. is Judge Florence E. Allen (holding the flag); C. is Mrs. Malcolm McBride. Related Names: League of Women Voters (U.S.) Records. Date Created/Published: 1912.

American women were guaranteed the right to vote after World War I had ended, after the Cleveland Museum of Art had opened, and after Susan B. Anthony had died without seeing her life’s work come to success. This year’s centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution is worthy of celebration — if it is tempered with the recognition of how long it took to achieve and how elusive a full equality remains.

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to approve the guarantee that women could vote anywhere in the US…

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