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The Thinker Bombing, Forty-Five Years Later

At approximately 12:44am on March 24, 1970 University Circle Police responded to a loud explosion emanating from the vicinity of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Witnesses later reported hearing the explosion from over two miles away, certainly close enough to wake then museum director Sherman Lee at his home in Cleveland Heights. Upon arriving at the museum he found the museum’s iconic sculpture the Thinker had been blown off the pedestal on which it had sat for fifty-three years by a pipe bomb. In addition to considerable damage to the legs of the sculpture, shrapnel from the explosion scarred the marble columns and front door of the museum.

Magazine Rack: Curatorial Publications and Objects in Print

The Ingalls Library collection includes approximately 1,200 currently received periodical titles. That is quite simply, an overwhelming number. This ongoing series features articles that discuss objects included in the museum’s collection of more than 46,000 objects, as well as articles written by museum staff members. Additionally, articles about the museum, its history and activities are noted.

Electronic Resources: Art Sales Catalogues Online and Lugt's Répertoire Online

Frits Lugt, an art collector and scholar, was born in 1884 in the Netherlands and received early training at the renowned Amsterdam auction house of Frederik Muller. During his time there Lugt began to compile auction catalogues and later went on to compile catalogues of Dutch and Flemish drawings of the Louvre, the Bibliothèque National and Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.

A Winter Sky, by George Inness

These first few days of snow remind me of this brilliant winter sunset by George Inness (American, 1825-1894). Though not on view now, we can at least see Winter Sky here on the Museum website collection (1927.388). Isn't it a beauty? My winters in eastern Pennsylvania looked like this, complete with Canada geese flying in formation. Mark Cole directed me to this landscape last winter, and I find its setting sun and reflective clouds magical in their frozen landscape. 

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