In October of 2011, during the London venue of Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics and Devotion in Medieval Europe a multitude of experts met at the British Museum to share their knowledge in the study of relics, reliquaries, saints and pilgrimage. It was a three-day congress of art historians, historians, archaeologists, conservators and scientists, all gathered to give papers and create a landmark publication. The Cleveland Museum of Art was invited to participate.
Yale's Paul Mellon Professor, Dr. Tim Barringer, presented his lecture, "Aspiring to the Condition of Music" to the Museum last week. It was a lively examination of the Aesthetic Movement's relationship to art and music, and included real music! It was both serious and entertaining, and delivered wonderful images, too.
The Ingalls Library recently reached a significant milestone. On January 5th, I cataloged the 500,000th item to enter the collection. A four volume set entitled Moriyama Daidō zensakuhinshū, the complete works of Daido Moriyama, pushed the library's volume count over a half million. Not surprisingly it took over a century to reach this number. The first book accessioned by the library on February 16, 1914 was a Funk & Wagnalls New Standard Dictionary, published in 1913.
Much like Themes and Variations explores music’s representations in art from the fifteenth century through the twentieth, the Performing Arts, Music & Film Department of the museum has long explored musical styles from around the world and throughout history.