Built when the City of Cleveland was coming of age, the museum is a physical manifestation of the hopes and dreams of a community hungry for access to arts and culture. It was by design that the art museum and other cultural institutions were built within walking distance of each other. One hundred years later we celebrate the ongoing achievement of the museum with an exhibition of archival images that illustrate significant and unique moments in our history. The images selected for the exhibition provide a unique look at how the museum became what it is today.
A pioneering figure in 20th-century documentary photography, Margaret Bourke-White is famous for her scenes of modern industry, the Great Depression, and political and social movements from the 1920s through the 1950s.
In 1937 art critic and publisher Tériade contacted his longtime friend Henri Matisse for help with his latest project, an art magazine he called Verve. High-quality lithographic color reproductions of artworks would set Verve apart from Tériade’s other publications Cahiers d’art and Minotaure. Tériade wanted this new venture to attract a wider audience and make artwork more accessible to the general public.
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.