Historical Exhibitions

This is a comprehensive and searchable listing of exhibitions held at The Cleveland Museum of Art from the Inaugural Loan Exhibition of 1916 through 2020. Museum archives staff maintain and update the database. It includes exhibitions planned by CMA staff, traveling exhibitions initiated by other museums and CMA, and exhibitions planned by the education department and held in gallery space devoted primarily to educational purposes. It does not include exhibitions planned for and circulated in local schools and libraries by the museum's extensions department, unless they were also shown at the museum.

Information included in the Exhibition History Database:
  • Exhibition Title
  • Start and End dates (where available)
  • Availibility of archival records for the exhibition. Exhibition records for the years 1916-1992 are housed in the collection "Exhibition Compendium," and where available corresponding box and folder numbers are given. Contact archives staff for information about archival materials from exhibitions held after 1992.
  • Availibility of a published catalogue or guide to the exhibition, and if so a link to the item in the Ingalls Library catalog Gallery(s) where the exhibition was installed, where available.
  • Availability and format of gallery installation views. If installation views are not digital the box and folder numbers for the photographs in the collection "Registrar's Office: Photographs" are given [if there is a "P" in front of the box/folder numbers, these images are from the "Archives Photograph Collection"].

All archival records and photographs are available in the Museum Archives. Digital Images are available at digitalarchives.clevelandart.org and are searchable by exhibition keyword. Published catalogues and guides are available in the Ingalls Library.

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Title Catalog Record Start Month Start Day Start Year End Month End Day End Year
[William J.] Gordon Estate, Recent Accessions and Other Loans January 06 1917
[William J.] Glackens Memorial Exhibition November 29 1939 December 31 1939
[Max] Kalish, [Henry George] Keller, and [William] Sommer: Cleveland Masters from TheCleveland Museum October 01 1982 October 17 1982
[John L.] Severance Bequest Link November 12 1942 March 14 1943
[Frank S.] Lahm Collection of War Posters June 05 1917 July 27 1917
Zeke Berman Photographs September 11 1987 November 01 1987
Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties Link July 01 2012 September 16 2012
Young Art: Hawaii December 07 1965 December 28 1965
Yoruba: Nine Centuries of African Art and Thought Link October 10 1990 December 09 1990
Yoga: The Art of Transformation Link June 22 2014 September 07 2014
Years of Ferment Link July 13 1965 August 22 1965
Year in Review, 1971 December 28 1971 February 06 1972
Year in Review, 1970 February 10 1971 March 07 1971
Year in Review for 1988 March 01 1989 May 14 1989
Year in Review for 1987 February 24 1988 April 17 1988
Year in Review for 1986 February 04 1987 March 15 1987
Year in Review for 1975 February 03 1976 March 07 1976
Year in Review for 1974 March 11 1975 April 06 1975
Year in Review for 1973 January 30 1974 March 17 1974
Year in Review for 1972 February 27 1973 March 18 1973