Desktop Dialogue: Recovering Lost Histories of Pride


Desktop Dialogues

Join CMA curators, educators, and other invited guests in a live online discussion about works in the collection that address issues people face today. Participate in the conversation by making comments or asking questions.

Instructions for Joining

Click the virtual event link, “Join the Desktop Dialogue.” This will send you to your web browser. 

If you have Microsoft Teams, click “Open Microsoft Teams” on the pop-up and the event will open.

If you do not have Microsoft Teams, click “Cancel” if you receive a pop-up, and then click “Watch on the web instead.” You will have the option to sign in, if you have a Microsoft Outlook account (not required), or choose “Join anonymously” and the event will open.



Past Events

Recovering Lost Histories of Pride

Wednesday, June 24, 12:00 p.m.

Honor the origins of Pride Month and its connections to the Black Lives Matter movement. Join writer-educator Naazneen Diwan from the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah to discuss the importance of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) queer and trans activists and artists to movements for LGBTQ+ rights. This is a live event, and questions from the audience are encouraged. 

After the program, held from 12:00 to 12:30 p.m., all participants are welcome to continue the conversation and interact in an informal, live Zoom video conference meeting from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m. A link for this additional discussion will be provided during the program. 

Healing and Heritage

Wednesday, May 27, 12:00 p.m.

Join curator Kristen Windmuller-Luna and artist-educator Orlando Caraballo to discuss how artists and makers have turned to cultural objects and practices for healing.

Restore and Reflect

Wednesday, May 20, 12:00 p.m.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? Join curator Sonya Rhie Mace and meditation instructor Jennifer Bochik as they look closely at examples of Buddhist art and demonstrate how traditional mindfulness practices can help us manage the challenges we are facing today.

The Comforts of Home

Wednesday, May 13, 12:00 p.m.

What objects around your home bring you comfort? Curator Stephen Harrison and educator-scholar Key Jo Lee discuss Emma Amos’s Sandy and Her Husband and decorative art from the museum’s collection, reflecting on the ways works of art and design make the home a place of tranquility.


Wednesday, May 6, 12:00 p.m.

Have you found yourself developing hacks and work-arounds to put dinner on the table or celebrate a holiday? Join curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and artist-educator Robin Heinrich to discuss how limitations helped artists Sanford Biggers, Louisa Joiner, and Robert Rauschenberg become resourceful and arrive at new creative solutions.

Communicating across Distances

Wednesday, April 29, 12:00 p.m.

Join curator Britany Salsbury and educator Arielle Levine for a discussion around the exhibition A Graphic Revolution and how artists José Guadalupe Posada and León Ferrari used printmaking to communicate ideas and messages across great distances.