Image: Jessica Williams
  • Image: Jessica Williams

Virtual Events


Upcoming Events

Desktop Dialogue: Re-visioning Art and History

Wednesday, August 5, 12:00 p.m.

At this moment, engaged citizens across the world are questioning the systems, structures, and values that museums are built upon. Join Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee to discuss how these much-needed critiques will inform CMA programs like Desktop Dialogues and Close Looking at a Distance, explore objects that reshape what we know about art and museums including Fred Wilson’s To Die upon a Kiss, and learn the value of adopting multiple perspectives to understand works of art. 

Starting at 12:30 p.m., all participants are welcome to continue the conversation and interact in an informal, live Zoom video conference meeting. A link to join this additional discussion will be provided during the program.

MIX: Viva

Friday, August 7, 8:00 p.m.

Celebrate the diverse sights and sounds of Latin culture in honor of the current exhibition A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America. The night includes visuals by Texas-based artist Michael Menchaca, the Afro-Caribbean dance duo Caribe Conexión and beats by Cause&Effect (Jean Paul Hernandez). Tune in right at 8:00 p.m. to hear an original poetic response to Belkis Ayón’s print I Always Return by actor-poet Andrew Aaron Valdez (host of Voces Fuertes Open Mic, Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center).

Close Looking at a Distance: The Inquisitive Eye

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Art is both a window to and a mirror of the world. It can hide as much as it reveals, often disguising or erasing inconvenient truths. Museums work to divulge art’s secrets, but every story told conceals others. So how might we better sense the other stories waiting to be witnessed? 

This week, Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee lead the audience in viewing two unique portrait miniatures to show how active noticing can lead to discovering or recovering ideas, histories, and people who might have otherwise remained obscure. 

British Galleries. Photo by Howard Agriesti / The Cleveland Museum of Art

Inspired by Britain

Thursday, August 13, 6:00–6:30 p.m.

Leadership Circle members have an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the reimagined British Galleries with CMA curatorial and design teams

Devotees at the Shrine of Shri Nathji (detail), 1920s. Khubiram Gopilal (Indian, 1891–1970). Watercolor, gelatin silver print, gold paint; 46.5 x 59 cm. Cleveland Museum of Art, Purchase from the Karl B. Goldfield Trust, 2018.213

Close Connections: Indian Art and Photography

Thursday, August 27, 6:00–6:30 p.m.

Curators from two disparate disciplines make connections across the CMA collection. In the first program of this new series for CMA Insider members and above, curators discuss how the areas of Indian painting and photography intersect in a special piece from the CMA collection.


Past Events

Desktop Dialogue: 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. 

Image: Jessica Williams

MIX: Bloom

Friday, June 6, 8:00 p.m.

Dance your way into spring and join us for MIX: Bloom, featuring a live DJ set from JonDoeTho1  (pop, hip-hop, soul, and future beats) alongside  remixed  animated visuals  of florals from  the CMA’s collection by motion graphics artist  Jessica Williams

Desktop Dialogue: 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.

Desktop Dialogue: 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.

Desktop Dialogue: 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.

Desktop Dialogue: Resourcefulness

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.

Desktop Dialogue: 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.