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Virtual Events


Upcoming Events

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Womens Council Virtual Talk: Inside the Stories—A Focused Look

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (EST)

Womens Council and Painting and Drawing Society will hear from Mark Cole, Chair of Modern, Contemporary & Decorative Arts and William P. and Amanda C. Madar Curator of American Painting and Sculpture, as he presents the story behind the single painting, Haverstraw Bay, he chose for the Stories from Storage exhibition.

From Creation to Collection: Making and Marketing Drawings in 19th-Century France

Thursday–Friday, March 11–12, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (EST)

In anticipation of a major exhibition and publication focused on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s holdings of 19th-century French drawings in spring 2022, scholars from across the globe present new research related to the materials, function, and collecting of drawings during this period.

CMA, 2009.350 (detail)

Column & Stripe Virtual Talk: Inside the Stories—Inspired by Global Events

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Column & Stripe and Friends of Photography members are invited to a virtual talk featuring curator of Korean art Sooa Im McCormick, associate curator of contemporary art Nadiah Rivera Fellah, and curator of photography Barbara Tannenbaum.

Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter One

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

How many stories can a work of art tell?  

The series An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

For the first chapter, playwright Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn, Bright Ideas) draws from photographs of popular tourist locales to create the dramatic monologue “That Which Can Be Held.” Watch Coble’s live performance and, afterward, join him and curator Barbara Tannenbaum for a conversation about the fantasy and romance of travel in images and spoken word. 

CMA, 2016.54. © Kara Walker

Friends of African and African American Art Virtual Talk: Inside the Stories–Art in/as History

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 6:00 p.m., (EDT)

Friends of African and African American Art, Contemporary Art Society, and Print Club members are invited to a virtual talk featuring director of academic affairs and associate curator of special projects Key Jo Lee.

Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter Two

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

How many stories can a work of art tell?  

The series, An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

For the second chapter, food writer and culinary historian Sarah Lohman (Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine) brings viewers on a journey through the food, culture, and landscape of the Navajo Nation, beginning with artist Lenore Tawney’s postcard collage Cañon de Chelly. In creating her narrative, Lohman draws on curator Emily Peters’s research into Tawney’s practice and on interdisciplinary artist Zefren Anderson’s deep knowledge of Diné weaving and history. 

Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter Three

Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

How many stories can a work of art tell? 

The series An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

For the third chapter, musical collective Mourning [A] BLKstar presents a meditative soundscape created in collaboration with multimedia artist Jenn Kidd and inspired by Buddhist and Hindu devotional objects Green TaraAgni, God of Fire, and Bodhisattva Manjushri: Lord of Wisdom. Band members RA Washington and Theresa May join curator Sonya Rhie Mace to discuss their distinctive interpretations of these sacred and protective artworks. 

Desktop Dialogue: An Art Anthology, Chapter Four

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EDT)

How many stories can a work of art tell?   

The series An Art Anthology, accompanies the CMA exhibition Stories from Storage. Developed in collaboration with the creative writing organization Literary Cleveland, the series invites four local storytellers to offer artful interpretations of select objects on view in the show. 

For the fourth and final chapter, poet Kamden Hilliard presents a new work, developed in dialogue with Kara Walker’s monumental collage-drawing The Republic of New Afrika at a Crossroads. Hilliard and curator Key Jo Lee discuss the histories that Walker’s work unearths and the new understandings Hilliard’s poem reveals. 


Past Events

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Textile Art Alliance Virtual Tour: “Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá”

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Textile Art Alliance members are invited to a virtual tour of Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá given by Susan E. Bergh, Curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American Art.

Desktop Dialogue: Storytelling in Japanese Art

Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (EST)

How do you “read” an image? 

Join Andrew Cappetta, curator Sinéad Vilbar, and CMA intern Jeanna Lopez for a close examination of an illustrated handscroll of the family drama The Saltmaker’s Story (Bunshō Zōshi). Vilbar and Lopez reveal the meaning of important narrative details, share their investigative research process, and discuss how mentor-mentee relationships drive innovation in museum scholarship. 

CMA, 1970.156

Asian Art Society Virtual Talk: Inside the Stories—The Arts of Asia, Part 1

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (EST)

Asian Art Society members are invited to a virtual talk featuring Sonya Rhie Mace, George P. Bickford Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art and Sinéad Vilbar, curator of Japanese art.

Changing the Stories Museums Tell

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST

Art museums in the United States follow a prescribed narrative, built upon Eurocentric notions of history and collecting practices informed by legacies of colonialism and social and racial inequality. But is it possible to expand the stories told on their walls and floors? 

Join Linda C. Harrison, director and CEO of the Newark Museum of Art, Rehema Barber, chief curator of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and Key Jo Lee, director of academic affairs and associate curator of special projects at the Cleveland Museum of Art, for a conversation on how to build a different and more inclusive future for museums. 

Stories from Storage preview

Virtual CMA Members Opening of “Stories from Storage”

Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST

All CMA members are invited to go behind the scenes and learn about the making of the major spring exhibition, Stories from Storage. Hear from CMA director and president William Griswold about how the exhibition was conceptualized and learn how the CMA makes exhibitions come to life.

Desktop Dialogue: Authenticating Antiquity

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EST

Must an artwork be completely original to have artistic, historical, and educational value? 

Curator Seth Pevnick and conservator Colleen Snyder discuss this question, revealing some of the art historical and scientific investigative research involved in selecting, preparing, and determining the age of ancient Greek and Roman objects on display in the Stories from Storage exhibition.

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Painting and Drawing Society Virtual Talk: Inside the Stories—Revealing Mysteries

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST

Painting and Drawing Society members and Column & Stripe members are invited to a virtual talk featuring associate curator of European art Cory Korkow, along with conservation intern Elena Mars.

1981.184 (detail) © Lenore G. Tawney Foundation

Womens Council Virtual Membership Program

Tuesday, February 9, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EST

Womens Council, Print Club, and Textile Art Alliance members are invited to the Womens Council February virtual membership program featuring Emily Peters, curator of prints and drawings. Emily will discuss how she developed her story for the exhibition Stories from Storage centering on 41 collages mailed between 1969 and 1981 by textile artist Lenore Tawney to her friend, the art dealer, curator, and critic Katharine Kuh. These collages will be on view together for the first time since 1982.

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MIX: Move

Friday, February 5, 2021, 8:00–9:00 p.m. EST

Movement and performance artist  Marcia Custer  will take us on a virtual dancing tour through the galleries of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Experience various art periods and styles from the CMA’s collection in a whole new way—as points of inspiration for dancing and creative play! Featuring magical green-screen visuals by artist  Ben Oblivion  and a live DJ set by  Haley Himiko Morris, this playful community dance experience will hold space for and celebrate all bodies, experience levels, and identities, and aims to liberate, connect, and re-energize us all in the depths of winter. We encourage you to wear something colorful and/or inspired by your favorite work of art! 

Bill Griswold

Virtual Corporate Members and Sponsors Talk

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST

Hear from CMA leaders about the museum’s strategy and long-term plans. Director William Griswold also introduces you to the major spring exhibition, Stories from Storage, and Susan E. Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art, previews her story, one of the 20 included in the exhibition.

Desktop Dialogue: The Politics of Sound

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EST

How has music served as a tool of political change? 

Join Andrew Cappetta and Nwaka Onwusa, vice president of curatorial affairs and chief curator at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for a conversation about the power of music and artists who have harnessed word and sound to fight for social justice and racial equality.  


Special One-Night Screening: The Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey

Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 6:00 p.m. EST

A one-night-only screening of The Couple in the Cage: Guatinaui Odyssey by Coco Fusco and Paula Heredia, this virtual event features an introduction by curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and a live Q&A session with the audience after the film.


Virtual Leadership Circle Lunch and Learn—Digitizing the CMA’s Collection

Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EST

Join chief digital information officer Jane Alexander, along with director of collections management Mary Suzor and chief photographer Howard Agriesti, to learn how art and tech came together to digitize the CMA’s collection. Watch as they also show you how to use tools to explore the collection from anywhere.

Special Event
Monday, January 18, 2021, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

The Beloved Community is a vision that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. popularized during the Civil Rights Movement.

Desktop Dialogue: Comfort with the Unknown

Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m. EST

How might close and mindful looking at artwork help us find comfort with the uncertain aspects of our lives today? Join Andrew Cappetta and Gwendolyn Ren, a mindfulness and contemplation guide, for an interactive conversation and guided meditation session inspired by the enigmatic Statuette of a Woman, popularly known as “The Stargazer.

Gerhard Lutz in Weimar

Womens Council Virtual Membership Program: Meet Gerhard Lutz

Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 10:00 a.m. EST

Womens Council members are invited to the January virtual membership program featuring Gerhard Lutz, the Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art.

Desktop Dialogue: Capturing the Spark

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EST

Perhaps the greatest joy of the art historian is the unpredicted spark of inspiration one gets from an artwork when seeing it for the first time. Join Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee as they share two newly collected works by Harry Bertoia and Mickalene Thomas and discuss the connections the objects have inspired. 

Close Looking at a Distance: Stitching Complexity

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EST

Join program host Key Jo Lee and CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur for a deep and guided exploration of a single mola, made using appliqué and reverse appliqué techniques. Learn about these processes and their complex associations with the Guna understanding of the universe.  


Memory, Materiality, and Transformation: Contemporary Artists and African Traditions

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 6:00 p.m. EST

Join artists Nnenna Okore and Tahir Carl Karmali for a conversation with exhibition curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi, moderated by host curator Kristen Windmuller-Luna, as they reflect on the themes of memory, materiality, and transformation and discuss how contemporary artists engage with traditional African arts. 


Virtual Talk: One Work from “Second Careers”

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

CMA Insider, Leadership Circle, Legacy Society, and Friends of African and African American Art Members are invited to join Kristen Windmuller-Luna to hear the life story of a 20th-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (called egúngún), from its origins in Ògbómọ̀ṣọ́, Nigeria, to its current home in the CMA exhibition Second Careers. Created with more than 300 textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, the creation of egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. In the summer of 2018, this egúngún was traced back to its makers, the Lekewọgbẹ family. Though no longer ritually empowered according to its community of origin, it remains a compelling symbol of belief.

“Musée Grevine, Paris, Vogue,” 1963. William Klein. CMA 1989.444

The Art of Celebrating: A Virtual Leadership Circle Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

Toast your fellow Leadership Circle members at this holiday-themed event featuring Kristen Windmuller-Luna, curator of African art; Seth Pevnick, curator of Greek and Roman art; and Sue Bergh, curator of Pre-Columbian and Native North American art as they explore libations in 20th-century Africa, ancient Greece, and the ancient Andes through the CMA’s collection. A special musical performance is included in the evening’s celebrations.

Chief Ayanda Clarke

Fall Members Party

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

All CMA members are invited to celebrate the fall season of exhibitions with curator talks, a behind-the-scenes visit of the museum, and a special musical performance by Chief Ayanda Clarke, Ajibilu Awo of Osogbo, with THE FADARA GROUP. Chief Ayanda is a Babalawo, an Egúngún initiate, and a GRAMMY® Award–winning master percussionist. He is also the founder and CEO of THE FADARA GROUP, a Brooklyn-based company that intertwines music, culture, and spirituality.

Desktop Dialogue: Making and Meaning in Mola Textiles

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EST

Join CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur and museum guide Leonardo Pérez Carreño from the Museo de la Mola in Panamá City, Panamá, for a conversation about making and meaning in molas, a key component of traditional dress among indigenous Guna women and the subject of the upcoming exhibition Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá.

Removal, Refusal, Release: Abstraction and Catharsis

Wednesday, November 11, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

In this Close Looking at a Distance session, join us for an interactive, guided look at several works from the CMA’s permanent collection that exemplify artistic strategies that, as a means of catharsis or protection, remove or refuse viewers’ access to a figure.

Gerhard Lutz in Weimar

Leadership Circle Virtual Travel: Weimar, Germany

Monday, November 9, 2020, Noon

Take a virtual trip to Europe and explore the city of Weimar, Germany. The CMA’s newest curator, Gerhard Lutz, Robert P. Bergman Curator of Medieval Art, who is currently living and working in Germany due to the pandemic, leads this virtual tour. Focusing on a selection of Weimar’s major cultural attractions, Gerhard provides insights into the complexity of the city’s highlights of German culture and monuments of its darkest past.

Desktop Dialogue: Healing through Abstraction

Wednesday, November 4, 2020, 12:00 p.m. EST

Can the expressive possibilities of abstract art help one heal from trauma?  

Join visual artist Hernease Davis and host Andrew Capetta for a conversation on Davis’s abstract photo-based images, installations, and weavings, which she describes as surfaces for “expression, meditation, anger, rest” and “quiet spaces of self-care.” Together they also discuss the work of artists that have inspired Davis’s own move from representation to abstraction, including Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, and Lorna Simpson. 

J. Leigh Garcia, “Fueron Bautizados,” woodcut, 22 x15 in., 2020

Identity, Experience, and Contemporary Latinx Printmaking: A Conversation

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 6:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the exhibition A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America, join contemporary artists Fidencio Fifield-Perez, J. Leigh Garcia, and Michael Menchaca for a conversation about their use of printmaking to express their identity and experiences as Latinx artists in the United States, and the social and political issues that inform their work today.

Close Looking at a Distance: Documenting White Masculinity

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 12:00 p.m. ET

What kind of white masculinity is on display in the photographs in the upcoming exhibition Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang? In this CLAD session, we interrogate several photographs from the exhibition together and contemplate what each composition may express about the young men who appear in them. Join host Key Jo Lee for this lively and interactive conversation. 

Leadership Circle Lunch and Learn: Conservation

Friday, October 23, 2020, Noon

Enjoy an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how the global pandemic has impacted the field of conservation and how the CMA is adapting to the changing landscape.

Desktop Dialogues: Documenting Communities

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang, join curator Barbara Tannenbaum and photographer Vincent Cianni as they explore the roles and responsibilities of the documentary photographer. In his projects We Skate Hardcore, Gays in the Military, and the Newburgh Community Photo Project, Cianni has explored issues of community, memory, and social justice. 

Close Looking at a Distance: Scrutinizing the Stitches

Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

What can a wedding gown, liberally decorated and lovingly patched and repaired, tell us about the culture, values, and artisans from which it emerged? In this CLAD session, join host Key Jo Lee and curator of Korean art Sooa McCormick for a guided look at an intricately embroidered garment from the CMA’s permanent collection, currently on view in the exhibition Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea

Desktop Dialogue: Navigating Gender and Breaking Barriers

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

What impact do gender constructs have on artists and art history? Is there greater gender equity in today’s art world?

New York–based artist Maria Yoon and curator Sooa McCormick explore the pressing issue of gender inequality, past and present, through their shared experience as Korean women and discuss how notions of gender play a role in their artistic and curatorial practices. 

James Brown, 1966. Courtesy of the Chuck Stewart Estate

MIX: Amplify

Friday, October 2, 2020, 8:00–9:00 p.m.

MIX: Amplify celebrates how music and art have promoted social justice and combatted racism through messages of rage, hope, and protest. The event is inspired by and in partnership with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and featuring a live DJ set from Vikter Duplaix, a showcase of different styles of street dance from hip-hop ambassador and choreographer Samuel McIntosh of 10K Movement, and video art by Wil Frierson.

Untitled Anxious Crowd. By Rashid Johnson. CMA, 2020.78

The Fine Print Fair of Cleveland Presents: A Virtual Celebration of Prints

Thursday, October 1, 2020, 5:30 p.m. via Zoom

Join Emily Peters, curator of prints and drawings, as she presents highlights of recent acquisitions made by the Department of Prints and Drawings. Emily will touch upon a variety of acquisitions in various media throughout the centuries, ending with a focus on contemporary prints and a discussion of how she and colleague Britany Salsbury, associate curator of prints and drawings, are thinking about growing the collection in this area.

Close Looking at a Distance: Revising the Form

Wednesday, September 23, 2020, 12:00–12:45 p.m.

In portraiture, artists often impart specific attributes to represent power, presenting their subjects such that they best “look the part.” In this CLAD session, we look at two works by contemporary artists, whose pieces both defy and revise art historical conventions, in order to make Black women’s enduring power and historical influence visible. Join host Key Jo Lee for an interactive discussion regarding artistic revisions by artists Simone Leigh and Amy Sherald that amend the canonical European portrait.  

Desktop Dialogue: Images of Leadership

Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12:00–12:45 p.m.

Join Andrew Cappetta and curator Seth Pevnick as they discuss ancient Greek and Roman representations of leadership through both ancient and modern lenses. How have surviving images of ancient leaders conditioned our present understanding of them? And how have interpretations of these ancient images helped shape historical images of American authority, allowing certain archetypes of leadership to persist?

Virtual Chalk Festival: Love Your Community with All Your Art

September 12–13, 2020

To connect the Cleveland Museum of Art community online and to maintain new safety procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CMA will host the 31st Annual Chalk Festival virtually on Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13. Participants are encouraged to share their chalk drawings on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #CMAChalkFestival.

A Photographic Friendship: Abe Frajndlich and Ilse Bing

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 6:00–7:00 p.m.

Internationally renowned Cleveland photographer Abe Frajndlich speaks with curator Barbara Tannenbaum about his collaborations with fellow German immigrant Ilse Bing in the 1980s and 1990s, which included remaking her iconic self-portrait 55 years later and printing for her. 

Reserve a free ticket online to join the event.

Printing Democracy

Wednesday, September 9, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Why do artists select specific media to express their ideas? Does what something is made of affect its meaning? How do we know? These questions guide the next Close Looking at a Distance session, “Printing Democracy,” as we meticulously examine the print The 1920’s . . . The Migrants Arrive and Cast Their Ballots (1974) by Jacob Lawrence and contemplate screenprinting as a medium for political protest or artistic activism.  

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, 2020, 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.

Close Looking at a Distance: A Matter of Perspective

Wednesday, August 26, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

Artists are well aware that personal perspective determines so much of how we translate what we see. If you could only use one, what adjective would you use to describe this untitled photograph from Lee Friedlander’s series Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom

Following last week’s conversation with Andrew Cappetta where she described care as a central tenet of her curatorial practice, scholar, curator, and cultural organizer La Tanya Autry joins Key Jo Lee to carefully analyze this photograph with you, the viewers.  

Care and Curatorial Practice: A Conversation with La Tanya Autry

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

How do you define the word “care” and how does it relate to curatorial practice?  

Scholar, curator, and cultural organizer La Tanya Autry discusses her innovative approach to creating exhibitions that focus on collective community care, including recent projects Temporary Spaces of Joy and Freedom (moCa Cleveland, 2020), Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom (Yale University Art Gallery, 2017), and The Art of Black Dissent (various sites, 2016–).  

Inspired by Britain

Thursday, August 13, 2020, 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

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. 

MIX: Viva

Friday, August 7, 2020, 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).

Desktop Dialogue: Re-visioning Art and History

Wednesday, August 5, 2020, 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.

Desktop Dialogue: Recovering Lost Histories of Pride

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, 2020, 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, 2020, 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.

Desktop Dialogues and Close Looking at a Distance have been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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