The Cleveland Museum of Art presents British Drawings from the Cleveland Museum of Art, the first exhibition to showcase the collection of British drawings ranging from the 18th century through the Edwardian era. Visitors will have a rare opportunity to see more than 50 fragile, light sensitive drawings in graphite, ink, chalk, pastel and watercolor, revealing over 150 years of artistic achievement in Britain. Works by some of Britain’s best known artists, such as Thomas Gainsborough, William Blake, J.M.W. Turner, John Ruskin and Edward Burne-Jones will be on view. Organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the exhibition will be on view from February 10 through May 26, 2013.
The Cleveland Museum of Art presents American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin. This fascinating exhibition reveals the transformation of Mount St. Helens after the volcanic eruption in 1980 through 47 photographs by the two artists, including nine never-before-seen photographs by Gowin. American Vesuvius is presented in conjunction with The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection and will be on view in Photography Galleries from January 13 to June 2, 2013.
On May 5, the Cleveland Museum of Art and MOCA Cleveland present a lecture by multimedia artist Janet Cardiff. Cardiff’s audio installation Forty-Part Motet will be on display at the CMA beginning May 4 and is presented in conjunction with her piece The Paradise Institute at MOCA. Cardiff will speak on Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in the museum’s Gartner Auditorium. Reserve your ticket through the Ticket Center at (216) 421-7350 or online.
The Cleveland-based theater company, Theater Ninjas, performs “The Excavation,” a site-specific performance complementing The Last Days of Pompeii, in the atrium on select days.
The elegant, colorful pieces included in Studio Glass in Focus: Dialogue and Innovation commemorate the 50th anniversary of studio glass, the contemporary art form that began in a workshop at the Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. If you have not yet visited the show, come soon—the exhibition ends its run at the Cleveland Museum of Art this Sunday, April 14. Below, we highlight a few of the show’s exquisite pieces.
One of the museum’s current special exhibitions proves more relevant by the day, despite the fact that the central piece dates back to the year 1469. The Caporali Missal: A Masterpiece of Renaissance Illumination revolves around a beautifully illuminated missal, a service book for the priest at the altar during Catholic mass. The historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and subsequent selection of the new Pope Francis I have put the Catholic Church front and center in recent months, providing a fortuitous opportunity to call attention to this exhibition.
Among the works featured in the exhibition catalogue for The Last Days of Pompeii exhibition (February 24th- May 19th, 2013) is one by Robert S. Duncanson entitled Pompeii (oil on canvas, 1855). Duncanson (1821-1872), like most artists whose work is featured in the exhibition, also traveled to Europe where he may have observed the impressive ruins first-hand.
Meghan Stockdale, Audience Research Associate, has been an admirer of the work of Fred Wilson for several years. She shares with us in this guest blog Q&A why she is so enthusiastic about his work and why you shouldn’t miss seeing Fred Wilson: Works 2004-2011 while it is in Cleveland.