Stephen Fliegel, curator of medieval art, offers a pre-concert talk on Virgin and Child imagery for the CMA Performing Arts Series performance Mother and Child.
Join Constantine Petridis, Curator of African Art, as he discusses the fragmentary nature of a handful of Congolese artworks which the museum acquired from Belgian collectors Rene and Odette Delenne in 2010.
Drawing from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s outstanding collection and other treasures of expressive culture from West Central Africa, Dr. Cécile Fromont, assistant professor of art history at the University of Chicago, will explore five hundred years of the region’s history through art.
One of the most provocative and thoughtful artists of our time, Hank Willis Thomas sees his work in photography, video, and installation as an opportunity to address issues of race and identity as approached in advertising and popular culture. The artist first spoke in Cleveland in 2012 and returns to discuss his latest work and collaborative projects on the occasion of his solo show Hank Willis Thomas.
While filming Question Bridge: Black Males, the artists encountered a compelling question and answer exchange between a younger participant and an older civil-rights activist. The question, “Why didn't you leave us the blueprint?” was posed to those who brought the civil rights movement to glory, and elicited a variety of different answers.
Philip J. Kass, curator of string instruments at Curtis Institute of Music, is one of the most sought-after expert appraisers of fine classic stringed instruments and bows in the world. His fascinating talk—a perfect segue way into a series of concerts performed on a number of rare Italian violins in February—focuses on what really makes a Strad or an Amati such special instruments compelling people to pay millions for them.
Rajika Puri, an Indian classical dance expert, offers a pre-concert talk for the CMA Performing Arts Series performance by Nrityagram Dance Ensemble.