A door, a portal, a port—a marker of coming and going, welcoming and saying good-bye.
A beginning of sharing culture and tradition, creativity and innovation.
In late June 2010, the Cleveland Museum of Art opens its newest door, unveiling reinstalled galleries on the lower level of the original 1916 building. These galleries showcase the museum’s collections of the ancient art of Egypt, the Near East, Greece, and Rome; the arts of late antiquity, the Byzantine Empire, and the European Middle Ages; as well as the collection of African art.
The art objects in these collections were once integral to living cultures, and many were used actively in daily life, ceremonies, rituals, and festivals. What a perfect opportunity for Parade the Circle, a Cleveland tradition of ritual and celebration, to recognize this portal of cultural exchange. African mask makers, musicians, and dancers from Burkina Faso will share the living traditions of the Bwa people with Cleveland and enliven Parade 2010.