As the semester winds down and the weather descends into the miserable grossness that is the Cleveland winter, there’s no better place to visit than the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). For regular attendees or first-year students that haven’t quite made the trek an entire block west of campus to reach the museum, there’s something for everyone at the museum—and a number of things to see right now before they’re gone forever.
The first such exhibit is “Michelangelo: Mind of the Master,” a visiting exhibition that came in on Sept. 22 and ends its run on Jan. 5, which all but ensures that if you don’t see it before you go home for break you’ve probably missed your chance.
The exhibit explores much of Michelangelo’s career, from his major projects to a group of rarely seen drawings. “Mind of the Master” requires tickets, but they are free as long as you bring your CWRU ID card. The exhibition does have a limited number of tickets, but the museum tracks which days space is available and will tell you when to come back if by chance you walk in and there’s no space.
There have been some other changes to the museum as of late. “Ámà: The Gathering Place,” a popular interactive exhibit that filled the center of the museum’s atrium with sounds and cushions and invited museumgoers to (as the name suggests) gather, is gone. The atrium is now its more familiar level of quiet, which, as a silver lining, makes it a better place to write essays, especially during finals week.
In terms of museum events, there’s another MIX at CMA on Friday, Dec. 6, which the museum guide says will “celebrate a mash-up of iconic art and culture with artist Jamal Collins.” The monthly event also features music from DJ ESO and gallery talks, and will cost you $15 at the door (or $10 in advance). It runs from 6 to 10 p.m.
On Dec. 8, the museum will carry out its annual Winter Lights Lantern Festival, which starts inside the museum and proceeds out into Wade Oval; the event begins at 1 p.m. and the procession is at 5 p.m. The event includes activities and workshops, and it is part of a larger Holiday CircleFest event put on by University Circle.
There are all kinds of other visiting exhibits at the museum that will end their runs in early 2020. More information can be found on the museum’s website or by just stopping in.