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The CWRU Theater Department presents a poignant staging of “The Moors”

Madeline Golya, Contributing Writer October 13, 2023

Halloween is swiftly approaching, as seen in the changing of the leaves, the emergence of chunky sweaters and every social media site making lists of the best autumnal recipes and horror movies to try...

Subverting traditional western expectations, the Cleveland Museum of Art exhibit, “Chinas Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta,” immerses viewers in authentic Chinese art.

“Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta” takes viewers on a journey through time

Megan Abel, Staff Writer September 29, 2023

Walking into “China's Southern Paradise: Treasures from the Lower Yangzi Delta” at the Cleveland Museum of Art, you first encounter a small explanation of the area and the contributors to the exhibit....

The musical SIX reinvents the women behind Henry VIIIs six failed marriages, painting them in new, brightly-colored lights.

SIX: The Musical: Feminist Think Piece or Surface-Level Fun?

Srilakshiya Sudhakar, Contributing Writer September 15, 2023

I was somewhat familiar with the story of the infamous King Henry VIII prior to hearing about “SIX: The Musical,” whether it was from a passing mention of the Protestant Reformation in history class...

A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur is a collection of paintings from northwest India curated by the Smithsonian and the City Palace Museum, with incredibly detailed and atmospheric pieces dating all the way back to the 17th century.

“A Splendid Land” immerses viewers in sights and sounds of Royal Udaipur

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer September 15, 2023

A visit to “A Splendid Land: Paintings from Royal Udaipur” is not a passive experience.  Although many of the works in the exhibit are older than the United States itself, there is an active stream...

The dresses in the Cleveland Museum of Arts Egyptomania exhibit, while beautiful, have been criticized by some as examples of cultural appropriation since they adopt a stereotypically Egyptian style only for the sake of aesthetic appeal.

Egyptomania: The CMA’s exploration of Egyptian culture in Western fashion

Megan Abel, Staff Writer April 28, 2023

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s (CMA) new exhibit, “Egyptomania: Fashion’s Conflicted Obsession,” stands in contrast to its existing ancient Egyptian gallery (107), which is centered around the ideas...

This portrait of Queen Elizabeth I titled The Rainbow Portrait is one of the many art pieces currently on display in The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

All that glitters is gold: “The Tudors” sparkle on at CMA

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer April 7, 2023

Swathed in velvet and dripping in diamonds, “The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England” sumptuously displays some of the most iconic combatants in the centuries-long battle for the British...

This boxwood figure of Daoist immortal He Xiangu dates back to the 18th century, and is a good example of the intricate craftmanship present in the new Chinese miniatures exhibit at CMA.

“China Through the Magnifying Glass” focuses in on small-scale splendour

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer February 10, 2023

For better or for worse, modern ethos ascribes success with excess. The world’s tallest building, biggest plane, largest private estate, highest net worth are all well regarded; all these records are...

In February 2022,  Hippo Campus, released their new album LP3 in which the band gets deep with themes of loneliness and self-discovery.

Hippo Campus: An Indie girl’s dream band comes to Cleveland

Dasha Degterev, Layout Designer October 28, 2022

When I bought tickets to the Hippo Campus concert in Cleveland, I didn’t know much about the band. I had heard a few songs here and there, and had liked them, but nothing much further than that. As my...

The vibrant colors of Camille Pissaros Fishmarket (1902) reflect the style of the Impressionist era. This and other artworks from this movement are featured in the Keithley collection at the CMA.

CMA celebrates the Keithley collection with a reflection on community

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer October 7, 2022

Nancy and Joseph Keithley are Cleveland-based philanthropists who have supported a variety of organizations—including Case Western Reserve University, where Mr. Keithley is a trustee emeritus—and have...

The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion at the CMA displayed the work of budding Black artists like Namsa Leuba, whose work is pictured here.

CMA’s “The New Black Vanguard” envisions the future of fashion photography

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer September 16, 2022

Modern artists do more than just capture a moment. They ride the line between the present and the future, creating works that are infused with emotional revelation as well as visual appeal. This balance...

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