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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...

The CMAs new exhibit, Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus, highlights Black artistic production, including Sanford Biggers Cumulo (above), which alludes to enslaved people using quilts with embroidered instructions to get to freedom.

“Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus” sets new standard for narrative art exhibits

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer April 22, 2022

The Cleveland Museum of Art has become the setting for an exhibition that defies the norms of institutional displays. “Currents and Constellations: Black Art in Focus” takes the idea of an art show...

Alberto Giacometti portrayed the human form like no other, in sketch and in sculpture, such as in the Walking Man (pictured above). A visit to his exhibit at the CMA may give you a greater appreciation for the elegance and mystique that we all embody.

Alberto Giacometti’s artistry reenters the limelight in “Towards the Ultimate Figure”

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer April 1, 2022

Alberto Giacometti’s haunting sculptures of gnarled human forms, as thin and twisted as branches stripped bare by cold autumn winds, have earned him a significant standing in the canon of mid-20th century...

Simone Leighs 2019 sculpture Las Meninas is a bold depiction of vulnerability and confidence.

Discover a world of love at the CMA

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer February 18, 2022

The aspiration to express love as a describable, tangible thing has turned so many to art, a realm in which we are free to characterize love as we wish. Artists attempt to capture how it moves us and how...

The CMA invites attendees on a virtual tour into the depths of Cambodia, culminating in an awe-inspiring vision of Krishna Lifting Mount Govardhan as it once was.

CMA’s “Revealing Krishna” revives ancient Cambodian art with an inspiring modern twist

Elie Stenson, Staff Writer January 14, 2022

The weight of centuries rides on the smooth rippling of water as it washes against the boat’s hull, and the river, displayed on the three screens that flank the entrance of the exhibit, parts easily...

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