Cleveland Museum of Art celebrates 100 years


Sarah Kim/Observer

The exhibitions planned for the centennial year include a collaboration with the British Museum and a showcase of minimalist art.

This year holds special meaning for the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA), which is celebrating 100 years since opening its doors on June 6, 1916. To commemorate this milestone, the museum will hold various events, exhibitions and parties throughout the year.

Led by Director William M. Griswold, all of the museum’s departments have been collaborating and planning the events for years.

“The museum’s year-long Centennial celebration will honor this great institution in myriad ways,” says Griswold. “We have collaborated … to plan meaningful and memorable programs that celebrate our history and set a bright and exciting course for the future.”

According to Communications Associate Kelley Notaro, some highlights from the year-long celebration include works from four continents, ranging from ancient to contemporary pieces, and a plethora of loans from renowned museums around the world.

“Students should understand they don’t have to be frequent museum visitors to enjoy honoring the museum’s 100th anniversary,” says Notaro. “The museum’s collection is comprehensive, meaning there is work on view that spans 6,000 years: from ancient times to modern day. There is something for everyone to connect with, and a visit to the museum is a great way to celebrate an important part of Cleveland’s history.”

Here are centennial events and exhibitions happening this semester:

Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt (March 13-June 12)
A collaboration between the British Museum and the CMA, this exhibition features objects encompassing 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, showing “a country divided by civil war, conquered by foreign power or ruled by competing kings.”

Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt (April 3-July 31)
This exhibition highlights how the friendship between two famous postwar artists affected their art and lives. Their works show the significant influence they had on each other’s almost contrary art styles. A particular highlight of this exhibition is “Wall Drawing #46,” which LeWitt created after Hesse’s untimely death “as a way of paying homage to the organic contours that were a hallmark of Hesse’s art.”

CMAtennial Tour (second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m.)
The CMA is offering this new audience participation tour as part of its centennial celebration.

Centennial Chats (Feb. 23 and 24 at 2 p.m.)
Curators and educators will guide visitors through a short talk on Titian’s masterpiece, “Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marchese del Vasto, in Armor with a Page.”