Listen as curators, educators, community leaders, artists, and others offer new ways to look at and understand artworks, special exhibitions, and museum-specific issues. Join the live conversation every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. EST.
Register to see the February 3 program or watch recordings of past programs below.
The Politics of Sound
How has music served as a tool of political change?
Join Andrew Cappetta and Nwaka Onwusa, vice president of curatorial affairs and chief curator at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, for a conversation about the power of music and artists who have harnessed word and sound to fight for social justice and racial equality.
Must an artwork be completely original to have artistic, historical, and educational value?
Curator Seth Pevnick and conservator Colleen Snyder discuss this question, revealing some of the art historical and scientific investigative research involved in selecting, preparing, and determining the age of ancient Greek and Roman objects on display in the Stories from Storage exhibition.
Comfort with the Unknown
How might close and mindful looking at artwork help us find comfort with the uncertain aspects of our lives today? Join Andrew Cappetta and Gwendolyn Ren, a mindfulness and contemplation guide, for an interactive conversation and guided meditation session inspired by the enigmatic Statuette of a Woman, popularly known as “The Stargazer.”
Capturing the Spark
Perhaps the greatest joy of the art historian is the unpredicted spark of inspiration one gets from an artwork when seeing it for the first time. Join Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee as they share two newly collected works by Harry Bertoia and Mickalene Thomas and discuss the connections the objects have inspired.
Making and Meaning in Mola Textiles
How do materials and fabrication processes convey meaning in a work of art or design?
Join CMA research fellow Andrea Vazquez de Arthur and museum guide Leonardo Pérez Carreño from the Museo de la Mola in Panamá City, Panamá, for a conversation about making and meaning in molas, a key component of traditional dress among indigenous Guna women and the subject of the upcoming exhibition Fashioning Identity: Mola Textiles of Panamá.
Healing through Abstraction
Can the expressive possibilities of abstract art help one heal from trauma?
Join Andrew Cappetta and visual artist Hernease Davis for a conversation on Davis’s abstract photo-based images, installations, and weavings, which she describes as surfaces for “expression, meditation, anger, rest” and “quiet spaces of self-care.” Together they also discuss the work of artists that have inspired Davis’s own move from representation to abstraction, including Sam Gilliam, Mark Rothko, and Lorna Simpson. Davis’s #14: A Womb of My Own (Mistakes Were Made in Development) is currently on view at Transformer Station in the exhibition ONE: Unique Photo-Based Images.
In conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang, join curator Barbara Tannenbaum and photographer Vincent Cianni as they explore the roles and responsibilities of the documentary photographer. In his projects We Skate Hardcore, Gays in the Military, and the Newburgh Community Photo Project, Cianni has explored issues of community, memory, and social justice.
Navigating Gender and Breaking Barriers
What impact do gender constructs have on artists and art history? Is there greater gender equity in today’s art world?
New York–based artist Maria Yoon and curator Sooa McCormick explore the pressing issue of gender inequality, past and present, through their shared experience as Korean women and discuss how notions of gender play a role in their artistic and curatorial practices. Yoon’s documentary, Maria the Korean Bride (2013), uncovers the different ways communities across the United States view the institution of marriage. McCormick’s current exhibition, Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea, frames Korean embroidery works as tools for promoting women’s own cultural identities.
Program viewers are invited to watch Maria Yoon’s documentary Maria the Korean Bride, in its entirety and at no cost, here.
Images of Leadership
How do images of leaders from the ancient world influence our understanding of what leadership can look like today?
Join Andrew Cappetta and curator Seth Pevnick as they discuss ancient Greek and Roman representations of leadership through both ancient and modern lenses. How have surviving images of ancient leaders conditioned our present understanding of them? And how have interpretations of these ancient images helped shape historical images of American authority, allowing certain archetypes of leadership to persist?
This Is What Democracy Looks Like
What images represent democracy to you?
Join Erika Anthony, the co-founder of Cleveland VOTES and the executive director of the Ohio Transformation Fund, to discuss how artists have represented the democratic process in the United States—from voting to protest—and how art plays a role in shaping civic participation and inciting political change.
Erika L. Anthony is the executive director of Ohio Transformation Fund (OTF), a collaborative fund developed by national and local funders advocating for healthy communities and an equitable democracy across Ohio. Prior to OTF, she served as the vice president of government relations and strategy for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress. Anthony has also co-founded Cleveland VOTES and Hack Cleveland.
Care and Curatorial Practice: A Conversation with La Tanya Autry
How do you define the word “care” and how does it relate to curatorial practice?
Scholar, curator, and cultural organizer La Tanya Autry discusses her innovative approach to creating exhibitions that focus on collective community care, including recent projects Temporary Spaces of Joy and Freedom (moCa Cleveland, 2020), Let Us March On: Lee Friedlander and the Prayer Pilgrimage for Freedom (Yale University Art Gallery, 2017), and The Art of Black Dissent (various sites, 2016–).
La Tanya Autry has curated exhibitions and organized programs at moCa Cleveland, Yale University Art Gallery, Artspace New Haven, and other institutions. Through her graduate studies at the University of Delaware, where she is completing her PhD in art history, Autry has developed expertise in the art of the United States, photography, and museums. Her dissertation The Crossroads of Commemoration: Lynching Landscapes in America analyzes how individuals and communities memorialize lynching violence in the built environment. As a cultural organizer in the visual arts, Autry has co-produced #MuseumsAreNotNeutral, an initiative that exposes the fallacies of the neutrality claim and calls for an equity-based transformation of museums, and the Social Justice and Museums Resource List, a crowdsourced bibliography.
Re-visioning Art and History
At this moment, engaged citizens across the world are questioning the systems, structures, and values that museums are built upon. Join Andrew Cappetta and Key Jo Lee to discuss how these much-needed critiques will inform CMA programs like Desktop Dialogues and Close Looking at a Distance, explore objects that reshape what we know about art and museums including Fred Wilson’s To Die upon a Kiss, and learn the value of adopting multiple perspectives to understand works of art.
Recovering Lost Histories of Pride
Honor the origins of Pride Month and its connections to the Black Lives Matter movement. Join writer-educator Naazneen Diwan from the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland and curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah to discuss the importance of BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) queer and trans activists and artists to movements for LGBTQ+ rights. This is a live event, and questions from the audience are encouraged.
Healing and Heritage
Join curator Kristen Windmuller-Luna and artist-educator Orlando Caraballo to discuss how artists and makers have turned to cultural objects and practices for healing.
Restore and Reflect
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Join curator Sonya Rhie Mace and meditation instructor Jennifer Bochik as they look closely at examples of Buddhist art and demonstrate how traditional mindfulness practices can help us manage the challenges we are facing today.
The Comforts of Home
What objects around your home bring you comfort? Curator Stephen Harrison and educator-scholar Key Jo Lee discuss Emma Amos’s Sandy and Her Husband and decorative art from the museum’s collection, reflecting on the ways works of art and design make the home a place of tranquility.
Have you found yourself developing hacks and work-arounds to put dinner on the table or celebrate a holiday? Join curator Nadiah Rivera Fellah and artist-educator Robin Heinrich to discuss how limitations helped artists Sanford Biggers, Louisa Joiner, and Robert Rauschenberg become resourceful and arrive at new creative solutions.
Communicating across Distances
Join curator Britany Salsbury and educator Arielle Levine for a discussion around the exhibition A Graphic Revolution and how artists José Guadalupe Posada and León Ferrari used printmaking to communicate ideas and messages across great distances.
This program has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Generous annual funding is provided by an anonymous supporter, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., the Sam J. Frankino Foundation, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Dr. Linda M. Sandhaus and Dr. Roland S. Philip, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.