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Lee Mingwei: Sonic Blossom
07/12/2019 - 07/28/2019
Reinberger Gallery 212

Sonic Blossom performance days and times:
Fridays, July 12, 19, 26: 4:00–8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, July 13, 20, 27: 12:00–4:00 p.m.
Sundays, July 14, 21, 28: 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Sonic Blossom is an interactive performance that imparts the gift of song to visitors. This project was born as Lee cared for his mother while she recovered from surgery. The two found comfort in listening to Franz Shubert’s Lieder—poems set to classical music with romantic or pastoral themes written for a single vocalist. As the artist contemplated mortality and the beauty of life, the notion of a folding and unfolding blossom became the foundation for this immersive musical experience.

During specific days in July, a locally trained solo vocalist shares the gift of song in this gallery. The vocalist wears an elegant custom-made garment inspired by the art of origami that incorporates two Japanese maru obi kimono sashes from the 1940s. While wearing this garment, called a “Transformation Gown” by the artist, the vocalist approaches one visitor at a time asking, “May I give you the gift of song?” If the gift is accepted, the visitor is led to a special chair in the gallery and the vocalist performs one of five of Schubert’s Lieder.

Courtesy of the artist

Presented in partnership with moCa Cleveland and the Cleveland Institute of Music

Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders
Sun, 07/07/2019 to Sun, 10/06/2019Add to Calendar
The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery

Monsters captivated the imagination of medieval men and women, just as they continue to fascinate us today. Drawing on the Morgan Library & Museum’s superb collection of illuminated manuscripts, this major exhibition— the first of its kind in North America—will explore the complex social role of monsters in the Middle Ages. Medieval Monsters will lead visitors through three sections based on the ways monsters functioned in medieval societies. “Terrors” explores how monsters enhanced the aura of those in power, be they rulers, knights, or saints. A second section, “Aliens,” demonstrates how marginalized groups in European societies—such as Jews, Muslims, women, the poor, and the disabled—were further alienated by being figured as monstrous. The final section, “Wonders,” considers a group of strange beauties and frightful anomalies that populated the medieval world. Whether employed in ornamental, entertaining, or contemplative settings, these fantastic beings were meant to inspire a sense of marvel and awe in their viewers.

Organized by the Morgan Library & Museum, New York

Allora & Calzadilla: Ecosystems
Through 09/01/2019
Video Project Room | Gallery 224B

Working collaboratively since 1995, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla use a range of media to explore the complex intersections between culture, economy, politics, and geography. The two videos
here focus on the interaction between humans and natural resources in different sites throughout
Puerto Rico, where the artists live and work.

Under Discussion features an overturned conference table powered by a motor that carries a fisherman through the waters surrounding the Puerto Rican island of Vieques. This makeshift boat serves as a metaphor for the artists’ interest in mobilizing conversation around the United States’ governing policies for Vieques in the wake of the island’s use as a navy training range from 1941 to 2001. The video’s imagery creates stark contrasts, juxtaposing turquoise water and white sand with bomb craters and tanks, showing that both extremes make up the island’s ecology.

A Lasting Impression: Gifts of the Print Club of Cleveland
Through 09/22/2019
James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery | Gallery 101

Organized in celebration of the centennial of the Print Club of Cleveland, this exhibition presents a selection of significant prints generously donated to the museum by the club over the past 100 years. Since its founding in 1919, the Print Club—the first museum affiliate group in the United States—has supported the Cleveland Museum of Art through its twofold mission to enrich the institution’s world-class print collection and to promote interest in the history of printmaking. A Lasting Impression, which includes more than 70 gifts by masters such as Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, Edgar Degas, Käthe Kollwitz, Pablo Picasso, and Jasper Johns, thematically traces the history of European printmaking over the course of six centuries, through subjects ranging from landscape to abstraction and techniques such as woodcut, etching, and screenprint. The depth and quality of these works underscore the Print Club’s transformative effect on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s internationally recognized print collection.

In honor of their centennial, the club has published, in partnership with the CMA, The Print Club of Cleveland: 100 Years, 1919–2019, which features an illustrated selection of notable gifts over the past several decades.

Water: Edward Burtynsky
06/08/2019 to Sun, 09/22/2019
Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery | Gallery 230

As part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made since toward clean water for all, the Cleveland Museum of Art will present two exhibitions that highlight the impact of human behavior on the environment. Featuring the work of renowned contemporary artist Edward Burtynsky (Canadian, born 1955), Water: Edward Burtynsky draws attention to current threats to clean, sustainable water and encourages visitors to reflect on individual actions that can impact the future of our planet.

Burtynsky’s global portrait explores humanity’s increasingly stressed relationship with water, the world’s most vital natural resource. Thirteen monumental color photographs survey locales from the Gulf of Mexico to the shore of the Ganges. Offering both aesthetic abstraction and concrete data, these hauntingly beautiful images encourage us to ponder whether current water-management strategies are among humankind’s great achievements or its most dangerous failures.

Organized by the New Orleans Museum of Art

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning
Sat, 05/25/2019 to Sun, 09/22/2019
Julia and Larry Pollock Focus Gallery | Gallery 010

Cai Guo-Qiang: Cuyahoga River Lightning features three monumental gunpowder works by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang (born 1957), known for his explosion events, gunpowder paintings, and installations, all using environmentally friendly material.

While Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art (2018) was created especially for the exhibition, the other two exhibited works in monochrome and polychrome gunpowder illustrate the artist’s reflections on the state of our planet, wildlife, and the world’s diminishing natural reserves of fresh water.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is pleased to present this exhibition as part of Cuyahoga50, a citywide commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire and celebration of the progress made toward clean water for all.

Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design
Sun, 02/17/2019 to Sun, 02/09/2020
Arlene M. and Arthur S. Holden Textile Gallery | Gallery 234

Color and Comfort: Swedish Modern Design will present the modern styling of mid-twentieth-century Swedish design, featuring textiles, ceramics, and glass from the CMA’s collection. Iconic work by Josef Frank will be shown together with work by artisans such as Viola Gråsten, sisters Gocken and Lisbet Jobs, Stig Lindberg, Sven Markelius, and Elizabeth Ulrick, in an exhibition featuring themes of Nature and Pattern, Color and Contrast, Nostalgia for the Past, and Finding Modernity.

This dynamic installation will explore the idea of comfort and affordability in the modern Swedish home both before and after the Second World War. The introduction of bold, colorful patterning during the 1920s, the national nostalgia for Swedish cultural heritage during the 1930s, and the sparse lines of abstraction in the 1950s and ’60s will come together to reveal a particularly Swedish sensibility in modern design—one that has often been used to define a broader modern Scandinavian style.

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