Gunpowder Artist Cai Guo-Qiang Draws the Cuyahoga River with Fire

Last year in his New Jersey studio, Cai Guo-Qiang ignited the gunpowder for his work Cuyahoga River Lightning: Drawing for the Cleveland Museum of Art. Stretching nearly forty feet long, the artist traced the familiar curving path of Cleveland’s famous river—from the site of the historic fire in the summer of 1969 to the mouth at Lake Erie—using explosions. The […]

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Creative Fusion: Designing for Access and Sustainability

ARTISTS: Douglas Paige | Cleveland Lukas Kronawitter | Germany ORGANIZATION: Cleveland Institute of Art   The Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion’s projects in 2019 dare to confront Northeast Ohioans with one of the most embarrassing episodes in our region’s history, in the hope that we heed its warnings for our own era. June 22 marks the half-centennial anniversary of the 1969 […]

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The Change We Want to See: Community Engagement efforts at the Cleveland Museum of Art

It can be difficult for a 105-year-old organization to stay fresh and continuously come up with new ways to engage with the community. Lately, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has been striving a little harder to do just those things. A recent $368,400 grant from the Ford Foundation and Walton Family Foundations’ Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative—matched by the […]

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2018 Cleveland Arts Prizes announced

The Cleveland Arts Prize has announced the winners of its 2018 awards. The 58th annual prizes recognize artists working in fields as diverse as architecture, literature, painting, and comics. A Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Rita Dove, a playwright, author, poet and lyricist based out of Akron. In 1993, Dove became the first Black Poet Laureate of the United […]

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Object Lessons: Cyra Levenson works to engage art students of all ages, through the collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art

  Cyra Levenson has been in her role as the Cleveland Museum of Art’s director of education and academic affairs for just over a year. Her broad duties include overseeing interpretation of the collection, as well as collaborating in the launch of The Keithley Institute for Art History, which offers object-based learning opportunity for researchers or students interested in museum […]

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The Invisible Man: William Robinson

  This is adapted from a letter from Henry Adams, nominating William Robinson for the Cleveland Arts Prize. When there’s a great exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art, not many people stop to think about who was responsible for creating it, or about the challenges of making it happen.  The key visionary and impresario behind a great many of […]

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