By Hajnal Eppley, Gallery Teaching Director

If there ever was a time to focus on social-emotional wellness, it’s 2020. In this year’s uncertainty and change, children and grown-ups traverse a wide range of emotions each day. As a parent working from home while also supporting my two children in their remote learning, I can say that today my household experienced excitement, frustration, guilt, confusion, joy, and exhaustion.

Naming these emotions is one of the first steps to helping children navigate their feelings. The next step: what does one DO with all these feelings?

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When Governor Mike DeWine announced the move to remote learning in the spring, many of the teachers who work with the CMA told us of their need for additional support to meet state goals in social-emotional learning. This is the process by which children and adults “… [S]et and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make positive decisions.” Even before COVID-19, schools began paying attention to emotional education because more than two decades of research showed students who received such support in school performed better academically and experienced greater economic and life outcomes in adulthood. …


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James Brown, 1966. Courtesy of the Chuck Stewart Estate.

Next week’s MIX: Amplify is inspired by social justice in art and music, highlighted in a new exhibition at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The virtual MIX on Friday, October 2, from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. will feature a live DJ set from Vikter Duplaix, a showcase of street dance from choreographer Samuel McIntosh of 10K Movement, and video art by Wil Frierson.

Art and music always reflect the times, and in response to the global protests following the killing of George Floyd, the Rock Hall organized It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment. This exhibition features Hall of Fame inductees from Public Enemy to Nina Simone whose music communicated visions of hope for a just society. Similarly, artists in the CMA’s collection such as Augusta Savage, Norman Lewis, Jacob Lawrence, and Elizabeth Catlett used visual art to promote real change in the face of inequality. …


Because travel remains limited by the public health concerns of COVID-19, we’re exploring our own surroundings more. Cleveland artists have done that for a century and created some remarkable views of our community. Walkers and bicyclists this year have had a bright and cool summer to enjoy the area. We asked some avid bicyclists to compare what they see now with works in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collection by artists who have interpreted our city. Inspiration is everywhere!

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Artificial Intelligence Offers a New Way to Find Your View in the CMA Collection

By Anna Faxon and Haley Kedziora, Digital Project Managers

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Right: Flowers in a Vase, c. 1669. Simon Verelst (Dutch, 1644–1721). Oil on wood; framed: 41 x 37 x 5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Noah L. Butkin, 1982.246. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Art is one way people reflect and shape the world they see, and the Cleveland Museum of Art has a new way to match your view to views created by some of history’s greatest artists.

The CMA’s Digital Innovation team has launched ArtLens AI: Share Your View. This interactive tool on the museum website and on Twitter matches what you see in your world to art from the CMA’s remarkable collection.

This easy point of entry into the CMA answers the fatigue of people learning new technologies to stay connected to friends, family, and co-workers. We also wanted to give the community a resource in which— without previous knowledge of history or art theory — someone can make visual connections between their world and a work of art at the click of a button. …


By Maddie Armitage, Studio Programs Manager

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Image courtesy Howard Agriesti for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Creativity is a skill that everyone can practice. It’s like a muscle that can be stretched and strengthened. Creativity is empowering because it is grounded in play, joy, and wonder. It feeds us. Stimulating the creative mind happens in the exercise between imagination and guidelines. I like to think about guidelines not as boundaries but as fun challenges pushing us to re-imagine something.

As a creative professional myself, I thrive upon prompts that spark ideas that are then followed by a process of establishing my own rules — and then breaking them. I often think, “How far can I really push this concept?” Working within real and imagined parameters helps to guide my creative decision-making. …


By Bentley Boyd, Donor and Member Communications Manager

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The Beatles Times Nine, Contact Sheet, 1964, printed 2004. Harry Benson (American, b. Scotland, 1929). Gelatin silver print; 120.7 x 122.6 cm. © Harry Benson. Image courtesy of the Cleveland Museum of Art

Many images stop you in your tracks as you walk through PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet. You see wonderful Man Ray abstractions from 1926, Robert Frank’s look at everyday Americans in 1955, and O. Winston Link’s rumbling trains.

But even more fascinating are the celebrities stopped for us, held at one place and time on the arc of their legendary careers. Some of these images capture a global talent at the beginning. Some frame a celebrity in summation. …


By: Bentley Boyd, Donor and Member Communications Manager

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Image: John Ewing, Curator of Film at the CMA for 34 Years. Image courtesy Howard Agriesti for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

You couldn’t watch a movie on your phone when John Ewing took over the film program at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 1986. But our era of on-demand streaming content only makes the CMA’s curation of film more important, he believes.

“A lot of us who love film resist the word ‘content.’ The best movies are not ‘content.’ They are works of art conceived by artists and should be seen in the best possible environment,” Ewing says.

Ewing was about to show director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Day of Wrath (1943) at the museum when the CMA was forced to close in March due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Streaming technology has been a godsend to millions of people self-isolating in their homes for months — but people are beginning to feel adrift in all that “content.” How do they pick what to watch next? How will we watch movies in 2021? Without a vaccine, venues for professional sports, concerts, and theater are wondering how and when audiences will gather in person again. …


By: CMA’s Interpretation Department

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Woman suffrage headquarters in Upper Euclid Avenue, Cleveland — A. (at extreme right) is Miss Belle Sherwin, President, National League of Women Voters; B. is Judge Florence E. Allen (holding the flag); C. is Mrs. Malcolm McBride. Related Names: League of Women Voters (U.S.) Records. Date Created/Published: 1912.

American women were guaranteed the right to vote after World War I had ended, after the Cleveland Museum of Art had opened, and after Susan B. Anthony had died without seeing her life’s work come to success. This year’s centennial of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution is worthy of celebration — if it is tempered with the recognition of how long it took to achieve and how elusive a full equality remains.

On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to approve the guarantee that women could vote anywhere in the US. A century later, issues of representation and equality persist in many areas of American society, from the workplace to political leadership to the art world. …


By Sooa Im McCormick, Curator of Korean Art

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Installation view, Diversity in Korean Embroidery Arts, Korea Foundation Gallery 236. Image courtesy David Brichford for the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea celebrates women artists who lived in late 18th- and 19th-century Korea. Their art was mostly produced in the inner quarters of the house called gyubang, where they were confined. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, a restricted life is no longer Korea’s remote past, but part of today’s normalcy. …

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