In 2020, our first adventure out to a public space during the coronavirus crisis was to the Cleveland Museum of Art's
#WelcomeBackCMA Reopening. The spaciousness of the museum, along with their coronavirus protocols and site-specific
safety measures, allowed us to feel safe while enjoying the artwork.
Now, in 2021, our first excursion of the year was again to the Cleveland
Museum of Art. We had not expected to still be social distancing and masking, but here we are,
writing another blog post in our "Social Distancing" series.
Yes, Ohio is slowly opening in the year of the coronavirus crisis, but can only do so with social distancing and other safety measures. As we approached the end of June, we heard that the Cleveland Museum of Art was reopening following "rigorous safety procedures that adhere to the guidance set forth by state and local officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)."
We enjoyed the PROOF opening so much that we wanted to share it with our son, Michael Smith, on our return visit. We wanted to show him the items we enjoyed on our first visit, and to see the photographs that we did not have time to see. PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet is the type of exhibition that warrants more than one visit.
Once I entered the exhibtion, I found it interesting to see people interacting and learning about the exhibtion. I also greatly enjoyed talking to others I knew at the preview, and sharing impressions with people who I met for the first time, as we enjoyed the drawings.