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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 decided to make this our first adventure out to a public space by getting tickets, but the day before we were going to order our online tickets, we received an invitation from Communications and Media Relations Manager Kelley Notaro Schreiber (@KelleyNotaro) to the Cleveland Museum of Art's Reopening Media and Influencer Welcome Back! We accepted her invitation and decided to be one of the first to go to the public reopening of the Cleveland Museum of Art on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Here are the tweets we shared as @sos_jr, leading up to the day of the reopening of the Cleveland Museum of Art:
I'm looking forward to attending the reopening of the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art on Tuesday, June 30th— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 26, 2020
Reservation-only timed tickets are FREE for all!
See info about @ClevelandArt permanent collection galleries, special collections & #coronavirus safety https://t.co/8BsddjFAg6 pic.twitter.com/xeQQUJS8Db
We open on June 30 and weâ€™re excited to welcome you back! Reserve your free entry tickets NOW. You can reserve your tickets by visiting https://t.co/UtHo0PDUAE, or by calling the ticket center at 216-421-7350. pic.twitter.com/Fikl0nHgIZ— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) June 24, 2020
We open on June 30! Reserve your free entry tickets NOW. You can reserve your tickets by visiting https://t.co/UtHo0PVvsc, or by calling the ticket center at 216-421-7350. To plan your visit, go to https://t.co/UtHo0PVvsc. pic.twitter.com/jNf3v4I5Yq— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) June 22, 2020
Tomorrowâ€™s the day â€“ CMA opens again tomorrow at 10am!— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) June 29, 2020
We canâ€™t wait to see you again! Reserve your free entry tickets NOW. Go to https://t.co/UtHo0PDUAE, or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350. #WelcomeBackCMA pic.twitter.com/wruxzpS90Q
Thank you, @janecalexander, for the #WelcomeBackCMA reminder!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 29, 2020
I'm all ready for the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art reopening! https://t.co/8BsddjFAg6
I updated the @ClevelandArtâ€™s #ArtLensApp on my iPhone https://t.co/DJ8JzKzePp#ThisIsCLE FREE art! https://t.co/rMCAmDCPXr https://t.co/cCU5o6B1Gc pic.twitter.com/poad603DAs
The CMA opens again tomorrow at 10am! Learn more about safety and visit planning via clips from today's "Kickin' It With Kenny." We're excited to welcome you back!— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) June 29, 2020
Free entry tickets: https://t.co/Z9dqOnVfDv, or call 216-421-7350. #WelcomeBackCMA https://t.co/TBUDvIc3n4
Tomorrow the Cleveland Museum of Art reopens. New Covid-19 compliance rules .. most exhibits are open to the public again. Get your reservations on line and enjoy some of the best art in the country. @ The Clevelandâ€¦ https://t.co/EHsA2WuXmy— Kenny Crumpton (@KickinKenny) June 29, 2020
Tuesday Morning, June 30, 2020 - Reopening Day Excitement!
Today @ClevelandArt reopens! You need get your free, timed tickets online. Masks will be required.— Tours of Cleveland, LLC (@toursofcle) June 30, 2020
Before the shutdown I talked about Proof: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet & Tiffany In Bloom, two special exhibits still worth seeing.
Great to be Back at the Cleveland Museum of Art!
“I am beyond thrilled to be able to welcome our community back to the Cleveland Museum of Art,” said William M. Griswold, director of the CMA. “Our staff have been fastidious in planning, and we feel confident we will provide a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for all on-site visitors. For those who wish to remain at home and visit the museum virtually, I am pleased to say that we will continue to develop and share with our members and others the high-level, digital-engagement offerings for which the Cleveland Museum of Art is known worldwide.”
On View Beginning June 30
All permanent collection galleries will be open except for the 1916 lower-level galleries and ARTLENS Gallery.
For the first time, a selection of artworks from the collection of Clevelanders Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley will be on view.
The CMA will debut a completely reimagined installation of its British art galleries.
PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet will be on view through August 2, 2020.
Tiffany in Bloom: Stained Glass Lamps of Louis Comfort Tiffany will be on view through October 4, 2020.
Ilse Bing: Queen of the Leica will be on view through October 10, 2020.
Gold Needles: Embroidery Arts from Korea will be on view through October 25, 2020.
- A Graphic Revolution: Prints and Drawings in Latin America will be on view through November 29, 2020.
As you can see by the excerpt above of the reopening news release by Kelley Notaro Schreiber (read the full news release online or download PDF file), there is much happening both onsite in the museum galleries and online at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Read our blog post to learn how the online resources were greatly extended last year as everyone was given full open access to the Cleveland Museum of Arts digital collection:
Blog Date: Thursday February 7, 2019 - "This is a Big Deal!" Open Access Artwork from Cleveland Museum of Art!
While the online resources are extensive, we do have to say that the absolute best way to truly enjoy the museum's art is in person, visiting its galleries! Thus, we were very excited to attend the Cleveland Museum of Art's #WelcomeBackCMA reopening!
As we entered the Cleveland Museum of Art, we were greeted by the Director Of Communications and External Relations Caroline Guscott Shaw (@CarolineHerself). She told us about some interesting updates since we last visited the museum:
British gallery made to look like a country house.
She also let us know that some of the special exhibits we saw in February have been extended to give people more time to view them. One of the exhibitions that has been extended that we high recommend viewing is "Proof" -- learn more in our blog post:
- Blog Date: February 19, 2020 - Opening and Return Visit to: "PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet"
Caroline Guscott Shaw also told us that the date for the Picasso and Paper spring 2020 exhibition that had to be rescheduled has been confirmed for September 22 to December 13, 2020 -- read the June 18, 2020, news release for details: The Cleveland Museum of Art Announces New Dates for Picasso and Paper
AUGUST 1, 2020, BLOG POST UPDATE: Please read these two announcements concerning Picasso and Paper:
Great to be welcomed back by @CarolineHerself to @ClevelandArt on their first day back. #WelcomeBackCMA reopening is happening today. https://t.co/8BsddjXb7E #ThisIsCLE FREE #art for all in #Cleveland! pic.twitter.com/ZJfeVSZ3CR— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
We also learned from Kelley Notaro Schreiber and Caroline Guscott Shaw that the artwork that was donated by Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley will be displayed in a special exhibition in 2022. Learn more about this large donation of artwork by Joseph P. and Nancy F. Keithley in three articles by Steven Litt to which there are links in the tweets that follow:
.@ClevelandArt announces the astonishingly generous gift of more than 100 artworks worth more than $100M from collectors Joe and Nancy Keithley: https://t.co/h1sZNcW5yh Members with ID cards will get a first look Tuesday 3/17 at 9 a.m. @inthecircle pic.twitter.com/FKnAGFV3H5— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) March 11, 2020
Safety is the Top Priority. The Cleveland Museum of Art has Instituted Infection-Control Procedures
The Cleveland Museum of Art's (CMA) top priority is the safety of its visitors, volunteers, and staff. Adhering to all policies set forth by Governor Mike DeWine's office, local officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CMA will reopen in its first phase on Tuesday, June 30, at 10:00 a.m.
Before attending the reopening, we knew what to expect regarding visitor safety procedures, since we looked at the Cleveland Museum of Art's ClevelandArt.org/Visit-Plan web page, and watched the following Fox 8 News Cleveland video that shows the check-in process:
.@ClevelandArtâ€™s #WelcomeBackCMA reopening is 1st public event Iâ€™ve attended since #COVID19 started.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
Iâ€™m here to see #Cleveland #museumâ€™s #art, but only willing to visit because of their #coronavirus safety plan https://t.co/5Z6QXqoxYf#WearAMask#WashHands#SocialDistancing pic.twitter.com/Mh0HnK6afG
Even the restrooms are set up for social distancing by having every other sink and stall closed.
We made a point to thank the Cleveland Museum of Art's maintenance staff that we saw cleaning during the day. It was very apparent that there was extra effort to regularly clean surfaces like railings that were high-touch areas. While the museum is making an extra effort to clean, we want to stress that we believe that it is each individual's responsibility to follow safe practices, such as:
Bring your own hand sanitizer, and use it.
Practice social distancing
Wear your mask so it covers both mouth and nose.
We told cleaning staff that we really appreciated their work making it possible for the museum be open again. We were glad to be back!!
â€œHead studiesâ€ at @ClevelandArtâ€™s #WelcomeBackCMA. #ArtLensApp favorites:— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
Study of a Shepherd via #ArtLenshttps://t.co/12MnxPqTlt
Young Woman w/ Turbanhttps://t.co/siSWOnWBWj
Boy in a Red-lined Cloak https://t.co/GC2c92zXx9 pic.twitter.com/9qrO3XybPv
The CMA is officially OPEN again!— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) June 30, 2020
We canâ€™t wait to see you! Reserve your free entry tickets NOW. Go to https://t.co/UtHo0PDUAE, or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350. #WelcomeBackCMA pic.twitter.com/NJ00ZPJebY
Turn your smartphone into a pocket guide to the CMA with the ArtLens App. Use it as a companion within the museum, or as a way to explore and create from home. The app is a resource before, during, and after a visit to the museum, or for anywhere you are. Download before arriving, plan your visit, and create or browse tours. While visiting, use the interactive map as a guide to navigate the museum, and keep track of your favorite artworks. After your visit, explore even more of the CMA, including the Open Access collection.
Be sure to download the ArtLens App, or update your current installation, before heading to the Cleveland Museum of Art. We make a lot of use of the app to learn more about artwork we enjoy.
We have nine past blog posts about our use of the ArtLens App and touring the ArtLens Gallery, which you can read if you want to learn how we use the app and gallery. Note that the Artlens Gallery is currently one of the closed galleries for safety reasons. If you have never been to the Artlens Gallery, we recommend that once the coronavirus crisis is over, you try out this interactive gallery.
Remember when visiting @ClevelandArt during this #WelcomeBackCMA reopening period that the #art #museum recommends using their #ArtLensApp.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
Enjoy FREE art in #Cleveland with FREE app! https://t.co/DJ8JzKzePp#ArtLens blog posts https://t.co/bKDJnI0hFRhttps://t.co/mUyl6VUUjm pic.twitter.com/VcLnpx2byg
ArtLens for Slack is the first rapid-response art exhibition app designed for remote workplaces. It generates artworks from the CMA’s collection based on a prompt, bringing works that span centuries to present-day conversations. Thinking about personal protective equipment? Check out an amazing chain mail shirt from the museum’s European arms and armor collection! Considering clocking into happy hour early? Grab a gilded goblet and pour yourself a glass! Has working from home relaxed your dress code? Find a figure drawing that reflects your current state of dress!
The day we attended the Cleveland Museum of Art's reopening, Stuart saw George Mount's June 30th tweet about the ArtLens Slack App and grabbed it for this blog post. Subsequently, while working on the ArtLens section of this blog post, we discovered Steven Litt's article about the new ArtLens Slack App via his May 15th tweet.
If you use Slack, you should check it out! Learn more at:
If you have never used Slack, know that it is an online collaboration tool which you can learn more about at: Slack.com
.@gjmount, I saw/shared your June 30th tweet when attending @ClevelandArt reopening— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 7, 2020
Today, I read @Steven_Litt's article about new #ArtLens #Slack App: https://t.co/A1KabZR8N0
Thanks, @gjmount, for sharing interesting #art #techhttps://t.co/XSQHNkUNXMhttps://t.co/gXFjNZmuKS pic.twitter.com/41ETWVIxnU
We are doing exciting work @clevelandart with the "#Artlens for #Slack" app and would like you to join us in a collaborative project to bring art from #OpenGLAM collections to people through additional platforms. Contact me @janecalexander for details. #MuseumsFromHome #musetech pic.twitter.com/iDm4gARLNd— Jane Alexander (@janecalexander) May 18, 2020
We’ve been working to develop new & enhanced digital initiatives as your CMA experience moved online. Now announcing new ways to interact including ArtLens for Slack, Open Access dashboards, Instagram filters, & more. #HomeIsWheretheArtIs #technologyMW https://t.co/Z9dqOnVfDv pic.twitter.com/anUo61S6ww— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) May 16, 2020
Part of the tradition of any event at the Cleveland Museum of Art, and other art and music venues in Cleveland, is to watch for Emanuel Wallace's photography on the Cleveland Scene Magazine website. We highly recommend following @MannyWallace on Twitter for the latest happenings in Cleveland.
Unfortunately, Emanuel Wallace could not attend the first day of the reopening, but you can see by the following tweets that his talent for capturing in photography what is happening at the Cleveland Museum of Art was missed. Watch for his work about upcoming Cleveland Museum of Art events on Cleveland Scene Magazine.
I'm coming soon! @KelleyNotaro— Emanuel Wallace (@MannyWallace) June 30, 2020
Yay! Just let us know and we will reserve a tix for you.— Caroline Guscott Shaw (@CarolineHerself) June 30, 2020
.@MannyWallace, sorry you were not at the @ClevelandArt opening today. You were missed. https://t.co/5XLt4lsXcZ— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
I hope our paths cross soon as #Cleveland venues open safely. Take care. https://t.co/27WbHph1ab https://t.co/3W7bBs5ztn
We missed you, but weâ€™ll certainly see you soon.— Kelley Notaro Schreiber (@KelleyNotaro) July 1, 2020
We were able to talk to Toni Chanakas during the day, and later learned that a photo of her at the reopening was on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper.
Iâ€™ll be there after lunch. I canâ€™t wait. https://t.co/7qmB5jjg0h— ToniChanakas (@tonichanakas) June 29, 2020
It will be good to see you, @tonichanakas, if our paths cross today at the @ClevelandArtâ€™s #WelcomeBackCMA reopening. https://t.co/8BsddjFAg6— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
The museum looks beautiful for the reopening! https://t.co/qQkQPZyiV1 pic.twitter.com/bBBiFcdl7n
. @tonichanakas, it was good to talk to you as you arrived at the @ClevelandArt reopening.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
Enjoy your visit and share some photos during this #WelcomeBackCMA reopening period. Take care. https://t.co/XPa4I6aIsM https://t.co/3RYQZYvyp0
Great to see you, @tonichanakas, on the front page of @ThePlainDealer for the @ClevelandArt #WelcomeBackCMA reopening day!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 1, 2020
It was good to talk to you at the opening. https://t.co/tVcGUem6XF and also later see you at the @CleveMetroparks CHEERS online mtg. https://t.co/RFHH7WUHSM https://t.co/St7sIoqPK8 pic.twitter.com/hVIrJ0wrcN
Cleveland Museum of Art reopens today with new #coronavirus restrictions: @MonroeWKYC has a preview of what you can expect during your next visit -- including a mask requirement https://t.co/JBJT8Xqv9k— WKYC 3News (@wkyc) June 30, 2020
Pair of Guardian Kings (NiÅ) @ClevelandArt via #ArtLens.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
Learn more at https://t.co/h9COkP4Koj
Get the FREE #ArtLensApp here: https://t.co/DJ8JzKzePp@ClevelandArtâ€™s #WelcomeBackCMA reopening. https://t.co/8BsddjFAg6#ThisIsCLE pic.twitter.com/9hLlIJ3RuN
. @CarolineHerself told us about this special @ClevelandArt exhibition: â€œGold Needles: #Embroidery Arts from #Korea.â€https://t.co/7iMhhnXoH3— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
See at @ClevelandArtâ€™s #WelcomeBackCMA reopening. https://t.co/8BsddjFAg6 pic.twitter.com/RL4kh9dk0r
PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet - Open Through August 2 November 29, 2020!
As photography proliferated in galleries and museums in the 1970s, photographers occasionally printed all the images from one roll of film together and presented the result as a finished work of art. Typically, however, the contact sheet remained within the working process, out of public view. That is why it is remarkable that the late Cleveland collector Mark Schwartz was able to build a comprehensive collection of contact sheets. The collection opens a fascinating window on the aims and methods of a broad range of photographers at work during the second half of the 20th century. PROOF features approximately 180 works from the collection, notably by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Philippe Halsman, Irving Penn, and Albert Watson, as well as by Schwartz’s friends Arnold Newman, Larry Fink, and Emmet Gowin.
AUGUST 1, 2020, BLOG POST UPDATE: Thursday, July 30, 2020, announcement: The Cleveland Museum of Art Extends PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet -- Free special exhibition now on view through November 29
Read our blog post to see our photos from attending the opening and, since we enjoyed it so much, returning a week later:
- Blog Date: February 19, 2020 - Opening and Return Visit to: "PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet"
#WelcomeBackCMA— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
Good to know that if you missed @ClevelandArtâ€™s #PicturePerfect â€œPROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet" back in Feb that it is still FREE & open through Aug 2nd!https://t.co/3ejZvrSFjy
I was at the opening during #MIXatCMA https://t.co/WwfYCGEc0I pic.twitter.com/y0RgmDoCnL
You are most welcome, @ClevelandLeah!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 30, 2020
I hope you are able to visit @ClevelandArt during their #WelcomeBackCMA time period.
See old favorites & current special exhibitions. @CarolineHerself told me about some upcoming new exhibitions in the coming months.https://t.co/mD3Uxybqls pic.twitter.com/jQgoozFiK1
@ClevelandArt is my happy place, I need to renew my membership before Picasso and Paper.— BrownsFanGirl (@SBMorgens) June 30, 2020
Welcome back https://t.co/KDd22yKSfG— Jen (@Authentic_CLE) June 30, 2020
Visitors are required to wear masks, and admission in the first phase of re-opening will be limited to no more than 500 people a day with pre-reserved tickets available through the month of July. https://t.co/2bZj31Fgj4— clevelanddotcom (@clevelanddotcom) July 1, 2020
Yay!! https://t.co/u3k2abFE04— Elizabeth Bolander (@eabolander) July 1, 2020
â€œI am beyond thrilled to be able to welcome our community back to the CMA,â€ said William M. Griswold, the museumâ€™s director.— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) July 1, 2020
Reserve your free entry tickets NOW. Go to https://t.co/UtHo0PDUAE, or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350. #WelcomeBackCMA https://t.co/62cfZe96EZ
The Cleveland Museum of Art is open again as of today! Tickets are still free, but you'll have to pre-book them online now, and wear a mask when you visit. More info on all the things you need to see in this post: https://t.co/IOygEGyOoK #thisiscle pic.twitter.com/v1jRv7yRpP— CLEtraveler (@CLEtraveler) June 30, 2020
On day 3 of my "staycation" I visited the reopened @ClevelandArt; it was well organized, lots of social distancing + I got to see so many of my favorite works; the armor court was a favorite when I was a boy, but I missed seeing Picasso's LaVie which is currently in London pic.twitter.com/2PNkd1uhx2— John Corlett (@CommunitySolsED) July 2, 2020
Can’t wait to see this! https://t.co/f7AVXN4zpK— Jen (@Authentic_CLE) July 2, 2020
Yes, @Authentic_CLE, "PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet" is great!— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 5, 2020
We enjoyed it so much that we made 2nd visit a week later with our son https://t.co/sXGanhAZgG@ClevelandArt’s #PicturePerfect was extended during their #WelcomeBackCMAhttps://t.co/REOj61FeyO pic.twitter.com/s4RfcSpOtS
I'd love your perspective - too crowded? Did you feel ok with the precautions?— Fletcher Studios (@ThomasKildren) July 5, 2020
Yes, I would also like to hear what @tonichanakas thinks about reopening.@ThomasKildren, for me, @ClevelandArt’s #WelcomeBackCMA reopening is 1st public event that I felt comfortable to attend— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 5, 2020
Be sure to see the @ClevelandArt website for the safety infohttps://t.co/2j6rWV9nF0 pic.twitter.com/lMGu8ScSq4
Our family was thrilled to be able to visit and enjoy the art today. Thank you! pic.twitter.com/fkHu8Nvb57— Corey Roscoe (@coreyroscoe) July 2, 2020
I had not realized how much I miss hanging out on Wade Oval until recently. While researching for a story I realized I wanted to do a deeper dive and my first thought was to head over to the Cleveland History Center. “Oh, I forgot, . . .
. . . June 20th my calendar alert went off reminding me that it was Summer Solstice. . . . it was the reminder that I was supposed to be heading out to the art museum for their annual party.
Ouch. That one hurt. In dealing with my feelings somehow my mind tried to compromise. Yes, Solstice was canceled, so I just make sure to clear my schedule on the first Friday if July and go to this month’s…no Mix event either. It was in that moment I realized the art museum, a staple in my life was truly closed.
Fast forward to a few days ago, when I received an email and an invitation to the reopen event taking place this past Tuesday. . . .
The age of social distancing
I hadn’t realized it until I walked in the atrium, but the Cleveland Museum of Art is the perfect place to be inside and yet away from others.
We highly recommend following @BlackGirlInCLE on Twitter to learn about all her current blog posts. We often hear about interesting events through her tweets! Click here to do a search of our sosAssociates.com blog posts, and you will see that @BlackGirlInCLE is mentioned in many of our blog posts.
@BlackGirlInCLE, I enjoyed reading your story about missing @CleStartsHere & @ClevelandArt during the #coronavirus crisishttps://t.co/u2LYmQYqqN— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 5, 2020
You provide good advance about visiting @ClevelandArt from your visit on #WelcomeBackCMA reopening day.https://t.co/R1FsuG2F2w pic.twitter.com/3i4gu55Kbs
.@ThomasKildren, regarding @ClevelandArt crowds/precautions, to quote @BlackGirlInCLE: "I hadn’t realized it until I walked in the atrium, but the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art is the perfect place to be inside and yet away from others"— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 7, 2020
See her blog post: https://t.co/Nsd5rYi7n4 pic.twitter.com/oe9krBJp2A
After being closed for more than three months beginning March 14 to meet COVID-19 public health guidelines, the Cleveland Museum of Art reopened June 30, 2020. The museum is limiting daily visitation initially, and on the first day of a new era, 500 people from across the Cleveland area came to enjoy a safe and inspiring public space.
They reserved free, timed tickets and arrived in a colorful variety of masks so that they could be among the first visitors to see collection favorites, 20 works from the recent Keithley collection gift now on display, and the completely reimagined British galleries. Also, all special exhibitions that were on view when the CMA locked its doors reopened with extended end dates, to ensure additional time for people to see these once-in-a-lifetime installations.
What follows is a photo essay and some observations chronicling a historic day for the CMA.
All images courtesy Scott Shaw Photography for the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The CMA is open now! #OnTheBlog, check out the photo essay documenting our opening day. Reserve your free tix at https://t.co/Z9dqOnVfDv, or call the ticket center at 216-421-7350. We look forward to seeing you in the galleries! #WelcomeBackCMAhttps://t.co/lNks0tpgRD— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) July 3, 2020
Picasso and Paper - Opening September 22, 2020
AUGUST 1, 2020, BLOG POST UPDATE: Please read these two announcements concerning Picasso and Paper:
Exhibition featuring nearly 300 works that offer new insight into the artist’s diverse use of paper will be on view September 22 through December 13, 2020.
Cleveland is the ONLY North American venue
Pablo Picasso’s prolonged engagement with paper is the subject of the groundbreaking exhibition Picasso and Paper, organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with the Musée national Picasso-Paris. Featuring masterworks in a variety of media, including drawings, prints, photographs, sketchbooks, collages, cut-outs, paper sculpture, and book illustrations, as well as works in oil on canvas and cast bronze, Picasso and Paper will be on view at the CMA from September 22 to December 13, 2020, in the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall and Gallery.
“We are excited to welcome our visitors back to the Cleveland Museum of Art for the highly anticipated, blockbuster exhibition Picasso and Paper,” said William Griswold, director of the CMA. “The centerpiece of our fall arts season, Picasso and Paper presents a rare opportunity for visitors to experience the artist’s creative process and artistic achievement with paper as a medium. The CMA is the only North American venue for this remarkable exhibition.”
Before the coronavirus crisis hit, we were looking forward to attending the special Picasso exhibition that we had heard was coming to the Cleveland Museum of Art in spring 2020. It will now take place September 22 through December 13, 2020 -- we are looking forward to touring this exhibition!
Talking about @ClevelandArt’s postponed Picasso exhibition, but did not remember its status.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) June 9, 2020
Now see for “#Picasso and Paper” that @ClevelandArt is “... aiming to open the exhibition on September 22, 2020 with more details about ticketing to come.”
Thank you, @CarolineHerself, for confirming the date of the “#Picasso and Paper” exhibition when we talked at the @ClevelandArt #WelcomeBackCMA reopening https://t.co/3j7EcosegM— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 2, 2020
I now see @KelleyNotaro news release with the September 22nd details https://t.co/PGbxYYL6jm https://t.co/2hooM4Sczr pic.twitter.com/tEQ1a3Fxch
.@CarolineHerself & @KelleyNotaro, I found interesting @RoyalAcademy video:— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) July 5, 2020
"Inside the exhibition: #Picasso & Paper"https://t.co/WjWwUtbKpM
Excited that "#Cleveland is the ONLY North American venue" because of @ClevelandArthttps://t.co/PGbxYYL6jm
I was able to see it @royalacademy and it was superb. Excited for Clevelanders and others to experience it— Caroline Guscott Shaw (@CarolineHerself) July 5, 2020
.@ClevelandArt confirms previously tentative Sept. 22 opening date for "Picasso and Paper,'' and says show will run through Dec. 13. Ticket details will be released in July: https://t.co/cL2sbpD3m2 pic.twitter.com/fZYaG6YoMY— Steven Litt (@steven_litt) June 18, 2020
We're reopening our doors on 9 July!— Royal Academy (@royalacademy) June 30, 2020
We believe galleries and museums should be places for inspiration, escape and, above all, community – something we all need right now. We can't wait to welcome you back!
Here’s how it will work: https://t.co/ZtCKaXWBqr
Who can draw us Picasso?— Royal Academy (@royalacademy) June 30, 2020
The catch: You have to draw him in one of his own styles.#RAdailydoodle
More artists holding owls please. https://t.co/8mMtfmCm2y— Royal Academy (@royalacademy) June 30, 2020
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We had a great time attending the Cleveland Museum of Art's #WelcomeBackCMA reopening as our first public event since the coronavirus crisis began in mid-March 2020. If you are interested in related blog posts from times when life was more normal, please take a look at our past blog posts about fun we have had at:
Until the reopening of the Cleveland Museum of Art, most of the venues that we write about in our sosAssociates.com/Blog have been currently closed. Our "Social Distancing Series" blog posts capture some of our current activities. Once the coronavirus crisis is over, it will be interesting to read these to see the contrast between these times and "normal life."
Blog Date: July 1, 2020 - Social Distancing Park Visits - June 2020
Blog Date: June 16, 2020 - WordCamp Kent 2020 Online & Beyond
Blog Date: May 20, 2020 - Social Distancing: Visiting More Parks and Park Campsite Information
- Blog Date: May 6, 2020 - Social Distancing with Virtual Trail Talks #CelebrateTrails #VirtualTrailDays
Blog Date: April 23, 2020 - Social Distancing with Park Walks & Online Life
Blog Date: April 8, 2020 - Humor and Creativity on the Twitterverse While Social Distancing
Blog Date: March 30, 2020 - Peaceful Parks While Social Distancing
We expect to continue to practice social distancing for at least the rest of 2020, so please come back to read more and...
Submitted by Stuart Smith on Sat, 08/01/2020 - 17:29
Unfortunately, the Cleveland Musum of Art announced that the Picasso and Paper exhibtion is postponed.
Please see the details in these two media announcements:
Media Alert: Cleveland Museum of Art’s Presentation of Picasso and Paper is Postponed Indefinitely Due to COVID-19 Pandemic Travel Restrictions
Wednesday, July 22, 2020, by Kelley Notaro Schreiber, The Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art Extends PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet
Thursday, July 30, 2020, by Kelley Notaro Schreiber, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Please share this announcement with others by retweeting the following tweets:
ANNOUNCEMENT: We must postpone indefinitely the Cleveland presentation of "Picasso and Paper" due to European travel restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 global pandemic. We hope to present the show in a future year. More info: https://t.co/LL7Czc5zcE pic.twitter.com/1iMAwB91Oa— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) July 22, 2020
ANNOUNCEMENT: “PROOF: Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet" is extended through 11/29! https://t.co/MGEbHmzI92— clevelandart (@ClevelandArt) July 30, 2020
See this critically acclaimed exhibition now. Reserve your FREE entry tickets at https://t.co/Z9dqOnVfDv. #pictureperfect pic.twitter.com/4OdMrV4nta
Some good news: You now have more time to catch this terrific exhibit. https://t.co/uK3eB197lA— Scott Suttell (@ssuttell) July 30, 2020