Cleveland Museum of Art YouTube Video: Picturing Motherhood Now - Spoken Word: Siaara Freeman
Listen as poet Siaara Freeman expresses an original poem on the meaning of motherhood inspired by the exhibition Picturing Motherhood Now. Reserve tickets today: cma.org/motherhood-now #MotherhoodNow
"... reimagine the possibilities for representing motherhood" - . . . You can't experience the depth of Picturing Motherhood Now by looking at photos on a website. You must see it in person to not only study the artwork closely, but also to read the messages that accompany the artwork. I know that I will need to return again to the museum to see the pieces I missed, and to look again at the artwork I found interesting.
The paragraph above is from the blog post that Stuart wrote after attending the Thursday, October 14, 2021, Picturing Motherhood Now Media & Influencer Event and Members Preview Party, where he knew that he would need to use our Cleveland Museum of Art membership benefit to return to see the exhibition again. This blog post includes our @sos_jr tweets and retweets sharing photos from our visit to Picturing Motherhood Now on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. Please retweet those those that have information that you want to share with your followers.
Stuart enjoyed his return visit, especially since he was joined by Julie, who brought new insight to this motherhood exhibition. To learn more about the Picturing Motherhood Now exhibition, please also read Stuart's blog post from his first visit:
- Blog Date: October 20, 2021 - Cleveland Museum of Art "Picturing Motherhood Now" -- Preconception vs. Actuality
I have tickets to return to share with my wife @ClevelandArt's "Picturing #MotherhoodNow”https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 25, 2022
I was fortunate to attend the exhibition preview & wrote: "I know that I will need to return again to the museum to see the pieces I missed" https://t.co/KsG00Uw7oP https://t.co/uRfpDpkoFA pic.twitter.com/G68ttj88u2
Steven Litt's October 17, 2021, Review of Picturing Motherhood Now
I read Steven Litt's article as I was working on this blog post. I loved where he wrote "Motherhood might sound like a sappy, apple-pie topic . . . but in the hands of the Cleveland Museum of Art, it’s an incendiary bomb." The exhibition did not fit my preconception, because, as Steven Litt wrote: This is no longer your grandmother’s art museum."
I had read about the exhibition before attending, and read descriptions of the artwork while attending, but Steven Litt's article takes it to the next level. As I wrote above, I know I need to see the exhibition again.
If you can only attend once, I highly recommend reading Steven Litt's review of the exhibition before you go. But what I really recommend is to see the exhibition first without reading his article, and then read it closely before you visit the exhibition a second time. You may see it from a different perspective!
After attending the opening preview, Stuart read Steven Litt's article about the exhibition and wrote how he would "highly recommend reading Steven Litt's review," since it would give insight to the deeper meaning of the artwork. Julie followed Stuart's advice, and was so glad that she read Steven Litt's Review of Picturing Motherhood Now, since she felt that she got more out of the exhibition because she read it:
- Cleveland Museum of Art takes on slavery, racism, discrimination, injustice in ‘Picturing Motherhood Now’
Updated: October 17, 2021, 7:56 a.m. | Published: October 17, 2021, 7:56 a.m., by Steven Litt, cleveland.com (@Steven_Litt - @ClevelandDotCom)
"This is no longer your grandmother’s #art #museum" says @Steven_Litthttps://t.co/WjstYYRxMd— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
I am following my own advice and reading @Steven_Litt's article about @ClevelandArt's "Picturing #MotherhoodNow” before seeing this exhibition for a second time.https://t.co/2LilzCongA pic.twitter.com/bLYyoU4JgS
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - Our Tour of Picturing Motherhood Now
Responding to our time, Picturing Motherhood Now brings together works by a diverse range of contemporary artists who reimagine the possibilities for representing motherhood. Drawing on a range of feminisms, it challenges familiar archetypes of motherhood, construing motherhood as a multivalent term. The artists in Picturing Motherhood Now use motherhood as a lens through which to examine contemporary social issues—the changing definitions of family and gender, the histories and afterlives of slavery, the legacies of migration, and the preservation of matrilineal Indigenous cultures.
Picturing Motherhood Now focuses on art made in the past two decades, while integrating work by significant pioneers to narrate an intergenerational and evolving story of motherhood.
Picturing Motherhood Now includes work by: Mequitta Ahuja, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Firelei Báez, Louise Bourgeois, Carolina Caycedo, Andrea Chung, Zackary Drucker, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Aaron Gilbert, Mona Hatoum, Titus Kaphar, Mary Kelly, M. Carmen Lane, My Barbarian, Jordan Nassar, Alice Neel, Senga Nengudi, Aliza Nisenbaum, Catherine Opie, Jasmeen Patheja, Wendy Red Star, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Anri Sala, Jacolby Satterwhite, Patricia Satterwhite, Rose B. Simpson, Kaari Upson, Carrie Mae Weems, D’Angelo Lovell Williams and Carmen Winant.
Listen to a spoken word piece inspired by the exhibition:
Our tour started in the Cleveland Museum of Art's Ames Family Atrium, with the spider sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, before heading to the lower floor to enter the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Gallery.
“The Nest” and “Spider” by #LouiseBourgeois.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
Community Voice story by @lilliankuri.
“The Nest” & “Spider” is on loan from @SFMOMA.
See at @ClevelandArt’s “Picturing #MotherhoodNow!”https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn
This is my return visit with my wife: https://t.co/KsG00Uw7oP pic.twitter.com/tj2IFwEKxI
It was great to visit the exhibition with only few people in the gallery, since it enabled us to look at each piece of artwork closely.
“Liberation (Washboard)” 2014.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
This is one of the pieces at the @ClevelandArt’s “Picturing #MotherhoodNow” that I did not get to see up close at the opening. It is good to visit this exhibition more than once. https://t.co/KsG00Uw7oPhttps://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn pic.twitter.com/20cGKKrulR
One of the most powerful parts of Picturing Motherhood Now is the Community Voice messages from some of Greater Cleveland's women leaders. Julie found the message shared by Evelyn Burnett very moving!
Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC), a 501c3 non-profit, is a community of birth workers, or doulas, primarily providing social support to pregnant women at highest risk for infant mortality during the perinatal period.
. @evburnett, my wife found your “Community Voice” message about “Was Blind, But Now I See (Granny)” at @ClevelandArt “Picturing #MotherhoodNow” very moving. https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn pic.twitter.com/dv60oJIYWP— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
Julie brought to Stuart's attention some of the photographs hidden within the larger Still You Bloom in This Land of No Gardens artwork by Njideka Akunyili Crosby. We recommend that, when you visit the exhibition, you take some time to look at all the artwork both from a distance and then up close.
Be sure to read the "Community Voice" messages that accompany some of the artwork, since they add personal, local stories.
Evelyn Burnett (@evburnett), who added her insight to Not My Burden, is the Birthing Beautiful Communities board chair. I wanted to be sure to include information in this blog post about the lifesaving work of Cleveland's Birthing Beautiful Communities . . . Please learn more about their work on the Birthing Beautiful Communities website at: BirthingBeautiful.org
“Not My Burden” 2019.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
At @ClevelandArt’s “Picturing #MotherhoodNow.” https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn
Be sure to read the “Community Voice”’message from @evburnett, CEO of @3rdSpaceCLE and Board Chair of @BirthNBeautiful when you visit this exhibition. https://t.co/Ob1QnVzkCt pic.twitter.com/WLXfltzkip
“Pure” pic.twitter.com/2LplWma2Kl— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
Thank you to all the local women who added their voice to this exhibition!
Motherhood Across Time Tour with the ArtLens App
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.
Check out this tour at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Take the tour "Collection Connections: Motherhood across Time" via #artlens: http://cma.org/artlens/tour/MOTHERHOOD. [NOTE: this link will open the ArtLens App tour on your smartphone.]
After our visit to Picturing Motherhood Now, we saw a display about the Cleveland Museum of Art's Motherhood Across Time tour in the area adjacent to the Ames Family Atrium. This tour takes you through the museum's collection to discover other works of art related to motherhood. Download the ArtLens App to learn more about museum tours.
“#Motherhood Across Time”— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
Visit @ClevelandArt galleries!#Artists have engaged with the subject of motherhood throughout the history of #art. Timeline highlights 10 objects that
take inspiration from mothers.
“Picturing #MotherhoodNow” through 3/13/22https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn pic.twitter.com/L7p7HH2CT2
Check out this amazing artwork at the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art: "Rest" via #artlens: https://t.co/nAfJLEATvv— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
Learn more about this @ClevelandArt object at https://t.co/y3blsniYYu pic.twitter.com/IABx1dzugC
Shared By Others on Twitter
The following are tweets from others about the Cleveland Museum of Art's Picturing Motherhood Now exhibition. Please be sure to retweet those that you think have interesting information so that others will learn about the exhibition.
It is so great to read on Twitter that journalist and style blogger, Silk "LADY SILK" Allen (@AlltheFlyThings), enjoyed the Picturing Motherhood Now exhibition, and now plans on returning to see it again. She may even get herself a Cleveland Museum of Art membership for her birthday!
I went with a friend last month and it was awesome! I loved seeing motherhood through so many different cultures and mediums. I would also like to go back before they close the exhibit— LADY SILK (@AlltheFlyThings) January 26, 2022
That is great, @AlltheFlyThings.— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 26, 2022
I hope you make the time to see the @ClevelandArt exhibition again. It is at the #Cleveland #Museum of #Art through Sunday, 3/13/2022. https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn pic.twitter.com/2N5FNaWbwo
Oh cool it runs through my bday 3/5! I’ve been thinking about buying myself a membership to the museum and that might be my present to myself lol.— LADY SILK (@AlltheFlyThings) January 26, 2022
Hi, I'm Silk Allen, a journalist and style blogger that writes about the history of fashion, style & music and the impact it has on today's culture. I also like to write about body positive personal style and my work can be found here: https://t.co/w10UczjR5N— LADY SILK (@AlltheFlyThings) January 12, 2019
I smiled so wide under my mask taking this picture of my sis and seeing her voice published for all to see! pic.twitter.com/oiCILc5W4v— Brian J. Anthony (@UrbanKnight716) January 27, 2022
You are most welcome, @evburnett.https://t.co/Rzo5arIvcn— Stuart O. Smith, Jr. - sosAssociates.com (@sos_jr) January 28, 2022
My wife and I really appreciated your "Community Voice" messages that are part of @ClevelandArt's “Picturing #MotherhoodNow!” exhibition. https://t.co/3OYo2oVj8uhttps://t.co/out65NBPev
Thank you, @evburnett, for sharing our October 20, 2021, blog post Cleveland Museum of Art "Picturing Motherhood Now" -- Preconception vs. Actuality in her following tweet:
Wondering who made those cool promotional videos for @Clevelandmuseumofart, Picturing Motherhood Now exhibit? Yes, it was us! Make sure to go and visit the exhibit before it closes March 13th!#productionstudio #moneyshot #CMA #motherhoodnow pic.twitter.com/MzZ21UODH0— S&P WorkLab (@SP_WorkLab) January 28, 2022
Related Blog Posts
We always like to end our posts with a list of related blog posts:
- Blog Date: October 20, 2021 - Cleveland Museum of Art "Picturing Motherhood Now" -- Preconception vs. Actuality
We have written so many blog posts about the Cleveland Museum of Art that it is best that you just see them all by pulling up all the posts tagged with:
Also, if you are interested in reading more art related blog posts, please see our 77 other blog posts tagged "Art"
Within the blog posts about the Cleveland Museum of Art are 12 blog posts tagged "ArtLens" about our use of the ArtLens App or our visits to the ArtLens Gallery. Note that the oldest blog post is from 2012 -- yes, the ArtLens Gallery (which used to be called Gallery One) will be ten years old in December of this year!!! Four blog posts we recommend reading to learn the history are:
Blog Date: July 10, 2017 - Crash Party: Being Among the First to Experience the New CMA ArtLens Gallery
"When we were invited by Cleveland Museum of Art Chief Information Officer Jane Alexander (@JaneCAlexander) to attend the 2017 ArtLens Crash Party on June 21st, we knew that major changes were coming -- changes that were not just evolutionary, but revolutionary!"
See the "TechPint Speaker #1: Jane Alexander, CIO of Cleveland Museum of Art" section of:
Blog Date: December 26, 2016 - TechPint Winter 2016 at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland
". . . I was very impressed with this first-of-its-kind interactive technology resource for visitors in a United States museum. It was great to attend TechPint and learn directly from Jane Alexander about recent developments at the museum. . ."
Blog Date: January 18, 2013 - CMA's New Interactive Gallery Opens, plus GCPCUG & CLE Drupal
"With my interest in the museum and in technology, it is with great civic pride that I share the following about our art museum being the first in the nation to feature interactive technology."
Blog Date: December 27, 2012 - @ClevelandArt #GalleryOne Crash Party
"You've been selected to join an elite group of tech testers for a sneak preview at the Cleveland Museum Art. . . .You may be participating in the most advanced digital gallery display in the U.S., which showcases interpretation, design, and new technologies in collaboration. . ."
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