Return Visit to Stories from Storage - From the Cleveland Museum of Art, with Love

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Stuart O. Smith, Jr.

Return Visit to Stories from Storage - From the Cleveland Museum of Art, with Love
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As I write this blog post, I am very busy preparing for an extended backpacking trip, but I still wanted to get this out, since I had such a great time at the Cleveland Museum of Art. I will let the photos in the tweets tell the story, and I invite you to learn more about this special Cleveland Museum of Art exhibition, Stories from Storage, by reading my prequel blog post:

As you view the photos we shared on Twitter, please note the incredible variety of artwork presented. We highly recommend seeing the exhibition in person, since photos can't capture all the details.

My mother joined me on my return visits on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, and Tuesday, April 27, 2021.



Thursday, April 15, 2021 - I got my tickets to return to Stories from Storage

Community Days: FREE for all every Wednesday beginning April 7 through May 12.
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Reserved tickets required. Explore all the stories at once or spend several visits carefully delving into several at a time. Stories from Storage is free for CMA members; adults $12; seniors and adult groups $9; students and children ages 5 to 17 $6; children under 5 free.The exhibition is on view in the museum’s Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation Exhibition Hall and Gallery from February 7 to May 16, 2021.

I ordered my tickets online, which were free through my Cleveland Museum of Art membership. Note how "Stories from Storage" is now free on Wednesdays (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) for everyone!



Friday, April 16, 2021 - Black Girl in CLE: Stories From Storage?

I’m also a little surprised at how much of my visit stayed with me. I realized that this is one of the only times that I went for a specific exhibit and didn’t feel the need to stay longer and visit my favorite galleries.  This exhibit filled and refreshed me.   I plan to return and see it again before it’s gone next month and I  am so glad I pushed past my thinking to go see it.

I really enjoyed reading Shana Black's blog post on the Black Girl in CLE website, since she shared her personal connection to the art shown in the exhibition.

I recommend you read:



Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - Return Visit to Stories from Storage

Stories from Storage offers a thoughtful and focused examination of multiple important themes through seldom seen works of art carefully selected by each of the museum’s nearly two dozen curators. It conveys not a single, linear narrative but multiple stories that complement one another. Each story reveals a unique element within the museum’s encyclopedic collection, representing human creativity across the globe.

My mom is also a member of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and really enjoyed our visit to "Stories from Storage" exhibition! Similar to what Shana Black wrote in her Black Girl in CLE blog post, my mother did not know what to expect. We ended up taking a lot of time in each gallery, since there was so much to see.



Stories from Storage Guide

Explore the Stories from Storage exhibition with the ArtLens App. Hear from every curator and see every object in the exhibition with your pocket guide to the show. Stories from Storage is open through Sunday, May 16, 2021.

One thing I did not foresee was how much my mother would enjoy using the ArtLens App. I showed her how to listen to the videos from each of the curators, and the next thing I knew, she was taking a deep dive into the app to discover more details of many of the art objects.

The exhibition presents artwork from all over the world, and my mom was fascinated to learn about the history of many of the art pieces using the ArtLens app. My mother also liked the fact that she could use the ArtLens app at home to read more about artwork she saw at the museum.

I highly recommend you also "take the deep dive" into the ArtLens app.







Haverstraw Bay - A Focused Look! The exhibition is large -- covering both sides of the special exhibition space on the lower level -- so halfway through the 20 stories, the museum reminds you to take some quiet time to focus.



We took a break at the halfway point for lunch. It was good to "recharge our batteries" before returning to see more.





My mom had such a good time that she knew she would need to return to see the rest of the "Stories from Storage” exhibition soon!





Saturday, April 24, 2021 - Order Tickets to Return to Stories from Storage -- Again!

. . . Explore all the stories at once or spend several visits carefully delving into several at a time. . .









Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - Return Visit to Stories from Storage -- Again!

The exhibition continues . . .


Stories from Storage is made possible by . . .



Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - More . . .



ArtLens - Gamin by Augusta Savage

Savage was the most acclaimed sculptor working during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ‘30s, and Gamin is her most famous work.

ArtLens is a great way to find out the location and history of artwork you are interested in.




Thank you, Cleveland Museum of Art!


Related Blog Posts

I had a great time returning to see the Cleveland Museum of Art Stories from Storage exhibition. The museum is one of only two public venues I have visited 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 for the the second time in January 2021, many of the venues in the Cleveland and Akron area that I write about in my have been closed. Please read my "Social Distancing Series" blog posts, since they capture some of our current activities. Once the coronavirus crisis is over, it will be interesting to read these 2020 and early 2021 blog posts to see the contrast between these times and "normal life."

I expect to continue to practice social distancing for the foreseeable future, so please come back to read more and...

Stay well!