Do you have plans for Sunday? It’s supposed to rain in the afternoon anyway. Why not take the family to the Cleveland Museum of Art? There are three great new reasons to go. Along with one of the finest exhibitions of art objects in the world, there are three brand new exhibitions that are truly worth taking a look at.
First, in Gallery One is the statue “Cleveland Apollo Slaying the Python” that was crafted in bronze by Praxiteles (approximately 400 to 330 BC) which represented imposing order (kosmos) over disorder (chaos). Housed in the same gallery are marble statues of Roman origin that are copies of the original bronze. As a family challenge, look at the two Roman marble statues and without looking at the photographs on the walls nearest them see if you can tell what parts are original and what has been replaced. Be sure to look close. Next, compare the finishing of the statues against each other looking especially at the area above the neck. Finally, look at the original “python” that is on display in a case on the wall with the original hand from the bronze and compare it to the Roman interpretation on the two statues. The bronze was originally titled “Cleveland Apollo Slaying the Lizard” which accounts for the Roman versions being so radically different. The exhibit is free to the general public.
Next on the agenda is a trip to the lower level for the exhibit “Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome”. Although located at the heel of the “boot” of Italy, Sicily was for many years a Greek state where art, architecture, poetry, philosophy, history, mathematics and theater were independent of Greece itself. It became a wellspring of new ideas that surpassed many aspects of Greek culture. In the overall picture, Sicily blossomed in the ancient world with the grandest of cities and an opulent lifestyle that had no rivals. The inhabitants of Sicily still considered themselves above all else citizens of Greece as they often traveled to the Greek mainland for commerce and to partake in the Olympics (in which they excelled in, especially in the four horse chariot races).
This exhibit encompasses the many aspects of this complex civilization with some of the most extraordinary pieces of ancient artifacts found anywhere at the same time and in the same place. For coin collectors there is the remarkable work known as the coin of coins, “Coin with a Head of Silenos (The Aitna Tetradrachm)” considered the most valuable coin in the world and the finest example of Greek coinage in the world.
There is also a Greek vessel that held ten gallons of prime olive oil and was part of a collection of 140 containers that was awarded to the winner of the four horse chariot race held as part of the Olympics. This prize would pretty much set the winner up for life. Also of note is “The Phiale Mesomphalos (Offering Dish)” that is made of solid gold and was a libation bowl that was used to pour wine onto an altar as a sacrifice for the gods. The bowl has an intricate pattern of ivy spirals and corymb leaves with concentric decorative bands that end with engravings of bees and blossoms at the outer most circle.
As you make your way through the exhibit, you will discover numerous examples of fine vases, statues, masks and jewelry that you will find pleasing to the eye and educational to the mind. Admission to the exhibit “Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome” is Adults: $15; Seniors: $13; Students (with valid ID): $13; Children 6–17: $7; Children 5 and under: Free; CMA members: Free
The third must see at the Museum this weekend is “The Print Club of Cleveland’s Fine Print Fair” which is the city’s greatest collection of fine prints for sale in one place and at one time. This year the 29th annual fair will be held for the first time in the Ames Family Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
The fair continues through Sunday, September 29th, 2013. Admission is $5.00 but is free to CMA members and students with valid membership card or student ID and covers admission to the fair for Saturday and Sunday.
On hand this year will be 14 dealers from across the United States who will be here to sell fine prints, drawings and photographs that range from the old masters school to contemporary.
There will also be a series of special programs that include lectures, printmaking demonstrations as well as hourly door prizes. Dr. Jane Glaubinger (curator of prints for the Cleveland Museum of Art) will be on hand during the entire fair to assist visitors by answering questions and assisting in selecting art. Also on hand through the weekend fair will be the Intermuseum Conservation Association (the nation’s oldest regional fine art conservation center) who will provide advice on the preservation and conservation of works of art on paper.
Of Special Note
A work by Jim Dine, Tools for Creeley III, 2007, lithograph, 21-1/2 x 27, valued at $3,500, will be raffled off during the fair. The print is donated by Tamarind Institute. Raffle tickets are $5 (six for $25) and can be purchased by calling (216) 707-2579.
The Fine Print Fair benefits the Department of Prints at the Cleveland Museum of Art and is sponsored by the Print Club of Cleveland, a nonprofit auxiliary organization dedicated to supporting the museum’s print collection, with support from Key Private Bank.
Saturday, September 28
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Prints: The Multiple as Original”
Open to the public, Recital Hall
A free lecture by Dr. Jane Glaubinger, curator of prints at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Paper Making Demonstration
Morgan Conservatory explains how to make paper
Sunday, September 29
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
“Reading the Fine Print
Jewish Printmakers in 20th-century America”
Open to the public, Recital Hall
A free lecture by Dr. Samantha Baskind, Professor of Art History, Cleveland State University.
12:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Zygote Press, a local non-profit fine art printmaking workshop, will demonstrate printmaking.
The Annex Galleries, Santa Rosa, CA (20th-century American prints)
Armstrong Fine Art, Chicago, IL (19th/21st-century French prints and drawings)
Center Street Studio, Milton Village, MA (print publisher)
Dolan/Maxwell, Philadelphia, PA (contemporary American and European prints and drawings)
Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA (contemporary photography)
Conrad Graeber, Riderwood, MD (American, European and Japanese prints and drawings)
Marlborough Graphics, New York, NY (contemporary prints and photographs)
Oehme Graphics, Steamboat Springs, CO (print publisher)
The Old Print Shop, New York, NY (American prints, 1900–1950)
Mary Ryan Gallery, New York, NY (American and British prints and drawings 1920/present)
Signet Art, St. Louis, MO (contemporary prints)
Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, NM (print publisher)
The Verne Collection, Cleveland, OH (Ukiyo-e and contemporary Japanese prints)
Warnock Fine Arts, Palm Springs, CA (contemporary American and European prints
The Print Club of Cleveland
Formed in 1919 by Ralph Thrall King, the Print Club of Cleveland is the oldest print club in the United States. Over the last 94 years, there has been unwavering dedication to the founders’ twin purposes of enhancing the Cleveland Museum of Art’s print collection by gifts and stimulating general interest in printmaking and print collecting. The commitment and support of club members continues unabated so that one-third of the museum’s collection of more than 20,000 prints are gifts from the club or its members. The Print Club of Cleveland also reaches out to the community by sponsoring lectures and hosting the annual Fine Print Fair. Since its inception, the Fine Print Fair has raised more than $400,000 to support the museum’s prints department.
About the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art is renowned for the quality and breadth of its collection, which includes almost 45,000 objects and spans 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. Currently undergoing an ambitious, multi-phase renovation and expansion project across its campus, the museum is a significant international forum for exhibitions, scholarship, performing arts and art education. One of the top comprehensive art museums in the nation and free of charge to all, the Cleveland Museum of Art is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is supported by a broad range of individuals, foundations and businesses in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. The museum is generously funded by Cuyahoga County residents through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Additional support comes from the Ohio Arts Council, which helps fund the museum with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. For more information about the museum, its holdings, programs and events, call 888-CMA-0033 or visit www.ClevelandArt.org.