Tag Archives: @clevelandart

  Alex Katz at the CLE Museum of Art

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Hello & Happy Friday friends. What a yucky day, so chilly and wet…Let’s just say it wasn’t the best day for my open-toed, suede booties…brrr! Looks like it supposed to stay around the 50 degree temps pretty much all weekend which means finding activities for the family indoors…enter Cleveland Museum of Art to the rescue.

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Not only do they have an incredible area for the kiddo’s, they just opened “Brand-New & Terrific” an exhibit of the work of Alex Katz from the 1950’s. Let’s just say, I am a bit of an art geek and this exhibit might be one of the best I’ve seen in some years.

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His work is so totally relatable almost 70 years later. The color combinations are bright and very friendly, you can’t help but smile. I very much enjoyed all of the abstract florals and can even envision them on a skirt or the perfect summer sundress…for the Summer Solstice! I can’t wait to go back to the exhibit and take in more of his work, it is just so cheery. I promise you will love the exhibit and it is going to be the perfect weekend, weather-wise to be indoors. Enjoy & Happy FridYAY!

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  2 must-see art exhibits!!!

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Hello CLE! Hope you had a great weekend and an even better Monday. We had a pretty chill weekend checking out a new art exhibit, time at home, a fun visit with friends and their new baby, great thai food and lots of family time…

Today I want to share with you about two big art exhibits that are incredible and not to be missed. The first is the Basquiat show at the Cleveland Museum of Art and the second is a new show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch. Both inspiring, both full of energy and passion…you’ve got to make time to go check them out.

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Basquiat; The Unknown Notebooks is an intimate look into the life of Brooklyn-based Jean-Michel Basquiat and his series of notebooks. Filled with sketches, notes, daily thoughts this exhibit is thought-provoking and will make you think about the art, the artist and the time period in which it was created. Make sure you get to the exhibit soon, it closes on April 23rd and you won’t want miss out.

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The second exhibit is is super family-friendly show at the Akron Museum of Art called Please Touch by Jay Croft, Erin Guido & John Paul Costello and Jordan Elise Perme & Christopher Leese (also known as Horrible Adorables.) You guys!!!! This show was SO MUCH fun…for both adults and toddlers alike. I HIGHLY suggest you pack up the car and head down to Akron to see this show, you have some time it runs until mid July!

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IMG_2983(Erin & JP, NinjaMax LOVED your work, especially your interactive color/shape wall. You should be so proud of your work, CONGRATS!)

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(WE LOVE horrible adorables! These mystical creatures are paired with magical riddles that are fun for the whole gang. SO FUN Jordan and Christopher, CONGRATS!)

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So…if you like art, the morale of this story is to go check out BOTH of these shows…I promise you will be thrilled you did! Have a great week everyone….and happy Spring!

  The Mughal Exhibit at the CMA!

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Hello & happy “Monday” to you! Hope your long weekend was spent with family and friends and you were able to get outside and enjoy the incredible last few official days of summer.

We are finally getting settled into our new house and everyday it feels more and more like home. We hung some curtains, explored a few new neighborhoods parks, had a couple of friends over, did some grilling and a handful of other home projects and before I knew it the weekend was over. How were your long weekends? From the looks of instagram and such, you all look like you took in many of the Cleveland special weekend happenings…Air Show, Metroparks, Lake Erie, lots of patio drinking, Indians games and more. Thanks for always sharing your awesome photos with all of us, it’s so fun to follow along on your weekend adventures.

Today I want to share with you about the incredible exhibit that is going on now through October 23d at the Cleveland Museum of Art…The Art & Stories from Mughal India. This exhibit is both stunning and truly educational, I seriously need to go back so I can spend more time getting lost into each and every detail of the artwork.

I loved what the Art Museum wrote as a description of the exhibit… “The centennial exhibition  focuses on four stories—an epic, a fable, a mystic romance, and a sacred biography—embedded within the overarching story of the Mughals themselves as told through 100 paintings drawn from the Cleveland Museum of Art’s world-class holdings. Rounding out the exhibition is a selection of costumes, textiles, jewelry, arms and armor, architectural elements, and decorative arts on loan from museums across the country.” 

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To learn more about each piece of work in the exhibit, the museum has put together their first, exhibit-specific app to use as you move through the exhibit.  Check it out on your visit this fall.

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Many of the paintings have such tiny details that the museum has provided magnifying glasses throughout the show so you can get up close and personal with each exquisite story. That had to be my favorite part of the entire show, I feel like I could have spent all day just taking in each colorful character and design element.

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As the weather starts to grow cool, make sure you get your tickets to visit this exhibit. It is truly one of a kind.

Have a wonderful week back to business. Bye Bye (official) summer but cheers to many more warm nights for the next few weeks!

  Happy Birthday CMA!

Hello Cleveland and happy week-before-Memorial-Day-Weekend! So many fun things happening around town as the temps warm up and summer starts to warm our city..I love summer in Cleveland.

Today I want to share with you this amazing video that the Cleveland Museum of Art has produced to use in celebrating their 100 year birthday. The video actually gave me cold chills and then a tear or two…I gotta say I am one proud museum member, the video tells an amazing story.

So many wonderful summer events centered around the birthday celebration that I thought I would take the time to highlight a few coming up…

Tuesday, June 7th : The official Birthday Bash, free (even the Pharaoh exhibit) and open to the public. Join them for birthday cake, live music and a red carpet entrance.

Saturday, June 11th : Parade the Circle. For over 26 years the museum has been celebrating arts, family and community by hosting this parade. Join the museum and the many volunteers and community organizations as they share their creative costumes, floats, dance routines and creative magic. We can’t wait to go this year with our little guy, he is going to love all the excitement, creativity and music.

Saturday, June 25th : Summer Solstice! While the official party might be sold out, the Museum will be offering many other events during the weekend that you won’t want to miss. From other opportunities to enjoy live music to cool new exhibits, to a performance by our own Cleveland Orchestra…mark your calendars this weekend is going to be very special.

To see what else is happening at the Museum as they celebrate their big 100 visit them at cma.org! Looking forward to seeing you guys at the Museum. Cheers!

  Pharaoh : King of Ancient Egypt at the CMA

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The Pharaoh : King of Ancient Egypt opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art, this Sunday, March 13th and runs until June 12th. The other evening I was able to preview the exhibit and honestly it seriously took my breathe away.

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With regards to art, I am more of a “painting and photography” enthusiast and less into the historical relis that many of these types of exhibits display. However, with that said, this show blew all of my pre-concieved notions of Egyptian Art right out the window. The way the exhibit design team at the CMA designed the individuals room themes and stories was both captivating and educational. Each room a different color hue to showcase the collection of antiquities, the individual pieces seemed to glow in their new temporary home.

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Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt brings 3,000 years of ancient history to life through some of the finest objects from the vast Egyptian holdings of the British Museum, from monumental sculpture to exquisite jewelry, supplemented by masterworks from the Cleveland collection.

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Don’t miss out on this exhibit, get your tickets early and go see this engaging show, it’s great for the whole family. The presentation of Pharaoh: King of Ancient Egypt is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Cleveland Museum of Art. The exhibition in Cleveland is made possible by Baker Hostetler, with additional support from the Selz Foundation.

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(Of course a visit to the exhibition wouldn’t be complete without a selfie in from of the pyramids…don’t miss this opportunity on the way out of the show! Snap. Snap.)

I was invited to attend the media opening of this new exhibit as part of their social engagements efforts. Thanks for supporting the Cleveland Museum of Art as they bring in incredible exhibits to our region and allow me to create special content like this for iheartcleveland!