TRAVEL: Cleveland Museum of Art
By hometownbetty on July 01, 2014
(Photo Above: On the Island, 2011 by Walton Ford. Watercolor, gouache, ink, pencil on paper mounted on aluminum panel.)
Although this isn’t a modern piece, the glasses on the portrait of Nathaniel Olds reminds me of a Back to the Future “Doc” look, wouldn’t you say?
(Photo Above: Portrait of Nathaniel Olds, 1837. Oil on canvas. by Jeptha Homer Wade.)
Art from India
While we didn’t get a chance to visit Indian art and sculptures, here was one waiting by the entrance to the Indian culture exhibit.
(Photo Above: Goddess, 900s-1000s. Marble. Northwest India.)
Crete and Minoan Art
Piano Man pointed out this piece of art, along with several other pieces from Minoan period. Having visited Crete, Piano Man is able to appreciate other art work from the period, connecting the dots from history to art.
(Photo Above: Minoan Girl, about 1600-1500 BC, Bonrze. Minoan, Crete.)
In April 2013, we visited Egypt. It was a once in a lifetime and intense weekend of seeing ancient artifacts and pyramid tombs.
(Photo Above, Front Right: Statues of Amenemhat III, about 1859-01814 BC. Middle Kingdom Dynasty 12, reign of Amenemhat III.)
(Photo Above: Coffin of Bakenmut, about 976-889 BC. Made of Painted sycamore fig. Thebes, Third Intermediate Period, late Dynasty 21 to early Dynasty 22.)
(Photos Above: Cartonnage Mummy Case, about 50 BC – 50 AD. Painted and gilded with glass inlays. Late Ptolemaic Dynasty to early Roman Empire.)
Museum Gift Shop
If you feel like taking a memento home, stop by the museum shop for yourself or for a loved one.
Kids’ Zone at Studio Play
Thank goodness, we asked someone for directions to Studio Play. If you get nervous that your child might accidentally tip over an ancient sculpture, you’ll be quite pleased to enjoy this space filled with a ton of kid friendly activities.
The massive Ikea-like bookshelf allows for children to read books and play with toys, letting the active mind continue learning and accumulating knowledge from a whole range of art work and history books.
They can build a sculpture out of weighted clanking pieces on a mobile.
Children can use felt pieces to become their own Van Gogh or favorite Impressionist artist.
If your kid is more adept to learning through electronic media, then use this gigantic screen to stimulate comparative art analysis, which is suited for the young art enthusiast.
What was the best part about the Cleveland Museum of Art? I’d have to say it’s mission statement, “for the benefit of all the people forever.” If I didn’t mention this before, let me say it now – the museum is free…everyday. Not just the second Thursday of the month or to certain credit card holders – everyone. The museum is open late until 9 pm on Wednesdaysand Fridays, which makes it accessible to the public, especially for those who have odd or late working hours. I love that!
The museum website gives tips for those with young children on how to walk through the exhibits, and if your child(ren) are done “seeing” art, they can really play at Studio Play. I had to take this photo of an inconspicuous sign located in the far corner at Studio Play:
If this doesn’t say that the Cleveland Museum of Art meets its mission statement, reaching out to its youngest visitors, then I don’t know what else does.
Interactive and Educational
This museum is up-to-date with the latest technology. You can peruse and “like” your favorite piece of art.
Click on any one of the millions of pieces you see, and you can see how many others have already liked that piece as well.
If you’ve got an iPad, you can place it on the iPad slot/holder, and read more information about a piece of work. If you don’t have one, you can also rent one from the museum.
The museum emphasizes a strong educational component to its mission statement, and you can find books to read at the Ingalls Library.
On a quiet Wednesday night, students participated in an art class, which was impressive to watch them at work.
And just when you thought you’ve seen every piece of artwork, then there’s more to see.
We were lucky to visit a very empty museum on a Wednesday night. I assumed that the place would be packed with visitors like us until 9 pm, but most of the locals spent the evening at Wade Oval Wednesday, a free family fun night of activities and concession stand food, across from the museum.
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