May exhibitions and events for The Cleveland Museum of Art


New this month! 

When Salt Was Gold: Yangzhou, City of Riches and Art 

Friday, May 12, 2023, through Sunday, November 5, 2023 

Clara T. Rankin Galleries of Chinese Art | Gallery 240A 

When Salt Was Gold: Yangzhou, City of Riches and Art features over a dozen paintings, from monumental wall hangings to intimate album leaves, from the museum and private collections that illustrate the artistic production of Yangzhou, the most flourishing city of 18th-century China. 

Situated north of the Yangzi River along the Grand Canal, Yangzhou linked cities in the lower Yangzi delta with major political headquarters in the north. A center of Buddhism and bronze mirror production during the Tang dynasty (618–906), the region’s coastal marshes provided sea salt for the empire and generated unprecedented income for Yangzhou merchants, who had been managing its distribution on behalf of the government since the 1600s. 

Yangzhou’s wealth attracted artists, craftsmen and literati who sought to make a living. Their patrons, mostly salt merchants, had mansions and gardens so grand that they hosted the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) emperors on their Inspection Tours. The merchant class sought recognition through establishing close ties to the court and by socializing with literati-officials. 

Painters catered to the tastes of merchants and urban dwellers, combining the aesthetics of the literati with novelties in subject matter and style. Eccentricity, humor, a sketchy approach and close-up compositions are characteristic of their works for sale, innovations that would later inspire modern artists in Shanghai.  

MIX: Flora 

Friday, May 5, 2023, 6–10 p.m.  

All galleries open 

CMA members FREE; nonmembers, online purchase before day of event $12; nonmembers, online purchase day of event $15; nonmembers, purchase at the door (subject to availability) $20 

April showers bring May flowers, and we welcome you to celebrate at MIX: Flora, an exhilarating night of art, music and dance. Party to the “hot-weather music” of the band Hello! 3D, which combines psychedelic sounds of ’60s and ’70s South American cumbia, chicha and Afro-Latin freak-out grooves. DJ Teddy Eisenberg will spin multiple eclectic sets of groove-oriented hip-hop, jazz, psych and soul music from around the world. Themed food items and cocktails, beer and wine will be available to purchase from Bon Appétit. Guests are also invited to view the Cleveland Museum of Art’s newest special exhibition, The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England. As you dress for the occasion, the CMA would like to remind you that flowers are not allowed in the galleries. We cannot wait to see you at this spectacular Friday event. 

The entertainment schedule for the evening includes the following:  

  • 6–7:15 p.m.: DJ Teddy Eisenberg 
  • 7:15–8:45 p.m.: Hello! 3D 
  • 8:45–10 p.m.: DJ Teddy Eisenberg 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 
Performing arts programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Lunchtime Lectures 

Conserving Japanese Folding Screens: Views of Kyoto  

Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 12 p.m. 

Gartner Auditorium 

FREE; ticket required 

Speaker:  Sara Ribbans, Conservator of Asian Paintings 

Join CMA conservator Sara Ribbans as she discusses the structure of Japanese folding screens in relation to the ongoing treatment of a 17th-century example. Ribbans will share details of how folding screens are produced, clues to the history of when the screen was last remounted, and the challenges of treating and remounting folding screen paintings. 

Season or Series: Lunchtime Lectures 

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, FlorenceKahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. 

Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, Roy Smith and the Trilling Family Foundation. 

The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 

Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Art in the Afternoon 

Wednesday, May 3, 1–2:15 p.m. 

Select galleries  

Registration required 

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association, the CMA provides specialized gallery tours for those with memory loss and one caregiver designed to lift the spirit, engage the mind and provide a relaxing and enjoyable social experience. Specially trained docents are sensitive to the interests and abilities of all visitors and encourage conversation, shared memories and art enjoyment.  

To register, call the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter at 216-273-4228. 

In Conversation: Firelei Báez and Nadiah Rivera Fellah 

Sunday, May 7, 2023, 2 p.m. 

Gartner Auditorium 

FREE; ticket required 

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