a friend’s birthday outing
H I S T O R I C
The Cleveland Museum of Art is awesome. There. I’ve said it.
Four Clevelanders are considered founders of the museum, having bequeathed portions of their estates for an art gallery, and Jeptha Wade II, upon donating his property for the site, conveyed that the museum be established “for the benefit of all the people forever.” The original, neoclassical Georgian marble building opened June 6, 1916, and was designed by the Cleveland firm of Hubbell & Benes (yes, same guys as the West Side Market). A significant number of additions and renovations have happened since.
Besides world-class artwork, from tiny ancient artifacts to mammoth modern pieces, the museum also offers family-friendly events like Parade the Circle and Chalk Festival, as well as an adult-only monthly mix of art, music and mingling. CMA strives “to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.”
When you visit the museum do you make a point to start in a certain gallery? Do you have a fondness for the original building more than any of the other spaces? And, have you taken the time to sit on a bench under the bamboo or sit with a beer and enjoy the new atrium space?
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