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Cleveland Museum of Art
Grand Opening
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio
January 2 through January 4, 2014
Free

The Cleveland Museum of Art Celebrates Final Milestone in Eight-Year Renovation and Expansion Project

West Wing opens to the public today with a series of free opening celebrations and activities throughout the museum

It is an event that has been anticipated for over eight years and today is the day. The Cleveland Museum of Art officially fully opens to the public following its eight year renovation and expansion. The re-opening will feature an array of family friendly activities and special program geared for young and old alike. Along with an extended MIX event at CMA on Friday, January 3, 2014 the Chinese, Indian, Southeast Asia and Himalayan galleries will be on view for the first time in eight years as the featured exhibits in the new West Wing Galleries.

Schedule of activities:

January 2, 2014

Scavenger Hunt
See it All!
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Do you remember when you were a child and a visit to the museum was a special time when you discovered favorite treasures that stayed in your memories all these years? Revisit these favorites with your favorites with your family.

Participate: So Close, So Far!
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Atrium

Join in and add to this larger-than-life portrait on the atrium floor, inspired by the work of Chuck Close. Watch this collaborative project transform throughout the day from the museum’s second floor alleé.

Art Stories
Do You Hear What I Hear?
10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Studio Play in Gallery One

It’s storytime geared for children five and under, but the entire family is invited as stories that combine art and literature come alive.

Family Art Bites
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Meet in the atrium

Join museum educators as we visit artworks that will remind you of Eric Carle’s beloved children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Celebratory Cake
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Enjoy complimentary cake from Provenance, the museum’s restaurant.

Art Stories
N is for New
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and
1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Gallery 103

Gather the entire family together for story time that combines art and literature.

The Amazing Race
CMA Edition
11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and
2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
Galleries

Explore the galleries, complete a series of challenges and compete against other families in this race against the clock to win a prize. (Best for ages 7 and up.)

Family Art Bites
Clifford the Big Red Dog
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Join museum educators as we visit artworks that remind us of Norman Bridwell’s beloved children’s series Clifford the Big Red Dog.

Art Cart
Docent’s Choice
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Atrium

This special collection of art can be touched by visitors wearing gloves. Docents will show you some of their favorite pieces.

The Birth of Chaplin’s “Little Tramp”
1:30 p.m.
Morley Lecture Hall

Charles Chaplin’s movie “The Little Tramp” was first shown in 1914 making this year the 100 anniversary of the film’s release. In honor of this occasion, the Cleveland Museum of art will be presenting two different programs of short comedies that were filmed for Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios. It was at this studio that Chaplin created his beloved character. (USA, 1914, b&w, DVD, silent with music tracks, approx. 158/144 min.) Admission free; no tickets required.

Guided Tour
Highlights from the Collection
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Enjoy this lively walking tour featuring some of the masterworks in the collection.

Artmaking
Drawing in the Galleries
2:00 to 4 p.m., Armor Court

Try your hand at gesture drawing from the museum’s armor collection. Led by museum educators.

Artmaking
Drawing with iPads
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Gallery 238

No pencil? No problem! Learn techniques to use an iPad to create quick sketches.
Led by museum educators.

Family Art Bites
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Join museum educators as we visit artworks that remind us of the C.S. Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

January 3, 2014

Gallery Challenges
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Think you’ve got a good eye for art? Put your skills to the test with scavenger hunts, visual crossword puzzles, gallery bingo, and trivia games that’ll take you all over the museum.

Meditation in the Galleries
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Glass Box West

Start your day with quiet meditation amid the Indian and Southeast Asian sculptures of the West Wing Glass Box Gallery, led by Buddhist nun Ani Palmo Rybicki of the Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center.

Curator Tour
Anita Chung
11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Meet in the atrium

See the newly opened west wing galleries with Curator of Chinese Art Anita Chung. Space limited. Pick up a ticket from the welcome table in the North Lobby.

Art Bites
The Hunger Games
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Katniss Everdeen demonstrated remarkable skill with a bow and arrow in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, but she wasn’t the first to show such prowess. Explore depictions of expert archers in this tour inspired by Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.

Chinese Painting Demonstration
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.,
Atrium

CMA Teaching Artist Mitzi Lai demonstrates Chinese calligraphy and painting techniques.

Curator Tour
Stephen Fliegel
1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

See the medieval galleries with Curator of Medieval Art Stephen Fliegel. Space limited. Pick up a ticket from the welcome table in the North Lobby.

Guided Tour
Highlights from the Collection
1:30 p.m.
Meet in the Atrium

Enjoy this lively walking tour featuring some of the masterworks in the collection.

The Birth of Chaplin’s “Little Tramp”
1:30 p.m.
Morley Lecture Hall

Charles Chaplin’s movie “The Little Tramp” was first shown in 1914 making this year the 100 anniversary of the film’s release. In honor of this occasion, the Cleveland Museum of art will be presenting two different programs of short comedies that were filmed for Mack Sennett’s Keystone Studios. It was at this studio that Chaplin created his beloved character. (USA, 1914, b&w, DVD, silent with music tracks, approx. 158/144 min.) Admission free; no tickets required.

Curator Tour
Mark Cole
2:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Focus in on Abstract Expressionist painting with Mark Cole, Curator of American Art. Space limited. Pick up a ticket from the welcome table in the North Lobby.

Curator Tour
Sonya Rhie Quintanilla
3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

See the new opened west wing galleries with Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art Sonya Rhie Quintanilla. Space limited. Pick up a ticket from the welcome table in the North Lobby.

Art Bites
Potterific Portraits
4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Alas, Muggle portraits don’t move, but Muggle painters still had some tricks of their own up their sleeves. Check out some of the most “magical” portraits in the collection.

MIX at CMA
Celebrate
5:00 to 11:00 p.m.
Atrium and Galleries

Celebrate this historic moment with the first MIX of 2014, featuring the return of Solstice favorite DJ Rekha, spinning her signature hip-hop infused blend of contemporary electronic dance with Bhangra and Bollywood sounds.

Scholar’s Day

January 4, 2014

Delve deeper into the new Chinese and Southeast Asian art galleries through special Scholar’s Talks and tours.

Gallery Challenges
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Think you’ve got a good eye for art? Put your skills to the test with scavenger hunts, visual crossword puzzles, gallery bingo, and trivia games that’ll take you all over the museum.

Meditation in the Galleries
10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Glass Box West

Start your day with quiet meditation amid the Indian and Southeast Asian sculptures of the West Wing Glass Box Gallery, led by Buddhist nun Ani Palmo Rybicki of the Songtsen Gampo Buddhist Center.

“Russian Ark” Nonstop
10:15 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Lecture Hall.

Directed by Aleksandr Sokurov. Four continuous showings of a staggering 2002 Russian masterpiece! In one unbroken shot running 99 minutes, the camera glides through 33 galleries and corridors of St. Petersburg’s Hermitage Museum, mingling with 2,000 costumed extras and traversing 300 years of Russian history. A singular sensation, now multiplied by four. Go with the flow! (Russia/Germany, 2002, subtitles, color, Blu-ray, 99 min.)

Art Bites Meet the Galleries
12:00 to 12:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

Meet new friends and reacquaint yourself with long-lost favorites! Get a quick look at highlights of the new west wing galleries.

Scholar’s Talk
Collecting China in Cleveland
Ink Painting and Buddhist Sculpture
1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
Meet in Gallery 244

Explore the rich artistic traditions of ink painting and Buddhist sculpture in the new Chinese galleries with Dr. Noelle Giuffrida, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art at Case Western Reserve University. We’ll consider styles and dedications in stone, encounter multiple enlightened Buddhist figures and trace expressions in ink from traditional portable albums and scrolls to massive contemporary compositions. Learn the stories behind how and when these remarkable works made their way into the museum’s collection. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket from the welcome table in the North Lobby.

Chinese Painting Demonstration
1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Atrium

CMA Teaching Artist Mitzi Lai demonstrates Chinese calligraphy and painting techniques.

Art Bites
From Buddha to Yoda
2:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Meet in the atrium

George Lucas drew on Buddhism to create the Jedi code as depicted in the Star Wars movies. Explore Buddhist ideas that inspired the movies through works in the collection.

Scholar’s Talk
Dance, Deities, and Victory in Indian Art
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Meet in Gallery 245

Artists have portrayed the great deeds of Indian gods and goddesses in a variety of ways. Dr. Paula Richman, William H. Danforth Professor of Religion at Oberlin University, highlights representations of divine figures in relation to dance, music, defeat of demons, and protection in the new Indian and Southeast Asian galleries. She has published two monographs on Tamil poetry and has edited and contributed to 3 volumes on Ramayana tradition, including Many Ramayanas: The Diversity of a South Asian Narrative Tradition and Questioning Ramayanas: A South Asian Tradition. Space is limited. Pick up a ticket from the welcome table in the North
Lobby.

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 five comprehensive art museums in the nation, and the only one that is 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.

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