CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (CMA) SEVEN-PART SERIES:  Collecting and Conserving Culture

This year, there will be a morning, in person session AND an evening, virtual/Zoom session.*

*Due to the increased spread of covid, sessions may be subject to change


Times and locations: The morning session, from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm, is onsite at CMA; the evening session, from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, is virtual via Zoom.  Programming will be the same for both sessions.

Registration: begins on Monday, Aug. 2 at 9:00 a.m

  • Morning Session ($45 for morning session): SOLD OUT!! TO REQUEST TO BE PUT ON THE WAITING LIST, PLEASE CALL LISA HAYZLETT AT 216-378-2204.
  • Evening Session ONLY ($36 for evening session): YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE BELOW: 

CLEVELAND MUSEUM OF ART (CMA) SEVEN-PART SERIES:  Collecting and Conserving Culture

Museums like the CMA are repositories of art from across time and around the globe and bear the responsibility of telling the stories and conserving the cultures of diverse and divergent traditions.

This course will begin with a closer look at selections from the museum’s renowned Asian collections, including works from Southern Asia, East Asia, and the Islamic world.  Our attention will turn to art from the Ancient World, with a focus on the human form in various cultures, such as Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.  The course will continue with an exploration of the figure as an enduring subject that continues into Modern art and beyond.

Throughout the course, we will share curatorial perspectives on the building of these collections that have shaped our museum.  In addition, participants will encounter narratives around the conservation of museum objects, drawing upon key works in the CMA collection and relevant exhibitions. This multi-faceted view of the museum’s collection will bring together viewpoints from various lenses: curators, conservators, and educators.

Sessions for NCJW members are held the second Wednesday of the month from October through May, excluding February.

Parking Garage Fees: CMA members $6; nonmembers $12 (to be paid at the garage)

Presenters: CMA Staff TBD


October 13

An Introduction to the Arts of Asia I: China

A focus on key themes and signature works. The collection spans more than 5,000 years of history and includes various art forms such as jades, bronzes, lacquer, sculpture, paintings, calligraphy, furniture, bamboo carvings, and more.


November 10

An Introduction to the Arts of Asia II: Later India and Islam

A focus on secular and religious objects in  CMA’s collection from the Indian subcontinent and Islamic lands including Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey.


December 8, 2021

An Introduction to the Arts of Asia III: The Conservation of Southeast Asian Art and Revealing Krishna

A focus on the conservation of art objects by exploring works in the collection from Southeast Asia related to CMA’s exhibition Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain.


January 12, 2022

Fragments of the Ancient World

An inside, close, intimate look at the museum’s Education Art Collection.  This includes artwork from many time periods and locations including ancient Greece and Rome.


March 9, 2022

Sculpting the Figure Across Time I: Figures in Ancient Art

This session will explore some of the oldest artworks in the CMA collection to understand how ancient peoples shared their perception of themselves and their place in the world.


April 13, 2022

Sculpting the Figure Across Time II: The Break with the Classical Tradition in 19th Century Europe

In ancient Greece and Rome, the human form was represented with increasing naturalism, establishing a standard that European artists followed from the Renaissance until the 19th century. This session will discuss how sculptors like Auguste Rodin in the late-19th century broke with this realistic tradition.


May 11, 2022

Sculpting the Figure Across Time III: Finding New Origins

An introduction to early 20th-century avant-garde sculptors, including Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti who appropriated stylistic aspects from ancient and non-Western art in their abstract renderings of the human figure.