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Cleveland Museum of Art June 2021 exhibitions and virtual event calendar

Angela Kervorkian-Wattle
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CLEVELAND — This month, the Cleveland Museum of Art has got an interesting line-up of exhibitions and virtual events for you to enjoy. Here is the list.

On-site Exhibitions:

1. From Caves to Tombs: Chinese Pictorial Rubbings from Stone Reliefs

This event will start from June 11 to November 14 this year at Gallery 240A. The exhibition is about one of China's traditions of making and mounting ink rubbings from stone reliefs, practiced in China since the 500s.

These life-size rubbings were taken from ancient sites and cultural relics in China and used to perpetuate moments for the people and played an essential role as the primary source and study material. The display also celebrates the recent conservation of two monumental rubbings from Longmen Buddhist caves in central China.

2. New Histories, New Futures

This event will be from June 26 to September 12, 2021, at Transformer Station. This exhibition highlights three contemporary artists' connections with time and historical revisionism.

Those are Johnny Coleman (Oberlin, Ohio), who revitalizes the marginalized history of one family's journey on the Underground Railroad, Antwoine Washington (Cleveland, Ohio), who paints portraits of his own young family to neutralize the stereotype of the absent Black father with style tributing to artists of the Harlem Renaissance, and Kambui Olujimi (Queens, New York) with the North Star series, a display of paintings and video of feathery, floating Black bodies "freed from the gravity of oppression", a depiction of a future with politics of resistance can lead to true bodily freedom.

3. Art of the Islamic World

Open from May 21, 2021, at Gallery 116. This exhibition displays diverse and vibrant artworks from the Islamic world. The object displayed in the gallery were created during the 8th to 19th centuries. Those periods showed a significant expanse of culture and geography, representing Spain, North Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia. The objects show the unique artistic and cultural traditions of distinct regions.

4. Bruce Davidson: Brooklyn Gang

Taking place in the Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz Photography Gallery, the presentation displays Bruce Davidson's first major project in 1959, the Brooklyn Gang series. It was a result of several months in capturing the daily lives of the Jokers, a New York teenage street gang. This exhibition ends on June 13.

5. Gustave Baumann: Colorful Cuts

Currently displayed at the James and Hanna Bartlett Prints and Drawings Gallery, the exhibit celebrates a 2005 gift to the CMA, including 65 color woodcuts and 26 drawings by the artist. It depicts Baumann's works on his color woodcuts and drawings inspired by the landscapes, architecture, and cultures of Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico, and New York. This exhibition ends on June 27.

Virtual Events:

1. Desktop Dialogues: Generations of Queer Art

This virtual discussion will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 noon (EDT). The event highlights the LGBTQ+ youths, showing their community represented in the CMA's permanent collection. There will be teens from the Queer Youth Initiative (QYou) at the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland to use the new "LGBTQ+ artists after 1900" popular search filter on Collection Online and select some of their favorite artworks.

2. Degenfelder Distinguished Lecture in Chinese Art: Chinese Textiles from the Silk Road

This event will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 7 p.m. (EDT). This is a lecture about the Silk Road, an important trade route network across Asia and Europe.

Participants can learn about various aspects of the Silk Road, such as the historical exchange of ideas and technologies. This is part of the international Silk Road Week (June 18–24, 2021) initiated at the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou and joined by museums worldwide.

There you have it, all CMA's exhibitions and virtual events in June. You can find them at 11150 East Blv, in the University Circle neighborhood. For more information about the registration and other exhibitions in the following months, visit CMA's official website on

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