Friday, June 4, 2010

Seventeen New Antiquities Galleries at Cleveland Museum of Art Open June 26

After a five-year hiatus, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s collections from the ancient Near East, Greece, Rome, and Egypt, as well as works from late antiquity, the Byzantine Empire, the European Middle Ages, and Africa, will return to public view on June 26.

The new galleries, located in the first level of the 1916 building, follow the evolution of visual and cultural traditions at the roots of Western civilization. Visitors can discover the ritual, social, and historical contexts within which these works of art were produced and, at the same time, explore connections to art from other periods on view throughout the museum.

Approximately 900 works of art will return to display when the new galleries open. In addition, dedicated prints and drawings galleries will be inaugurated with Midwest Modern: The Color Woodcuts of Mabel Hewit, which features the work of a relatively unknown Cleveland artist.

Events all summer long will celebrate the new galleries and range from special lectures to hands-on family activities. The free Going Global Family Day on Sunday, June 27, will feature storytelling, art making, music, and dance from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.