Stopped by the Cleveland Museum of Art the other day, on a beautiful day, no less. Luckily, that served me well to snap some great pics of the front of the museum…which after a long period of renovation is now finally open for entrance.
This is a picture of The Fountain of the Waters and University Circle. It’s absolutely beautiful this time of year with everything starting to bloom.
As we walked in I said, “I don’t remember the last time I came into the museum through this entrance…” But my thought was cut off by the sound of a beautiful choir singing in Latin…or what we thought was a choir. As we followed the sound of the music into the Read Gallery, we came to realize that it was not actually a choir, but rather a sound installation. There were 40 speakers set up in a circle as part of this ’40 Part Motet’ exhibit by Janet Cardiff.
I cannot even begin to describe how awesome I thought this exhibit was. Each person from this choir was recorded individually, so you could literally stand right next to each speaker and hear just that person…but when you stepped back into the circle of speakers, you heard the choir as a whole. And I’m not sure if it was because they were singing in Latin, and the installation was in the Gallery that holds many Renaissance paintings, but it truly became a very touching experience. I think for some, even emotional. I saw one woman just sitting on the bench with her eyes closed, probably just taking it all in.
Unfortunately, I was unable to take any audio and was so caught up in the surprise of this amazing installation that I completely forgot to even take photos. But you can learn more about it here. And if you are in the Cleveland area-local or visiting- I highly recommend seeing this exhibit if you can. It is only at the museum until the 9th of June.
I absolutely love how these photos of our statue of The Thinker turned out. The original The Thinker by Rodin is in Paris, but there were several bronze casts made that other museums around the world house. Cleveland is one of those museums. Unfortunately, our statue of The Thinker was the target of some vandalism back in the 70’s, which is why it looks sort of peeled back at the bottom.
I think it’s clear that Cleveland owns the most unique of The Thinker bronze replicas, and that alone should make anyone want to come see our beautiful Art Museum.