2017 Conference Overview
2017 Conference Overview
The 2017 Annual Conference of the Midwest Art History Society was hosted by the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and Case Western Reserve University from April 6–8. Panels held during the first two days took place at the museum. The final day of the conference took place at Oberlin College in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Throughout the annual conference, CMA curators and Case Western professors delivered short "flash talks" in the CMA galleries on highlights from the permanent collection. For this year’s Keynote Event on April 6, a distinguished keynote panel spoke on Raphael's School of Athens Cartoon (above right) currently undergoing restoration in Milan. The panel included Don Alberto Rocca, Director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, Milan; and Dr. Maurizio Michelozzi, Paper Conservator, Florence, who is undertaking the restoration.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is known nationally and internationally for the quality and scope of its collection, which comprises some 45,000 objects and covers 6,000 years of art history. Founded in 1913, the CMA is today one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of the top five in the country.
In 2013, the museum completed a $320 million renovation and expansion project designed by the architect Rafael Viñoly. The project, which was funded by a successful capital campaign, included the complete restoration of the original 1916 building and 1971 Marcel Breuer addition, as well as the addition of two symmetrical wings on the east and west sides. Central to the design is the large, light-filled Ames Family Atrium, enclosed by an elegantly soaring roof. The CMA is now considered one of the most beautiful and impressive civic spaces in Northeast Ohio and its galleries are among the finest of any museum.
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland plays an urgent and exciting role in the city's cultural landscape. As a non-collecting institution and the region’s only contemporary art museum, MOCA is ever-changing, introducing new exhibitions three times a year and creating fresh experiences for visitors each season. Since its founding in 1968, MOCA has presented the works of more than 2,000 artists to our region, often through artists’ first solo shows. MOCA introduced the region to vanguard artists like Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, Laurie Anderson, Roy Lichtenstein, and Christo, among others. The museum continues to connect audiences with relevant and critical regional, national, and international artists, both emerging and established. MOCA acts as both conduit and catalyst for exchange and free expression. It is dedicated to building a global mindset in this region by connecting the community to artists and thought-leaders who are advancing culture today—the global to local and back again.
MOCA's exhibitons during the conference included: Adam Pendleton: Becoming Imperceptible; Lisa Oppenheim: Spine; Jeremy Deller: Video Works; and Zarouhie Abdalian and Joseph Rosenzweig: Transport Empty. More information can be found on MOCA's website.