Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) Celebrates 100th Birthday
On June 7th, 1916 the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) opened its doors to the public for the very first time so it celebrated its 100th birthday on that very day; Tuesday, June 7th, 2016; exactly one hundred years after it opened via a large gathering that we attended as did quite a few of our friends including Ms. Lily Yao Hwang, Mr. Gary Kotlarsic, Ms. Nada Martinovic, and Ms. Anastasia Palacios.
Throughout the occasion there were family activities such as hands-on art, talks and tours, and informal talks about such "museum highlights" as the "Gold from Ancient Peru" and "Muhammad Shah's Royal Persian Tent" lead by museum personnel. We got there in time to walk through the awesome "Pharaoh, King of Ancient Egypt" exhibit and to take a tour regarding the "Royal Banquet Culture in Nineteenth-Century Korea" given by Dr. Sooa Im McCormick, Assistant Curator of Asian Art.
We then walked up to the second floor allees to view several Centennial Cakes created by local bakers such as Mr. Matt Melvin, Pastry Chef for "Fire, Food, and Drink in Shaker Square" and Mr. Matt Myers from "White Flower Cake Shoppe" in Beachwood. Each of these cakes was modeled after a work of art contained within the CMA.
At 2pm, we gathered in the atrium to listen to some remarks by Dr. William Griswold, CMA's Director and President. Dr. Griswold reviewed the history of the museum and those who have contributed to its success, first noting that over 100 years ago three "visionary Clevelanders" who were Mr. John Huntington, Mr. Hinman Hurlbut, and Horace Kelley "made a gift to this city of the funds to create an amazing museum which would be constructed on a spectacular piece of property donated by Jeptha Wade."
Dr. Griswold went on to say that ever since the CMA opened on this day back in 1916, "this institution has driven to adhere to the highest standard, whether in our education programs or the work we do with our partners-or in the programming we undertake throughout the fantastic community in which we have the good fortune to live. And decade after decade, we have pursued that standard of excellence for one purpose, and that-in the words of our founders-is to 'benefit all the people, forever.'''
He concluded his address by stating, "this afternoon, as we reflect on the past, we look ahead to the future. Our celebration is not just about everything that has come before but it is also about the opportunities that lie ahead. And so, as you walk through our galleries and imagine the joy and wonder of those who did the same in 1916, know that our eyes are focused on the next hundred years-and on ways that this museum can continue to bring together people and art to inspire creativity and the imagination for the benefit of 'all the people forever.'"
Afterwards, we congratulated Dr. Griswold and he was kind enough to let us photograph the written copy of his speech so we could accurately incorporate some of its highlights into our blog. T
Then the hundreds of people there gathered for a group photo. Lastly, there was cake and ice cream for all provided by the same local bakers who created the Centennial Cakes. Of course, due to our diet we couldn't partake but we enjoyed watching the others enjoy.
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