Cleveland Museum of Art presents the 2019–2020 Lecture Series
25, 2019: The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) has
announced the fall lectures for its 2019–2020 annual Lecture
Series. This series brings to the museum cutting-edge
contemporary artists and some of the most influential scholars
from the academic and museum professions to discuss
groundbreaking topics in the arts and humanities.
Selected for their leadership and expertise in specific research
areas and to acquaint audiences in Northeast Ohio with their
work, the fall season’s speakers include: Kiki Karoglou,
associate curator of Greek and Roman art, the Metropolitan
Museum of Art; Deborah Klimburg-Salter, Professor Emerita,
Department of Art History, University of Vienna, and associate,
Department of South Asian Studies, Harvard University; and
Maria Hassabi, innovative artist and choreographer.
The Lecture Series is made possible by the generosity of
donors who are committed to fostering public education and
scholarship in areas of the museum’s collection that reflect
their personal heritage and passions. Their endowment lecture
funds are enduring legacies that bring together audiences,
artists and scholars every year to celebrate global artistic
Each lecture is free and open to the public, but reservations
are recommended. To make reservations, call 216-421-7350.
Lecture Series through
All lectures take place in Gartner Auditorium unless otherwise
Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art;
Speaker: Kiki Karoglou;
Sunday, September 29, 2:00 p.m.
Beginning in the fifth century BC, Medusa became increasingly
anthropomorphic and feminine, undergoing a visual transformation
from grotesque to beautiful. Concurrently, a similar shift
occurred in representations of other mythical female hybrid
creatures, such as sphinxes, sirens, and the sea monster Scylla.
Kiki Karoglou discusses a selection of works drawn
primarily from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection.
Dating from the late sixth century BC to the 20th century, they
range from ancient Greek and Roman armor, drinking cups, and
funerary urns to neoclassical cameos and contemporary fashion,
including one of the earliest portrayals of Medusa in Greek art.
The Art of the
Shahi Kingdoms—Exploring the Southern Silk Roads (c. 600s–900s);
Speaker: Deborah Klimburg-Salter;
Saturday, November 2, 3:00 p.m.
presents her most recent research on the Buddhist and Hindu
sites along the southern Silk Roads. Her lecture links the
dynamic impact of international trade and cultural mobility with
the exploitation of silver, copper, and other mineral resources
in the mountainous regions extending from Afghanistan to the
border of the Tibetan empire. The Turk Shahi Kingdoms
successfully controlled this strategically located region for
almost 300 years. Arab sources from the period of early Islamic
expansion describe spectacular precious metal icons. Among the
few that survive, several key works are now in the CMA.
is made possible through the Dr. Ranajit K. Datta in Memory of
Kiran P. and S. C. Datta Endowment Fund.
Speaker: Maria Hassabi;
Saturday, December 14, 2:00 p.m.
Born in Cyprus, Maria Hassabi is an artist and
in New York City and Athens. Her performances and
installations presented in theaters, museums, galleries, and
public spaces worldwide probe the relationship between the live
body and the still image, utilizing stillness and the velocity
of deceleration as both technique and subject. Hassabi’s lecture
will introduce audiences to the distinct choreographic practice
that she has developed over the years. This lecture is made
possible by the Fran and Warren Rupp Contemporary Art Fund.
The CMA offers a robust selection of adult lectures that are
inspired by exhibitions, programs or current issues and events.
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