Museum Meetup: Eyewitness Views at CMA

Museum Meetup

Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe

Special tour with CMA exhibition designers Mary Thomas and Natalie Maitland

Join us for a special tour with Mary Thomas and Natalie Maitland, graphic designers for Exhibitions, Permanent Collection, and Wayfinding at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Hear insights about Eyewitness Views and how the design team approaches exhibition design for one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums.

Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe showcases outstanding masterworks by revered artists who recorded some of the most newsworthy events and impressive spectacles of eighteenth-century Europe. Whether depicting a triumphal procession, a joyous celebration, or the catastrophic eruption of a volcano, the vibrant, colorful, and often monumental paintings in Eyewitness Views re-create what it was like to witness these magnificent occasions. 

Featuring nearly 40 richly detailed master paintings that utilize the impressive monuments of Venice, Rome, Paris, Warsaw, and other European cities as a backdrop, Eyewitness Views is the first exhibition to exclusively examine view paintings—faithful depictions of a given locale—as representations of contemporary (eighteenth-century) historical events. While costumes and customs illustrated in the paintings may differ from those of today, the feelings of anticipation and excitement generated by witnessing a momentous event will resonate with every visitor to this beautiful and historic “time capsule” exhibition.  Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe is co-organized by the Cleveland Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

For more information about the exhibition, visit the Cleveland Museum of Art’s website.

After touring the exhibition, we'll meet in the bar off the atrium for a casual discussion. The museum's cafe is open until 8:30PM for those who wish to purchase drinks or food.  

Event Details 
Wednesday, May 2, 6:00PM
We'll meet in the atrium at 5:45PM and enter the exhibit as a group.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106

Admission is $12 or free for Cleveland Museum of Art members. 
Tickets for this event are timed, and can be purchased in advance or at the door.

  •  RSVP through the link to the right so we know you'll be attending
  • Purchase tickets directly through the Cleveland Museum of Art's website for 6:00PM on Wednesday, May 2 (or at the door). 

Parking at Cleveland Museum of Art:
The museum has its own parking garage, accessible from Jeptha Drive. The garage is conveniently located within a few minutes’ walking distance to all major University Circle institutions. Street parking is also available nearby. CMA is also serviced by the the HealthLine and the 48 RTA bus. More parking and directions information can be found here.

Image courtesy of National Trust Photo Library / Art Resource, NY. The Rialto Bridge with the Festive Entry of the Patriarch, Antonio Correr, 1735.
When & Where
Wed, May 2, 2018 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM EDT
Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106