Welcome to the CMA Collection
Curator of Education Glenna Barlow welcomes you to the CMA Collection and gives a preview of this tour.
Working on Unequal Ground
Learn about artist Charlotte Park’s challenges to gain recognition in the male-dominated abstract art world of the 1950s.
Image: Charlotte Park (American, 1918–2010). Red Attitude (detail), 1956. Oil on canvas.
Water-Moon Guanyin Bodhisattva
A Vessel the Divine Can Embody
Find out how this statue would have been seen in its original context and the role objects like this play in the Buddhist practice.
Image: Anonymous (Chinese), late-Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368) or early-Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). Water-Moon Guanyin Bodhisattva (detail), c. 1600. Wood, with traces of original polychromy.
Cornelius C. Roberts
Every Portrait Tells a Story
Delve into the history of photographer Richard Samuel Roberts and his work capturing the Black experience of the Jim Crow era right here in the capital city.
Image: Richard Samuel Roberts (American, 1880–1936). Cornelius C. Roberts (born 1913) (detail), c. 1925. Gelatin silver print posthumously printed from the original glass plate negative.
Excerpt from A True Likeness: Richard Samuel Roberts Legacy
Courtesy of SCETV
Square Piano (pianoforte)
The Sound of Status
Listen and learn about this unique musical instrument as both an object for entertainment and a symbol of the affluence of its owner.
Image: William Geib (American, born England, 1793–1860). Square Piano (pianoforte) (detail), c. 1830. Rosewood, mahogany, mahogany veneer, ebony, ivory, brass, steel, glass.
Silver River, North Carolina
The Best Landscape Painter in the West
Learn more about Robert S. Duncanson, the artist behind this beautiful American landscape painting, and how his work is still gaining new audiences today.
Image: Robert S. Duncanson (American, 1821–1872). Silver River, North Carolina (detail), 1863. Oil on canvas.
Find out why there are chairs on display in an art museum and the role design plays in our everyday lives.
Image: Arieto (Harry) Bertoia, designer (American, born Italy, 1915–1878). Knoll Associates, manufacturer. Diamond Chairs (detail), designed 1952; these examples manufactured 1961–1967. Orange vinyl and steel frames; Yellow and gold wool and steel frames.
Saida X: Chrome
Hear how Islamic art and geometry inspired Steven Naifeh to create this reflective sculptural work.
Image: Steven Naifeh (American, born 1952). Saida X: Chrome (detail), 2010. Chrome on 60 steel boxes.
The Golden Age of Japanese Cloisonné
Learn about the intricate enameling process used to create this object and its cultural history in Japan.
Image: Anonymous (Japanese) for export, Meiji Period (1868–1912). Charger (detail), c. 1880–1910. Brass, copper, glass enamel
Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben
Moving Beyond the Brand
Learn how Renee Cox recontextualizes the stereotypical characters of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben to comment on their use in commercial advertising.
Image: Renée Cox (American, born 1960). Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben (detail), 1998. Dye destruction print, Diasec mounted.