Red Attitude

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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.

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Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Archangel Michael, and Saints Lawrence, Stephen, George

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A Triptych That Takes Teamwork

Discover how a devotional object like this would have taken an entire workshop to complete and who and what the imagery in this piece is referencing.

Image: Giovanni di Marco dal Ponte (Italian) 1385-1437; Virgin and Child Enthroned with the Archangel Michael, and Saints Lawrence, Stephen, George (detail), c. 1425-26; Tempera painting on three lindenwood panels

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Water-Moon Guanyin Bodhisattva

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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.

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Cornelius C. Roberts

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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

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Square Piano (pianoforte)

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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.

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Saida X: Chrome

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Joyful Geometry

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.

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Gallery 16

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

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Liberation of Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben

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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.

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