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'Stories from Storage' exhibit at Cleveland Museum of Art shows rarely seen items from the vault

The Cleveland Museum of Art. Photo by Kaylyn Hlavaty.
Posted at 4:06 PM, Feb 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-27 16:06:57-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Art is a hidden treasure right in our backyard. And they too, just like everyone else, are adjusting to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They're doing it by dusting off some old artifacts and designing a completely new exhibit that displays rarely seen art from the museum's vault with a little twist

Stories from Storage offers a unique look at the museum's works of art.

It gives you a unique perspective on every piece from each of the museum's nearly two dozen curators.

Telling a particular story about the piece from their area of expertise—whether it be photography, painting and sculpture or modern art—the team is creating a fresh look at the works stored away.

The exhibit tells 20 unique stories that shed new light on many parts of the museum's collection.

The pandemic has delayed projects that had been in the works for years. So the museum reimagined its schedule of exhibitions by drawing on its own resources.

"There are over 300 works of art in our show, and it takes all of our exhibition space. Those kinds of exhibitions usually take a couple of years at least to organize, but we were able to pull this off in just nine months,” said Heather Lemonedes Brown, deputy director and chief curator.

This is a really rare opportunity at the museum.

Many of the works of art in the vault are not on display for reasons like light sensitivity, so they can't be on display for long periods of time, or they will fade or degrade.

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