Sunday, May 19, 2013

Cleveland Museums 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Between lunch in Little Italy and the Hessler Street Fair, we took a detour into MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art). It was Family Sunday with free admission.
The new building opened in October 2012 and was designed by Iranian-born London-educated Farshid Moussavi. MOCA is a non-collecting gallery, in other words, it does not have its own collection of art work. The space is used for events and exhibitions.
Along the staircase, a large, spray-painted abstraction on the walls of the atrium by Berlin artist Katharina Grosse:
The stairway which appears freestanding, leads eventually to a dead end, called the Observation Landing:
Looking straight down:
The exhibition today was titled "Kate Gilmore, A Body of Work." She is a performance artist, and in one room you viewed the videos of her performances. In another room you saw the result of the performance:
There was also a makeshift theater where you sat in the dark and wore headphones. While silly things happened onscreen, you heard voices from the "audience."

Sunday, July 7, 2013
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage,The Museum of Diversity and Tolerance:
The Museum's mission is to reach out to people of all cultures, faiths, races and religions to build bridges of understanding between all people.
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is faced with more than 126 tons of Golden Jerusalem limestone shipped from Ashdod, Israel; thought to be the same stone of  the Wailing Wall.

Tuesday, July 22, 2013
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:

Saturday, August 3, 2013
Great Lakes Science Center:
The Steamship William G Mather is part of the center:
A wind turbine and its stone shadow:
The Science Center includes the NASA Glenn Visitor Center with the Apollo command module for the Skylab III mission:
John Glenn's flight suit:
Water whirlpool:

Saturday, October 19, 2013
With Karen and Kathleen in town, we went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.
You start out in the lower level with an introductory film called Mystery Train. It was just MTV-like video snippets to the song of that title. There were guitar displays everywhere; here is Lead Belly's acoustic guitar:
The Roots of Rock and Roll were summarized in a few displays; first Rhythm and Blues with a Bo Diddley guitar, Sam Cooke camera, and Ray Charles glasses:
(I am just taking one token photo of each display.)
The Blues with Muddy Waters jacket and guitar:
Country, Folk and Bluegrass with a Hank Williams outfit:
Gospel with the Ward Singers gold-sequined top and Thomas Dorsey jacket and shoes:
The Elvis exhibit included his 1974 Fire suit:
There was a special exhibit of the collection of Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Jr. Here is the Japanese cabinet that belonged to John Lennon:
A 1949 AMI Model B jukebox:
The next displays were called Cities and Sounds; first Memphis with a Carl Perkins outfit:
Detroit with a Smokey Robinson outfit:
London with the Dave Clark Five Mike Smith's outfit:
San Francisco with Jefferson Airplane shoes, jacket, and guitar
Los Angeles with Mama Cass dress:
Soul Music with Al Green pants:
Heavy Metal Music with Alice Cooper boots:
Seattle with Alice in Chains claymation dolls:

The Legends of Rock and Roll must have changing exhibits, because not everyone listed in the guide was represented.
Parliament Funkadelic with George Clinton's atomic dog shoes:
Michael Jackson's belt:
Another small display called Rapper's Delight:
The Rolling Stones featured special stage light props for the Steel Wheels Tour:
The Beatles had a jacket from the Apple Boutique:
Jimi Hendrix displayed the family couch:
U2 with fancy boots:
The Doors had Jim Morrison's scout shirt:
Genesis with Steve Hackett's psaltrey:
The final display on the lower level was The Music of Cleveland and the Midwest, with Devo stuff:
An escalator takes you up to Level 2, bypassing Level 1 with the ticket counters and museum shop. There is an exhibit of the Architects of Rock and Roll, with the Leo Mintz Gallery showing the evolution of audio technology; a Zenith International Radio:
Radio disc jockey Alan Freed is credited with the term "Rock and Roll." His show sponsored several concerts with memorabilia:
An Alan Freed poster:

Les Paul "invented" the electric guitar, as well as experimental guitars like "The Rail:"
Up to Level 3 with the cafeteria, and ceremony highlights, film, and displays of the 2013 inductees.
A darkened curving hall displays signatures of the inductees:
Level 4 has Pink Floyd: The Wall:
Levels 5 & 6 hosted the special exhibition on the Rolling Stones:
An old rock star?
Karen, Tamiko, Kathleen:
The descending escalators direct you into the museum shop. We continued to the lower level to access the parking garage.
Cleveland Rock Critic Jane Scott:
A London nightclub awning:
On our way home we stopped in Little Italy for a bite to eat at the Algebra Tea House:
Handmade wood door:
Kathleen and Karen sitting at one of the hand-carved tables:

Saturday, November 2, 2013
We went to the Main Library of the Cleveland Public Library. 
Gate to the Eastman Reading Garden (Bronze by Tom Otterness):
The Reading Garden is located between the Main Library and the new Louis Stokes Wing:
The central pool area was designed by Maya Lin, artist, and her brother, Tan Lin, poet. Maya Lin is the designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. She was born in Athens, Ohio.
The Reading Nest by Mark Reigelman:
We went to the 4th floor of the Louis Stokes Wing to see a display of photographs of Native Americans in the Photograph Collection area. On the 6th floor was the Map Collection. The Sports Research Center on the 5th floor was closed.

The Special Collections Department on the third floor of the Main Library is set up almost like a museum. Displays included the Schweinfurth Collection of rare architectural publications, chess and checkers sets, miniature books, and some Orientalia. Foreign Literature was on the 4th floor.
Harry Potter in Russian:
Harry Potter in Marathi (one of the 23 official languages of India):
Harry Potter in Chinese:
On our way home we stopped at 1951 E 75th Street to see the Schweinfurth-Van Petten House (1894):

Sunday, November 3, 2013
Had lunch at The Melt, known for outrageous grilled cheese sandwiches:
It was a beautiful day for visiting Lake View Cemetery, called Cleveland's Outdoor Museum. We entered through the Mayfield Gate:
The Community Mausoleum and Chapel (1990):
The 9/11 or American Heroes Monument (2004):
It contains a piece of steel form the World Trade Center:
A gorgeous Acer palmatum cult./Cascading laceleaf maple tree:
Charles Francis Brush (1849-1929) Memorial:
Brush developed the arc lamp, the first lamp to light any city electrically in 1879 (in Cleveland). He was a mechanical engineer who perfected a dynamo in 1873 that powered the first electric street railway (not verified).
Something had an acorn feast on this grave marker:
Franklin Rockefeller (1845-1917) Memorial:
He was the black sheep brother of John D Rockefeller. (Note the grave marker to the left with the name TOD. Tod is the German word for death.)
Gourds on a grave marker:
Sereno Peck Fenn (1844-1927):
Fenn was one of the three principal partners of the Sherwin Williams (paint) Co. He also served as director for the Cleveland YMCA (1868-1920). In 1930 the Cleveland YMCA School of Technology was renamed Fenn College in his honor. In 1964 it became Cleveland State University.
Alexander Winton (1860-1932):
Winton started as a bicycle manufacturer and became a pioneer in the "horseless carriage" era, setting the pace for Cleveland's auto industry. In 1897 he manufactured a car that went from Cleveland to New York City in 10 days. His most noted car was the Winton Six, and he was the first to sell automobiles commercially in the U.S.
Carved stone book:
Unusual script on grave markers:
First peek at the James Abram Garfield (1831-1881) Monument:
Inside the monument in the rotunda there is a statue of the 20th U.S. President of the U.S. in the rotunda:
(Note posing couple.) Garfield was a Major General in the Civil War, and was elected to Congress in 1863, serving until 1880 (9 terms) when he was elected president. He was inaugurated on March 4, 1881 and shot on July 2, 1881. He finally died of infection weakening his heart on September 19, 1881.
Cupola view of mosaics:
Cupola view of the rotunda:
Stairs to the crypt:
The crypt:
The Monument:
Caesar Augustin Grasselli (1850-1927) Memorial:
Grasselli was a chemist, banker, and philanthropist who helped make Cleveland a manufacturing center. He founded the Society for the Blind, and helped found the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Grasselli's grave marker:
John Davison Rockefeller ((1839-1937) Monument:
John D Rockefeller was a financier and philanthropist who founded the Standard Oil Company in Cleveland in 1870. A genius at organization, he devised the modern corporate trust. His Rockefeller Foundation continues to support civic and charitable causes.
Rockefeller's grave marker in the family circle:
Dr. Harvey Williams Cushing (1869-1939):
Dr. Cushing was a brain surgeon (the first to describe Cushing's syndrome) who pioneered many new techniques. His book collection became the nucleus of the Yale medical library.
John Milton Hay (1838-1905) Memorial:
Hay was a poet, journalist, historian, and statesman who was private secretary to Abraham Lincoln. He also served as Secretary to the American Legation in Paris in 1865 and as Ambassador to Great Britain in 1897. As McKinley's Secretary of State, he proposed the open door policy for China in 1890.
You know de way?
Tomb in a hillside:
The largest concrete-filled dam (1978, for flood control) east of the Mississippi River:
A fallen tree over the pathway:
The Hanna tomb door mat:
Marcus Alonzo Hanna (1837-1904):
Hanna married Charlotte Rhodes, daughter of a Cleveland coal and iron merchant. He reorganized the family company as M. A. Hanna. He was known as the "president maker" by backing Garfield and McKinley, and he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1897 and 1903.
Jeptha Homer Wade (1811-1890) Memorial:
Wade  organized several Midwest telegraph lines which were consolidated in 1854 to form Western Union. He donated Wade Park to the city, and organized the Lake View Cemetery Association and was its first president.
Who's that knocking at my door?
Orris Paxton Van Sweringen (1879-1936) and Mantis James Van Sweringen (1881-1935):
These brothers became entrepreneurs in real estate and railroad management. They acquired stock control of the Nickel Plate, Chesapeake & Ohio, Pere Marquette, and Missouri Pacific Railroads. They also developed Shaker Heights and its rapid transit system, and built the Terminal Tower.
Myron Timothy Herrick (1854-1929) and his ivy-covered grave:
Herrick was a Cleveland attorney who helped found the Society of Savings (now Key Bank). He was elected Governor of Ohio in 1904, and served as Ambassador to France from 1912 to 1929.
We still have a lot more to see in Lake View Cemetery!

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