After a wonderful meal at L’Albatros, Courtney and I walked over to the Cleveland Museum of Art as we bought tickets to their First Friday of the month party which also coincided with the opening of a new exhibit.
It was wonderful to head over and see that it was packed at 8:30 PM. The parking garage was completely full. The museum was full of all sorts of people – all ages and all mixes. We quickly walked through the new area called Gallery One that used to be the traveling exhibition space. It now highlights distinct works of the permanent exhibit and uses technology to explore in more detail. Also in this area is the really cool huge touch screen where you can touch the different works and it zooms in and gives you more details and if you have an ipad you can sync everything and create a custom itinerary to travel through the museum. Pretty cool.
We then wandered into the new atrium where there were several bars set up, music playing and some weird performance art going on. Again – lots of different kinds of people – really great. It’s a huge space. We had a beer and walked around looking at everyone and then went to the new exhibit: “The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection”. It was not at all what we were expecting. It wasn’t a bunch of dusty old stuff but lots of different pieces from old and new looking at the theme. It is great. So refreshing for our typically conservative art museum. I tried to take some photos but quickly was told I wasn’t allowed. Neat stuff around every corner. I really liked the last gallery full of Mark Rothko. We didn’t hang out long but will definitely be coming back to check it out in more detail.