Why? Forbidden Games!

On Friday evening, Matthew and I got a sneak peek at the newest exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Photo-Eye (Foto-Auge) (detail),1927, printed 1938–40. Anton Stankowski (German, 1906–1998). Gelatin silver print, montage, from negatives with handwork; 10.9 x 14.5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 2007.122. © Stankowski-Stiftung
Photo-Eye (Foto-Auge) (detail),1927, printed 1938–40. Anton Stankowski (German, 1906–1998). Gelatin silver print, montage, from negatives with handwork; 10.9 x 14.5 cm. The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 2007.122. © Stankowski-Stiftung

A collection of Surrealist and Modernist photography, Forbidden Games offers a glimpse into these disciplines with 167 photographs, movies, and interactive components.

Matthew experiments with a photo light board at Forbidden Games
Matthew experiments with a photo light board at Forbidden Games

The photographs are interesting and creepy and startling and impressive, all at once. As Matthew reminded me, these were created mainly from the 1920’s to 1940’s, without the help of Photoshop to aid in the unique images.

Aside from the first glimpse at the new exhibition, we also got a sample of cocktails and small bites from Provenance, the restaurant within the Cleveland Museum of Art. Provenance is currently offering a prix fixe menu inspired by another exhibition at the Museum: Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s “Twilight in the Wilderness.”

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We nibbled Maine lobster cake, pan-seared venison with juniper jus served on top butternut squash, sweet corn succotash in a Brussels sprout leaf cup, and house-made whoopie pie with salted caramel cream.

PicMonkey Collage

The small bites definitely left me wanting to try the entire prix fixe Maine-inspired menu, which is available at Provenance for both lunch and dinner.

Forbidden Games is open now through Sunday, January 11, 2015 and is free to the public. Guided tours of the exhibition are available in November and December on Tuesdays at 11am and 2pm and on Wednesdays through Sundays at 2pm.

A 240-page catalog by curator emeritus Tom Hinson, photo historian Ian Walker, and independent curator Lisa Kurzner was created to accompany the exhibition and can be purchased at the Museum for $29.95 (soft cover) or $39.95 (hard cover).

The November MIX: Couture happy hour will also center on Forbidden Games and feature a runway show with Surrealist-inspired designs. MIX: Couture is on Friday, November 7 and tickets are available online.

There are so many ways to experience the exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art, through not just seeing them, but attending events themed around those exhibitions or even enjoying a meal inspired by one. Immerse yourself in the Cleveland Museum of Art!

***Disclosure: I was invited to attend a media preview of Forbidden Games with a guest. While there, we received a complimentary soft-cover photo catalog that accompanies the exhibition. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.***

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