Fine Arts in Cleveland

Fine Arts in Cleveland : An Illustrated History

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"For the greater part of Cleveland's history, its citizens struggled to create a city equal to or better than any other city in the United States, a city comparable even to the great cultural centers of Europe. Today the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Play House, Karamu, and the Cleveland Ballet provide solid evidence of their success. The praises of Playhouse Square and University Circle have been sung from coast to coast by proud natives and impressed visitors alike." - From the Introduction. "Fine Arts in Cleveland" surveys visual art, music, dance, theater, and belles letters from the time of the settlement of Cleveland in 1796 to the present. It also looks at Cleveland's cultural development within the national context. The first four chapters deal with the nineteenth century, including changing tastes in the first half of the century, the increasing sophistication of the postETHCivil War era, and the role of philanthropy in the fine arts in the period from 1880 to 1900.
Chapter five deals with the great cultural institutions that were founded in the years of greatness between 1900 and 1920: the Cleveland Music School settlement (1919), the Cleveland Museum of Art (1916), the Cleveland Playhouse (1915), the Cleveland Orchestra (1918), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (1920). Chapter six covers the Cleveland School of Artists and the development of a regional style. Chapters seven, eight, and nine treat the development of the arts from World War I through the Second World War and on into the 1960s. Chapter ten looks at the new institutions and the sources for funding in the decade 1960ETH1970, while the final chapter looks to the future.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 25.4mm | 500g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 112 b&w photos, 17 colour plates
  • 0253310660
  • 9780253310668

Table of contents

EditorsO Preface Introduction Chapter 1/Settlement to City/The Development of Fine Arts in Antebellum Cleveland Chapter 2/A Young City Looks for Cultural Standards/Cleveland in the Era of the Civil War Chapter 3/Society, Philanthropy, and the Fine Arts/The Development of Art Patronage during ClevelandOs Gilded Age Chapter 4/Setting Artistic Standards for a New Century/The Maturation of the Fine Arts in Late-Nineteenth-Century Cleveland Chapter 5/Institutions for a New Century/The Founding of ClevelandOs Great Cultural Organizations Chapter 6/Styles for a New Century/The Cleveland School of Artists and the Quest for a Regional Style Chapter 7/Halcyon Days/Fine Arts and Civic Virtue in the Roaring Twenties Chapter 8/Weathering the Storm/Private Endeavor and Public Art during the Depression Chapter 9/Traditions Continue/Winning a War and Confronting Cultural Change in the Postwar Era Chapter 10/Traditions Change/New Institutions, New Funders, and New Frontiers Epilogue Bibliography Index
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