40th Annual Cleveland Symposium

Facing the Unknown:
Anonymity in the History of Art

Friday, October 24, 2014
Recital Hall, Cleveland Museum of Art
10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Facing the Unknown: Anonymity in the History of Art seeks to address the theme of anonymity or the unknown in the visual arts. The obscurity of an artist, subject, function, or context may be a byproduct of the passage of time, of traditional cultural practices, or a conscious decision on the part of the maker. This symposium aims to explore the ways in which an anonymous aspect of a work may influence its interpretation, function, classification, or perceived value throughout the object’s history.

Keynote Speaker:

The 40th Annual Cleveland Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Symposium in Honor of Ellen G. Landau, Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emerita in the Humanities, to take place on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Museum of Contemporary Art: Cleveland. The keynote speaker for both events is

Dr. Joan Marter, Board of Governors Professor of Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Rutgers University, who will speak after the conclusion of the program on Friday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Above: (Detail) Studio of Rembrandt van Rijn, A Bearded Man Wearing a Hat, c. 1655-1660, oil on canvas, Gift of the Hanna Fund 1950.252, Cleveland Museum of Art.