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Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, OH 44106-1711)
Sue E. Bergh (Project Director: January 2012 to December 2013)

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants
Public Programs

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$352,000 (approved)
$352,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2012 – 9/30/2013

Cleveland Museum of Art's Exhibition: Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, programs, and a website on the arts of the Wari, a major Andean civilization and the first empire in that region between AD 600 and 1000.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is organizing the first major exhibition in North America to consider the startlingly beautiful arts of the Wari, eminent ancestors of the Inca who, between AD 600 and 1000, may have created South America's first indigenous empire. "Wari: Lords of the Ancient Andes" brings together some 150 objects of high aesthetic quality and cultural significance, many of which have never or only rarely been seen outside of the countries where they now reside, and with them tells the story of how the Wari people created a civilization of unprecedented complexity without the aid of writing. Among the art works are elaborate textiles of several kinds, fine ceramics, personal ornaments made of precious inlay or noble metals, and small-scale sculptures of stone and wood borrowed from nearly fifty collections in Canada, Europe, Peru, and the U.S.