The Jazz Age Exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art

by Matilda Madfis

Over the weekend whilst on an unassuming trip to the art museum, I stumbled upon something far more captivating. Iridescent dresses adorned in sumptuous jewelry spilled out of the doors while I arrived in ripped jeans and sweater. What had I just walked into?

Inside, lively orchestral music sounded from all directions. Women wore glittering flapper dresses and luscious plumes. Men dressed in fancy suits held golden champagne flutes beholding an effervescence that matched the splendor of the party.

I found myself in the midst of the roaring 20s.


Outside of this one of a kind soirée, one could visit the Jazz Age exhibit, the Cleveland Museum of Art’s exhibition on American art and design in the 1920s. This pivotal time fostered a creative boom for the United States, allowing a major artistic movement to be born. I marveled at the ornate furniture and streamlined art deco design that transcended the exhibit, which included all aspects of The Jazz Age, from chandeliers to vintage cars. One could also view unique jewelry, clothing styles, pieces of art, and much more.

I very much recommend seeing this exhibit, and I’m so glad it happened to be occurring when I walked through the doors. Aside from this specific exhibition, the art museum is always a worthwhile place to go, boasting amazing collections that one can enjoy year round. I for one never fail to find something unexpectedly wonderful at one of my favorite places in Cleveland.