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Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard is considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, and is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a small selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century.
Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine and Gallery 18
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works delve into themes of identity using unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art and will include a representation of his New England studio in Gallery 18. Free admission.
This exhibition explores printmaking techniques used from the Renaissance to the present. The title refers to how ink is transferred to paper from a wood block or metal plate manipulated by an artist. The “highs” refer to relief prints, such as woodcuts, where ink is transferred from a block’s uncut raised surfaces, much like a rubber stamp. The “lows” refers to processes—such as engraving—where ink is transferred from recesses cut into a metal plate. Students from the University of Toledo Department of Art curated this show with works from the Museum’s collection. Free admission.
Works on Paper Gallery
Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints explores the global influence of Japanese printmaking in the 20th century. Highlighting the exchange of ideas between Eastern and Western cultures, the exhibition consists of more than 100 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection and loans from other institutions. A free digital exhibition catalogue can be viewed on the Museum’s website, www.toledomuseum.org. The exhibition is supported in part by Douglas and Elaine Barr. Free admission.
The early modern Japanese prints on display in Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints—not seen in more than 80 years–comprise one of the two best collections in the United States. The exhibition explores the early 20th century shin hanga (“new prints”) movement, when traditional Japanese woodblock printmaking experienced a resurgence that was greatly impacted by Western aesthetic influences. Japanese kimono and kabuki costumes, swords and armor will also be shown. The exhibition is made possible by Toledo Museum of Art members and supported in part by Bridgestone APM Company and Douglas and Elaine Barr. The exhibition is also supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council’s sustainable grant program backed by the National Endowment for the Arts. Free admission.
Inspired by TMA’s forthcoming major international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, the Museum issued a challenge to both two-dimensional and three-dimensional artists to help fill the Community Gallery with works of art that would transform it into a sensory experience inspired by the natural beauty of the Toledo region.
ArtReach serves populations in the community who are facing challenges, providing them an artistic outlet. ArtReach workshop participants will create art with a nature theme, including ripped paper landscapes. Their works will be featured alongside student creations from Art After School, a program that keeps children in local neighborhoods engaged in art after the school day ends.
FREE Special Events and Presentations
Jan. 12 at 3 p.m. | Great Gallery
University of Toledo assistant professor of voice Denise Ritter Bernardini, a soprano, has performed on such vaunted stages as Carnegie Hall and received awards from the Metropolitan Opera and the National Federation of Music Clubs. Bernardini will be accompanied by Michael Boyd, a pianist and University of Toledo lecturer who was recently named a Steinway Artist.
Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. | GlasSalon
“Glass can be anything: thick, thin, shiny, dull, rough, smooth, transparent or opaque,” according to mixed media artist and Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) resident Jason Chakravarty. For Chakravarty, it can also be a medium for exploring the human contact, or lack thereof, within relationships now transformed by social networking. Chakravarty has taught neon and kiln casting workshops nationwide, and has had his work shown in more than 100 exhibitions. He holds a master of fine art degree in sculpture from California State University Fullerton and is a graduate of Pilchuck Glass School’s neon workshop. During his GAPP presentation, he’ll discuss his inspirations and methods, then conduct a live, public demonstration at 8 p.m.
Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m. | Peristyle
Christ has long been imagined as having long, centrally-parted locks and a beard. But how did this likeness of Christ emerge? Toledo Museum of Art Mellon Fellow and ancient art historian Adam Levine, Ph.D., will talk about the evolution of Christ’s image in Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium, and introduce some of the problems with the ‘evidence’ that Christ looked as we think he does. Levine will review the five images of Christ that circulated in Late Antiquity, as well as their prototypes, and demonstrate that the image becomes mostly standardized around the time of Byzantine Iconoclasm. He will also discuss how we discern that such divergent representations depict Christ. According to Levine, “It is not trivial that we can ‘know’ an image of a beardless youth with curly hair is ‘meant’ to show Christ.” The talk is co-sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.
Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m. | Little Theater
Sculptor, assembler, constructionist, builder, beachcomber, scavenger, collector, historian, conservator—Varujan Boghosian can be described as all these things. The Armenian-American artist, whose exhibition is on view in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Wolfe Contemporary Gallery through May 25, 2014, will sit down with Museum Director Brian Kennedy to discuss art and inspiration during this presentation.
FREE Friday Night Music
Jan. 3 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. | Cloister
Hear the jazz tunes of performers Steve Wood, Mike Whitty and Zac Kreuz during It’s Friday, and enjoy special drink offerings at the cash bar.
The Toledo Museum of Art is open Thursdays until 9 p.m. with programs geared to young adults. Thursday evening activities take place from 6:30–8:30 p.m. in the Museum Café and Little Theater and include eclectic menus, music, drinks and more. All galleries are open on TMA Thursdays, which is sponsored in part by Huntington Wealth Advisors.
Jan. 16 from 7–9 p.m. | throughout Museum
Start the weekend early with TMA Third Thursdays, a mid-month evening pick-me-up filled with drinks, art and lively discussion. In this month’s edition, enjoy a theme of Beer + Bread inspired by a Tag Team Discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater. An area beer distributor and Museum Chef Drew Ruiz will discuss the finer points of beer and bread. From 6:30 to 9 p.m., try drinks in Libbey Court. Then embark on a 20-minute art experience with Art à la Carte at 7 or 7:30 p.m. Try your hand at sketching a beer and bread-inspired still life with Drawing in the Galleries at 7 or 8 p.m. At 8 p.m., join a guide and learn about what’s new in the collection, or head to the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop for two live glassblowing demos at 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 16 at 7 and 7:30 p.m.| meet in Libbey Court
Explore one to two works of art in this 20-minute, docent-led experience.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Jan. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 2: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 5: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 7: 2 p.m.
Jan. 8: 2 p.m.
Jan. 9: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 10: 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 12: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 14: 2 p.m.
Jan. 15: 2 p.m.
Jan. 16: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 21: 2 p.m.
Jan. 22: 2 p.m.
Jan. 23: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 24: 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 25: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 26: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 28: 2 p.m.
Jan. 29: 2 p.m.
Jan. 30: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 31: 7 and 8 p.m.
FREE Public Tours
Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. | meet by Matisse mural
Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 5 at 2 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 5 at 3 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.
Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. | meet in Libbey Court
FREE Family Center Activities
For children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult, art activities in the Family Center are made possible in part with support from The Andersons.
Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Try your hand at the Japanese paper-folding technique origami, from simple to complicated designs. Also ring in the New Year by making a Daruma doll. In the Japanese tradition, a person marks a goal for the year by painting one eye. When the goal is achieved, the second eye is painted.
Jan. 5 from Noon–5 p.m.
Jan. 7 and Jan. 9 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Jan. 10 from 3:30–8 p.m.
Use texture and reflection to create an Impressionistic work of art.
Jan. 12 from Noon–5 p.m.
Jan. 14 and Jan. 16 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Jan. 17 from 3:30–8 p.m.
Inspired by the artwork of Varujan Boghosian, create your own sculpture using found objects and wooden pieces.
Jan. 19 from Noon–5 p.m.
Jan. 21 and Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Jan. 24 from 3:30–8 p.m.
Write and illustrate a story inspired by your favorite TMA works of art.
Jan. 26 from Noon–5 p.m.
Jan. 28 and Jan. 30 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Jan. 31 from 3:30–8 p.m.
Using lines and shapes, create overlapping textures and patterns.
Jan. 31 from 6–7 p.m.
Meet local artist Hannah Lehmann and see how she fashions her confection-themed creations from a variety of media, from drawings to prints to ceramics. Lehmann holds a bachelor of fine arts from the University of Toledo in printmaking with minors in both drawing and ceramics.
Note: Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar for updates.
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