February 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Opening

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden

Feb. 13–May 11, Canaday Gallery
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures, many never before exhibited in the United States, on loan from the vast collections of the Musée du Louvre, Musée Carnavalet, Palace of Versailles and other museums and private lenders. This major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Camille Pissarro, photographer Henri-Cartier Bresson and others. It also celebrates garden designer André Le Nôtre (1613–1700)—best known for his grand garden designs for the Château of Versailles—who transformed the Tuileries Garden into a magnificent French formal garden for King Louis XIV. The Tuileries, which stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was created in 1564 and became the city’s first public park in 1667. The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre. The Toledo showing is presented in part by The Andersons, Brooks Insurance and Taylor Cadillac. Admission is free for members. Ticket prices for nonmembers are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors.

Continuing Exhibitions

Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard

Jan. 24–May 4, Gallery 28
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, considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. Free admission.

Varujan Boghosian

Dec. 13, 2013–May 25, Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works use 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 works in the Toledo Museum of Art collection. In Gallery 18, see a representation of Boghosian’s New England studio, where visitors can create their own collages using the artist’s materials (through April 13). Free admission.

Highs & Lows: Printmaking Processes

Nov. 22, 2013–March 2, 2014, Hitchcock Gallery
This exhibition explores various printmaking techniques used from the Renaissance to the present. The title refers to how ink is transferred from the block or plate to paper or other materials: the “highs” are relief prints such as woodcut, where ink transfers from the uncut raised surfaces; the “lows” are intaglio processes such as engraving, where ink transfers from the lines incised into the metal plate. Students from the University of Toledo curated this show with works from the Museum’s collection. Free admission.

Community Gallery

Naturally Toledo

Jan. 24–April 24, Community Gallery Inspired by the Museum’s forthcoming major international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, the Museum issued a challenge to both two- and three-dimensional artists to help fill the Community Gallery with works of art inspired by the natural beauty of the Toledo region. The Community Gallery is sponsored by Hickory Farms.


Jan. 24–April 24, Community Gallery ArtReach serves people in the community who are facing challenges, providing them an artistic outlet. ArtReach workshop participants created art with a nature theme, including ripped paper landscapes. Their works are featured alongside student creations from Art After School, a program that keeps local children engaged in art after the school day ends. The Community Gallery is sponsored by Hickory Farms.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Meet Me at TMA: Music Paints a Picture

Feb. 1: 1 p.m., meet in Herrick Lobby
This month’s tour for those with mild memory loss and their companions explores the depiction of music in various works of art. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537- 1999 or 1-800-272-3900 for reservations. The free monthly program is supported in part by Health Care REIT.

Love, Lust and Scandal Flashlight Tours

Feb. 6, 7 and 14: 9 p.m., meet in the Little Theater
See the Museum in a whole new light on an after-hours flashlight tour. Tickets ($5 members/$10 nonmembers) must be purchased 24 hours in advance of each tour. Call 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

FREE Gallery Talk: Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard

Feb. 7: 7 p.m.
Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, will discuss Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s companion paintings The See-Saw of the Thyssen- Bornemisza Museum, Madrid and the Museum’s own Blind Man’s Buff. Created in the early 1750s by one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, the two works of art are reunited for the first time in 25 years in this focus exhibition.

FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery: African-American History Month

Feb. 9: 3 p.m.
Great Gallery Musicians present a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the civil rights rally where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famed speech, “I Have a Dream.”

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Exhibition Tours

Feb. 14: 8 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Feb. 15 and 16: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Feb. 21: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Feb. 22 and 23: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Feb. 28: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Docent-led tours of the Museum’s newest exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, are free but require a ticket to the exhibition.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

6:30–8:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Sample four wines and light snacks. Tickets ($20 members/$30 nonmembers, plus tax) are available at the information desks.
Feb. 14: Valentine Bubbles: Wines to Tickle Your Loved One’s Nose
Feb. 21: In a French Garden: Wines of France
Feb. 28: Fruit & Flower: Wines with Garden Notes

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Masquerade Ball

Feb. 15: 7–10 p.m., Main Museum
Music, dancing, food and mask-making will entertain revelers during a ball fit for Marie Antoinette. Masquerade dress is encouraged but not required. Admission is free for members, $25 for adult nonmembers and $10 for nonmembers ages 6–12. Tickets include admission to the exhibition.

FREE Presentation: What is the Tuileries Garden?

Feb. 21: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
The Tuileries Garden in central Paris serves as a backdrop for the city’s activities, from the mundane (joggers getting their daily exercise) to the fabulous (Fashion Week runway shows). University of Toledo art historian Richard Putney, a frequent Tuileries visitor and co-curator of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, will discuss the origins of the public park, which inspired the Museum’s major spring exhibition.

FREE Presentation: The Andes’ Oldest Brewery

Feb. 28: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
While Europe was entering the so-called Dark Ages 1,500 years ago, the Wari Empire began its expansion across the Andes. On its southern frontier, a citadel built on a mountain pinnacle served as an embassy and provincial capital. What were they doing there? Brewing massive quantities of beer, according to Ryan Williams, who excavated the Andes’ oldest imperial brewery on the summit of the mountain-top city. Williams, an associate curator of archaeological science and South American anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, will discuss the role of feasting and brewing in the politics of the first Andean empire as illustrated through the excavations at Cerro Baul, Peru. The presentation is co-sponsored by AIA-Toledo Society.

FREE Friday Night Music

Dean Tartaglia
Feb. 7: 6:30–8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Dean Tartaglia, one half of the local duo Silent Lions, will perform “chill punk and spooky soul.” A cash bar will be available. It’s Friday is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

TMA Thursdays

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.

FREE TMA Third Thursday: Love + Lust

Feb. 20: 7–9 p.m., throughout Museum
TMA Third Thursday is a mid-month evening pick-me-up filled with art, drinks and lively discussion. This month the theme is Love + Lust. Events include a Tag Team Discussion at 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater on the changing portrayals of lust, from 18th-century painting to 20th-century pop culture. From 6:30–9 p.m., enjoy a cash bar in Libbey Court and then embark on a 20-minute art experience with Art à la Carte at 7 or 7:30 p.m. Visitors can also try their hand sketching a romantic scene during Drawing in the Galleries at 7 or 8 p.m., or go to the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop for live glassblowing demonstrations at 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Feb. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 4 and 5: 2 p.m.
Feb. 6 and 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 8: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 11 and 12: 2 p.m.
Feb. 13 and 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 15: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 19: 2 p.m.
Feb. 20 and 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 22: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 25 and 26: 2 p.m.
Feb. 27 and 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Collection Connections: Hals to…

Feb. 2: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Family Time Tour

Feb. 2: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court or Family Center

Collection Connections: Monet to…

Feb. 9: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

ToddlerTime Tour

Feb. 13: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Baby Tour

Feb. 14: 6 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Fragonard in the Garden

Feb. 14: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Art à la Carte

Feb. 20: 7 and 7:30 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.

Stereoscopic Viewer!

Feb. 2: noon to 5 p.m.
Feb. 4 and 6: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Feb. 7: 3:30–8 p.m.

Stereoscopic photography was all the rage in 1850s France and visitors to the Tuileries Gardens used stereoscopic viewers to see their favorite images up close. Create your own version of a stereoscopic viewer to see your favorite Museum image.


Feb. 9: noon to 5 p.m.
Feb. 11 and 13: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: 3:30–8 p.m.

Catch the last days of the exhibition Highs & Lows: Printmaking Processes and create a collagraph using our tabletop printing press.

Mini Sculpture Gardens!

Feb. 16: noon – 5 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 20: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Feb. 21: 3:30–8 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden by designing your own miniature sculpture garden inspired by the exhibition.


Feb. 23: noon – 5 p.m.
Feb. 25 and 27: 10 a.m. –3 p.m.
Feb. 28: 3:30–8 p.m.

Inspired by the works of Varujan Boghosian on display in the Wolfe Gallery, create your own paper collage using a wide variety of materials.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Dani Herrera

Feb. 28: 6–7 p.m.
Meet local artist Dani Herrera of paperDENIMart and see how she uses recycled, unconventional materials, such as dryer lint, zippers and fabric, to create eye-catching works of art.

Note: Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar at www.toledomuseum.org for updates.

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