March 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden

Feb. 13–May 11, Canaday Gallery
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden presents 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures, many never before exhibited outside Paris, 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 landscape architect André Le Nôtre (1613-1700)—best known for his grand garden designs at Versailles—who transformed the Tuileries into a magnificent French formal garden for King Louis XIV. 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.

Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper

Feb. 21–May 18, Works on Paper Gallery
Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper looks at human interaction with nature, landscape and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Free admission.

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 installation also includes engravings and a selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. Free admission.

Varujan Boghosian

Dec. 13, 2013–May 25, 2014, 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 repurpose 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 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 its 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: Roman and Greek Myth

March 1: 1 p.m., Classic Court
Those with mild memory loss and their companions can explore ancient Roman and Greek myths in art. Reservations are recommended but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999 or 1-800-272-3900.

FREE Presentation: Singers, Chantresses and Ladies of the House: Examining the Roles and Status of Elite Women in Late Period Egypt

March 7: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Ancient Egyptian women had among the greatest freedom and rights in the ancient world. But despite their legal equality, women remained social inferiors to men. Focusing primarily on evidence from elite females’ tombs, speaker Dean Li, assistant professor of ancient history at Ryerson University in Toronto, will explore the nuances and complexities of the roles women played in ancient Egyptian life. Li will also discuss the archaeological and textual records of the first half of the first millennium BCE to demonstrate the periods where Ancient Egyptian women enjoyed increased prominence in society. The talk is co-sponsored by the AIA-Toledo Society.

FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery: The Tuileries Garden au Coeur de Paris

March 9: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
French music, from the classical compositions of Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy to the chansons of Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel, will be performed in this tribute to the heart of Paris, the Tuileries Garden. Soprano Joan Layne and pianist Kevin Bylsma are accompanied by narrator Susan Palmer, Masterworks Chorale and the Ballet Theatre of Toledo in this performance.

FREE Masters Series Lecture: The Art of André Le Nôtre: Gardening for Grandeur in 17th-Century France

March 13: 6 p.m., Peristyle
A professor of French studies and humanities at Scripps College and director of its Clark Humanities Museum, Eric Haskell has earned numerous superlatives as an academic and scholar. He has been included in such lists as the “2,000 Intellectuals of the 21st Century” and “5,000 Personalities of the World.” The Francophile, who is an expert in the field of French garden history and landscape aesthetics, will discuss the significance of Paris’ Tuileries Garden’s most noted designer, 17th century landscape architect André Le Nôtre. The son of King Louis XIII’s head gardener, Le Nôtre grew up to become the renowned designer of the grounds at Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Tuileries, revolutionizing French formal gardens in the process. Haskell’s Masters Series lecture coincides with the spring exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. The Museum’s Masters Series is sponsored in part by TMA Ambassadors and this presentation is sponsored in part by the Country Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America.

FREE A Brush with Art: Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper

March 14: 1 p.m., Meet in Herrick Lobby
A Brush with Art is a monthly series of cultural programs for visitors with early stage memory loss and their companions. Each program includes discussion in the galleries along with an interactive component. This month, learn about portrayals of gardens and plants in the exhibition Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper. Then, participate in a papermaking with seeds activity. Registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association at 419-537-1999 or 1-800-272-3900 to register.

FREE Presentation: A Day in the Life of the Tuileries Garden

March 21: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
The Tuileries Garden, the equivalent of Central Park to Parisians, serves as a backdrop for the city’s activities, from the mundane (joggers getting their daily exercise) to the glamorous (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 role this historic public space plays in the lives of its 10 million annual visitors.

FREE Great Performance in the Great Gallery: Winners of BGSU’s Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition

March 23: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
The winners of Bowling Green State University’s eighth annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition perform.

GAPP Artist Presentation: Lino Tagliapietra

March 26-28: 9 a.m.- noon and 1-4 p.m., ticketed event, Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
March 29: 10 a.m.-noon, free event, Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Lino Tagliapietra is considered by many to be the best glassblower in the world. The Murano-born artist has traveled Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas to share Venetian glassblowing methods, earning the nickname “Maestro” along the way. As part of Tagliapietra’s week-long residency for the Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP), the Museum will offer ticketed morning and afternoon sessions to observe the Italian master at work from March 26-28. The Museum will also offer a free, public observation session from 10 a.m. to noon on March 29. Ticket purchases are limited to four tickets per buyer, per session. Seating is limited. Tickets are $30 each and available by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or visiting the Museum information desks during regular hours.

FREE Film: Enemy of the Reich: The Noor Inayat Khan Story

March 30: 2 p.m., Peristyle
This docu-drama tells the inspiring true story of Noor Khan, the daughter of an Indian noble and an American mother. She grew up in Paris guided by her father, a Sufi teacher whose philosophy was of respect for different faiths, even as nationalism and ethnic chauvinism were on the rise across Europe. A delicate, thoughtful girl, Khan studied child psychology and as an adult, became an author of children’s books. But her life in France soon came to an end. Forced to flee her Paris home when the Germans invaded, Khan became an unlikely hero, volunteering to return as a secret agent to assist the French Resistance. Though she was eventually captured and executed by Nazi forces, her bravery in the face of destruction led to a posthumous award of the British George Cross. (60 min.)

FREE Great Performance in the Great Gallery: BGSU Chamber Orchestra

March 30: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Bowling Green State University’s chamber orchestra, an audition-only ensemble, perform classical works.

FREE Friday Night Music

Extra Stout

March 7: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Folk and Irish pub band Extra Stout, a six-member group, will perform music inspired by the Emerald Isle. Cash bar available.

TMA Thursdays
The Toledo Museum of Art is open Thursdays until 9 p.m. Thursday evening activities include eclectic menus, music, drinks and more. All galleries are open on TMA Thursdays, which are sponsored in part by Huntington Wealth Advisors.

FREE TMA Third Thursday: Gardens & Games

March 20: 7-8 p.m., Throughout Museum
Kick off the weekend early with art, drinks and lively discussion at the new Museum program TMA Third Thursdays. March’s theme of Gardens and Games is a complement to the exhibitions The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden and Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard, and includes a host of evening programming. At 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theater, enjoy a Tag Team Discussion from Toledo GROWS manager Yvonne Dubielak and Beyond Gaming CEO Blaine Graboyes, who will discuss the finer points of the evening’s theme. At 7 and 7:30 p.m., Art à la Carte, 20-minute art tours, are offered. At 7 and 8 p.m., visitors can partake in Drawing in the Galleries or watch glassblowing demos. A cash bar will be available in Libbey Court from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
March 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
March 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
March 4 and 5: 2 p.m.
March 6 and 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 8: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
March 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
March 11 and 12: 2 p.m.
March 13 and 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 15: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
March 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
March 18 and 19: 2 p.m.
March 20 and 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 22: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
March 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
March 29: 10 a.m.
March 30: 1 and 2 p.m.

Public Tours

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden Exhibition

Admission to The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden is free for members, $8.50 for nonmember adults and $5.50 for nonmember seniors and students. Exhibition ticket required for tours. Meet in Libbey Court.

March 1 and 2: 2 p.m.
March 7: 7 p.m.
March 8 and 9: 2 p.m.
March 14: 7 p.m.
March 15 and 16: 2 p.m.
March 21: 8 p.m.
March 22 and 23: 2 p.m.
March 28: 8 p.m.
March 29 and 30: 2 p.m.

Family Time Tour

March 2: 3 p.m.

Collection Connections: Gardens to …

March 14: 8 p.m.

Art à la Carte

March 20: 7 and 7:30 p.m.

Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper Exhibition

March 21: 7 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art

March 28: 7 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities
For children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult, art activities in the Family Center are sponsored in part by The Andersons.

Community Garden!

March 2: Noon-5 p.m.
March 4 and 6: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 7: 3:30-8 p.m.
Tour the Museum’s produce garden, which is maintained in partnership with Toledo GROWS, and create decorative elements for it inspired by the exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.

Myths and Legends!

March 9: Noon-5 p.m.
March 11 and 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 14: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by sculptures in The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, create a clay vessel inscribed with your own personal hero story.

Architectural Wonders!

March 16: Noon-5 p.m.
March 18 and 20: 10 3 p.m.
March 21: 3:30-8 p.m.
Design a royal palace inspired by the French architecture of the Louvre.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

March 23: Noon-5 p.m.
March 25 and 27: 10 3 p.m.
March 28: 3:30-8 p.m.
Design a flower, vegetable, sculpture, water or rock garden—let your imagination run wild as you plot the map of your garden on graph paper.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Jefferson Nelson

March 28: 6-7 p.m.
Local artist Jefferson Nelson earned a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from the State University of New York at Albany and has been featured in area galleries and TEDx events. During this free program, Nelson will share what it’s like to be an artist and will guide children through a hands-on art activity.

Family Center Installation

March 30: Noon-5 p.m.
Contribute to the large-scale, three-dimensional installation piece in the Family Center that is inspired by the exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden.

NOTE: Events are subject to change. Check the calendar at for updates. For more information or images, contact Teri Sharp, public relations manager, at 419-254-5082 or, or Alia Orra, marketing communications coordinator, at 419-255-8000 ext. 7542 or

Correction: June 9, 2016

These events happened in March 2014.

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