April 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Opening

In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science

April 25–July 6, Gallery 18

Coinciding with the Biggest Week in American Birding, In Fine Feather highlights the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America and the modern field guide. The exhibition features works by noted bird artists and illustrators including Audubon, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

Varujan Boghosian

Through 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, such as children’s toys. The exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art. Free admission.

Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard

Through May 4, Gallery 28

Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and The See-Saw from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid are reunited for the first time in 25 years. 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 one-room focus exhibition also includes engravings and a small selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. The exhibition is the first in the Museum’s ENCOUNTER series of concentrated shows and installations that pair exceptional works of art in new or interesting ways. Free admission.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden

Through May 11, Canaday Gallery

Experience a slice of Paris’ most famous urban park, the Tuileries Garden, and its surrounding museums through this major international exhibition. One hundred paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings—many never before exhibited outside Paris—explore the art and design of the garden. 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 exhibition in Toledo is presented in part by The Andersons, Brooks Insurance and Taylor Cadillac. Admission for Museum members is free; for nonmembers, tickets are $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for students and seniors 65 and older. Call 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 for further information.

Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper

Through May 18, Works on Paper Gallery

Paper Roses looks at how people interact with nature, landscape and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings and photographs by some of the finest European and American artists of the 17th through 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibition. Free admission.

Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra

Through May 25, Gallery 2, Glass Pavilion

This small exhibition of elegant, blown glass birds recently created by the distinguished Venetian Maestro Lino Tagliapietra celebrates the annual songbird migration through the marshes along the southern shore of Lake Erie. For nearly half a century Tagliapietra has developed a distinctive style that explores and expands on intricate traditional Venetian glassblowing techniques. Expressive combinations of pattern and color transform his fluid forms into striking objects that hold their own in the broader context of contemporary art in glass. The nearly two dozen colorful objects selected for this show represent the theme of birds in three distinct series: Ala explores the stylized shapes of birds in flight, delicate Petra embodies roosting birds, and the elegant Fenice signifies the mythical phoenix rising from the ashes, a sacred firebird symbolizing rebirth. The exhibition is scheduled in conjunction with Maestro Tagliapietra’s residency at the Toledo Museum of Art as part of its Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) from March 26-29 and with the show In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science, in Gallery 18 of the Main Museum. Free admission.

Community Gallery

Naturally Toledo

Through April 25, Community Gallery

Inspired by TMA’s major international exhibition, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden, the Museum issued a challenge to artists in the region to help fill the Community Gallery with multi-media works of art that would transform it into a sensory experience inspired by the natural beauty of the Toledo region. Free admission.

ArtReach

Through April 25, Community Gallery

ArtReach serves populations in the community who are facing challenges by 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 Museum program that engages local neighborhood youths in art after their school day ends. Free admission.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

The Long Shadow of André Le Nôtre

April 11: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater

American landscape architect Laurie Olin will discuss the work and influence of one of the greatest in his field: André Le Nôtre, designer of the gardens at Versailles, Vaux-le-Vicomte and the Tuileries Garden. Olin will demonstrate how Le Nôtre’s influence can still be seen 400 years after his birth, as notable “modernists” continue to use his work as inspiration. Olin, who founded the award-winning Philadelphia landscape architecture firm that bears his name, has designed everything from gardens, terraces and other site features for private residences to large public parks in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. and locally, the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden at the Toledo Museum of Art. Most recently, he was awarded the National Endowment of the Arts 2012 National Medal of Arts, presented to him by President Obama, and the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture. Free admission.

Slow Art Day

April 12: 10 a.m.–Noon, Throughout the Museum; Discussion Follows

The Toledo Museum of Art invites area residents to stop and look at art on Slow Art Day. The international observance encourages people to take their time looking at works of art, then gather to discuss what they saw with others. Five works will be featured. Participants can view these objects between 10 a.m. and noon and are encouraged to spend at least 10 minutes observing each work. Those attending can bring or purchase a lunch from the Museum Café to eat in the Green Room during a discussion of the works of art (starting at noon). The event is free but advance registration is required. Sign up at slowartday.com/participate.

Decoding the Astronomical Narrative in the Codex Borgia

April 27: 3 p.m., Little Theater

The Codex Borgia, one of the great masterpieces of ancient Mexico, contains a unique narrative section that has been studied for more than a century. Using modern computer simulations of astronomical events, Susan Milbrath, Ph.D., curator of Latin American art and archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, has proposed a definitive reading of the narrative. The colorful images displayed over an 18-page sequence link the cycle of ceremonies of the Central Mexican calendar to specific astronomical observations, including Venus events and lunar cycles, and the only total eclipse of the sun witnessed in Central Mexico during the Late Post-classic Period (AD 1325-1520). The program is co-sponsored by the Museum and the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

TMA Art Book Club: “The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris”

April 9: 5:30–7 p.m., Art Reference Library

Join fellow readers on a literary walking tour of Paris through the memoirs of long-time resident John Baxter. In a series of intimate vignettes Baxter highlights the charms and treasures of Paris. Copies of Baxter’s book, “The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris,” are available for purchase at the Museum Store. Following a discussion of the book, embark on a guided tour of The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. The Art Book Club is free for Museum and Library League members but space is limited and registration is required. Contact the Museum’s library at 419-254-5770 or library@toledomuseum.org to register.

FREE Performances

It’s Friday Music: The Antivillians

April 4: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister

Sarah and Ben Cohen and Sam Woldenberg make up The Antivillians, which splits time between Toledo and Brooklyn, N.Y. and earned a following for their album “So Much For Romance.” Time Out New York wrote “the dapper Antivillains make a lovely sound—a mellow, sweeping take on pop and old-time jazz. If there’s any justice, the songs from their album, ‘So Much For Romance,’ will find radio airplay.” Cash bar available.

Great Performances in the Great Gallery

April 13: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Toledo Symphony Orchestra cellist Damon Coleman and pianist Michael Boyd will perform.

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. TMA Thursdays are sponsored in part by Huntington Wealth Advisors.

TMA Third Thursday: Birds + Bees

April 17: Throughout the Museum
6–8:30 p.m.: Beer, wine and light snacks available in Libbey Court
7 and 7:30 p.m.: Art à la Carte
7 and 8 p.m.: Drawing in the Galleries
7 and 8 pm.: Glassblowing demonstrations at the Glass Pavilion
7:30 p.m.: A Tag Team Discussion on the theme of Birds + Bees, Little Theater

Kick-off the weekend with spirits, noshes and one of the world’s finest art collections. This month TMA Third Thursday explores the theme Birds + Bees.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

April 1: 2 p.m.
April 2: 2 p.m.
April 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 5: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 6: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 8: 2 p.m.
April 9: 2 p.m.
April 10: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 12: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 13: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 15: 2 p.m.
April 16: 2 p.m.
April 17: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 19: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 20: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 22: 2 p.m.
April 23: 2 p.m.
April 24: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 25: 1, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 26: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 27: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 29: 2 p.m.
April 30: 2 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper

April 4: 7 p.m., meet by the Matisse in Herrick Lobby

Meet Me at TMA

April 5: 1 p.m., meet in Herrick Lobby

This 45-to 60-minute tour is designed of those with mild memory loss and their companions. This month, discover how the Jewish religion is depicted in art. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. The program is co-sponsored by the Museum and the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden

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 is required for tours.

April 4: 8 p.m. meet in Libbey Court
April 5: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 6: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 11: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 12: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 13: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 18: 8 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 19: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 20: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 25: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 26: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
April 27: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court

Family Time Tour

April 6: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court or at Family Center

A Brush with Art

April 11: 1 p.m.

A 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions, this month’s theme is symbolism in art and the tour will include a scavenger hunt. Pre-registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

Baby Tour

April 18: 6 p.m., meet at Family Center

Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills during a 30-minute Baby Tour. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. No strollers.

FREE Family Center Activities
Activities at the Family Center are designed for children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is supported in part by The Andersons.

Family Center Installation Piece

April 1: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 4: 3:30–8 p.m.

Inspired by the Toledo Museum of Art Varujan Boghosian exhibition, add your piece to the whole and help create a large-scale three-dimensional installation piece.

Symmetry and Balance!

April 6: Noon–5 p.m.
April 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 11: 3:30–8 p.m.

The design of the Tuileries Garden in Paris was based on symmetry and balance. Using these principles of design, create your own garden full of flowers and trees.

Take One, Leave One!

April 13: Noon–5 p.m.
April 15: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 18: 3:30–8 p.m.

Inspired by artist Varujan Boghosian’s studio installation in Gallery 18, bring your own collage materials to the Family Center and then swap and share as you create your own work of art to take home.

Clay Creations

April 20: Noon–5 p.m.
April 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 25: 3:30–8 p.m.

Using clay, create your own sculptures inspired by those you see in The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibition.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center

April 25: 6–7 p.m., Family Center

Meet local artist Julia Labay Darrah and see how she uses a wide variety of materials to create her sculptural forms.

In Fine Feather!

April 27: Noon–5 p.m.
April 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be inspired by the exhibition In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science and design a feathered creation while discovering the many artistic uses a feather might have.


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