May 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

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.

Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra

March 28–May 25, Gallery 2, Glass Pavilion

The elegant, blown glass birds in this small exhibition were recently created by the distinguished Venetian Maestro Lino Tagliapietra. The nearly two dozen colorful objects selected for the 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 coincides with the annual songbird migration through the marshes along the Southern shore of Lake Erie and with the show In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science in Gallery 18 of the Main Museum. Free admission.

The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden

Feb. 13–May 11, Canaday Gallery

Experience a slice of Paris’ most famous urban park, the Tuileries Garden, and its surrounding museums with 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.

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 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 ENCOUNTERS series of concentrated shows and installations that pair exceptional works of art in new or interesting ways. Free admission.

Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper

Feb. 21–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 the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibition. Free admission.

Varujan Boghosian

Dec. 13, 2013–May 25, 2014, Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art 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.

Community Gallery

Zeros and Ones: Computer Generated Art

May 16–September 18, Community Gallery

Inspired by the concept of art and technology in the summer 2014 exhibition The Art of Video Games, local artists were invited to showcase two- and three-dimensional works generated by computers. The Community Gallery is sponsored by Hickory Farms. Free admission.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

FREE Film: Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette

May 2: 7 p.m., Little Theater

This Sofia Coppola-directed biopic is a stylistic retelling of the life of France’s teen queen, who grew up to become a symbol of monarchic extravagance with a vast wardrobe and a penchant for parties. Born to Austrian nobility, Marie (as played by Kirsten Dunst) is only 14 years old when she’s pledged to marry Louis XVI (Jason Schwartzman), the 15-year-old king of France, in an alliance that has everything to do with politics and nothing to do with love. (2006, 123 min.) Free admission.

FREE GAPP Artist Talk with Katrina Hude

May 2: 7 p.m., GlasSalon

“I like to let people see that all things made of glass do not necessarily have to be functional,” says Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) resident Katrina Hude. “They can express a conceptual idea.” Hude began working with glass as an undergraduate student at California College of Arts and Crafts. Since then, she’s received an MFA in sculpture from San Jose State University, California, been named an emerging artist in residence at the Pilchuck Glass School, and lectured as a guest artist in Japan and Australia. Today, she explores the conservation of water through her Watering Cans works. Hude, who lives on Whidbey Island in Washington state, will discuss her work and inspiration during this free talk. The GAPP program invites contemporary artists to visit the Museum and spend time creating new work inspired by its collection.

Circle 2445 Kentucky Derby Party

May 3: 4:30–7:30 p.m., Peristyle

Watch the Derby live in the Peristyle and enjoy mint juleps, bocce in the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, Southern fare, a hat contest and music by Kentucky Chrome and Andrew Ellis. The annual event is hosted by Circle 2445, the Museum’s engagement group for art enthusiasts ages 24 to 45. The event is sponsored in part by WNWO. Advance tickets are $30 for Circle 2445 members and $40 for nonmembers and are available online at starting April 1. Tickets purchased at the door are $40 for Circle 2445 members and $50 for nonmembers.

Art in Bloom

May 8–11, Throughout Museum

Area florists will embark on a new creative challenge during the Museum’s Art in Bloom event, a four-day celebration of art and the garden. Floral arrangements inspired by TMA’s collection and florist/glassblower vase creations will be on display throughout the galleries. The fundraiser, organized by the Museum’s volunteer group the Ambassadors, includes a black tie gala May 8, a lecture and demonstration by Southern Living editor-at-large James Farmer May 9 and a Mother’s Day brunch May 11. It also includes free tours of the Art in Bloom arrangements. Ticketed events require reservations in advance; call 419-255-8000 ext. 7469 to purchase tickets. Proceeds from the events support TMA art education programs.

Gala: Tuileries Jubilee

May 8: 6:30–10 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Art in Bloom’s gala marks the closing weekend of the Museum’s major exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden with a rich selection of hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live entertainment, a silent auction and a live auction of glass vessels designed by professional florists and created by TMA Hot Shop artists. Black tie optional. Advance reservations required; tickets are $125 each for Museum members and $150 each for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 419-255-8000 ext. 7469.

Lecture and Demonstration by James Farmer, Southern Living Editor-At-Large

May 9: 10 a.m., Main Museum

Garden, floral and interior designer, cook, author and lifestyle expert James Farmer shares his story and his aesthetic tastes during this lecture and floral arrangement demonstration. The best-selling author and editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine is at the forefront of the garden-to-table lifestyle, with appearances on NBC Today and HGTV Gardens, as well as in Harper’s Bazaar, Good Housekeeping and Traditional Home. Farmer is the author of many books on gardens, lifestyle and cooking, including “A Time to Plant” (2011) and “Sip & Savor” (2012). He is also the national spokesperson for the American Camellia Society and serves on the advisory board for the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Advance reservations required; tickets are $30 per person and include a pre-lecture coffee and admission to a post-lecture book signing (book not included). To purchase tickets, call 419-255-8000 ext. 7469.


May 9: Noon, Green and Red Rooms

French-inspired cuisine is the focus of this afternoon luncheon. Advance reservations are required; tickets are $30 per person. To purchase tickets, call 419-255-8000 ext. 7469.

Spring Wreath Workshop with James Farmer

May 9: 2–4 p.m., Main Museum

Create a spring wreath to take home under the guidance of James Farmer, Southern Living editor-at-large and author of “Wreaths For All Seasons” (2012). Advance reservations required and space is limited; tickets are $90 per person and include all supplies. To purchase tickets, call 419-255-8000 ext. 7469.

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 11: Seatings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., GlasSalon

Celebrate Mother’s Day at this French-themed brunch, with live music, a family photo opportunity and cash bar available. Advance reservations required; tickets are $35 per adult and $17.50 per child ages 3–11. Admission for children age 2 and under is free. To purchase tickets, call 419-255-8000 ext. 7469.

FREE Art in Bloom Tours

May 8–11: Times and locations to be announced

Tour the Art in Bloom exhibition of flower arrangements inspired by works of art in the main Museum. Tour times will be available starting May 1 at

It’s Friday Music: Kelly Broadway

May 2: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister

Jazz vocalist Kelly Broadway has performed her show on cruise ships, at concert venues and festivals, and has toured with noted Toledo jazz musician Jon Hendricks. Cash bar available. It’s Friday programming is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.

TMA Thursdays
The Toledo Museum of Art is open Thursdays until 9 p.m. All galleries are open. TMA Thursdays are sponsored in part by Huntington Wealth Advisors.

FREE Play: Art

May 29: 7 p.m., Little Theater

What is art? That is the question at the heart of the play Art, winner of the 1998 Tony Award for best play, performed in a script reading at the Toledo Museum of Art by local troupe Actors Collaborative Toledo. The play follows three friends, Serge, Marc and Yvan, as they process and share their feelings about Serge’s latest purchase: a pricey, completely white painting. Lines are drawn and the companions square off over the canvas, using it as an excuse to relentlessly batter one another over various failures. As their arguments become less theoretical and more personal, they border on destructive.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

May 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 2: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
May 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
May 6: 2 p.m.
May 7: 2 p.m.
May 8: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 9: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 10: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
May 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
May 13: 2 p.m.
May 14: 2 p.m.
May 15: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 16: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 17: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
May 18: 1 and 2 p.m.
May 20: 2 p.m.
May 21: 2 p.m.
May 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 23: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 24: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
May 25: 1 and 2 p.m.
May 27: 2 p.m.
May 28: 2 p.m.
May 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 30: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 31: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

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 required for tours.

May 2: 7 p.m.
May 3: 2 p.m.
May 4: 2 p.m.
May 9: 7 p.m.
May 10: 2 p.m.
May 11: 2 p.m.

In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science

May 2: 8 p.m.
May 25: 2 p.m.

Meet Me at TMA: Spanish Art

May 3: 1 p.m.

This 45– to 60–minute tour is designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. This month explore works by Spanish artists. 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.

Family Time Tour

May 4: 3 p.m.

A Brush With Art: The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden

May 9: 1 p.m.

A 90–minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions, this month’s theme is The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden exhibition. The tour will include a flower pot painting activity. Pre-registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

ToddlerTime Tour

May 15: 6 p.m.

Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper

May 16: 7 p.m.
May 18: 2 p.m.

Collection Connections: Gardens

May 16: 8 p.m.

Baby Tour

May 16: 3:30 p.m.

Inside/Outside Birding and Nature

May 18: 1 p.m.

First, participants explore birds as seen in the exhibition In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science with noted bird authority Kenn Kaufman. Next, they’ll trek outdoors with Terry Seidel, director of land acquisition for the Nature Conservancy in Ohio, to explore the Museum’s Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, home to a surprising variety of plants and birdlife. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Call 419-255-8000 ext. 7432 to register.

Collection Highlights

May 23: 7 p.m.
May 30: 7 p.m.

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.

In Fine Feather!

May 1: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 2: 3:30–8 p.m.

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

Royal Attire!

May 4: Noon–5 p.m.
May 6 and 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 9: 3:30–8 p.m.

Over the course of history many lavish parties were held in the Tuileries Garden, the subject of the exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Design your own fancy fashions that might be worn to a ball.

Art in Bloom Connection!

May 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 9: 3:30–8 p.m.
May 11: Noon–5 p.m.

Coinciding with the Museum’s fundraising event Art in Bloom, explore the galleries in search of floral arrangements and make your own flowers inspired by what you see.

Flowers in Bloom!

May 11: Noon–5 p.m.
May 13 and 15: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 16: 3:30–8 p.m.

Explore the galleries in search of floral depictions and make your own flowers inspired by what you see.

3-D Shapes!

May 18: Noon–5 p.m.
May 20 and 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 23: 3:30–8 p.m.

Catch the last days of the Varujan Boghosian exhibition of collages and create your own work using 3-D shapes.

Clay Creations!

May 25: Noon–5 p.m.
May 27 and 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 30: 3:30–8 p.m.

Create your own clay creations.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Tara Outten

May 30: 6–7 p.m., Family Center

Local ceramic artist Tara Outten demonstrates how to create beautiful flowers in drying foam. Outten creates delicate flowers in porcelain, which take up to a week to complete. Examples of these finished pieces will be shown at the demonstration. Outten has a bachelor of arts in ceramics from the University of Toledo and takes studio ceramics classes at the Museum.

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

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