The Art of Video Games
June 19–Sept. 28, Canaday Gallery
Striking visual effects and the creative use of new technology in games take center stage in this cross-generational, interactive traveling exhibition. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first to examine video games as an art form. The exhibition features playable games, such as PacMan, Super Mario Brothers and Flower, and includes renderings and video interviews with key game developers and artists. The Art of Video Games also displays interactive kiosks with an extensive selection of home consoles from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Mark Lamia, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Rose Family Foundation, Betty and Lloyd Schermer and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. The showing in Toledo is made possible through the support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.
Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure
June 27–Sept. 21, Works on Paper Gallery
For centuries, humankind has enjoyed a wealth of leisure diversions. Drawing on works from local and Toledo Museum of Art collections, Fun & Games shows a variety of those activities—games, sports, racing, theater, dancing and gossip—depicted by artists over the years. The exhibition includes paintings, ceramics and works of art on paper by such artists as Honore Daumier, James A. M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Dürer, Marc Chagall and Rembrandt van Rijn. Free admission.
People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights
June 27–Sept. 21, Hitchcock Gallery
After a year of social tumult and congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the rights of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, this exhibition features works of art examining slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. It includes more than 35 works from the TMA collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith, Ernest C. Withers and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints, photographs and books. Free admission.
In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science
April 25–July 6, Gallery 18
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–June 22, 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 outhern shore of Lake Erie and with the show In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science in Gallery 18 of the Main Museum. Free admission.
Zeros and Ones: Computer Generated Art
May 16–Sept.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.
Special Events and Presentations
FREE Minds-On Gallery Games
June 1: 2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Play games related to art and exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art.
FREE It’s Friday Music: Roy Schneider Duo
June 6: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister
Roy Schneider and his musical partner and wife Kim Mayfield perform original folk rock around the U.S. They bring their unique Americana sound to TMA for this It’s Friday performance in the Cloister. Cash bar available. It’s Friday is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.
FREE Drawing in the Galleries
June 19: 7 and 8 p.m.
Draw works inspired by the Museum’s collections under the guidance of a TMA staff member.
FREE Presentation and Book Signing with The Art of Video Games Curator Chris Melissinos
June 20: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Chris Melissinos, founder of PastPixels and guest curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition The Art of Video Games, discusses the significance of video games as an art form. Afterward, he will be on hand to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect ($40), co-authored by Melissinos and Patrick O’Rourke.
#GameOn: The Art of Video Games Opening Party
June 21: 8 p.m. to midnight, Main Museum
Celebrate the arrival of the Toledo Museum of Art’s summer exhibition The Art of Video Games with hands-on activities, a cash bar, light snacks, dancing, a game-inspired photo booth and a rock-paper-scissors tournament. Dress code ranges from graphic tees to video game character costumes and everything in between. Admission is free for Museum members, $20 for adult nonmembers and $10 for nonmembers age 6–12. The party is sponsored in part by Hanson Inc.
FREE GAPP Artist Presentation: Leana Quade
June 27: 7 p.m., Little Theater
In artist Leana Quade’s works, glass is made to twist like a slinky or remain fluid like lava. The Cleveland native will discuss her exploration into the capabilities of the medium during this free artist talk as part of her Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency. GAPP invites national and international artists to the Glass Pavilion to create new works inspired by the TMA collection. Quade’s talk will be followed by a demonstration in the Hot Shop at 8 p.m. “My goal,” Quade says, “is to inspire curiosity by revealing the mystical properties of glass and shedding new light on [its] surprising characteristics.”
Art Hours: Flameworking
Flameworking Art Hours sessions are a new series of projects open to members and nonmembers alike. These one-hour glass experiences in the Flameworking Studio involve working with a torch under the guidance of a glass technician. Sessions are $25 per person and tickets can be purchased during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person. No experience necessary.
All activities are in the Glass Pavilion Frameworking Studio.
June 6: 7 p.m.
June 20: 7 p.m.
June 13: 7 p.m.
June 27: 7 p.m.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
June 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 3: 2 p.m.
June 4: 2 p.m.
June 5: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 6: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 7: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 10: 2 p.m.
June 11: 2 p.m.
June 12: 2 p.m.
June 13: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 14: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 15: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 17: 2 p.m.
June 18: 2 p.m.
June 19: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 20: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 21: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 24: 2 p.m.
June 25: 2 p.m.
June 26: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 27: 8 p.m.
FREE Public Tours
In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science Exhibition
June 1: 2 p.m.
Family Time Tour
June 1: 3 p.m.
Glass Pavilion Highlights
June 6: 7 p.m.
Collection Connections: Monet to Estes
June 6: 8 p.m.
Meet Me at TMA: In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science
June 7: 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 bird illustrators featured in the exhibition In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science. 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.
June 7: 2 p.m.
June 8: 2 p.m.
A Brush With Art: Through Your Hands
June 13: 1 p.m.
A 90–minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions, this month’s theme is Through Your Hands and explores sculpture at the Museum. The tour will include a hands-on art activity. Pre-registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.
Welles Sculpture Garden
June 13: 7 p.m.
June 14: 2 p.m.
June 15: 2 p.m.
The Art of Seeing Art
June 13: 8 p.m.
June 19: 10:30 and 11 a.m.
Pre-registration is required; visit toledomuseum.org/learn/toddler-time-tours starting May 16 to register.
Drop-In: Great Gallery
Explore the Great Gallery with a docent on-hand to answer questions.
June 19: 7–8 p.m.
June 20: 6 p.m.
Collection Connections: Adventure
June 20: 7 p.m.
June 21: 2 p.m.
June 22: 2 p.m.
Collection Connections: Conquest
June 20: 8 p.m.
People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights Exhibition
June 27: 7 p.m.
June 28: 2 p.m.
Fun & Games Exhibition
June 27: 8 p.m.
June 29: 2 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.
Drawing from Nature!
June 1: Noon–5 p.m.
June 3 and 5: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
June 6: 3:30–8 p.m.
Using the exhibition In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science as inspiration, participants will draw what they observe around them.
Sculpture Garden Favorites!
June 8: Noon–5 p.m.
June 10 and 12: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
June 13: 3:30–8 p.m.
Wander the Welles Sculpture Garden and recreate your favorite sculpture using a wide variety of materials.
June 15: Noon–5 p.m.
June 17 and 19: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
June 20: 3:30–8 p.m.
Celebrate the first days of summer by creating a sunprint using special paper and the sun’s natural light.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Chris Melissinos
June 20: 5–6 p.m.
Chris Melissinos, curator of the exhibition The Art of Video Games, shares his infectious enthusiasm for digital and pixilated art.
Your Favorite Video Game Character!
June 22: Noon–5 p.m.
June 24 and 26: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
June 27: 3:30–8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition The Art of Video Games by designing your favorite video game character using a wide variety of supplies.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Hans Ruebel
June 27: 6–7 p.m.
Join local artist Hans Ruebel as he demonstrates how he creates 3-D sculptural forms using metal and wood. Ruebel is 3-D Studio manager at the Toledo Museum of Art and a metalsmith who creates sculpture, furniture, jewelry and Damascus knives.
Red, White and Blue!
June 29: Noon–5 p.m.
Using the colors red, white and blue, create your own patriotic picture inspired by The Great War: Art on the Front Line exhibition in Gallery 18.