The Great War: Art on the Front Line
July 25–Oct. 19, Gallery 18
Though World War I was eclipsed by World War II, its effects were severe: 16-million deaths, 20-million wounded, the end of four empires and the redrawing of European borders. Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, The Great War: Art on the Front Line features artists’ reactions to the unprecedented carnage and its lasting impact through painting, sculpture and works on paper. Many artists, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and Käthe Kollwitz, had personal experiences that they expressed in their work. With 40 works on view the exhibition is comprised from the TMA collection. Free admission.
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 interactive traveling exhibition, one of the first to examine video games as an art form. The exhibition features playable games, such as PacMan, Super Mario Brothers and Flower, and 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 Smithsonian American Art 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 Honoré 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.
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.
FREE Minds-On Gallery Games
July 6: 2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Play games related to art and exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art.
FREE It’s Friday! with Circle 2445: Art. Drinks. Music.
July 11: 6 p.m., Peristyle Terrace & Sculpture Garden
Enjoy the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden with a cash bar and live music in this special summer event. Circle 2445 is a Museum membership group that seeks to engage art enthusiasts ages 24 to 45 with TMA. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
FREE Drawing in the Galleries
July 17: 7 and 8 p.m.
Draw works inspired by the Museum’s collections under the guidance of a TMA staff member.
FREE Panel Discussion: Gaming for a Living: The Life of a Pro-Gamer
July 18: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Video games are a $26 billion business. The average male gamer is 32 years old and the average female gamer is 42, hardly the stereotype of a teenager in his or her parents’ basement. Many gamers make a living playing video games and producing video game events. This panel discussion brings together professional gamers and video game personalities to discuss the business and lifestyle of the video game industry.
FREE Film: War Games
July 24: 7 p.m., Little Theater
A young computer whiz (Matthew Broderick) taps into a top secret supercomputer which has control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal in this Academy Award-nominated thriller. When it challenges him to a game between America and Russia, he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he avert war and convince the computer he was only playing? (1983, 114 minutes)
6:30–8:30 p.m., Peristyle Terrace
Enjoy music from celebrated and up-and-coming regional performers. Cash bar available. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
July 18: Grape Smugglers (blues, classic rock)
July 25: It’s Essential (Motown)
Enjoy four wines and light snacks during It’s Friday! from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or at the information desks. The event is made even better paired with an Art Hours Flameworking session where participants craft wine glass charms under the guidance of a technician.
July 18: Mario’s Favorites: Italian Wines
July 25: Princess Peach’s Picks: Fruity & Full-Bodied
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.
Wine Glass Charms
July 11: 7 p.m.
July 25: 7 p.m.
July 18: 7 p.m.
In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science Exhibition
July 5: 2 p.m.
July 6: 2 p.m.
Collection Connections: Art in Motion
July 11: 7 p.m.
July 12: 2 p.m.
July 13: 2 p.m.
The Art of Seeing Art™
July 11: 8 p.m.
July 25: 8 p.m.
A Brush with Art: American Galleries
July 11: 1 p.m.
A 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions, this month’s theme is American art. 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.
Meet Me at TMA: New Museum Acquisitions
July 12: 1 p.m.
This 45- to 60-minute tour is designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. This month explore the new additions to the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. 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.
Drop-In: Classic Court
July 17: 7 p.m.
Explore the Classic Court with a docent on-hand to answer questions.
July 17: 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.
For parents and children ages 18 to 36 months. Pre-registration required at toledomuseum.org/learn/toddler-time-tours.
July 18: 3:30 p.m.
Welles Sculpture Garden
July 18: 7 p.m.
Collection Connections: Conquest
July 18: 8 p.m.
Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure Exhibition
July 19: 2 p.m.
People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights Exhibition
July 20: 2 p.m.
The Great War: Art on the Front Line Exhibition
July 25: 7 p.m.
July 26: 2 p.m.
July 27: 2 p.m.
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
July 1: 2 p.m.
July 2: 2 p.m.
July 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 5: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 6: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 8: 2 p.m.
July 9: 2 p.m.
July 10: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 12: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 13: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 15: 2 p.m.
July 16: 2 p.m.
July 17: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 19: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 20: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 22: 2 p.m.
July 23: 2 p.m.
July 24: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 25: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 26: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 27: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 29: 2 p.m.
July 30: 2 p.m.
July 31: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
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.
Red, White and Blue!
July 1 and 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Using the colors red, white and blue, create your own patriotic picture inspired by the Great War exhibition in Gallery 18.
Fun and Games!
July 6: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 8 and 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 11: 3:30–8 p.m.
Design your own board game or card game inspired by what you see in the Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure exhibition in the Works on Paper Gallery.
Aminah Robinson-Inspired Art!
July 13: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 15 and 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 18: 3:30–8 p.m.
Inspired by the works of art created by Aminah Robinson found in the People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights exhibition, tell your own story using found objects.
For the Birds!
July 20: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 22 and 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 25: 3:30–8 p.m.
Inspired by the Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra exhibition in the Glass Pavilion, make your own bird using a wide variety of materials.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Kelly Sheehan
July 25: 6–7 p.m.
Join glass artist Kelly Sheehan as she tells how she makes her signature glass birds.
July 27: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 29 and 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Similar to the pixilated images used to create a video game, the ancient artists used pieces of tile to create mosaics. Create your own mosaic tile inspired by the collection and The Art of Video Games exhibition.