August 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

AOVG_web_bannerThe Art of Video Games

June 19-Sept. 28, 2014, 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 Pac-Man, 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.

exhibition_page_great_war_2014The Great War: Art on the Front Line

July 25-Oct. 19, 2014, Gallery 18

Marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, The Great War: Art on the Front Line features artists’ reactions to the unprecedented carnage of the conflict and its lasting impact through painting, sculpture and works on paper. Though World War I was eclipsed by World War II in the popular consciousness, its effects on society were severe: 16 million deaths, 20 million wounded, the end of four empires and the redrawing of European borders. Many artists, including Max Beckmann, Otto Dix and Käthe Kollwitz, had personal experiences that they later expressed in their work. The 40 works on view are part of the TMA collection. Free admission.

fun&games_webFun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure

June 27-Sept. 21, 2014, 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 Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn. Free admission.

people_get_ready_web_imgsPeople Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights

June 27-Sept. 21, 2014, 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.

Community Gallery

Zeros and Ones: Computer Generated Art
May 16-Sept.18, 2014, 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
Aug. 3: 2-4 p.m., Libbey Court
Play games related to art and exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art.

FREE Panel Discussion: Level Complete: The Future of Video Games
Aug. 15: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Each with more than 20 years of experience producing video games, panelists Nathaniel McClure, Navid Khonsari and Blaine Graboyes are pioneering new gaming frontiers. These three veterans and innovators in the video game industry talk about the next generation of gaming and share their insight into the industry’s future in this panel discussion.

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
Aug. 21: 7 and 8 p.m.
Draw works inspired by the Museum’s collections under the guidance of a TMA staff member.

FREE Film: The Last Starfighter
Aug. 21: 7 p.m., Little Theater
A teenage gamer, seemingly doomed to live out his days in a trailer park, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force and asked to take the skills he showed in the video game into real combat to protect the galaxy from invasion. (1984, 101 min.)

FREE Performances

It’s Friday!
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.
Aug. 1: Howlin Mercy (blues)
Aug. 8: Last Born Sons (rock cover band)
Aug. 15: Polka Floyd (Pink Floyd polka)
Aug. 22: Swingmania (big band)
Aug. 29: Elixir (Beatles acoustic)

Great Performances in the Great Gallery
Aug. 24: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Toledo Symphony Orchestra principal trombonist Garth Simmons and University of Toledo pianist Michael Boyd perform.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

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.
Aug. 8: Pinky & Blinky: Blush & Red Wines
Aug. 15: Zelda’s Zinfandels: California Classics
Aug. 22: Gamers’ Grapes: Casual to Hardcore

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.

Pastry Beads
Aug. 1: 7 p.m.
Aug. 15: 7 p.m.
Aug. 29: 7 p.m.

Ribbon Pendants
Aug. 8: 7 p.m.
Aug. 22: 7 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Collection Connections: Play
Aug. 1: 7 p.m.
Aug. 2: 2 p.m.
Aug. 3: 2 p.m.

The Dutch Golden Age
Aug. 1: 8 p.m.

Meet Me at TMA: Bon Appétit
Aug. 2: 1 p.m.
This 45- to 60-minute tour is designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. This month explore works in the Museum’s collection that feature food. 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.

A Brush With Art: Music and Art
Aug. 8: 1 p.m.
A 90–minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions, this month’s theme is music and 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.

Visitor’s Choice
Aug. 8: 7 p.m.

Medieval Art
Aug. 8: 8 p.m.
Aug. 9: 2 p.m.
Aug. 10: 2 p.m.

Baby Tour
Aug. 15: 6 p.m.

Collection Connections: Fantasy
Aug. 15: 7 p.m.Aug. 16: 2 p.m.Aug. 17: 2 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Aug. 15: 8 p.m.
Aug. 29: 7 p.m.

Drop-In: Cloister
Aug. 21: 7 p.m.

ToddlerTime Tour
For parents and children ages 18 to 36 months. Pre-registration required at
Aug. 21: 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Glass Pavilion Highlights
Aug. 22: 7 p.m.

Myths and Legends
Aug. 22: 8 p.m.
Aug. 23: 2 p.m.
Aug. 24: 2 p.m.

Art of Ancient Civilizations
Aug. 29: 8 p.m.
Aug. 30: 2 p.m.
Aug. 31: 2 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Aug. 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 2: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Aug. 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 5: 2 p.m.
Aug. 6: 2 p.m.
Aug. 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 8: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 12: 2 p.m.
Aug. 13: 2 p.m.
Aug. 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 15: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 17: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 19: 2 p.m.
Aug. 20: 2 p.m.
Aug. 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 24: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 26: 2 p.m.
Aug. 27: 2 p.m.
Aug. 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 30: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Aug. 31: 1 and 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.

Aug. 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
Similar to the pixilated images used to create a video game, 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.

Greek Games!
Aug. 3: Noon-5 p.m.
Aug. 5 and 7: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 8: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the ancient Greek Olympic games portrayed in the exhibition Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure, use scratch art to decorate your own Greek vase shape.

Pixilated Pictures!
Aug. 10: Noon-5 p.m.
Aug. 12 and 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 15: 3:30-8 p.m.
Get inspired by viewing the exhibition The Art of Video Games and create your own pixilated picture using a wide variety of supplies.

Glass-Like Art!
Aug. 17: Noon-5 p.m.
Aug. 19 and 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 22: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the anniversary of the opening of the Glass Pavilion, and make your own glass-like art.

3D Pixel Block Art!
Aug. 24: Noon-5 p.m.
Aug. 26 and 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 29: 3:30-8 p.m.
Transform old-school pixilated images into a 3-D work of art using blocks.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Aug. 29: 6-7 p.m.
Artist and University of Toledo assistant professor Dan Hernandez forms connections that are insightful and playful by paralleling video games with annunciation paintings by Early Renaissance artists. Hernandez will visit the Family Center to talk about his work and guide children in a hands-on activity.

Painting Without a Brush!
Aug. 31: Noon-5 p.m.
Try your hand at painting using everything you can imagine—everything but the ordinary paintbrush!

NOTE: Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar at for updates. For more information or images, contact Public Relations Manager Teri Sharp at 419-254-5082 or, or Marketing Communications Coordinator Alia Orra at 419-255-8000 ext. 7542 or

One Response to “August 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights”

  1. pastor jim shotwell SR says:

    Senior Citizens Center in Wauseon OH bus tour to TMA is scheduled for THUR. July 31, 2014. At least two of us use “walkers”. These are strong carts with four wheels and a resting seat and a small basket to hold a purse or jacket.
    Are these permitted?
    Are the “Strollers” the same thing?
    IF only wheelchairs are permitted, do they require someone to push them?
    We will have lunch. Are these permitted in the restaurant?
    Thanks for answers by E-mail or to my phone at 4-419-337-7931 James Shotwell SR, Phone has message-taker if not answered.

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