September 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

The Art of Video Games
Through 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 show 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; artist renderings and video interviews with key game developers and artists; and 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 traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. The showing in Toledo is made possible through the support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.

The Great War: Art on the Front Line
Through Oct. 19, 2014, Gallery 18
Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, The Great War: Art on the Front Line depicts 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 from the TMA collection. Free admission.

Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure
Through 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: 50 Years of Civil Rights
Through 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
Through 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. Free admission.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

Lecture: Their Name Liveth Forevermore: Monuments, Memory and World War I’s Western Front
Sept. 5: 7 p.m., Little Theater
In the aftermath of World War I, England’s Imperial War Graves Commission was given the tragic task of creating monuments for the soldiers who perished, many of their bodies unidentified. These memorial cemeteries now dot France’s western front, many of them designed by English architect Edwin Lutyens. University of Toledo art history professor Richard Putney will discuss the significance of these memorials, which are etched with the biblical phrase “Their name liveth forevermore.”

TMA Game Day
Sept. 7: Noon–5 p.m., Throughout Museum
Inspired by the summer exhibitions The Art of Video Games and Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure, the Museum galleries become the stage for friendly competition in the form of board games from classic chess to the modern Samarkand: Routes to Riches.

Gallery Talk: Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure
Sept. 7: 2 p.m., Works on Paper Gallery
Ed Hill, curator of Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure, leads a tour of the exhibition.

Film: Indie Game: The Movie
Sept. 11: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Indie Game: The Movie was the first feature documentary about the creation of video games. It follows four independent developers, considered “underdogs” in the world of game design, as they take the industry by storm. (2012, 96 min.)

Artist Talk: David King
Sept. 12: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Columbus artist David King discusses glass production before and after the invention of the automated bottle-making machine during the Industrial Revolution. King will discuss his Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency at the Glass Pavilion, his techniques and his inspiration. His talk will be followed by a live glassblowing demonstration in the Hot Shop at 8 p.m.

Presentation: Toledo Remembers: Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
Sept. 14: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Longtime Toledo residents share their memories of life in the city before and after the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, giving an oral history of a tumultuous time in the nation. In addition, Thomas Loeffler, curator of the TMA exhibition People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights, will discuss the exhibition and introduce a discussion of the movement.

Gallery Games
Sept. 14: 2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Play games related to art and exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Lecture: Hoodwinking the Periscope: Secrets of Dazzle Camouflage
Sept. 18: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
The art of navy concealment during World Wars I and II was literally that: art. Ships camouflaged in panel and stripe patterns were meant to create optical illusions that would confuse enemies trying to target the British and U.S. naval fleets, and came to be known as “dazzle ships.” Toledo artist Natalie Lanese, who uses optical painting techniques inspired by dazzle, will discuss the history of the form and its influences.

Drawing in the Galleries
Sept. 18: 7–9 p.m., Main Museum
Sketch in the galleries under the guidance of a TMA instructor. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

Masters Series: Brett Leonard
Sept. 25: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Toledo native and filmmaker Brett Leonard is known as one of the entertainment industry’s digital media visionaries and has directed such stars as Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Variety magazine recently named him among Hollywood’s elite, innovative directors working today. Now, the Hollywood transplant has returned to his hometown to film Perfect Season, the true story of a Toledo-based, all-female professional football team that won seven consecutive championships in the 1970s. Leonard will discuss the impact of cinema and its technological possibilities during a talk with TMA Director Brian Kennedy on the Peristyle stage. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors.

FREE Performances

It’s Friday! Music
Sept. 5: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister
Enjoy the jazz artistry of Anna Givens. Café snacks and beverages are available for purchase. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours sessions are open to members and nonmembers alike. These one-hour glass experiences, which take place Thursday evenings in the Flameworking Studio, involve working with a torch under the guidance of a glass instructor. 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. TMA Thursday evening hours are sponsored in part by Huntington Bank.

Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Sept. 5: 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: 7 p.m.

Flowers and Foliage
Sept. 26: 7 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Sept. 4: 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 11: 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 18: 6:30 p.m.Toledo community members—including artists, musicians and educators—discuss works of art in TMA’s collection that have personally inspired them in this new series of tours. Localeyes takes place at 6:30 p.m. on most Thursdays. Meet in Libbey Court.

Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure Exhibition
Meet in Works on Paper Gallery.
Sept. 5: 7 p.m.
Sept. 19: 7 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Meet in Libbey Court.
Sept. 5: 8 p.m.
Sept. 7: 2 p.m.
Sept. 19: 8 p.m.
Sept. 21: 2 p.m.
Sept. 28: 2 p.m.

Meet Me at TMA: The Cloister
Sept. 6: 1 p.m.
This 45- to 60-minute tour is designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. This month explore the religious works in the Museum’s Cloister. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. The program is co-sponsored by the Museum, the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter and HCR Manor Care. Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

Drop-In Tour
Sept. 6: 2 p.m.
Sept. 13: 2 p.m.
Sept. 20: 2 p.m.
Sept. 27: 2 p.m.
A Museum docent is on hand in the gallery to answer questions. Stop by the Information Desk for locations.

Family Time Tour
Meet at Family Center
Sept. 7: 3 p.m.

The Great War: Art on the Front Line Exhibition
Sept. 12: 7 p.m., Meet in Gallery 18
Sept. 26: 7 p.m., Meet in Gallery 18

The Art of Seeing Art™
Stop by the Information Desk for locations.
Sept. 12: 8 p.m.
Sept. 26: 8 p.m.

A Brush With Art: Bon Appétit
Sept. 12: 1 p.m.
During this month’s 90–minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions, explore artistic portrayals of food. 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.

Baby Tour
Sept. 19: 3:30 p.m., 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 Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations take place in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop.
Sept. 2: 2 p.m.
Sept. 3: 2 p.m.
Sept. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 5: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 6: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 7: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 9: 2 p.m.
Sept. 10: 2 p.m.
Sept. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 12: 2 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 13: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 14: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 16: 2 p.m.
Sept. 17: 2 p.m.
Sept. 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 19: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 20: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 21: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 23: 2 p.m.
Sept. 24: 2 p.m.
Sept. 25: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 26: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 27: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 28: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 30: 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 sponsored in part by The Andersons.

Storyboarding & Cartooning
Sept. 2 and 4: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 5:  3:30–8 p.m.
Design your own cartoon, comic or video game by creating a storyboard, then make your screen come to life using 3D materials.

Sept. 7: Noon–5 p.m.
Sept. 9 and 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 12:  3:30–8 p.m.
Be inspired by the exhibition The Art of Video Games and create a costume based on your favorite video game character.

Sept. 14: Noon to 5 p.m.
Sept. 16 and 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 19:  3:30–8 p.m.
Using a variety of fabrics, add your own square to the Family Center’s patchwork mural inspired by artist Faith Ringgold.

Game Over!
Sept. 21: Noon to 5 p.m.
Sept. 23 and 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 26:  3:30–8 p.m.
Celebrate the last days of The Art of Video Games exhibition by creating a dungeon placemat.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Jason Vahle
Sept. 26: 6–7 p.m.
Meet local artist Jason Vahle and see how he uses wheat paste in his artwork.

Street Art!
Sept. 28: Noon–5 p.m.
Sept. 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Create a stencil and then add your art to the Family Center’s “brick wall” hallway mural.

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

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