November 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Openings

Anything Can Break by Pinaree SanpitakInSight: Contemporary Sensory Works
Nov. 5, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015, Canaday Gallery and Gallery 8
Works by Magdalene Odundo, Aminah Robinson and Pinaree Sanpitak are spotlighted in the special installation. Known for being influenced by the female form, Thai conceptual artist Pinaree Sanpitak presents Anything Can Break, recently shown at the Biennale of Sydney. Origami cubes hang from the ceiling, dotted with “clouds” shaped like breasts, all lit with fiber optics. Motion sensors trigger a variety of sounds in response to the movement of people below. Kenyan-born British artist Magdalene Odundo creates elegant ceramic vessels reminiscent of the graceful curves of the human form. Their smooth silhouettes belie the hand-built coil techniques she uses to mold her thin-walled vases and pots into clean, bold shapes. Using found objects and everyday materials such as buttons, cloth and twigs, Aminah Robinson constructs two- and three-dimensional works of art inspired by the community of her native Poindexter Village in Columbus, Ohio. The artist, storyteller and visual historian reflects on themes of family and ancestry in her prints and sculptural books. Each of the three artists will give free presentations at the Museum. The exhibition and presentations are part of the 2014 International Visual Literacy Association conference hosted by the Toledo Museum of Art. Admission to InSight is free.

taa_806x80695th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition
Nov. 21, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015, Canaday Gallery
This revamped juried exhibition celebrates the best work being done by artists living within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art. The exhibition features regional points of view on subjects as varied as the tension between the urban and suburban, class struggle in Middle America and war. Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight, a former Toledo Museum of Art fellow and a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism, is this year’s juror. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

The Great War: Art on the Front Line
Through 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 from the TMA collection. Free admission.

Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites
Through Jan. 11, 2015, Works on Paper Gallery
Featuring the “best of the best” of the TMA works on paper collection, Looks Good on Paper contains approximately 100 prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, books and photographs selected for their major significance and universal appeal. Included are works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse and Roy Lichtenstein; a first-edition King James Bible and pages from the Gutenberg Bible; photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Diane Arbus; and more. Free admission.

Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art
Through Jan. 25, 2015, Gallery 18
Artists are visual storytellers, creating works that are rich sources of layered meaning. Art museums are repositories of great examples of visual communication from across time and place and provide excellent opportunities to explore visual language. Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art uses works from the Toledo Museum of Art collection to teach visitors methods and approaches for interpreting works of art. Free admission.

Community Gallery

Perspectives: A Toledo School for the Arts Exhibition
Through Jan. 15, 2015, Community Gallery
Students share their views on how an ever-shrinking world informs individual art. Perspectives: A Toledo School for the Arts Exhibition is sponsored in part by Judith M. and Joseph V. Conda. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE GAPP Artist Talk: Pinaree Sanpitak
Nov. 1: 3 p.m., GlasSalon
Groundbreaking artist Pinaree Sanpitak has earned international recognition for her examinations of the human form. But in the aftermath of the 2011 flooding crisis in her native Thailand, she wanted to explore the body’s absence. Hammocks made of relief materials comprised her Hanging by a Thread work, a commentary on the tragedy. For her Guest Artist Pavilion Project, Sanpitak will revisit this theme with an outdoor hammock made of glass that will be on display on the Glass Pavilion grounds. She’ll discuss this new work and her influences during her GAPP Artist Talk.

The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary
47th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA)
Nov. 5–8
Academic researchers, educators, museum professionals, artists, business thought leaders and the general public will converge for conversations about the rise of visual language during The Art of Seeing: From Ordinary to Extraordinary. The conference examines the rise of visual language in an increasingly digital world, an age that has seen people communicating with pictures in astounding numbers. Participants will discuss their perspectives on leveraging this phenomenon in the education, arts and business worlds.A series of conference keynote lectures by innovators from around the world are free and open to the public. Founded in 1968, IVLA is the oldest international, not-for-profit association of researchers, university and K–12 educators, designers, media specialists and artists dedicated to the study and practice of visual literacy.

FREE Keynote Lecture: David Howes
Nov. 6: 9 a.m., Peristyle
David Howes is a professor of anthropology and the director of the Concordia Centre for Sensory Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. He holds three degrees in anthropology and two degrees in law. His research focuses on how senses are formed by culture and what the world is like to societies that emphasize touch or hearing rather than sight. Howes has conducted field research on the cultural life of the senses in Papua New Guinea, Northwestern Argentina and the Southwestern United States. He recently concluded an anthropological study of the sensory life of things in the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, and embarked on a new media art project entitled Mediations of Sensation in collaboration with colleague Christopher Salter. His latest book is “Ways of Sensing: Understanding the Senses in Society” with Constance Classen.

FREE Keynote Lecture: Magdalene Odundo
Nov. 6: 3 p.m., Peristyle
International ceramic artist Magdalene Odundo is known for her distinct hand-built anthropomorphic vessel forms. Odundo is an expert in the history of pottery and its meaning to societies through the ages, her own work being inspired by the creations of Nigerian and Kenyan potters of the past. In 2008 she was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in recognition for her contribution to education and the arts. That same year, she was also the recipient of the African Art Recognition Award from the Detroit Institute of Art. In 2012 she was awarded the African Heritage outstanding achievement in the arts and in 2013 an honorary doctorate from the University of Florida, Gainesville, for her global contribution to education and research in the ceramics arts. Her work is included in national and international public and private collections.

FREE Keynote Lecture: Dr. Joseph Rosen
Nov. 7: 9 a.m., Peristyle
Dartmouth Medical School plastic surgeon and professor Joseph Rosen, through his specialty in polytrauma (multiple devastating injuries), examines the role of the face as an essential part of the human identity. His reconstructive work on patients who’ve suffered devastating injuries from bullets, bombs, infection and disease has led him to his role as a defense department consultant on a team evaluating uses for regenerative medicine and transplantation for wounded soldiers. His diverse interests include biomedical engineering, international medical relief work and virtual reality stimulators in education.

FREE Keynote Lecture: Philip Yenawine
Nov. 7: 2:15 p.m., Peristyle
Philip Yenawine has been engaged in museum education for 30 years, 10 of them spent as director of education at MoMA in New York City.  He writes about art with a focus on connecting people to it, especially children. He is co-founding director (with cognitive psychologist Abigail Housen) of Visual Understanding in Education, a non-profit educational research organization that develops and studies programs using art to teach thinking and communication skills. In 1993, Yenawine was awarded the National Art Education Association’s Award of Distinguished Service. His most recent book, published in October 2013, is titled “Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines.”

FREE Keynote Lecture: Nick Sousanis
Nov. 7: 3:40 p.m., GlasSalon
Nick Sousanis cultivates his creative practice at the intersection of image and text. A doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, he is writing and drawing his dissertation entirely in comic book form—the first of its kind. Before arriving in New York City, he was immersed in Detroit’s thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and cultural webmag, served as the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Work: Detroit exhibition space, and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee. His comics have been infiltrating the academic realm through numerous publications and he furthers his advocacy for the medium as a powerful tool for thought in the comics course he developed for educators at Teachers College.

FREE Keynote Lecture: Stephen Apkon
Nov. 8: 9 a.m., Peristyle
In 1999, following a career in merchant banking, Stephen Apkon founded the Jacob Burns Film Center, with a vision of establishing a hub for independent, foreign and documentary films and education. The JBFC has grown to become a major cultural destination and a national leader in the field of visual literacy. Since 2001, the JBFC’s education programs, which incorporate film programming and production experiences into the curriculum, have reached 120,000 children, more than 50% of them from underserved communities throughout the tri-state area.  More recently, the social entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Chakana Media, Inc., a newly formed documentary production company that is developing films that focus on critical societal issues. Apkon is the author of “The Age of the Image: Redefining Literacy in a World of Screens.”

FREE Keynote Lecture: Lynell Burmark
Nov. 8: 11:50 a.m., Little Theater
Winner of Stanford University’s prestigious Walter Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching, Lynell Burmark is a passionate advocate of using visuals to better educate students of all ages. Burmark’s extensive teaching experience spans kindergarten through graduate school, while her visually enhanced presentations inspire educators across the globe. Her latest book, “They Snooze, You Lose,” expands on Burmark’s previous work “Visual Literacy: Learn to See, See to Learn” with new research and more practical applications.

FREE Keynote Lecture: Aminah Robinson
Nov. 8: 3 p.m., Peristyle
Combining traditional art materials with found objects and everyday materials such as buttons, cloth, leather, twigs, shells and music box workings, Columbus, Ohio, artist Aminah Robinson creates two- and three-dimensional works of art, including books and rag paintings. Many of them are about her family, community and the stories she has been told by her elders. She also researches the lives of abolitionists, civil rights leaders, musicians and writers and depicts them in her art. Robinson’s art is grounded in her belief in the African concept of Sankofa, which means learning from the past in order to move forward. She has taken extended journeys to various countries in Africa; New York City; Sapelo Island, Georgia; Israel; and Chile. Her work is in many private collections and in many museums including the Columbus Museum of Art, the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Newark Museum, as well as TMA.

FREE Gallery Games
Nov. 9: 2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Play games related to art and exhibitions at the Toledo Museum of Art.

FREE Lecture: Archaeological Travelogue: Up the Nile River in 3-D
Nov. 14: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
University of Toledo professor of archaeological geology Dr. James A. Harrell will share his experiences exploring the Nile River and his discoveries of Ancient Egyptian quarries and turquoise mines. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
Nov. 20: 7–9 p.m., locations vary
Sketch in the Museum galleries under the guidance of a TMA instructor. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

FREE Toledo Area Artists Exhibition Opening Party
Nov. 21: 6:30–9 p.m., Libbey Court, Canaday Gallery and Great Gallery
The public is invited to attend a party celebrating the opening for the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition and the 28 artists whose work is featured in Canaday Gallery.

FREE Gallery Talk: Toledo Area Artists Exhibition Curator and Artist
Nov. 22 and Nov. 23: 3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Toledo Area Artists Exhibition curator Halona Norton-Westbrook and some of the artists whose work appears discuss the exhibition.

FREE Professional Development Workshop for Artists
Nov. 22: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 128
Nov. 23: 1–2:30 p.m., Room 128
The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies will offer a series of free public workshops dedicated to educating the local artist community on best business practices. On Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10–11:30 a.m., Bowling Green State University art professor Michael Arrigo tells how to write a strong artist statement, resume and bio. Also on Nov. 22, from 1–2:30 p.m., Owens Community College instructor Margaret Lockwood-Lass discusses pricing artwork and accounting for artists. Lockwood-Lass will be on hand Sunday, Nov. 23 from 1–2:30 p.m. to teach best methods for photographing your artwork. A second series of workshops takes place Dec. 6 and 7. Visit for details.

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. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
Nov. 14: Future Enjoyment: Vintages to Buy Today
Nov. 21: Holiday Hits: Special Occasion Wines
Nov. 28: Better Than Before: Wine Comeback Cases

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a one-hour experience for the public that involve creating glass objects using a torch under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor. Sessions are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person. No experience necessary.

Fall Leaves
Nov. 14: 7 p.m.
Nov. 28: 7 p.m.

Wine Glass Charm
Nov. 21: 7 p.m.

FREE Performances

It’s Friday!
Nov. 7: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister
Enjoy music performed by jazz singer Lori Lefevre. Small plate dishes from the Museum Café are for sale and a cash bar is available. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Film: Buster Keaton’s “The Camerman” with Live Music Performed by Steven Ball
Nov. 6: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Organist Steven Ball will perform his own musical score to the 1928 silent film “The Cameraman,”which stars Buster Keaton.

Great Performances in the Great Gallery
3 p.m., Great Gallery
Enjoy free live classical music performances in the Museum’s striking Great Gallery.

Nov. 2: Pablo Amorós
Pianist Pablo Amorós will present “Spanish Piano Works: From Albeniz to Balaada, a One-Way Piano Journey.” Selections will include masterworks by Granados, de Falla and Albéniz, as well as contemporary works by Leonardo Balada and Pilar Jurado. In conjunction with the performance, a public tour at 2 p.m. will focus on some of the many Spanish works that are highlights of the TMA collection.

Nov. 9: Pianist Solungga Fang-Tzu Liu

Nov. 23: Robert Ballinger
Pianist Robert Ballinger’s repertoire ranges from 18th and 19th century European compositions to contemporary pieces by composers of the Midwest. Ballinger will perform sonatas by Scarlatti and Beethoven, nocturnes by Chopin, and a set of three works by internationally acclaimed composers who have studied or taught at the University of Michigan: Elizabeth Gould, Paul Schoenfeld, and William Bolcom.

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Herrick Lobby unless otherwise noted.

Ask Me
Nov. 1: 2 p.m.
Nov. 8: 2 p.m.
Nov. 15: 2 p.m.
Nov. 22: 2 p.m.

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

Collection Highlights
Nov. 2: 2 p.m.
Nov. 7: 7 p.m.
Nov. 9: 2 p.m.
Nov. 14: 7 p.m.
Nov. 16: 2 p.m.
Nov. 23: 2 p.m.
Nov. 28: 7 p.m.
Nov. 30: 2 p.m.

Family Time Tour
Nov. 2: 3 p.m.

6:30 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Toledo community members—including artists, musicians, and educators—work together with a TMA docent to share works of art in TMA’s collection that have personally inspired them in this new series of tours.
Nov. 6: Paula Baldoni, co-owner/director of River House ArtsNov. 13: Matt Pohlad, musician and visual artist
Nov. 20: TBD

The Art of Seeing Art™
Nov. 7: 8 p.m.

Baby Tour
Nov. 7: 3:30 p.m.

Glass Pavilion
Nov. 14: 8 p.m.
Nov. 28: 8 p.m.

A Brush with Art: How Art is Made
Nov. 14: 1 p.m.
A Brush with Art is a 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. 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.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Nov. 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 4: 2 p.m.
Nov. 5: 2 p.m.
Nov. 6: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 9: 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Nov. 11: 2 p.m.
Nov. 12: 2 p.m.
Nov. 13: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 15: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 18: 2 p.m.
Nov. 19: 2 p.m.
Nov. 20: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 25: 2 p.m.
Nov. 26: 2 p.m.
Nov. 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 29: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Nov. 30: 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 sponsored in part by The Andersons.

Multi-Sensory Art
Nov. 2: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 4 and 6: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 7:  3:30–8 p.m.
Explore your ability to read and write visual language by participating in visual literacy activities and creating multi-sensory art.

Carbon Prints
Nov. 9: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 11 and 13: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 14:  3:30–8 p.m.
Trace borrowed and unusual images onto carbon paper to create a monoprint.

TAA: Toledo Area Lil’ Artists
Nov. 16: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 18 and 20: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 21:  3:30–8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition and see what some of the youngest Toledo area artists have on display in the Family Center hallway from oil pastels to sculpture.

Warm Fall Colors & Textures
Nov. 23: Noon–5 p.m.
Nov. 25: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Nov. 28:  3:30–8 p.m.
Explore the warm color palette of the outdoors, and create fun, fall-inspired works of art.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Nov.  28: 6–7 p.m.
Sculptor John Kinnie uses a wide variety of found objects in his work—the hardware store is his biggest source for his art materials. See how he uses ordinary objects in creative ways.

Art and Music
Nov. 30: Noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 2 and 4: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 5:  3:30–8 p.m.
Create artwork by exploring sounds and music inspired by the many paintings and sculptures in the Toledo Museum of Art collection.

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

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