December 2014 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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*Please note that the Toledo Museum of Art is closed Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Continuing Exhibitions

InSight: Contemporary Sensory Works

Through Jan. 4, 2015, Canaday Gallery and Galleries 8 and 9

Works by Magdalene Odundo, Aminah Robinson and Pinaree Sanpitak are spotlighted in this special exhibition. 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. InSight is sponsored in part by Christie’s auction house. Admission to the exhibition is free.

95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition

Through 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 awards juror. 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 Toledo Museum of Art’s 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; photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams 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 show 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.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

Toledo Area Thursdays
Inspired by the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, Toledo Area Thursdays programming invites local talent outside the visual arts—in writing, acting, comedy and music—to showcase their craft.

Toledo Writes: Readings by Toledo area writers
Dec. 4: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator at The Arts Commission, hosts an evening of readings by local writers.

Toledo Acts: The Actors Collaborative of Toledo performs Edward Albee’s Occupant
Dec. 11: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Born in Czarist Russia in 1899, artist Louise Nevelson overcame the challenges associated with being a female artist in the 20th century and became one of the most important sculptors of her time. But Nevelson was just as well-known for her flamboyant personality, which comes to life in her playwright friend’s tribute to her, Edward Albee’s Occupant. In it, Nevelson comes back from the dead to be interviewed by Man, who, over the course of an entertaining Q&A session, reveals an intimate portrait of the famous artist. Audience members are invited to view the Museum sculpture by Louise Nevelson, titled Sky Presence I, in Gallery 7, prior to the start of the program.

Toledo Laughs: Arts and culture stand-up by Toledo area comedians
Dec. 18: 7:30 p.m., Cloister
Comedians Keith Bergman, Steve Wherry and Dan Simon perform stand-up routines inspired by the arts and culture scene.

Toledo Sings Songs: Toledo area singer-songwriters perform
Jan. 1: 3 p.m., Great GalleryArea singer-songwriters perform live.

Professional Development Workshop for Artists
Dec. 6: 10-11:30 a.m., Room 128
Dec. 6: 1-2:30 p.m., Room 128
Dec. 7: 1-2:30 p.m., Room 128
The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies offers a series of free public workshops dedicated to educating the local artist community on best business practices. On Saturday, Dec. 6 from 10-11:30 a.m., attorneys from MacMillan, Sobandski & Todd, LLC and the Toledo Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee explain copyright and fair use issues. Also on Dec. 6, from 1-2:30 p.m., Bowling Green State University associate professor Michael Arrigo presents a guide to portfolio preparation. Then on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 1-2:30 p.m., learn how to navigate the Call for Entry (CaFÉ) system. Visit toledomuseum.org/calendar for details.

TAA Curator and Artist Gallery Talk
Dec. 6: 3-4:30 p.m.Dec. 7: 3-4:30 p.m.
Halona Norton-Westbrook, Mellon Fellow and curator of the 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition, is joined by some of the selected artists for a discussion of works featured in the show. Meet in Libbey Court.

Gallery Talk: InSight: Contemporary Sensory Works
Dec. 12: 7 p.m.
Adam Levine, assistant director of the Toledo Museum of Art and curator of InSight: Contemporary Sensory Works, leads a tour of the exhibition. Meet in Libbey Court.

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

The Great Art Escape
Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 4, 2015, Throughout the Toledo Museum of Art
Enjoy live music performances in the galleries, participate in gallery hunts, and watch ice sculptors craft impressive outdoor statues made of snow during the Toledo Museum of Art’s annual celebration The Great Art Escape. Every year, the Museum’s galleries are filled with free festivities during the winter break for visitors of all ages. Further details are available below and online at toledomuseum.org.

Dec. 26
Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 27
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
Snow Sculpting Demonstration: 3 p.m.

Dec. 28
Storytelling: Noon-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: Noon-5 p.m.
Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1 and 2 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
ALMA African Drum & Dance Performance: 2 p.m.
Snow Sculpting Demonstration: 3 p.m.

Dec. 30
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.

Dec. 31
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Jan. 1
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Toledo Sings Songs: 3 p.m.

Jan. 2
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Storytelling: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
It’s Friday! Music: Matt Chambers Jazz Syndicate: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Jan. 3
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Children’s Book Reading with Author Jan Wahl: 11 a.m.
Author Jan Wahl has written a long list of children’s books, illustrated by the likes of Maurice Sendak and Edward Gorey. The 81-year-old writer, who grew up in Toledo, will read a selection of his stories and sign books during this family event.
Storytelling: 2-4 p.m.
Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Jan. 4
Self-Guided Gallery Hunt: Noon-5 p.m.
Storytelling: Noon-1 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.
Dutch Organ Concert: 1 p.m.
Drawing in the Galleries: 1-3 p.m.
Glassblowing Demonstrations: 1 and 2 p.m.
Collection Highlights Tour: 2 p.m.
Film & Live Music by Little Bang Theory: 2 p.m.
The three-member band Little Bang Theory plays delightful live accompaniment to early 20th-century stop motion animation films by Vladislav Starevich.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are one-hour experiences 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.

Ribbon Pendant
Dec. 5: 7 p.m.
Dec. 19: 7 p.m.

Pastry Beads
Dec. 12: 7 p.m.
Dec. 26: 7 p.m.

FREE Performances

It’s Friday! Music
Enjoy music performed by local and regional musicians. 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.
Estar Cohen Project: Dec. 5: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Rejoice Handbell Choir: Dec. 5: 7-8 p.m., Great Gallery

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Herrick Lobby unless otherwise noted.

Localeyes
Meet in Libbey Court
Toledo community members, including artists, musicians and educators, partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them.
Dec. 4: 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 11: 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 18: 6:30 p.m.

Localeyes tours scheduled for Dec. 11 and 18 have been cancelled.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Dec. 5: 8 p.m.
Dec. 19: 8 p.m.

Glass Pavilion
Dec. 5: 7 p.m.
Dec. 12: 8 p.m.

Ask Me
Look for a docent wearing an “Ask Me” button as he or she travels the galleries engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.
Dec. 6: 2 p.m.
Dec. 13: 2 p.m.
Dec. 20: 2 p.m.

Meet Me at TMA: Behind the Scenes
Dec. 6: 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.

Family Time Tour
Dec. 7: 3 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Dec. 12: 7 p.m.
Dec. 14: 2 p.m.
Dec. 19: 7 p.m.
Dec. 21: 2 p.m.

A Brush with Art: New TMA Acquisitions
Dec. 12: 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.

Baby Tour
Dec. 19: 6 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Dec. 2: 2 p.m.
Dec. 3: 2 p.m.
Dec. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 5: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 6: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 7: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 9: 2 p.m.
Dec. 10: 2 p.m.
Dec. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 12: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 13: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 14: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 16: 2 p.m.
Dec. 17: 2 p.m.
Dec. 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 19: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 20: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 21: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 23: 2 p.m.
Dec. 24: 2 p.m.
Dec. 26: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 27: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 28: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 30: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 31: 1, 2 and 3 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.

Art and Music
Dec. 2 and 4: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Dec. 5: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create artwork by exploring sounds and music.

Frame It!
Dec. 7: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 9 and 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 12: 3:30-8 p.m.
Display your artwork by creating a unique frame, shadow box or stand.

White Out!
Dec. 14: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 16 and 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 19: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the first days of winter by exploring the galleries in search of snow, then return to the Family Center and create your own artwork using materials that are winter white.

Paper Art!
Dec. 21: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 26: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create artwork using a wide variety of paper folding techniques.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Dec. 26: 6-7 p.m.
Join us in creating tasty, edible art with pastry chef and owner of The Next Sweet Thing bakery, Jennifer Haley.

Homespun Storytelling & Illustrations
Dec. 28: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Share your own special stories about your family and friends, and then add illustrations using a wide variety of supplies.

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


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