Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer
Feb. 6-May 3, Canaday Gallery and Gallery I
For more than 50 years, Werner Pfeiffer (German-American, born 1937) has experimented with the multiple uses of paper as both a canvas and a structural material. Much of his work as a sculptor, printmaker and painter suggests an attraction to machines and machine-like constructions. His drawings are schematic, his dimensional works project into space claiming their own territory and his complex artist books have moving parts. He is fascinated by puzzles and contradictions, metaphors and wordplay, and this curiosity inspires works that are thought-provoking in themselves. A prodigious artist, Pfeiffer’s works on paper have been shown and collected internationally. The nearly 200 limited-edition and unique works of art in this exhibition include drawings, dimensional prints, 3-D collage, and sculptural and experimental books. Free admission.
Feb. 13-May 10, Works on Paper Gallery
Artist Werner Pfeiffer selected works on paper from the Toledo Museum of Art collection by artists who have influenced his own work and aesthetic. Among the nearly 100 selections are books and prints by Modern masters such as Henri Matisse, Hans Arp and Max Ernst, as well as works by contemporary artists including Lucas Samaras, H.A.P. Grieshaber and Warja Honegger-Lavater. Drawing on decades as an educator, keen observer and practicing artist, Pfeiffer reveals some of the inspiration behind his creativity in this show, a companion to the major exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Free admission.
Feb. 13-July 5, Gallery 18
The Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio, holds the largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. About 50 works from that collection are on loan to the Toledo Museum of Art in this exhibition presented by the Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Best in Show explores the theme of pets—all types of pets—as illustrated in children’s picture books from the 1930s to the present and is sure to delight visitors of all ages. Free admission.
April 3-July 5, Galleries 28 & 29
This exhibition depicts major events of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of the artist. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the war, The American Civil War features approximately 50 objects drawn from the Toledo Museum of Art collection and local institutions and collections, including a monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor by Gilbert Gaul that depicts Battery H, an artillery unit that included many soldiers from Northwest Ohio. Free admission.
Gifts on Paper from The Apollo Society
April 10-May 31, Gallery 6
Since 1986, TMA’s art acquisition group has purchased dozens of works for the Museum’s collection. This installation contains all 10 works on paper given during the group’s history. Objects—done in charcoal, ink, oil, photography, lithography, etching and wood engraving—include Paul Colin’s Art Deco portfolio Le tumulte noir (The Black Craze) featuring a young Josephine Baker; the 1570 seminal treatise Four Books of Architecture by Andrea Palladio and the monumental, meticulously drawn Clear, Wondrous, Ancient, Strange showing the four ancient cypresses growing at the foot of Dengwei Mountain in China. Free admission.
May 22-Sept. 6, Museum and Grounds/Select Toledo Locations
In a world that prioritizes work, how do we encourage people of all ages to relish the benefits of play? Play Time celebrates the art of diversion and engages visitors in multi-sensory, interactive installations across the entire 36-acre Museum campus and in select locations across the city. Works include a giant red ball appearing in unexpected locations throughout the city; pop-up and temporary performances throughout the summer utilizing puppetry, pageantry and spectacle; and interactive works both indoors and outdoors. Play Time opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. Free admission.
From the Collection: Three Hundred Years of French Landscape Painting
July 17-Oct. 11, Gallery 18
Drawn entirely from the holdings of the Toledo Museum of Art, From the Collection: Three Hundred Years of French Landscape Painting contains a single, stunning example selected from each of the many styles that define the French tradition of depicting scenes in nature. This one-gallery focus show begins with Claude Lorrain’s 17th-century classicism and Boucher’s Rococo fantasy and continues through the 19th century with Valenciennes (Neo-classicism), Rousseau (Barbizon School), Courbet (Realism), Renoir (Impressionism) and Cézanne (Post-Impressionism), and concludes in the early 20th century with the Fauvism of Derain. Free admission.
Degas and the Dance–A Focus Exhibition
Oct. 15, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016, Canaday Gallery
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, on loan from the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts, occupies center stage in this exhibition that revolves around Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (1834–1917), one of France’s leading Impressionists. Originally modeled in wax in 1880-81, the 38-inch tall figure was cast in bronze in 1919–21 and depicts Marie van Goethem, a student in the Ballet School of the Paris Opéra. Twelve other works on the subject of ballet, including bronze sculptures and paintings, will be shown. Among them are TMA’s bronze Study in Nude of Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and pastel The Dancers, as well as important works lent by the Museé d’Orsay in Paris, the Clark Art Institute, and the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, District of Columbia. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with The Toledo Ballet’s 75th annual performance of “The Nutcracker.” Free admission.