Toledo Museum of Art Exhibitions: July 2015-June 2016

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Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection

Through July 5, 2015, Gallery 18

The Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio, holds the largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. More than 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.

The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes

Through July 5, 2015, 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.

Play Time

Through Sept. 6, 2015, 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 opened Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica. Free admission.

Earthly Beauty

May 29-Sept. 6, 2015, Works on Paper Gallery

Dreamy depictions of worldly beauty, both real and imaged, span from the West Indies to North Wales in this exhibition of watercolor paintings and drawings. Artists from America to India are represented, including Winslow Homer and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The works of art are drawn entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art collection. Free admission.

From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting

July 17-Oct. 11, 2015, Gallery 18

Drawn entirely from the holdings of the Toledo Museum of Art, From the Collection: 300 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, continues through the 19th century with Valenciennes (Neoclassicism), 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

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. Ten other works by Degas 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 on loan from the Museé d’Orsay in Paris, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is presented in celebration of The Toledo Ballet’s 75th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” and will include a section of memorabilia and costumes from the ballet. Free admission.

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture

Dec. 3, 2015-Feb. 28, 2016, Museum Gallery TBD

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture explores the tennis shoe from its first iterations in the 1830s to the high tops of 2015. This traveling exhibition, curated by the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, is the first in North America to present a comprehensive survey of the sneaker’s complex design history and immense cultural significance. The Toledo Museum of Art is the only Ohio venue for this show, which will be on display at the Brooklyn Museum (July 10-Oct. 4, 2015) and the Speed Art Museum (Sept. 5-Dec. 1, 2016). Free admission.

Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection

Feb. 12-May 8, 2016, Canaday Gallery

Drawn from Native American art collected by Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection features more than 100 masterworks representing tribes across the North American continent. Shaped by the Dikers’ passion for American Indian art and culture, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility honed by their long engagement with modern and contemporary art, this superb Native American art collection is renowned as one of the largest, most comprehensive and most exquisite in private hands. A number of recent acquisitions never before seen publicly are showcased. Organized by the American Federation of Arts, this exhibition is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. The touring show will be seen at the Seattle Art Museum (Feb. 12-May 17, 2015); the Amon Carter Museum of Art (July 5-Sept. 13, 2015); and Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University (Oct. 8, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016), as well as at the Toledo Museum of Art. Free admission.

Collectors’ Glass (working title)

April 15-Sept. 4, 2016, Glass Pavilion

Some of the most stunning works of art in glass from private and corporate collections throughout Ohio and Michigan have been assembled for this unique exhibition. Featuring approximately 70 sculptural works – selected for their high quality and artistic significance – Collectors’ Glass coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion. Complementing TMA’s own focus on glass, the exhibition shows a wide variety of contemporary and historic objects, many never before exhibited publicly. Free admission.

Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape

June 17-Nov. 6, 2016, Wolfe Gallery (Main Museum) and Glass Pavilion Grounds

A major exhibition by world renowned artist Jaume Plensa, Human Landscape consists of seven large outdoor sculptures, including some shown for the first time in the United States, plus indoor installations that include a stainless steel curtain through which visitors can walk. Some of the artist’s lesser-known works on paper, 22 drawings and 10 etchings covering a wide chronology, also are part of the exhibition. Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1955, Plensa is internationally recognized for his large figurative sculptures and installations that produce enchanting and mystifying visions of the human form as landscape. His Spiegel, showing the silhouettes of two massive crouching figures made of a latticework of letters, has been a popular work in the TMA Welles Sculpture Garden since it was acquired in 2012. Organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape will travel to the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida before finishing its tour at the Toledo Museum of Art. A fully illustrated color catalog will be available for purchase. Free admission.

Note: Exhibitions are subject to change.


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