November 2015 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

Degas and the Dance
Oct. 15, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016, Canaday Gallery
“People call me the painter of dancing girls,” Edgar Degas once told Paris art dealer Ambroise Vollard. “It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.” Indeed, in ballerinas Degas (1834-1917) found a subject that would make him one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. Fifteen of his depictions, both in painting and sculpture, are part of the focus exhibition Degas and the Dance, which features works from the Museum’s own collection and the Musée d’Orsay, the Clark Art Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C. The show not only celebrates the prolific painter, but dance itself, with a display of costumes and archival material from the Toledo Ballet in honor of the 75th anniversary of their first Nutcracker performance. A portion of the exhibition will be the recreation of a rehearsal studio, where Museum visitors can watch dance performances or try a ballet pose themselves. Sponsored in part by Welltower, Inc., Christie’s and Taylor Cadillac. Free admission.

In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art
Sept. 18, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, Works on Paper Gallery
Since the dawn of human culture, dancing has been a powerful expression of movement and emotion. It can be part of celebration, formal performance or even religion, and has always been a natural subject for art. Spontaneous or choreographed, private or public, always evolving and ever popular, dance has been a vehicle for artists to study the human body in motion, to lampoon human foibles and to express joy or romance. These and other aspects of dance can be seen in this exhibition, assembled mainly from the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. Free admission.

Community Gallery

T Meme A
Sept. 25-Dec. 4, 2015, Community Gallery
The T Meme A exhibition plays upon the pop culture phenomena of the “Internet meme,” which basically captures a cultural reference that can be manipulated in some way; perhaps politically, philosophically, comically or creatively. For this exhibition, local artists take on the challenge of using the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) as a subject for an artistic meme. Free admission.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

Toledo Ballet Open Rehearsals
Nov. 6 and 20: 6:45-8:30 p.m., Canaday Gallery Dance Rehearsal Studio
Watch dancers from the Toledo Ballet rehearse excerpts from one of their upcoming productions in the dance rehearsal studio that is part of the exhibition Degas and the Dance. The company is preparing for performances of “The Nutcracker,” “The Rite of Spring” and “Awkward Girl,”which wasinspired by the Toledo Museum of Art’s Edgar Degas sculpture Study for Little Dancer of Fourteen Years.

AIA-Toledo Society Annual Dorothy M. Price Lecture: Randall White, The Expressive Culture of Early Humans: Music, Ornaments and Images
Nov. 6: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Around 40,000 years ago, an extraordinary record for symbolic expression emerged in Western Eurasia associated with the Aurignacian culture. Aurignacian arts included instrumental music, graphic imagery in the form of paintings and engravings, sculptural representations in the round and in bas-relief, and a rich assemblage of personal ornaments made of lustrous and tactilely interesting materials such as ivory, amber and soapstone. Randall White, a professor of anthropology at New York University, links these different modes of expression and discusses why they flourished in that particular place and time in human evolution.

Curator Talk: Lawrence Nichols, Timeless Topics: Love in the Old Masters, Part One
Nov. 6: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Lawrence Nichols, the Toledo Museum of Art’s William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, discusses the great love stories found in three Old Master paintings: Nicholas Poussin’s Mars and Venus, Francesco Primaticcio’s Ulysses and Penelope and Jean-Leon Gerome’s Cleopatra and Caesar. The talk is the first of a two-part series on the theme of love in classic works of art.

Toledo Ballet Founder Marie Vogt in Conversation with Museum Director Brian Kennedy
Nov. 7: 11 a.m., Great Gallery
In 1939, Marie Vogt founded the Toledo Ballet, inspiring generations of young dancers. Vogt will talk with Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy about the Toledo Ballet’s rich cultural legacy.

Lecture & Film Screening: Halona Norton-Westbrook, Miss Expanding Universe: Isamu Noguchi’s Designs for Dance with the film “Appalachian Spring”
Nov. 14: 2 p.m., Little Theater
From 1932 until his death in 1988, American artist Isamu Noguchi collaborated with some of the 20th century’s greatest choreographers and composers. His set design for Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” (1944), with music by Aaron Copland, was particularly noteworthy for its spare evocation of buildings and furniture. Noguchi’s first dance collaboration was inspired by a work in the Toledo Museum of Art collection, Miss Expanding Universe (1932), the form of which led to Noguchi’s design for the costume worn by choreographer/dancer Ruth Page in her 1932 production of the same name. Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Halona Norton-Westbrook discusses Noguchi’s sculpture and traces his impact on 50 years of American dance. Following the lecture, the 1958 filmed performance of Martha Graham’s “Appalachian Spring” (32 minutes) will be shown.

Art Book Club: “The Painted Girls”
Nov. 17 and 19: 5:30 p.m.
When Edgar Degas’s sculpture, Little Dancer Aged Fourteen, debuted in Paris, the critical reaction was mixed. Parisians felt some discomfort, even revulsion, at the portrayal of a “ballet rat” – the fourteen-year-old Paris Opera dance student Marie van Goethem – and the realistic representation of a world that had a seedy underbelly. In the Toledo Museum of Art’s Art Book Club selection “The Painted Girls,” author Cathy Marie Buchanan imagines what life was like for Marie and her two sisters during the Paris of the late 1800s, weaving historically accurate realities with fiction as she recreates the world of extreme poverty experienced by many of the era’s ballerinas. On Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m., join a discussion of “The Painted Girls.” Then on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m., take a tour of the exhibition that inspired this month’s selection, Degas and the Dance, with curator Larry Nichols. The Art Book Club is free to join; register by emailing Head Librarian Alison Huftalen at or calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7386.

Drawing in the Galleries
Nov. 19 and 27: 7-9 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Inspired by French Impressionist Edgar Degas, bring your sketchpad and a pencil and create your own drawings of dancers. A local dancer will serve as your model.

Lecture: What Did the Ballerina Hear? The Unheard Music of Degas’s Paintings with Eftychia Papanikolaou
Nov. 21: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Artist Edgar Degas’s dance canvases ooze with “unheard” sounds that transcend the nuanced gestures and uncompromising poses of his ballerinas. By exploring the convergence of music, movement and opera in 19th-century Paris, Eftychia Papanikolaou, associate professor of musicology at Bowling Green State University, suggests possible soundtracks that help fill the aural space of Degas’s dance works. The lecture features live musical accompaniment.

FREE Films

Dance on Film:“An American in Paris”
Nov. 7: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In “An American in Paris,” ‘50s screen stars Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron sing and dance their way through a Technicolor film that features a soundtrack by George and Ira Gershwin. Kelly plays Jerry Mulligan, an American ex-soldier living in Paris and pursuing a career as a painter. He’s torn between the enigmatic French beauty he’s fallen in love with and the wealthy patroness supporting his artistic career in this 1951 musical. (113 minutes)

Dance on Film: “Black Orpheus”
Nov. 15: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Winner of both the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or, “Black Orpheus” (Orfeu negro) brings the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice to the 20th-century madness of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. With its stunning photography and ravishing soundtrack, the 1959 film was an international cultural event that kicked off the bossa nova craze. (100 minutes)

Art House Film Series: “National Gallery”
Nov. 20: 7 p.m., Little Theater Go behind the scenes of one of the world’s great museums, the National Gallery in London. In Frederick Wiseman’s 2014 portrait of the landmark British institution, the audience catches a glimpse into the inner workings of the National Gallery’s staff, its relations with the public, and the masterpieces that hang in its galleries. (181 minutes)

Music Performances

FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery
This classical music series features regional, national and international performers in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery.

University of Toledo Faculty Recital: Italian Songs and Arias
Nov. 1: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This University of Toledo faculty recital features performances by vocalists Denise  Ritter Bernardini, Laura Reaper and Micah Graber.

Lisa Moore, Mad Rush: Piano Music of Philip Glass
Nov. 8: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Virtuoso Lisa Moore, described recently as “one of America’s leading pianists for contemporary music” by The New Yorker, returns to Toledo, this timetoperform solo piano music by Philip Glass from her latest album “Mad Rush.”

Christopher Scholl and Bowling Green State University Voice Faculty
Nov. 22: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Enjoy an afternoon of song with the voice faculty of Bowling Green State University.

FREE TMA Thursday Music: Heavy Color Performance and Record Release Party
Nov. 5: 6:308:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Toledo-based group Heavy Color creates ethereal soundscapes with live percussion, MPC mashing, on the fly sampling, vocals and synthesizers. Combining a soulful electronic hazinesss with the organic textures of African and Latin percussion heavy music, the live performance is accompanied by synchronized projections creating an interactive audio/visual experience.

FREE It’s Friday! Music: Marion Hayden
Nov. 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Legendary Detroit bass player Marion Hayden brings her ensemble to Toledo for an evening of incredible jazz.

Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Nov. 12: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
The popular Jazz Under Glass series returns with monthly performances put on in partnership with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. For program details and to purchase tickets, visit

FREE EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art
Nov. 13: 7 p.m., Gallery 8
The Toledo Museum of Art’s EAR | EYE is a new performance series that explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through performances and casual conversation in the galleries. Enjoy performances by musicians from Bowling Green State University and a discussion led by a Museum curator of the intertwining elements of visual and musical literacy in our increasingly multi-sensory world.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create beads using a torch. This month, make deviled egg shapes 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. It’s Friday! is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Deviled Eggs
Nov. 6: 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 13: 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 20: 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 27: 7 and 8 p.m.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and light snacks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! 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. 13: Two Hard Ciders, Two Bold Reds
Nov. 20: Giving Thanks: Wines to Accompany That Special Dinner

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

Family Time Tour
Nov. 1: 3 p.m.

Ask Me Hours
Sundays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29: 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Saturdays, Nov. 7, 14, 21 and 28: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Look for docents wearing an “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.

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. Participant names are to be posted to beginning November 1.
Nov. 5: 6 p.m.
Nov. 12: 6 p.m.
Nov. 19: 6 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Nov. 6: 6 p.m.
Nov. 13: 7 p.m.
Nov. 20: 6 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Nov. 6: 7 p.m.
Nov. 13: 6 p.m.
Nov. 20: 7 p.m.

Meet Me at TMA: Degas and the Dance
Nov. 7: 1 p.m.
A tour of Degas and the Dance for those with mild memory loss and their companions is co-sponsored by the Toledo Museum of Art, HCR Manor Care, Susan L. Conda and the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information and to register. Pre-registration is requested but not required.

ToddlerTime Tour
Nov. 12: 6 p.m., meet outside Family Center
ToddlerTime Tours, a collaboration between the Museum and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, serve as a sequel to the popular Baby Tours. Children ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers can attend a Library story time themed to connect with a Museum painting; the next week, they’ll get to see it during a hands-on tour at the Museum. Pre-registration is required, but parents can choose to attend one or both programs. Visit to sign up.

A Brush with Art: What’s in a frame?
Nov. 13: 1 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. Following the tour, participants are invited to a classroom for a hands-on art experience. A Brush with Art is a 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. 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
Nov. 20: 3:30 p.m., meet outside Family Center
Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills in this lively 30-minute tour. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. No strollers please.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Nov. 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 3: 2 p.m.
Nov. 4: 2 p.m.
Nov. 5: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 6: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 10: 2 p.m.
Nov. 11: 2 p.m.
Nov. 12: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 13: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 14: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 15: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 17: 2 p.m.
Nov. 18: 2 p.m.
Nov. 19: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 20: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 21: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Nov. 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 24: 2 p.m.
Nov. 25: 2 p.m.
Nov. 27: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 28: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Nov. 29: 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.

Foil Figures!
Nov. 1: Noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 3 and 5: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 6: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by figures in Degas and the Dance, youngsters can create “metal-like” figural sculptures by manipulating aluminum foil.

Ribbon Recital
Nov. 8: Noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 10 and 12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: 3:30-8 p.m.
Make a ribbon wand that twists and turns to the music being played.

Chalk Pastel!
Nov. 15: Noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 17 and 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 20: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the drawing of Edgar Degas, experiment with chalk pastels and create a work of art.

On Pointe!
Nov. 22: Noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 27: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create wonderful works of art that are made up entirely of dots.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Nov. 27: 6-7 p.m., Family Center
Join local dancers Spring Healy and Megan Stoepler as they talk about ballet, share stories and demonstrate dance steps.

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

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