December 2015 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Holiday Hours:
Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Jan. 1: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Exhibition Openings

The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Dec. 3, 2015-Feb. 28, 2016, Levis Gallery
The Rise of Sneaker Culture explores the athletic shoe from its origins in the mid-1800s to its current place in high-fashion. This traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, is the first exhibition in the United States 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 comes to Toledo from the Brooklyn Museum (July 10-Oct. 4, 2015) and then travels to the High Museum of Art (June 12-Aug. 14, 2016) followed by the Speed Art Museum (Sept. 10-Nov. 27, 2016). Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

Degas and the Dance
Oct. 15, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016, Canaday Gallery
“People call me the painter of dancing girls,” Edgar Degas reportedly 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. A selection 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 is a 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.

Special Events and Presentations

Figure Drawing Studio Course
Dec. 4: 6-9 p.m.
Interested in advancing your figure drawing skills? This one-time workshop taught by Michael Clink allows students the opportunity to study the human form from a live model and figurative works in the Toledo Museum of Art collection. Previous drawing experience encouraged. Advance registration is required; enroll at toledomuseum.org/learn/classes.

FREE Toledo Ballet Open Rehearsals
Dec. 4 and 18: 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.

FREE Curator Talk: Halona Norton-Westbrook, The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Dec. 5: 2 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Halona Norton-Westbrook leads a tour of the exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture. This traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, is the first exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive survey of the sneaker’s complex design, history and immense cultural significance.

FREE Masters Series Lecture: George T.M. Shackelford, Degas: Dance, Music and Time
Dec. 10: 6 p.m., Peristyle
From the 1860s until the end of his working life in the early 20th century, Edgar Degas devoted much of his time to making paintings, sculpture, pastels, drawings and prints of the dancers who formed the corps de ballet of the Paris Opera. George T.M. Shackelford, author of Degas: The Dancers (1994) and Degas and the Nude (2011), will discuss the origins and development of Degas’s interest in these dancers, placing the Museum’s own Dancers and Rehearsal Room in the continuum of the artist’s series of works. A noted curator, Shackelford is the deputy director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas and a leading scholar of French art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He has lectured at museums and universities across the United States and Europe. In 2005, the Francophile was honored with the title Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters) by the Republic of France. Shackelford’s lecture coincides with the exhibition Degas and the Dance, on view through Jan. 10, 2016.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Kate Liszka, Gems in the Desert: Living, Mining and Surviving in the Egyptian Eastern Desert
Dec. 11: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Kate Liszka, adjunct professor of archaeology at Princeton University, presents a talk about an archeological gem in the desert: Wadi el-Hudi. The fortress was built by Ancient Egyptians to protect their large-scale ancient mining expeditions. The area has some 16 archaeological sites next to amethyst and gold mines with settlements, storage areas and work areas that are remarkably well-persevered and include walls that still stand two meters high. Not only do these walls tell the tale of arduous mining expeditions in extreme environmental conditions, but findings also inform researchers about the Nubians working among the Egyptians. People at these sites also carved over 200 inscriptions that attest both to the historical use of the mines as well as personal levels of literacy and conceptions of their identity.

CANCELLED–FREE Program: The Choreography of Glass
Dec. 17: 6-9 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Warm up and celebrate the season with a program that includes dancing, painting and poetry, inspired by the dance-like movements of glassblowers.

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
Dec. 17: 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.

FREE Exhibition Talk: Marnie Hull, Degas and the Dance
Dec. 19: 2 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Join exhibition assistant Marnie Hull for a discussion of Degas and the Dance.

FREE The Great Art Escape
Dec. 26-Jan. 3, Throughout Museum
The Toledo Museum of Art comes alive during its annual winter celebration The Great Art Escape, themed this year around dance. Bring family and friends to experience the free performances and art activities that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion and Peristyle during the holidays.

FREE Dance Performances
Inspired by the exhibitions Degas and the Dance and The Rise of Sneaker Culture, the galleries and Peristyle will be the locales for live dance performances throughout The Great Art Escape. A variety of genres will be presented, including ballet, swing, Mexican folk, Irish and Indian.

Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
Dec. 26: 2 p.m., Peristyle

El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric
Dec. 27: 2 p.m., Peristyle

Aegela Centers for Middle Eastern Dance
Dec. 31: 2 p.m., Peristyle

Aha! Indian Dance
Jan. 1: 2 p.m., Peristyle

Waltzing with The Antivillains
Jan. 1: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Great Gallery

Toledo Jazz Orchestra with Swing Dancers
Jan. 2: 2 p.m., Peristyle

Toledo Ballet, Awkward Girl
Jan. 3: 2 p.m., Peristyle

FREE Drawing in the Galleries
Dec. 26, 27, 29, 30 and 31: 1-3 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.

FREE Dutch Organ Concert
Dec. 26 and 27, Jan. 1, 2 and 3: 1 p.m., Gallery 24

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
Dec. 26-27, Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 1-3: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

FREE Films

Dance on Film:“The Company”
Dec. 12: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Directed by Robert Altman with the complete cooperation of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, this film is an intimate look into the lives of dancers. “The Company” delves into the excruciating work of practice and rehearsal, the rather unglamorous living situations, the pressure of performance and the sheer beauty of dance at its most exhilarating, kinetic and thrilling. The Dance on Film series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Degas and the Dance, and explores the world of movement through the lens of a motion picture camera.

Dance on Film: “Pina”
Dec. 13: 2 p.m., Little Theater
The boundless imagination and physical marvels of the work of German modern-dance pioneer Pina Bausch jump off the screen in this spectacular tribute by Wim Wenders. A remarkable visual experience and vivid representation of Bausch’s art, “Pina” is an adventurous work of cinema that highlights the bold legacy of one of the world’s true creative visionaries. The Dance on Film series is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Degas and the Dance, and explores the world of movement through the lens of a motion picture camera.

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music: Hip Hop
Dec. 4: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
This edition of It’s Friday! music features hip hop music inspired by the exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

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.

Rejoice Handbell Choir
Dec. 11: 7 p.m., Great Gallery
The Rejoice Handbell Choir of Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania returns to the Great  Gallery for its ever-popular annual performance of holiday favorites.

Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Dec. 17: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
The popular Jazz Under Glass series features monthly performances provided in partnership with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. For program details and to purchase tickets, visit www.arttatumsociety.com.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make holly beads 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.

Holly Beads
Dec. 4: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 11: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 18: 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

Localeyes
Thursdays, Dec. 3 and 17: 6 p.m.
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 toledomuseum.org/calendar beginning Nov. 1.

Dec. 3: Clint McCormick, Mercy Health Glass City Marathon race director
Dec. 17: Tamra Landis, St. Ursula Academy art history teacher

The Art of Seeing Art™
Dec. 4: 6 p.m.
Dec. 11: 7 p.m.
Dec. 18: 6 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Dec. 4: 7 p.m.
Dec. 11: 6 p.m.
Dec. 18: 7 p.m.

Ask Me Hours
Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19 and 26: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays, Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 27: 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion
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 Me at TMA: All That Glitters: Gold and Silver in the TMA Collection
Dec. 5: 1 p.m.
Those with mild memory loss and their companions can enjoy a docent-led tour of objects made with gold and silver. Meet Me at TMA 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.

Family Time Tour
Dec. 6: 3 p.m.

A Brush with Art: Front and Back
Dec. 11: 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.

ToddlerTime Tour:
Dec. 12: 10:30 a.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 toledomuseum.org/learn/toddler-time-tours to sign up.

Baby Tour
Dec. 18: 6 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.

Dec. 1: 2 p.m.
Dec. 2: 2 p.m.
Dec. 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 5: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 6: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 8: 2 p.m.
Dec. 9: 2 p.m.
Dec. 10: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 12: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 13: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 15: 2 p.m.
Dec. 16: 2 p.m.
Dec. 17: 2 p.m.
Dec. 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 19: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 20: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 22: 2 p.m.
Dec. 23: 2 p.m.
Dec. 24: 2 p.m.
Dec. 26: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 27: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 29: 1, 2 and 3 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.

Become a Sketch-er!
Dec. 1 and 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 4: 3:30-8 p.m.
Gear up for the opening of The Rise of Sneaker Culture by sketching sneaker and shoe designs.

Sneaker Art!
Dec. 6: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec 8 and. 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 11:3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture by creating your own version of sneaker art.

Theatrical Creations!
Dec. 13: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 15 and 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 18:3:30-8 p.m.
Create a mini stage along with puppets that move and dance!

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Dec. 18: 6-7 p.m.
Join local artist Joyce Davis as she guides participants through an art project.

Paper Art!
Dec. 20: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 22 and 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 25:Closed for Christmas holiday
Experiment with origami and folding paper snowflakes, exploring a wide variety of creative and festive projects you can make with paper.

Out of the “Tulle” Box!
Dec. 27: Noon-5 p.m.
Dec. 29 and 31: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get inspired by the exhibitions The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Degas and the Dance and join us as we experiment with texture and tulle fabric.

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


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