This Week at TMA: Dec. 8–13

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This Week’s Highlights

George T.M. ShackelfordMasters Series: George 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 TMA’s own Dancers and Rehearsal Room in the continuum of the artist’s series of works. Using Degas’s own works and words, with many vivid comparative illustrations, Shackelford will bring Degas’s dance world to life. A noted curator and Degas scholar, Shackelford is the Deputy Director of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors and Yark Automotive Group.

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Generic Great Gallery Cover Photo v2Great Performances in the 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 performance of holiday favorites. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

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dance_on_film_the_companyDance 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 intense pressure of performance, and of course the sheer beauty of dance at its most exhilarating, kinetic and thrilling.


dance_on_film_pinaDance 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.

Current Exhibitions

In_Motion_1200x630In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art

Through Jan. 3, 2016 | Works on Paper Gallery

Dancing is 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.


Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), The Dancers. Pastel on paper, about 1889. 24 ½ by 25 ½ in. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1928.198. In the special exhibition Degas and the Dance, Canaday Gallery, through Jan. 10, 2016Degas and the Dance

Through 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. 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. Degas and the Dance is sponsored in part by Welltower, Inc., Christie’s, and Taylor Cadillac. Additional funding for the exhibition is provided by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and through the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council.

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Through Feb. 14, 2016 | Hitchcock Gallery

Throughout history the city has taken on many visual guises: from romantic images of bright electronic signs reflected in the eyes of someone in awe of its grandeur or steam rising from a sewer grate on a cold winter’s day, to darker views of urban tragedy and the alienation of a life lived amongst strangers. These visions suggest a multitude of experiences for viewers to contemplate, whether they know the life of the city themselves or have only ever imagined it. The themes represented in this exhibition—Architecture & Renewal, Economics & Society, and A Day in the City—are vital and interacting parts of the complex phenomenon that is The City. Architecture is the physical backbone of a city, economics drives the architecture and businesses that help the city to thrive, and the leisurely activities of daily life keep the economy growing. From grand views of famous boulevards to modest glimpses of anonymous corners, from scenes of growth and prosperity to images of decline and disrepair, the works in this exhibition catalog the extraordinary and spectacular life of the city. This exhibition was curated by the University of Toledo’s Art Museum Practices class.


11_Air Jordan 1 From Nike_Ron WoodThe Rise of Sneaker Culture

Through Feb. 28, 2016 | Levis Gallery (Galleries 28A–C)

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. Generous support for the national tour is provided by Macy’s. The local showing is supported in part by Brooks Insurance, KeyBank and Taylor Cadillac. Free admission.

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Programs and Events

Tuesday, Dec. 8

10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Family Center Activities: Sneaker Art!
2 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration

Wednesday, Dec. 9

2 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration

Thursday, Dec. 10

10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Family Center Activities: Sneaker Art!
2 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
6 p.m. | Public Tour: Localeyes with Clint McCormick
6 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)
6 p.m. | Masters Series: George Shackleford, “Degas: Dance, Music, and Time”
7 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
8 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration

Friday, Dec. 11

2 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
3:30 p.m.–8 p.m. | Family Center Activities: Sneaker Art!
6 p.m. | Public Tour: The Art of Seeing Art™
6 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)
7 p.m. | AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Kate Liszka, “Gems in the Desert: Living, Mining, and Surviving in the Egyptian Eastern Desert”
7 p.m. | Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Rejoice Handbell
7 p.m. | Public Tour: The Art of Seeing Art™
7 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
7 p.m. | Art Hours Flameworking: Holly Beads ($)
7 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)
8 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
8 p.m. | Art Hours Flameworking: Holly Beads ($)
8 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)

Saturday, Dec. 12

noon | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)
1 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
2 p.m. | Dance on Film: ‘The Company’
2 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
3 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
4 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)

Sunday, Dec. 13

noon–5 p.m. | Family Center Activities: Theatrical Creations!
1 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
2 p.m. | Dance on Film: ‘Pina’
2 p.m. | Glassblowing Demonstration
2 p.m. | Gallery Games
3 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)
4 p.m. | Art Hours: Candy Canes ($)


Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar for updates. Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.; and is closed Monday and major holidays. 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. Thursday evening hours are sponsored by Huntington Private Client Group. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.


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