January 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Openings

The American West: Photographs of a New Frontier
Jan. 15-May 15, 2016, Works on Paper Gallery
In The American West: Photographs of a New Frontier, a portrait of one of the world’s great, untameable muses emerges: the landscape of the Western United States. Ansel Adams, Timothy O’Sullivan and Carlton Emmens Watkins are a few of the photographers represented by the approximately 70 works on display, which also document the technical advances made in photography from the 1860s to today. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

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 exhibition is sponsored nationally in part by Macy’s, and locally by Brooks Insurance, KeyBank and Taylor Cadillac. Free admission.

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.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

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.

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.

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

Waltzing with The Antivillains
Jan. 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon

Toledo Ballet Open Rehearsal
Jan. 1: 6:45-8:30 p.m., Canaday Gallery

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

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

Dutch Organ Concert
Jan. 1, 2 and 3: 1 p.m., Gallery 24

Glassblowing Demonstrations
Jan. 1-3: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Exhibition Party: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Jan. 2: 6-10 p.m., Main Museum
Put on your best sneakers and celebrate The Rise of Sneaker Culture at this Museum bash, which features DJs, dance and sneaker fashion. Free admission.

Interactive Event: Build Your Outfit: Sneaker Fashion Show
Jan. 7: 7 p.m., Levis Galleries
Pull together your finest shoe-to-cap look and enter this audience fashion show. Those who create the best looks with their sneakers will be eligible to win prizes.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: “Sorcery in the Soil: Finding Magic at Graeco-Roman Karanis in Egypt” with Professor Andrew Wilburn
Jan. 15: 7 p.m., Little Theater
People often imagine magic around every corner of the ancient village: old women who curl fingers around thumbs to avoid the evil eye, ill townspeople seeking spells and cures from the local wise woman at the edge of town, or ne’er do-wells enchanting young girls with more than their good looks. Indeed, individuals in the ancient world frequently employed magic to achieve solutions to everyday problems as well as unusual crises. By integrating the study of archaeological objects, their contexts and documentary sources, it is possible to reconstruct and understand magic rituals as part of a lived environment. This lecture will focus on archaeological evidence from the Graeco-Roman site of Karanis in Egypt to identify and interpret two groups of magical objects: a burned figurine intended to compel the love of a victim, and a cache of painted bones deposited for mysterious reasons. Drew Wilburn is chair of archaeological studies and Irvin E. Houck associate professor in the humanities at Oberlin College.

Lecture: “Streets is Watching: Shoes as Status Symbol from the Ancient World to Today” with Ben Ewy
Jan. 16: 2 p.m., Little Theater
The height of shoes was one way to distinguish gods from mortals in ancient Greek tragedies, and shoes today continue to convey messages about status. Sneaker collector and designer Ben Ewy is director of the Hamilton Way for Carhartt, where he focuses on innovation, research and development for the global workwear brand. Ewy has taught courses on sneaker culture and brings to this program his insights on 2,500 years of fashion and footwear.

FREE Films

City Film Double Feature: “Chinatown” and “Blade Runner”
Jan. 8: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., Little Theater
“Chinatown” (1974, 130 minutes) and “Blade Runner” (1982, 117 minutes) are two highly stylized films that explore the dark mood and labyrinthine architecture of Los Angeles. The movies were selected for the screening by University of Toledo students and are presented in conjunction with the exhibition The City, on view in the Hitchcock Gallery.

Dance on Film Series: “La Petite Danseuse de Degas”
Jan. 9: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Choreographer Patrice Bart plunges into the Paris Opera Ballet’s past and brings artist Edgar Degas’ famous “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years” to life in this performance of “La Petite Danseuse de Degas” captured on film. From the rehearsal rooms to the Cabaret du Chat Noir, this ballet conjures up a colorful era and the lively backstage world of a theater. (2010, 112 minutes)

Sunday Family Film Club: “Jumanji”
Jan. 17: 2 p.m., Little Theater
When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it as well as a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game. (1995, 104 minutes)

The Sound of Silents Film and Live Music Series: Laugh, Clown, Laugh
Jan. 21: 7 p.m., Peristyle
For Lon Chaney’s 1928 tragic-romance “Laugh, Clown, Laugh,” composer Frank Pahl has written a brand-new score that will receive its world premiere by Pahl and his band Little Bang Theory performing on toy instruments and the Museum’s historic Skinner organ. In the film, Chaney plays Tito, a travelling circus clown who falls in a big way for the beautiful young Simonetta.

Art House Film Series: Moulin Rouge
Jan. 29: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Art House is the Museum’s ongoing Friday film series that presents feature films and full-length documentaries about artists and museums. This 1952 Hollywood production was directed by John Huston and stars José Ferrer as French painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music
Jan. 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
The Antivillains with special guest Seth Bernard will perform.

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.

Pianist Phillip Aaron Clark and Mezzo-Soprano Kristin Eder
Jan. 10: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Pianist Philip Aaron Clark and mezzo-soprano Kristin Eder perform songs composed or premiered in Paris during artist Edgar Degas’s lifetime, including songs by Manuel de Falla, Gabriel Fauré and Claude Debussy, as well as opera arias by Georges Bizet, Jules Massenet, Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saëns. The program ranges from the seldom performed “Trois Melodies” by De Falla to crowd-pleasing “Habenera” from Carmen.

BGSU Brass Faculty
Jan. 17: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Organized by trombonist and chair of music performance studies William Mathis, this concert features Bowling Green State University brass faculty members.

Stravinsky in the Peristyle
Jan. 23: 2 p.m., Peristyle
On January 23, 1935, Igor Stravinsky (billed as composer-pianist) performed in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle while on a tour of America with violinist Samuel Dushkin. Their extraordinary program of Stravinsky’s own works will be recreated 81 years later on the same stage by pianist Michael Boyd (University of Toledo) and violinist Merwin Siu (Toledo Symphony Orchestra).

Pianist Vicky Chow
Jan. 31: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Acclaimed new music pianist Vicky Chow performs a solo piano set featuring some of her personal favorite works by contemporary composers. The Canadian pianist has been described as “brilliant” by The New York Times, “a monster pianist” by Time Out New York and “one of the new stars of new music” by the Los Angeles Times. She is the pianist for the New York-based sextet Bang on a Can All-Stars and a member of GRANDBAND, a six keyboard ensemble. Most recently she gave the North American premiere of Steve Reich’s work “Piano Counterpoint” and the world premiere of a new evening length work by artist/composer Tristan Perich for solo piano and 40 channel 1-bit electronics titled “Surface Image.”

Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Jan. 14: 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.

FREE EAR | EYE: Listening to and Looking at Contemporary Music and Art
Jan. 22: 7 p.m., Wolfe Galleries
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents a new performance and discussion series that explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art.

FREE Performance: Hardcore Detroit presents Hip Hop 101
Jan. 28: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
The performance group Hardcore Detroit sets in motion a non-stop, interactive break dance battle and introduction to hip hop dance forms, including popping, locking, jit dance and more.  Hardcore Detroit is a product of the Detroit subculture cultivated through the experiences and vision of designer/dancer Haleem “Stringz” Rasul, winner of a prestigious 2010 Kresge Foundation Artist Fellowship.

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 snowman 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.

Snowmen
Jan. 22: 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 29: 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Jan. 1: 6 p.m.
Jan. 7: 7 p.m.
Jan. 8: 7 p.m.
Jan. 14: 7 p.m.
Jan. 15: 6 p.m.
Jan. 21: 7 p.m.
Jan. 22: 7 p.m.
Jan. 28: 7 p.m.
Jan. 29: 6 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Jan. 1: 7 p.m.
Jan. 2: 2 p.m.
Jan. 3: 2 p.m.
Jan. 8: 6 p.m.
Jan. 9: 2 p.m.
Jan. 10: 2 p.m.
Jan. 15: 7 p.m.
Jan. 16: 2 p.m.
Jan. 17: 2 p.m.
Jan. 22: 6 p.m.
Jan. 23: 2 p.m.
Jan. 24: 2 p.m.
Jan. 29: 7 p.m.
Jan. 30: 2 p.m.
Jan. 31: 2 p.m.

Ask Me Hours
Saturdays, Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays, Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31: 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.

Family Time Tour
Jan. 3: 3 p.m.

Localeyes
Thursdays, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28: 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 posted to toledomuseum.org/calendar beginning Jan. 1.

Jan. 7: Dave Urbank, TMA coordinator of internal events, with TMA Docent Tom Isley
Jan. 14: James Jacobs, owner of Travel Adventures, with TMA Docent Susan Palmer
Jan. 21: Saundra Irvine, chef and radio host of Fat cat Cooking, with TMA Docent Ann Strickler
Jan. 28: Dan Hernandez, University of Toledo assistant professor of art, with TMA Docent Mary Karazim

Meet Me at TMA: Clocks and Father Time
Jan. 9: 1 p.m.
Those with mild memory loss and their companions can enjoy a docent-led tour of clocks in the Museum’s collection. 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.

A Brush with Art: The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Jan. 15: 1 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of the Toledo Museum of Art’s latest exhibition, The Rise of Sneaker Culture. Following the tour, participants are invited to a classroom for a hands-on art experience where they will decorate their own pair of shoes. 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
Jan. 15: 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.

ToddlerTime Tour
Jan. 16: 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.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Jan. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 2: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 19: 2 p.m.
Jan. 20: 2 p.m.
Jan. 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 23: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 24: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 26: 2 p.m.
Jan. 27: 2 p.m.
Jan. 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 30: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 31: 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.

Out of the Box!
Jan. 3: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 5 and 7: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Jan. 8:3:30-8 p.m.
Get inspired by the designs on a shoe box, then design your own shoe to go inside the box!

Snow Prints and Snowscapes!
Jan. 10: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 12 and 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 15:  3:30-8 p.m.
Create a work of art inspired by winter and the marks that are created in the fresh falling snow.

Fun and Games!
Jan. 17: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 19 and 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 22:  3:30-8 p.m.
Become a character from your favorite game and bring that character to life using costumes and storytelling inspired by the film “Jumanji,” which will be screened in the Museum’s Little Theater at 2 p.m. on Jan. 17 as part of the Sunday Family Film Club series.

Family Center Mural!
Jan. 24: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 26 and 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 29:  3:30-8 p.m.
Add your mark to the Family Center mural inspired by the exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Jan. 29: 6-7 p.m.
Meet mural organizer Rachel Richardson and artist Yusuf Lateef and see what goes into planning, designing and making a public art mural. Then add your mark to the Family Center Mural displayed in the Museum. Richardson and Lateef have worked with area artists to paint murals throughout central city neighborhoods with the help of community volunteers and area sponsors.

If The Shoe Fits …
Jan. 31: Noon to 5 p.m.
Trace your feet and design a shoe that you might like to wear.


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

Corrections: These exhibitions already happened in January 2016.

June 9, 2016


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