February 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Openings

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 nationally by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. It is sponsored locally by ProMedica, Taylor Cadillac and Dorothy MacKenzie Price. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Dec. 3, 2015-Feb. 28, 2016, Levis Gallery
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.

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, untamable 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.

FREE Special Events and Presentations
Masters Series Lecture: Curator David. W. Penney with Collectors Charles and Valerie Diker
Feb. 11: 6 p.m., Peristyle
The Toledo Museum of Art’s Masters Series continues with David W. Penney, guest curator of Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, and collectors Charles and Valerie Diker. Penney is associate director of museum scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian; the Dikers have one of the most renowned private collections of American Indian art. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors and Yark Automotive Group.

Exhibition Celebration: Indigenous Beauty
Feb. 12: 6-9 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Come celebrate the Toledo Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection, which presents 120 extraordinary works from across North America. The event features American Indian performers from Ohio and the Great Lakes region.

Exhibition Talk: David W. Penney on Indigenous Beauty
Feb. 13: 2 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Guest curator David W. Penney leads a tour of the exhibition Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection. Penney is associate director of museum scholarship at the National Museum of the American Indian and an expert in the indigenous art of North America.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Native North America’s First City with Melissa Baltas-Zych
Feb. 19: 7 p.m., Little Theater
The pre-Columbian Native American city of Cahokia (A.D. 1050–1350), located in the floodplain of the Mississippi River near modern-day St. Louis, was the largest city north of Mexico. Cahokia had a unique architectural style that flourished early in the city’s history and was widely emulated where Cahokian influence was felt. Artistic styles and media specific to the city of Cahokia likewise spread, perhaps playing a role in drawing people to the city and in part contributing to the urbanization of Cahokia. This lecture presents archaeologists’ understanding thus far of the art and architecture of Cahokia, its participation in the creation of an urban space, as well as implications of stylistic changes during the waning years of Cahokia. Melissa Baltas-Zych is assistant professor of anthropology in the department of sociology and anthropology at the University of Toledo.

Performance: Radiant City Arts and Toledo Public Schools present Radiant Sole–100 Feet and Rising
Feb. 20: 2 p.m., Levis Gallery
Teens from four Toledo Public Schools, in collaboration with Radiant City Arts, showcase their wide-reaching talents with a program that includes dance-offs, beat battles, poetry slams and visual art in a celebration of the diversity of hip-hop culture and the creative process. Radiant City Arts is an arts education provider specializing in music, poetry and visual arts workshops that develop leadership skills and self-empowerment. Radiant City Arts was founded by visual artist Yusuf Lateef, musician/producer Ben Cohen, and poet/educator Akili Jackson in 2013.

Ekphrastic Writing Workshop with the Ohio Poetry Association
Feb. 20: 1-4 p.m., Room 128
Ekphrastic writing, or writing about art, is the theme of an annual poetry contest at the Toledo Museum of Art. In conjunction with the competition, the Ohio Poetry Association is leading a free workshop for local aspiring and experienced writers alike. During the workshop, you will respond to works of art in the galleries with words. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Space is limited and registration is required; email programs@toledomuseum.org to sign up.

Lecture and Book Signing: Hip-Hop, Innovation and The Rise of Sneaker Culture with Erin O. Patton
Feb. 25: 7 p.m., Little Theater
From the tricked-out cars they drive, technology they adopt and sneaker brands they wear to the beverages they drink, music they listen to and language they speak, the hip-hop generation has had a profound impact on brands, sports and popular culture. Author Erin Patton traces his own journey as a product of hip-hop’s Generation X and provides a front-row perspective as the early architect of Nike’s Jordan Brand. At 8:15 p.m., Patton will sign copies of his book “Under the Influence: Tracing the Hip-Hop Generation’s Impact on Brands, Sports and Pop Culture.”

Late-Night Tour: The Look of Love
Feb. 11 and 12: 9 p.m., meet in Herrick Lobby
Take an adults-only, after-hours tour inspired by the theme of theme of love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Guided by a docent, all visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art in a new way – in the dark! Tickets are $10 per person for members, $15 for non-members, and space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets in person during Museum hours beginning January 11, 2016.

FREE Films
Feb. 4: 7 p.m., Little Theater
From the shores of California to the streets of Tokyo, the 2015 documentary “Sneakerheadz” (the official selection of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival) examines the cultural influence of sneaker collecting around the world and delves into a subculture whose proud members don’t just want to admire art, they want to wear it. “Sneakerheadz” is presented by the Toledo Museum of Art and Toledo.com. (73 minutes)

Sunday Family Film Club: “Three Sweet Blackberry Films”
Feb. 21: 2 p.m., Little Theater
This month, the Sunday Family Film Club presents three short films from Sweet Blackberry, a company that celebrates the accomplishments of African Americans. Narrated by Queen Latifah, “Garrett’s Gift” tells the story of Garret Morgan, inventor of the traffic light. Chris Rock narrates “Dancing in the Light: The Janet Collins Story” about the first African American prima ballerina. “The Journey of Henry Box Brown,” narrated by Alfre Woodard, tells the astounding true story of the slave who mailed himself to freedom in 1848.

Art House Film Series: “Basquiat”
Feb. 26: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Art House is the Toledo Museum of Art’s ongoing Friday film series that presents feature films and full-length documentaries about artists and museums. “Basquiat,” about the meteoric rise and early death of painter Jean-Michel Basquiat in the New York art scene of the 1980s, was directed by visual artist Julian Schnabel, a personal acquaintance of the late artist.

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music: Anna Givens
Feb. 5: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Warm up with Toledo-area vocalist Anna Givens and her ensemble as they perform jazz standards and original compositions.

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.

UT Honors Students Recital
Feb. 14: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
University of Toledo honor students perform classical music.

Baritone Ryan DeRyke and Pianist Michael Boyd
Feb. 21: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Acclaimed singer Ryan DeRyke and University of Toledo faculty member Michael Boyd will present an afternoon of German lieder (art songs).

Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 28: 3 p.m., Gallery One
Toledo-based soprano, educator and community organizer Margaret Barron assembles and impressive array of Toledo performers to celebrate Black History Month.

Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Feb. 18: 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
Feb. 19: 7 p.m., Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents a 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: Toledo School for the Arts Celebrates Black History Month
Feb. 26: Noon to 2 p.m., GlasSalon
Toledo School for the Arts students perform African-American music selected in response to African and African-American works of art in the Toledo Museum of Art collection.

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 $25 for members, $35 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.
Feb. 12: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles: Our Annual Valentine’s Day Celebration*
Feb. 19: Indigenous Spirits: American Wines
Feb. 26: It’s Leap Year: Let’s Celebrate

*The Feb. 12 Wine by the Glass Pavilion event will be held in the Cloister.

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 heart-shaped 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.

Feb. 5: 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 12: 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 19: 8 p.m.
Feb. 26: 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Public Tours
Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

Collection Highlights
Feb. 5: 6 p.m.
Feb. 6: 2 p.m.
Feb. 7: 2 p.m.
Feb. 14: 2 p.m.
Feb. 19: 6 p.m.
Feb. 21: 2 p.m.
Feb. 26: 7 p.m.
Feb. 27: 2 p.m.
Feb. 28: 2 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Feb. 5: 7 p.m.
Feb. 19: 7 p.m.
Feb. 26: 6 p.m.

Ask Me Hours
Saturdays, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays, Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28: 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.

Thursdays, Feb. 4, 18 and 25: 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 Feb. 1.

Meet Me at TMA: Music and Art
Feb. 6: 1 p.m.
Discuss the connection between music and art and listen to a performance by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s jazz ensemble. Meet Me at TMA is a 60-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

Family Time Tour
Feb. 7: 3 p.m.

A Brush with Art: Poetry and Art
Feb. 12: 1 p.m.
Explore the connections of art and prose during a docent-led tour of the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. Following the tour, visitors are invited to participate in a collaborative poetry project. A Brush with Art is a 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

Baby Tour
Feb. 19: 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.
Feb. 2: 2 p.m.
Feb. 3: 2 p.m.
Feb. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 5: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 6: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 7: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 9: 2 p.m.
Feb. 10: 2 p.m.
Feb. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 12: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 13: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 16: 2 p.m.
Feb. 17: 2 p.m.
Feb. 18: 2 p.m.
Feb. 19: 2 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 20: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 21: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 23: 2 p.m.
Feb. 24: 2 p.m.
Feb. 25: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 26: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 27: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Feb. 28: 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.

If the Shoe Fits!
Feb. 2 and 4: 10 a.m.to 3 p.m.
Feb. 5: 3:30-8 p.m.
Trace your feet and design a shoe that you might like to wear.

Foam, Felt and Fabric!
Feb. 7: Noon to 5 p.m.
Feb. 9 and 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Feb. 12: 3:30-8 p.m. Using foam, felt and fabric, design your own work of art.

Art and Sole!
Feb. 14: Noon to 5 p.m.
Feb. 16 and 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Feb. 19: 3:30-8 p.m.
Check out the last days of the exhibition The Rise of Sneaker Culture and create a work of art using only your foot print and shoe print.

Celebrate Black History Month!
Feb. 21: Noon to 5 p.m.
Feb. 23 and 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Feb. 26: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the Sunday Family Film Club screening of “Three Sweet Blackberry Films,” which highlight achievements by African Americans, make your own inventions and creations and proudly display them for all to see.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Feb. 26: 6-7 p.m. Meet father-son team Ram and Dakota Lee as they show off their many artistic talents, from designing their own tattoos to art school adventures!

Patterns and Texture!
Feb. 28: Noon to 5 p.m.
Create your own work of art inspired by the patterns and textures found in the exhibition Indigenous Beauty.

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

2 Responses to “February 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights”

  1. In the past the Museum has offered the opportunity and honor for local artist to participate in shows at the Community Gallery. I faithfully look for those call for entries to be posted in the newsletter but have not seen any lately. Am I missing the postings, or has the Museum discontinued the program, or possibly just put it on hold for the moment?

    It is such a magnificent opportunity as an artist, one that I take great pride in when accepted, so I am hoping the program continues and that I have somehow just missed the entry calls.

    I appreciate your time in responding.
    Debra Buchanan

  2. Stephanie Elton says:

    Hi Debra!

    Thanks for letting us know about your enthusiasm for the Community Gallery. Through the end of the school year (June 2016), the Community Gallery will be displaying works created by students enrolled in the Museum’s art classes as well as those created by participants in the ArtReach program. More information about upcoming Community Gallery shows will be available on our website in the coming months.

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