Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections
April 15–Sept. 18, 2016, Glass Pavilion
Some of the most stunning works of art in glass from private collections, many of them promised gifts to the Toledo Museum of Art collection, have been assembled for this celebratory exhibition. Featuring more than 80 works, Hot Spot coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Museum’s Glass Pavilion. Complementing TMA’s own focus on glass, the exhibition shows a wide variety of contemporary objects, many never before exhibited publicly. ProMedica is the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor. Free admission.
Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds
April 29–Aug. 7, 2016, Gallery 6
Five painting/collages, a tapestry and a selection of “Field Guide” works by Fred Tomaselli are featured in the Toledo Museum of Art’s third biennial exhibition focused on bird-related art. The exhibition coincides with the Biggest Week in American Birding, which occurs every spring near Toledo on the southern shores of Lake Erie and brings tens of thousands of birders to see a fantastic array of migrating songbirds. This exhibition, the first in this Museum series to feature the work of a single artist, explores birds, visual perception and transcendence in Tomaselli’s work. Free admission.
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 120 masterworks representing Native American communities 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. 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 the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, Taylor Cadillac and Dorothy MacKenzie Price. 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 AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Adventure and Discovery Aboard a Pre-Columbian Raft with Author John Haslett
April 1: 7 p.m., Little Theater
In September 1526, off the coast of what is now modern-day Ecuador, two vessels met on the Pacific Ocean. One was Spanish and most likely a caravel. The other was a balsa raft, carrying “sails and rope as fine as anything in Castile.” The mariners aboard this unusual vessel are today classified as the Manteño-Huancavilca. At their height they numbered roughly 60,000, had at least five major chiefdoms on the coast and had an economy based on sea transportation. Nearly 470 years later, writer John Haslett and his colleagues traveled to a tiny Ecuadorian fishing village to build their own balsa raft, recreating history by embarking on a voyage similar to that of the Manteño-Huancavilca, which resulted in Haslett’s book “The Lost Raft: The True Story of Madness, Mutiny, Mud, Sharks, Shipwrecks, Survival, and Extraordinary Discovery.” Join Haslett for a fascinating look at life aboard a raft at sea during this free lecture.
FREE Curator Talk: Timeless Topics: Love in the Old Masters, Part 2 with Curator Larry Nichols
April 8: 7 p.m., Great Gallery and Gallery 19
Larry Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, continues his exploration of the contemporary relevance of old master paintings in this tour. The second of two presentations, Nichols finds three great love stories in Frans Hals’ Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape and Piero di Cosimo’s The Adoration of the Child.
FREE Slow Art Day
April 9: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., throughout Museum
Slow Art Day is a global all-volunteer event aimed at helping people take the time to discover the joy of looking at and loving art. The Toledo Museum of Art will participate by offering slow-cooked food in the Café, a self-guided brochure to help visitors spend time in the galleries together and docent-led slow looking at works of art at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
FREE Reading: Weweni: Poems in Anishinaabemowin and English with Poet Margaret Noodin
April 9: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Margaret Noodin is an American poet who writes in English and the language of the Anishinaabe, which includes the Odawa, Ojibwa and Algonquin peoples. She is an assistant professor of English and American studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Western Michigan University. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection.
FREE Gallery Games: Art Games!
April 10: 2–4 p.m., Gallery 35
Enjoy art-inspired board games in the gallery for visitors of all ages.
FREE Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: Poetry Ride
April 16: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., meet at Center for Visual Arts
The Toledo Museum of Art’s popular bicycle rides return for another season of thematic explorations of Toledo. This month, Color Wheels celebrates National Poetry Month with a ride to branch libraries in the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library system. Toledo poets from the neighborhood will share their work at each stop.
FREE Lecture: Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections with Curator Jutta Page
April 16: 2 p.m., GlasSalon
Jutta Page, curator of glass and decorative objects at the Toledo Museum of Art, discusses highlights from the new exhibition Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections, which is on view in the Glass Pavilion April 15–Sept. 18. The exhibition is part of year-long celebrations of the Glass Pavilion’s tenth anniversary in 2016.
FREE Design Briefs
April 21: 5:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Presented by the Toledo Museum of Art and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Toledo, this free public event brings together local designers and entrepreneurs to collectively solve design challenges. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the program starts at 6:30 p.m.
FREE Drawing in the Galleries with Local Artist Brach Tiller
April 21: 7–9 p.m., location TBD
Draw with local artist Brach Tiller as he takes inspiration from the Museum’s collection. Brach’s work consists of representational paintings and drawings with a slight existential undertone. He will be receiving a bachelor of fine arts in two-dimensional studies from Bowling Green State University. All supplies are provided, all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Participants should check with staff at information desks for location the day of the program.
FREE AIA-Toledo Society Annual Kurt T. Luckner Lecture: Miniature Masterpieces: The Art of the Mesopotamian Cylinder Seal with Wayne Pitard
April 22: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Mesopotamian cuneiform on clay tablets, the world’s first writing system, was invented as a business tool for keeping records. Most people could not write their names on the documents, since usually only the scribe writing the tablet knew how to read or write. The solution that developed was the creation of small stone cylinders, each with a unique carved design reaching around the barrel that could be rolled across the surface of the tablet and leave an impression that could be identified only with the owner of the seal. Thus seal design quickly became one of the major art forms of ancient Mesopotamia. This lecture will highlight some of these new images and the artistry of the seal makers, while also discussing what these tiny masterpieces can tell us about the development of Mesopotamian religion and culture.
FREE Lecture: Shakespeare’s Second Folio with Ed Hill
April 24: 2 p.m., Gallery 15
Ed Hill, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library special collections librarian, discusses one of the most important volumes in the Toledo Museum of Art’s rare book collection, a copy of the 1632 Second Folio of “William Shakespeare’s Comedies., Histories and Tragedies,” on view in Gallery 15. Prior to Shakespeare’s death in 1616, only eight of his plays had been printed. Were it not for the printing of the First Folio in 1623 and the Second Folio in 1632, the complete works of Shakespeare would have been lost, making the Folios among the world’s great literary treasures.
FREE Fashion Show: Wearable Conditions with University of Toledo Art Department
April 28: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Using bacteria and other pathogens as their muse, University of Toledo students fashion art from the microbial, showcasing wearable art based on diseases, viruses and disorders.
FREE Lecture: Black Ash Basketry with Visiting Artist Kelly Church
April 30: 11 a.m., Little Theater
An acclaimed maker of contemporary and traditional Anishinabe black ash baskets, Kelly Church comes from an unbroken line of basket makers going back countless centuries. In this presentation, she will share the tradition of black ash basketry, the effects of the Emerald Ash borer and current work being done to sustain the tradition. For a limited time, visitors can buy some of Kelly’s black ash baskets and bracelets in the Museum Store.
Black Ash Basketry Workshop with Visiting Artist Kelly Church
April 30: 1–4 p.m., classroom 139
Following a free public presentation at 11 a.m., visiting artist Kelly Church will lead a hands-on workshop teaching traditional black ash basketry techniques using hand-pounded and processed black ash splints prepared by Church and her family. Church is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians in Michigan, and comes from an unbroken line of Anishnabe black ash basket makers—the largest black ash weaving family in the Great Lakes. The workshop is $60 for members and $75 for non-members. Advanced registration is required; participants can sign up online at http://bit.ly/basketworkshop or by phone during office hours (Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 419-255-8000 ext. 7363.
Art House Film Series: “Modigliani of Montparnasse”
April 15: 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. This 1958 feature, directed by Jacques Becker, follows the last year of the famous Italian painter Amedeo Modigliani’s life (1884–1920).
Sunday Family Film Club: “Mia and the Migoo”
April 17: 2 p.m., Little Theater
From the distributors of the Academy Award-nominated “The Secret of Kells” comes the gorgeous second feature from renowned French animator Jacques-Rémy Girerd. Created from an astounding 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation, Mia and the Migoo is breathtaking to behold, with backgrounds that invoke Van Gogh, Monet, and Cezanne. The film is a fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction.
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Ragtime Rick Trio
April 1: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Toledo music legends Ragtime Rick and Banjo Betsy fill the Cloister Gallery with their effervescent sound.
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.
BGSU Chamber Music Competition Winners
April 3: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This program features performances by the winners of the annual Bowling Green State University Chamber Music Competition, and is organized by bassoonist Susan Nelson, BGSU assistant professor of woodwinds.
BGSU Chamber Orchestra
April 10: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
The Bowling Green State University Chamber Orchestra performs under the direction of Emily Freeman Brown, professor of conducting in the College of Musical Arts.
Pianist Michael Boyd
April 17: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Michael Boyd, University of Toledo professor of piano, performs the music of Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt and Crumb.
Shakespeare and Music with Toledo Symphony Orchestra Ensembles
April 24: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This concert pays tribute to William Shakespeare, who died 400 years ago, and his enduring impact on music. Toledo Symphony Orchestra ensembles perform works inspired by Shakespeare that stretch from the 17th century to today. Composers include Purcell, Beethoven and Bernstein.
Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
April 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.
Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make flower 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.
April 1: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 8: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 15: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 22: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 29: 7 and 8 p.m.
Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.
The Art of Seeing Art™
April 8: 6 p.m.
April 14: 7 p.m,.
April 21: 7 p.m.
April 22: 6 p.m.
April 28: 7 p.m.
April 29: 7 p.m.
April 1: 6 p.m.
April 2: 2 p.m.
April 3: 2 p.m.
April 10: 2 p.m.
April 17: 2 p.m.
April 23: 2 p.m.
April 29: 6 p.m.
April 30: 2 p.m.
Ask Me Hours
Friday, April 1: 10 a.m. to noon, Main Museum
Saturdays, April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30: 2–4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays, April 3, 10, 17 and 24: 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: New Contemporary Acquisitions
April 2: 1 p.m.
Explore the Museum’s newest acquisitions of contemporary art. 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
April 3: 3 p.m., meet outside Family Center
April 7, 14, 21 and 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 April 1.
A Brush with Art: Indigenous Beauty
April 8: 1 p.m.
Explore the Museum’s latest exhibition, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection on a docent-led tour of the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. Following the tour, visitors are invited to participate in a hands-on 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.
April 15: 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. Caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome.
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
April 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 2: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 5: 2 p.m.
April 6: 2 p.m.
April 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 8: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 9: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 12: 2 p.m.
April 13: 2 p.m.
April 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 15: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 16: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 17: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 19: 2 p.m.
April 20: 2 p.m.
April 21: 2 p.m.
April 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 23: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 24: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 26: 2 p.m.
April 27: 2 p.m.
April 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 30: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
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.
April 1: 3:30–8 p.m.
Discover the many ways yarn can be used to create a beautiful work of art.
Natural Pigments and Natural Dyes!
April 3: Noon to 5 p.m.
April 5 and 7: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 8:3:30–8 p.m.
Paint using a wide variety of natural materials.
April 10: Noon to 5 p.m.
April 12 and 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 15: 3:30–8 p.m.
Discover the process of weaving by using simple looms and a wide variety of techniques.
Frame by Frame!
April 17: Noon to 5 p.m.
April 19 and 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 22: 3:30–8 p.m.
Get inspired by the Sunday Family Film Club selection “Mia and the Migoo”and its 500,000 hand-painted frames of animation. Then, add to the story using watercolor and watch your artwork come to life on a big screen.
Celebrate Earth Day!
April 24: Noon to 5 p.m.
April 26 and 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 29: 3:30–8 p.m.
Learn the importance of making Earth Day every day as you create wonderful works of art using recycled materials.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center
April 29: 6–7 p.m.
Inspired by world cultures, languages and color, Julie Klear is an American children’s book illustrator, a Fulbright arts educator and designer based in Morocco since 2003. With North Africa as her muse, she has traveled the world sharing personal work and creating new work with children from every walk of life. Join her as she leads a hands-on activity where children create their camel, design its saddle and add the exotic goods it’s carrying on a desert crossing from Timbuktu to Marrakesh.
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NOTE: Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar at www.toledomuseum.org for updates.