Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape
June 17-Nov. 6, 2016, Levis Galleries & Museum Grounds
A major exhibition by renowned artist Jaume Plensa, Human Landscape consists of large outdoor sculptures, including some shown for the first time in the United States, plus indoor installations. Some of the artist’s lesser-known works on paper, 22 drawings and 10 etchings covering a wide chronology, are also part of the exhibition. Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1955, Plensa is recognized for his large figurative sculptures and installations, including one of his most famous, Crown Fountain in Chicago’s Millennium Park. His Spiegel, showing the silhouettes of two massive crouching figures made of a latticework of letters, has been a popular work in the Toledo Museum of Art Welles Sculpture Garden since it was acquired in 2012. Organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape travels to the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida (Jan. 23-May 7, 2016) before finishing its tour at the Toledo Museum of Art. ProMedica is the local sponsor of the exhibition and also the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor. Free admission.
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.
Marathon Reading: James Joyce’s “Ulysses”
June 10: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 11: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 12: 1-4 p.m.
June 14 and 15: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 16: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
This marathon reading will take 32 hours stretched over six days, and invites lovers of literature to enjoy James Joyce’s prose aloud. The author’s “Ulysses,” considered a masterpiece of modernist literature, has endured as much insult as it has praise – labeled both “beautiful” and “blasphemous” in equal turns. But to the author, the stream-of-consciousness novel was merely a portrayal of the everyday. “If ‘Ulysses’ isn’t fit to read,” Joyce once said, “life isn’t fit to live.” The event ends June 16, the day on which the novel is set, with a performance of the Molly Bloom Soliloquy by actress and University of Toledo Associate Theater Lecturer Irene Alby from 6 to 8 p.m.
Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: Sculpture Ride
June 11: 10 a.m., meet at Parkwood entrance of Glass Pavilion
Join a Toledo Museum of Art guide on a bicycle ride exploring Toledo’s great public sculptures. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; to sign up, email email@example.com or call 419-255-8000 ext. 7453.
Performance: Molly Blooms Soliloquy from James Joyce’s “Ulysses”
June 16: 6 p.m., Little Theater
Actress Irene Alby, stage director and associate theater lecturer for the University of Toledo, will give a performance reading of the once-scandalous Molly Bloom soliloquy that concludes James Joyce’s epic novel “Ulysses,” a 20th century retelling of Homer’s “Odyssey” set in 1904 Dublin, Ireland. The soliloquy was one of the primary reasons that the novel was banned in the United States and elsewhere during parts of the 20th century. The performance concludes the Museum’s marathon reading of Ulysses, which takes place June 10-16.
Community Block Party
June 18: 6-10 p.m., Museum Grounds
Thousands filled the Toledo Museum of Art’s campus during last year’s summer block party; this year, the Museum will welcome back summer revelers for the return of the annual celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. The free festivities will feature food trucks selling street snacks, music performances by community groups, and the debut of the campus-wide sculpture exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape.
Artist Talk: Jaume Plensa in Conversation with Associate Director Amy Gilman
June 23: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Renowned Spanish artist Jaume Plensa sits down with the Toledo Museum of Art’s Associate Director Amy Gilman to discuss his exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, which ranges in scale from monumental outdoor sculptures to fragile, intimate works on paper.
Exhibition Talk: Material and Means: The Visionary Worlds of Fred Tomaselli with Works on Paper Curator Robin Reisenfeld
June 25: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Robin Reisenfeld, the Toledo Museum of Art’s new curator of works on paper, explores Fred Tomaselli’s artmaking process and his incorporation of unconventional materials and use of collage. Learn how the artist’s unusual choice of materials informs our interpretation of his works and connects to others in the Museum collection that rely upon unexpected and surprising media. Tomaselli’s works are on view in the Gallery 6 focus exhibition Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds through Aug. 7.
Plensa at Twilight Tours
June 30: 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Take an adults-only tour guided by a docent, where visitors will be given a flashlight to see the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape in a new way – in the dark. From 7 to 8 p.m., enjoy a happy hour, and from 8 to 9 p.m., embark on the tour. Tickets are $15 per person for members, $20 for non-members, and include one drink. Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desk at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing in-person during Museum hours.
Sunday Family Film Club: “The Lorax”
June 12: 2 p.m., GlasSalon
In this computer-animated realization of the Dr. Seuss children’s book classic, a 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The Sunday Family Film Club is a series devoted to screening animated and live-action movies for children and their caregivers for free. (2012, 86 minutes)
FREE It’s Friday! Music: You and the Night and the American Songbook with Sonia and Omaldo Perez
June 3: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Sonia and Omaldo Perez, a singer-pianist duo, perform masterpieces from American popular music’s Golden Age with songs ranging from the effervescent “I Got Rhythm” to the contemplative “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” Celebrate the distinctive musical legacy of such luminary composers as George Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen and many others in the Museum’s Cloister Gallery.
FREE It’s Friday! Music Outdoor Summer Series
Every Friday, June 24-Aug. 28: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds
Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts are moved inside. In the first edition of the series on June 24, enjoy the jazz vocals of Kelly Broadway. For a full list of performers, visit toledomuseum.org/calendar.
Jazz Brunch with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
June 26: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., GlasSalon
The Jazz Brunch, a summer Sunday tradition, returns with swinging music and an inspired morning menu in the GlasSalon. Jazz brunches, presented by the Art Tatum Jazz Society, take place once a month in June, July and August. Details on brunch ticket prices and where to purchase will be available at toledomuseum.org/calendar starting June 1.
Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make strawberry bead 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.
June 3: 7 and 8 p.m.
June 10: 7 and 8 p.m.
June 17: 7 and 8 p.m.
June 24: 7 and 8 p.m.
Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.
Ask Me Hours
Tuesday-Friday, June 7-30: 10 a.m. to noon (main Museum) and noon to 2 p.m. (Glass Pavilion)
Saturdays, June 11-25: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (main Museum)
Sundays, June 5-26: Noon-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
June 7: 11:30 a.m., meet outside Family Center
June 9 and 30: 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 June 1.
The Art of Seeing Art™
June 3: 6 p.m.
June 10: 7 p.m.
June 17: 6 p.m.
June 24: 7 p.m.
June 3: 7 p.m.
June 10: 6 p.m.
June 17: 7 p.m.
June 24: 6 p.m.
Meet Me at TMA: Let There Be Light
June 4: 1 p.m.
Discover the beauty of light through a close look at the Museum’s chandeliers. 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. The tour is sponsored by Yark Automotive and HCR Manor Care.
A Brush with Art: Book Art
June 10: 1 p.m.
Visit the Toledo Museum of Art Library for a behind-the-scenes look with Alison Huftalen, head librarian. Following the tour, visitors are invited to create their own books. 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. The tour is sponsored by Yark Automotive and HCR Manor Care.
June 14: 10:30 a.m.
June 17: 6 p.m.
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; meet outside the Family Center.
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
June 1: 2 p.m.
June 2: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 4: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 5: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 7: 2 p.m.
June 8: 2 p.m.
June 9: 2 p.m.
June 10: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 11: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 12: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 14: 2 p.m.
June 15: 2 p.m.
June 16: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 17: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 18: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 19: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 21: 2 p.m.
June 22: 2 p.m.
June 23: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 24: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
June 25: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
June 26: 1 and 2 p.m.
June 28: 2 p.m.
June 29: 2 p.m.
June 30: 2, 7 and 8 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.
June 2: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 3: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create a work of art using the letters in the alphabet.
Family Center on the Move at the Old West End Festival
June 4: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
June 5: Noon to 5 p.m.
Join the Family Center on the Move at the Old West End Festival when it will temporarily relocate across the street to the Glass Pavilion grounds under the large children’s tent at the local neighborhood festival.
Recycled Bird Houses!
June 7 and 9: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 10: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds, create a bird house using recycled materials.
June 12: Noon to 5 p.m.
June 14 and 16: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 17: 3:30-8 p.m.
Using special light sensitive paper, create a work of art using sunlight.
June 19: Noon to 5 p.m.
Play traditional games like dice and checkers with a GIANT twist! (Weather permitting.)
June 19: Noon to 5 p.m.
June 21 and 23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
June 24: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape and create a landscape using only letters.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center
June 24: 6-7 p.m.
Join jewelry artists, designers and sculptors Lisa and Dan Soltis of LA Jewelry and learn about their work designing everything from jewelry to sculptures for movie studios.
Plein Air Plensa!
June 26: 2-4 p.m.
Create drawings and paintings outdoors under the guidance of an instructor or guest artist. The program is inspired by the Welles Sculpture Garden and works on view in the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. (Weather permitting.)
Symbol Self Portraits!
June 26: Noon to 5 p.m.
June 28 and 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create a self-portrait using only symbols that represent you.
Events are subject to change. Check http://www.toledomuseum.org/calendar for updates