Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part
Sept. 2, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017, Gallery 6
Four hundred years after his death, the Toledo Museum of Art honors the great playwright William Shakespeare with an exhibition exploring The Bard’s band of characters, from the comedic to the tragic. Approximately 30 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs bring the beloved writer’s works to life. Fred Wilson’s sculpture Iago’s Mirror (2009) references “Othello” and Arthur Hughes’s painting Ophelia (1865) takes its subject from “Hamlet.” Other works dramatically represent scenes from “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Troilus and Cressida” and “The Tempest.” Free admission.
I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads
July 14-Nov. 8, 2016, Canaday Gallery
Imagery, music, sound effects, camera angles and words convey the message of political ads – but are they speaking to your heart or your head? I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads explores emotional responses to political ads by decoding the symbols and cues meant to influence viewers. Historic, even shocking, political ads are spotlighted in Canaday Gallery where you can see them dissected frame-by-frame and answer the question, “Would these have impacted my vote?” This exhibition is presented in part by Taylor Cadillac, with additional support from Block Communications, Inc. and 2016 exhibition program sponsor ProMedica. Free admission.
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 and indoor installations. Some of the artist’s lesser-known works on paper, 18 drawings and 6 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. The exhibition is organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. 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 local 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 10th 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.
Performance: Midweek Shakespeare
Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Jan. 4: 2 p.m., Libbey Court
This midweek, mid-afternoon series celebrates the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare, including a reading of all 154 sonnets, famous and lesser-known scenes and monologues, plus music and other Shakespeare-inspired creative works. Participants include students, faculty and actors drawn from the Toledo School for the Arts, the Actors Collaborative of Toledo, the University of Toledo and more.
Reading: Ali: Tribute to an American Artist
Sept. 9: 6 p.m., Little Theater
While the boxer’s death on June 3, 2016 has left countless Americans saddened, many young people are not familiar with the historical and cultural impact of Muhammad Ali’s life, including his influence on modern sports culture and even hip-hop music. Organized by New Works Writers Series, Ali: Tribute to an American Hero will be an artistic/poetic performance and presentation of his life for families, educators and students.
Lecture: Roman Portraiture at the Toledo Museum of Art with Curator Adam Levine
Sept. 10: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Join Associate Curator of Ancient Art Adam Levine as he explores the Toledo Museum of Art’s rich collection of Roman portraiture. Looking at exceptional objects from the Roman period, Levine will discuss the history of the collection as well as the history of the Roman Empire.
Ear | Eye: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Sept. 16: 7 p.m., Gallery One
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series that explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art.
Lecture: Why Ohio Picks the President with Author Kyle Kondik
Sept. 22: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Since 1896, Ohio voters have failed to favor the next president only twice (in 1944 and 1960). What about the Buckeye State makes it so special? In this lecture, Kyle Kondik, author of “The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President” and managing editor for the political forecasting newsletter Sabato’s Crystal Ball, blends data-driven research and historical documentation to explain Ohio’s remarkable record as a predictor of presidential results. A book signing and reception will follow in Libbey Court at 8:15 p.m.. This lecture is presented by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library and the Toledo Museum of Art. The reception will be hosted by the Library Literati.
Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: Dramatic Ride
Sept. 24: 10 a.m., Glass Pavilion Parkwood Entrance
TMA’s popular bicycle rides take a dramatic turn with tragedy and comedy inspired by the exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part.
Lecture: Campaigning for Hearts and Minds: How Emotional Appeals in Political Ads Work with Researcher Ted Brader
Sept. 24: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Ted Brader is professor of political science at the University of Michigan and at the Center for Political Studies in the Institute for Social Research. He is a principal investigator of the American National Election Studies and recipient of multiple grants from the National Science Foundation. Brader’s research and teaching interests include political
psychology, political communication, public opinion and voting behavior. A book signing will follow in Libbey Court.
FREE Eye on the Campaign Celluloid Politico Film Series: “Wag the Dog”
Sept. 1: 7 p.m., Little Theater
“Wag the Dog” (1997, 97 minutes) was directed by Barry Levinson and stars Robert DeNiro, Dustin Hoffman and Anna Heche. Eye on the Campaign Celluloid Politico is a film series sponsored by the University of Toledo’s School of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the Toledo Museum of Art and the exhibition I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads. The screening will be introduced by University of Toledo film student Evan Sennett.
FREE Film: “When We Were Kings”
Sept. 9: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Winner of the Academy Award for best documentary and one of the great sports films, “When We Were Kings” tells the story of the 1974 heavyweight championship bout in Zaire, “The Rumble in the Jungle,” between then-champion George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. (1996, 88 minutes.)
The Sound of Silents: “Body & Soul”
Sept. 15: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Although the 1920s brought him acclaim as a stage actor and singer, Paul Robeson still had to prove himself as a viable screen performer. Mainstream avenues were limited in the Jim Crow era, however, and his first films were made on the peripheries of the film business. Body and Soul, directed by the legendary African American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, questions the power of the cloth, casting Robeson in dual roles as a jackleg preacher and a well-meaning inventor. Admission to The Sound of Silents is free for members and $5 for non-members. Tickets are available at the Toledo Museum of Art information desks.
FREE Art House Film Series: “Goya in Bordeaux”
Sept. 23: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Art House is TMA’s ongoing Friday film series that presents feature films and full-length documentaries about artists and museums. Directed by acclaimed Spanish director Carlos Saura, this historical drama is based on the last years of the celebrated painter Francisco Goya, set during the time he spent in self-imposed exile protesting the King of Spain. (1999, 100 minutes)
FREE It’s Friday! Music
Sept. 2: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister
This monthly series presents the region’s performers, featuring a wide range of musical styles including jazz, pop, world and more.
FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Violinist Caroline Chin
Sept. 11: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features Caroline Chin, violinist and assistant professor of violin at Bowling Green State University.
Toledo Symphony Orchestra, The Blade Chamber Series: Shakespeare Under Glass
Sept. 18: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
The GlasSalon will resonate with brass, woodwinds and strings to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the Museum’s exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part. The concert features works by three composers: Beethoven, Hagen and Owens. Tickets are available by phone at 419-246-8000 and online at toledosymphony.com.
FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Hub New Music
Sept. 25: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Hailed by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exacting,” Hub New Music is a mixed quartet crafting new experiences in 21st-century sound. With a unique instrumentation of two winds and two strings, Hub explores a richly diverse palate of newly commissioned and rarely performed works. The ensemble’s name is inspired by its founding city of Boston, and the notion that a hub is center of creativity and innovation.
Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make charms shaped like mushrooms 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.
Sept. 2: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 9: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 16: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 23: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 30: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 4: 2 p.m.
Sept. 6: 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 10: 12:30 p.m.
A family-friendly tour for all ages. Meet outside Family Center
Sept. 8, 22: 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. Meet in Libbey Court.
Sept. 8: Rhonda Sewell, manager of external and governmental affairs with Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, joined by docent Mary Karazim
Sept. 22: TBD, joined by docent Tonda Koszycki
The Art of Seeing Art™
Sept. 2: 7 p.m.
Sept. 9: 7 p.m.
Sept. 30: 7 p.m.The language of the visual world – whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries – can be a challenge to interpret. Join this gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. Meet in Libbey Court.
The language of the visual world – whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries – can be a challenge to interpret. Join this gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. Meet in Libbey Court.
Sept. 2: 6 p.m.
Sept. 9: 6 p.m.
Sept. 16: 6 p.m.
Sept. 23: 6 p.m.
Sept. 30: 6 p.m.In this new series of gallery experiences, visitors will learn how artists provoke emotion, from hope to fear. The series is inspired by the exhibition
In this new series of gallery experiences, visitors will learn how artists provoke emotion, from hope to fear. The series is inspired by the exhibition I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads. Meet in Herrick Lobby.
A Brush with Art: Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape
Sept. 9: 1 p.m.
Take a closer look at large figurative sculptures and installations by the artist Jaume Plensa. Following the tour, visitors are invited to create their own sculpture in the studio. 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 in part by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive.
Meet Me at TMA: Hot Spot
Sept. 3: 1 p.m.
Discuss the innovative contemporary glass artists in this special exhibition which showcases North American, European, Australian and Asian studio glass. 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 in part by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive.
Sept. 2: 3 p.m.
Sept. 16: 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: 1 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.
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.
Sept. 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 2: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 3: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 6: 2 p.m.
Sept. 7: 2 p.m.
Sept. 8: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 9: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 10: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 13: 2 p.m.
Sept. 14: 2 p.m.
Sept. 15: 2,7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 16: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 17: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 18: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 20: 2 p.m.
Sept. 21: 2 p.m.
Sept. 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 23: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 24: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 25: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 27: 2 p.m.
Sept. 28: 2 p.m.
Sept. 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 30: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Activities at the Family Center are designed for children accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons.
ABC and 123: Back to Basics!
Sept. 4: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 6 and 8: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 9: 3:30-8 p.m.Create a work of art using the alphabet letters and numerals.
Create a work of art using the alphabet letters and numerals.
Glass Inspired Art!
Sept. 11: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 13 and 15: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 16: 3:30-8 p.m.Catch the last days of the exhibition
Catch the last days of the exhibition Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections and create your own glass-inspired art.
First Days of Fall!
Sept. 18: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 20 and 22: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 23: 3:30-8 p.m.As the leaves fall and the air turns crisp, look for signs of the changing season in the TMA collection. Celebrate the first days of fall by creating your own work of art inspired by the collection.
As the leaves fall and the air turns crisp, look for signs of the changing season in the TMA collection. Celebrate the first days of fall by creating your own work of art inspired by the collection.
Sept. 25: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 27 and 29: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept 30: 3:30-8 p.m.Experiment with foam paint, a messy but fun way to learn about primary and secondary colors.
Experiment with foam paint, a messy but fun way to learn about primary and secondary colors.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Hans Rubel
Sept. 30: 6-7 p.m.Join us as we welcome TMA’s own instructor, Hans Rubel as he demonstrates his welding and plasma cutting techniques inspired by the
Join us as we welcome TMA’s own instructor, Hans Rubel as he demonstrates his welding and plasma cutting techniques inspired by the Jaume Plensa: Human Landscapes exhibition.
Sept. 3: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.Play traditional games like dice and checkers with a GIANT twist! (Weather permitting.)
Play traditional games like dice and checkers with a GIANT twist! (Weather permitting.)
Paint by Numbers!
Sept. 1: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sept. 2: 3:30-8 p.m.15Create a work of art inspired by the paint-by-number technique.
Create a work of art inspired by the paint-by-number technique.
NOTE: Events are subject to change. Check www.toledomuseum.org/calendar for updates.