September 2015 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Openings

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.

Continuing Exhibitions

Play Time
May 22-Sep. 6, 2015, Throughout Museum
In a world that prioritizes work, how do we encourage people of all ages to relish the benefits of play? Play Time celebrates the art of diversion and engages visitors in multi-sensory, interactive installations across the 36-acre Museum campus and in select locations around the city. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica. Free admission.

From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting
July 17-Oct. 11, 2015, Gallery 18
Drawn entirely from the holdings of the Toledo Museum of Art, From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting contains a single, stunning example selected from each of the many styles that define the French tradition of depicting scenes in nature. This one-gallery focus show begins with Claude Lorrain’s 17th-century classicism and concludes in the early 20th century with the Fauvism of Derain. Free admission.

Earthly Beauty
May 29-Sept. 6, 2015, Works on Paper Gallery
Dreamy depictions of worldly beauty, both real and imagined, span from the West Indies to North Wales in this exhibition of watercolor paintings and drawings. Artists from America to India are represented, including Winslow Homer and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The more than 90 works of art on display are assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art collection. Free admission.

Community Gallery

Toys! Toys! Toys!
May 22-Sept. 17, 2015
Local artists celebrate the fun and nostalgia of toys in a variety of mediums, from 3-D to installation work. Free admission.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

Friday Night Chess Club
Sept. 4: 4-8 p.m., Cloister Gallery
With an astounding selection of chess sets from the World Chess Hall of Fame on view in the Play Time exhibition, the Toledo Museum of Art was inspired to transform its Cloister Gallery into a free public chess club every Friday evening from 4 to 8 p.m. through Labor Day weekend. Museum visitors will be able to sit down for a game or watch seasoned players hone their skills.

Art House Film Series: “Rembrandt”
Sept. 11: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Art House is the Toledo Museum of Art’s new Friday film series that presents feature films and full-length documentaries about artists and museums. In the 1936 film “Rembrandt,” Charles Laughton stars as the famous painter. (1936, 83 minutes)

Sunday Family Film Club: “The Painting”
Sept. 13: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In this wryly inventive parable, a kingdom within a painting is divided into three sections. The film follows a young woman, Claire, who runs away and arrives at the very edge of the painting—where she and her companions tumble through the canvas and into the Painter’s studio. They explore picture after picture in a quest to discover just what the Painter has in mind for his creations. [2012, 78 minutes]

Art Book Club: “Wild Swans: The Daughters of China”
Sept. 15: 5:30-7 p.m., Museum Reference Library
Sept. 17: 5:30-7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
In “Wild Swans: The Daughters of China,” Jung Chang distills the essence of 20th century China – the brutality and disillusionment of life under totalitarian communist rule – through the true stories of her, her mother and her grandmother. Banned in China since its publication, Chang’s book became one of the biggest international non-fiction best-sellers ever published. On Tuesday, Sept. 15, join the Art Book Club for discussion of “Wild Swans”; then on Thursday, Sept. 17, enjoy a docent-led tour of Asian art. The Art Book Club is free and open to the public, but registration is requested; email or call 419-254-5770 to sign up.

Film + Live Music Series
The Sound of Silents: “The Adventures of Prince Achmed”

Sept. 17: 7 p.m., Peristyle
“The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” released in 1926, was one of the first full-length animated feature films and remains one of the classics of animation. Meticulously hand-made by director Lotte Reiniger, this enchanting German film uses a shadow puppet technique to tell a story drawn from The Arabian Nights: Prince Achmed’s wonderous and sometimes perilous adventures on a magical flying horse. The program will feature live musical accompaniment on the TMA’s historic Skinner organ.

Curator Talk: Larry Nichols, From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting
Sept. 18: 7 p.m., Little Theater & Gallery 18
Exhibition curator Larry Nichols, the William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, discusses the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection of French landscape paintings on view in Gallery 18.

Curator Talk: Ed Hill and Paula Reich, In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art
Sept. 19: 2 p.m., Works on Paper Gallery
Exhibition curators Ed Hill and Paula Reich lead a discussion of the exhibition In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art, which focuses on representations of performance in art.

Toledo Design Week: Design Briefs
Sept. 24: 7-9 p.m., GlasSalon
Presented by the Toledo Museum of Art and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Toledo, this free public event brings together local entrepreneurs collectively solving design challenges. This evening is part of a Toledo-wide celebration of graphic arts organized by AIGA Toledo. For more information, visit

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music: Dean Tartaglia
Sept. 4: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Green Room
Versatile Toledo-based musician Dean Tartaglia performs in the intimate setting of TMA’s Green Room. Playing saxophone, guitar, and other instruments, Tartaglia was acclaimed for his band Silent Lions and is quickly gathering praise for his new group Secret Space. Paste magazine has called him “the best of what’s next.” It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

FREE Great Performances Series:
Robert Conway, Morton Feldman: Works for Solo Piano
Sept. 20: 3-4 p.m., Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art
Robert Conway, associate professor of piano and music history at Wayne State University and orchestral keyboardist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, performs the work of late 20th-century composer Morton Feldman. The program features a 60-minute performance of For Bunita Marcus, a late work by Feldman, as well as two short pieces, including a work dedicated to painter Philip Guston.

FREE It’s Friday! Music: September Song Sing-Along
Sept. 25: 6:30-8:30 p.m., TMA Community Garden
This a cappella program is a sonic celebration of community that turns audience into performer with rousing group renditions of multi-generational classics, including “Love Me Tender,” “Que Sera Sera” and “September Song.” Snacks from the Museum Café are for sale and a cash bar is available. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

FREE Great Performances Series: Pat & Emilia: A Mixed-Media Chamber Opera
Sept. 27: 3-4 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Enjoy music in the intimate setting of the Cloister Gallery when the Detroit-based ensemble Chamber Music at the Scarab Club performs Pat & Emilia. Staged as a retelling of the lives of Windsor opera singer Emilia Cundari (1930–2005) and photographer Pat Sturn (1910–2011), Pat & Emilia celebrates both new music and traditional opera through the true stories of these gifted artists.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create beads using a torch. This month, make pencil 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.

Sept. 4: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 11: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 18: 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 25: 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

Ask Me Hours
Saturdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27: 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Look for a docent wearing an “Ask Me” button as he or she travels the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.

Meet Me at TMA: From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting
Sept. 5: 1 p.m.
Learn how French artists have portrayed nature over three centuries during this hour-long tour designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. The program is co-sponsored by the Museum, HCR Manor Care, Susan L. Conda and the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

Family Time Tour
Sept. 6: 3 p.m.

ToddlerTime Tour
Sept. 10: 3 p.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 to sign up.

Meet in Libbey Court
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 to be posted to beginning in August.
Sept. 3: 6 p.m.
Sept. 10: 6 p.m.
Sept. 17: 6 p.m.
Sept. 24: 6 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Sept. 4: 7 p.m.
Sept. 11: 6 p.m.
Sept. 18: 7 p.m.
Sept. 25: 6 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Sept. 4: 6 p.m.
Sept. 11: 7 p.m.
Sept. 18: 6 p.m.
Sept. 25: 7 p.m.

A Brush with Art: American Landscapes
Sept. 11: 1 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of American landscape paintings. Following the tour, participants are invited to a classroom for a hands-on portrait making art experience. 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.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Sept. 1: 2 p.m.
Sept. 2: 2 p.m.
Sept. 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 5: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 6: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 8: 2 p.m.
Sept. 9: 2 p.m.
Sept. 10: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 12: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 13: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 15: 2 p.m.
Sept. 16: 2 p.m.
Sept. 17: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 19: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 20: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 22: 2 p.m.
Sept. 23: 2 p.m.
Sept. 24: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 25: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 26: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sept. 27: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 29: 2 p.m.
Sept. 30: 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.

Puppet Play!
Sept. 1 and Sept. 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 4: 3:30–8 p.m.
Create your own puppet using a wide variety of materials and techniques.

Back to Basics: Color Wheels!
Sept. 6: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 8 and 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 11: 3:30-8 p.m.
Review primary and secondary colors as you create your own color wheel using a variety of found objects and recycled materials.

Cut and Paste Landscape!
Sept. 13: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 15 and 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 18: 3:30-8 p.m.
Get inspired by the exhibition From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting and create beautiful scenery using cut and paste techniques.

Splash of Color!
Sept. 20: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 22 and 24: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sept. 25: 3:30-8 p.m.
Experiment with color and fabric using a wide variety of techniques and materials, such as tie-dye, liquid watercolor and fabric markers and crayons.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Nadia Packard
Sept. 25: 6-7 p.m.
Toledo Museum of Art instructor Nadia Packard guides visitors through a special project in the Family Center.

Clay Play!
Sept. 27: Noon-5 p.m.
Sept. 29 and Oct. 1: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 2: 3:30-8 p.m.
Explore air dry clay and create your own work of art to take home.

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

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