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 ponder, dissect and answer the question, “Would these have impacted my vote?” Even if you think you never want to see another political ad again, this nonpartisan, take-no-prisoners exhibition is unexpected, spirited and surprising. It will give you new insights into what you see and hear during the U.S. presidential election season. This exhibition is presented in part by Taylor Cadillac, with additional support from Block Communications, Inc. and 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
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, 17 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. 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 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 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.
FREE Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: Historic Toledo
July 9: 10 a.m., meet at Glass Pavilion Parkwood entrance
Join a Toledo Museum of Art guide on a bicycle ride exploring Toledo’s rich history. Space is limited and pre-registration is required; to sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 419-255-8000 ext. 7453.
FREE Exhibition Talk: Scaling Sculptures: Exploring Artistic Playgrounds with Mellon Fellow Christina Larson
July 9: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Slides and swings are great, but a new generation of playgrounds have been developed by artists that encourage physical activity, creativity and interactivity. These playgrounds double as sculptures that are both aesthetic objects and functional for play. Christina Larson, the Museum’s Andrew W. Mellon fellow, will explore a selection of these artistic playgrounds that have inspired the Museum to consider its own plans for an artistic playground on its campus.
FREE Exhibition Tour: I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads with Assistant Director Adam Levine and Guest Curator Harriett Levin Balkind
July 16: 2 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Join Adam Levine, the Museum’s assistant director and exhibition co-curator, and Harriett Levin Balkind, guest co-curator and founder of HonestAds, as they decode this exhibition and help you navigate fear, anger, pride, hope and other emotions that political ads use to override your rationality. HonestAds is a nonpartisan nonprofit working to bring people into-the-know about political advertising.
FREE Irish Dance Performance: Great Lakes Feis Parade of Champions
July 23: 7 p.m., Peristyle
This show features the top three placing champion dancers from each age group at the Great Lakes Feis competition held at the Seagate Convention Center earlier in the day. Regional performers from the Ardan Academy of Irish dance will also take part.
FREE National Dance Day Celebration with Circle 2445
July 30: 9 a.m. to noon, Museum Terrace and Grounds
Celebrate National Dance Day on the Toledo Museum of Art’s majestic main terrace. Learn this year’s highlighted dance, then explore different dance styles at locations across the Museum campus. This event is presented by the Toledo Museum of Art and Circle 2445, a volunteer group aiming to increase engagement with the Museum.
Plensa at Twilight Tours
July 28: 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.
FREE Film in the Great Outdoors: “For All Mankind”
July 15: 9 p.m., Museum Grounds
Al Reinert’s stunning documentary “For All Mankind” will be presented outside on the Museum grounds. The film tells the story of the 24 men who traveled to the moon, told in their own words, in their voices, using the images of their experience, accompanied by a serenely evocative musical score organized by Brian Eno. (1989, 80 minutes)
FREE Film: Orson Welles’ “Don Quixote”
July 17: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Over the course of the upcoming year, the Toledo Museum of Art will present the work of acclaimed film director Orson Welles, including masterpieces such as “Citizen Kane” as well as rarely-seen and even never-completed projects such as “Don Quixote.” In the 1950s Welles began work on a film adaptation of the novel by Cervantes (who died 400 years ago in 1616) but the project was never finished. His assistant director, Jesse Franco, compiled the footage, adding some material to create a suggestion of the film that Welles never realized. This intriguing snapshot into what could have been is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape.
FREE The Sound of Silents: “The Blue Bird”
July 21: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Wildly inventive and effortlessly enchanting, Maurice Tourneur’s legendary 1918 fantasy “The Blue Bird” combines spectacular costumes, lavish sets and ingenious camera effects in a wholly original American silent film masterpiece. Tourneur’s film takes two young children on an allegorical voyage that bridges the chasm between the conscious and the unconscious. The film’s score will be performed live on the Museum’s historic Skinner organ.
Film and Live Music: “Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016” with Thollem Electric and ACVilla
July 21: 9 p.m., GlasSalon
Through a series of “moving stills,” accompanied by a live original soundtrack, Silver Ochre: Who Are US 2016 illustrates early twenty first-century America captured by two perpetually travelling artists. From March to November, Thollem Electric and ACVilla will be touring the lower 48 states. As the duo travels around the country, they will record moments and places in each state, weaving the new footage into the original version of the film. The music evolves spontaneously, influenced by a lifetime of traveling this extremely multi-cultured country. For more information on the project, visit silverochre.com/who-are-us-2016.html. Tickets for this performance will be available mid-June; visit toledomuseum.org/calendar for more information.
FREE Sunday Family Film Club and Family Program: “Bird is the Word”
July 24: Noon to 5 p.m., GlasSalon and Museum Grounds
Celebrate our fine-feathered friends with this family program inspired by the work of artists Jaume Plensa and Fred Tomaselli. Make art, write poems and take it easy with an indoor picnic in the GlasSalon as you watch the classic family film “Fly Away Home” (1996, 107 minutes) starring Jeff Daniels and Anna Paquin as a father and daughter who attempt to lead a flock of orphaned Canada Geese south by air.
FREE Program: Hear This, a Toledo Listening Party
July 7: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Inspired by artist Fred Tomaselli’s love of music and his long-tradition of record parties, the Museum hosts its own community listening event. Bring your favorite tune, happiest recent discovery or whatever other single piece of music you’d like to share on whatever format you have: vinyl, cassettes, CDs or electronic devices. Tomaselli’s works can be seen in the exhibition Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds.
Jazz Brunch: Art Tatum Jazz Society presents Dave Kosmina with New Orleans Party Asylum
July 10: 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. Presented by the Art Tatum Jazz Society, Jazz Brunches 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 July 1.
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. For a full list of performers, visit toledomuseum.org/calendar.
July 1: It’s Essential (pop/soul/jazz/standards)
July 8: Wendall Harrison Jazz Ensemble (jazz and world music)
July 15: Hepcat Revival (swing/big band)
July 22: Old State Line (Americana/roots/folk/country)
July 29: The Grape Smugglers (Blues/R&B/rock/soul)
FREE Great Performances: André Mehmari, “Solo Piano: Improvisation through the Ages”
July 31: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
From the earliest days of classical music, many composers such as Scarlatti, Bach and Beethoven were also skilled keyboard improvisers. With “Improvisation Though the Ages,” Brazilian pianist and composer André Mehmari takes listeners on a journey that spans more than 300 years of music, showing the close relationship between composition and improvisation as artists move forward with their ideas. Mehmari is an acclaimed artist in his native Brazil and a winner of major awards in both classical and popular music.
Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make wine glass charms 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.
Wine Glass Charms
July 1: 7 and 8 p.m.
July 8: 7 and 8 p.m.
July 15: 7 and 8 p.m.
July 22: 7 and 8 p.m.
July 29: 7 and 8 p.m.
Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.
Ask Me Hours
Tuesday-Friday, July 1-31: 10 a.m. to noon (main Museum) and noon to 2 p.m. (Glass Pavilion)
Saturdays, July 2-31: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (main Museum)
Sundays, July 3-31: 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.
The Art of Seeing Art™
The language of the visual world – whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries – can be a challenge to interpret. Join this docent-led tour to see the details through thoughtful close looking and participate in discussion.
July 1: 6 p.m.
July 8: 7 p.m.
July 15: 6 p.m.
July 22: 7 p.m.
July 29: 6 p.m..
The Toledo Museum of Art’s collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. Join this docent-led tour to discover important, popular and outstanding works of art, including paintings and sculptures in our galleries.
July 1: 7 p.m.
July 8: 6 p.m.
July 15: 7 p.m.
July 22: 6 p.m.
July 29: 7 p.m.
Meet Me at TMA: Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds
July 2: 1 p.m.
Visit the special exhibition Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds to view bird-related art and take a closer look at the detailed depiction of these beautiful creatures. 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.
Family Time Tour
July 5: 11:30 a.m., meet outside Family Center
July 7, 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 June 1.
A Brush with Art: Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections
July 8: 1 p.m.
Discover examples of innovation in this special exhibition that showcases studio glass from private and corporate collections. Following the tour, visitors are invited to view a glass making demonstration. 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.
July 15: 6 p.m.
July 19: 10:30 a.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.
July 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 2: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 5: 2 p.m.
July 6: 2 p.m.
July 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 8: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 9: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 12: 2 p.m.
July 13: 2 p.m.
July 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 15: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 16: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 17: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 19: 2 p.m.
July 20: 2 p.m.
July 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 23: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 24: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 26: 2 p.m.
July 27: 2 p.m.
July 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 30: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 31: 1 and 2 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.
Symbol Self Portraits!
July 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create a self-portrait using only symbols that represent you.
Family Center on the Move!
July 3: Noon to 5 p.m.
Join Family Center on the Move outside on the Museum Grounds for fun and games for the whole family.
Bubble Prints and Blow Painting!
July 5 and 7: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 8: 3:30-8 p.m.
Using a variety of painting techniques, create explosions of color on your paper.
July 10 and 31: 2-4 p.m.
Play traditional games like dice and checkers with a GIANT twist! (Weather permitting.)
July 10: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 12 and 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 15: 3:30-8 p.m.
Add your mark to our outdoor chalk mural and create a colorful chalk work of art to take home.
Plein Air Plensa!
July 17: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Create drawings and paintings outdoors under the guidance of an instructor or guest artist. Activities are inspired by the Welles Sculpture Garden and sculptures in the outdoor exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. (Weather permitting.)
July 17: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 19 and 21: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 22: 3:30-8 p.m.
From Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs to the Greek alphabet, use a wide variety of ancient alphabets and symbols to spell out your secret message.
Family Fun Day: Bird is the Word!
July 24: Noon to 5 p.m.
All About Birds!
July 24: Noon to 5 p.m.
July 26 and 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
July 29: 3:30-8 p.m.
Observe the representations of nature in the exhibition Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds and create your favorite feathered friend using a wide variety of materials.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Justin Overholt
July 29: 6-7 p.m.
Join local artist Justin Overholt as he shows off his sculptural talent, then try your hand at a variety of fun, family-friendly sculptural techniques.
July 31: Noon to 5 p.m.
Japanese for “floating ink,” suminagashi is a marbling technique used to create a vibrant and colorful work of art using water and ink.