August 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

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?” 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., 2016 exhibition program sponsor ProMedica and creative partner Madhouse.

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 six 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 traveled 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 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.

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.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Plein Air Poetry: Reading William Blake
Aug. 11: 7 p.m., Museum Grounds
Join this summer evening celebration of nature, art and language on the grounds of the Toledo Museum of Art with a reading of the mystical verse of poet and artist William Blake, one of Jaume Plensa’s favorite writers. (Plensa’s works are featured in the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape on the Museum’s grounds.)

FREE Guest Artist Pavilion Project Talk: “Beautiful Pig: Process and the Archive” with Ben Schoenberger
Aug. 12: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Photographer, social activist and Akron University instructor Ben Schoenberger discusses the role of artist as researcher. Through his analysis of objects that connect us to violence – from brass knuckles to Hitler’s bath plug – Schoenberger aims to show that an artist can infiltrate and redefine the context of images. Schoenberger is the Toledo Museum of Art’s August Guest Artist Pavilion Project resident. In addition to speaking, he will be working in the Glass Studios to experiment with the medium throughout his visit.

FREE Lecture: “Artists Poets and Poet Artists” with Head Librarian Alison Huftalen
Aug. 18: 7 p.m., TMA Library in the Center for Visual Arts
Alison Huftalen, the Museum’s head librarian, discusses one of artist Jaume Plensa’s favorite poets, William Blake. Plensa, whose works can be seen in the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, cites Blake as a major influence. Huftalen also explores other artists and poets who are known for visual work that incorporates text or vice versa.

FREE Family Program: Plensa Parade and Picturesque Picnic
Aug. 21: Noon to 5 p.m., Museum Grounds
Join the parade of letters and numbers and a cast of other characters as we journey around the Toledo Museum of Art in search of the perfectly picturesque picnic. Hands-on artmaking, music and much more are part of this family celebration of the work of Jaume Plensa.

FREE Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: I Approve This Message Precinct Ride
Aug. 27: 10 a.m., Meet at Glass Pavilion Parkwood entrance
Explore the eccentric boundary of a political precinct with stops at the major party precinct headquarters as they ramp up for the Nov. 8 election. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition I Approve this Message: Decoding Political Ads, space is limited and pre-registration is required. To sign up, email or call 419-255-8000 ext. 7453.

Plensa at Twilight Tours
Aug. 25: 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 Films
The Films of Godfrey Reggio
Aug. 4-5: Times, locations vary
A singular artist and activist, Godfrey Reggio is best known for the galvanizing films of “The Qatsi Trilogy.” Astonishingly photographed and featuring unforgettable, cascading scores by Philip Glass, these are immersive sensory experiences that meditate on the havoc humankind’s obsession with technological advancement has wreaked on our world. From 1983’s “Koyaanisqatsi” to 2002’s “Naqoyqatsi,” Reggio takes us on a journey from the ancient to the contemporary, from nature to industry, exploring life out of balance, in transformation, and at war, all the while keeping our eyes wide with wonder. “The Qatsi Trilogy” will be screened in the majestic inner space of the Peristyle Theater, while “Anima Mundi” and “Visitors” will take viewers outside to experience these films beneath the stars.

“Koyaanisqatsi” (1983, 86 minutes)
Aug. 4: 5:30-7 p.m., Peristyle
“Powaqqatsi” (1988, 99 minutes)
Aug. 4: 7:30-9:30 p.m., Peristyle
“Naqoyqatsi” (2002, 89 minutes)
Aug. 4: 10-11:30 p.m., Peristyle
“Anima Mundi” (1992, 28 minutes)
Aug. 5: 9 p.m., Glass Pavilion
“Visitors” (2013, 87 minutes)
Aug. 5: 9:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Sunday Family Film Club: “James and the Giant Peach”
Aug. 28: 2 p.m., GlasSalon
An orphan with terrible aunts for guardians befriends human-like bugs who live inside a giant peach and take the boy on a journey to New York City. (1996, 84 minutes.)

Music Performances

Jazz Brunch with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Aug. 7: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., GlasSalon
The Jazz Brunch, a summer Sunday tradition presented by the Art Tatum Jazz Society, presents All in the Family featuring Ben Wolkins, Ric Wolkins and Dave Tippet. Each ticket includes access to the live morning music performance, as well as brunch and a free beverage of your choice: mimosa, white wine, or non-alcoholic drink. Tickets are $38 and available at

24-Hour Music Marathon: Bach Around the Clock
Aug. 13: 6:41 a.m. to Aug. 14: 6:42 a.m., Museum and Museum Grounds
Enjoy the music of Johann Sebastian Bach in this 24-hour live music marathon, with performances by Toledo Symphony Orchestra musicians and others from the region led by Merwin Siu, principal second violinist for the TSO. Additional support and programming is provided by ADJ•ective New Music. The program beings at dawn on Saturday, Aug. 13 and ends at dawn on Sunday, Aug. 14 outside of the GlasSalon. A 24-hour pass to all the related programs is $36 (Museum members and TSO members will receive a free t-shirt); individual tickets for Bach’s Mass in B Minor are $20 for adults and $5 for students. For details on performance locations or a link to purchase tickets, visit

FREE It’s Friday! Music Outdoor Summer Series
Every Friday, Aug. 5-26: 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

Aug. 5: Sarah D’Angelo, Glenn Tucker and Michael Palazzolo present Songs for the Earth
Aug. 12: Raq the Casbah
Aug. 19: Skip Turner Band
Aug. 26: Howlin’ Mercy

Art Hours: Flameworking
Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make ice cream sandwich-shaped 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.

Ice Cream Sandwich
Aug. 5: 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 12: 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 19: 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 26: 7 and 8 p.m.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion
Enjoy four wines and paired hors d’oeuvres from 6:30–8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or at the information desks. Featured wines are also available for sale by the bottle. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Aug. 12: Salud! Spanish Wines
Aug. 19: C’est Magnifique: French Wines
Aug. 26: Arrivederci D’estate: Italian Wines

FREE Public Tours
Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

Ask Me Hours
Tuesday-Friday, Aug. 2-31: 10 a.m. to noon (main Museum) and noon to 2 p.m. (Glass Pavilion)
Saturdays, Aug. 6-27: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (main Museum)
Sundays, Aug. 7-28: Noon to 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
Aug. 2: 11:30 a.m., meet outside Family Center

Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25: 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 beginning June 1.

Aug. 4: Rhonda Sewell, external and governmental affairs manager at Toledo Lucas County Public Library
Aug. 11: Jori Jex, executive director of the Valentine Theatre
Aug. 18: Ben Cohen, musician
Aug. 25: TBD

The Art of Seeing Art™
Aug. 5: 7 p.m.
Aug. 12: 6 p.m.
Aug. 19: 7 p.m.
Aug. 26: 6 p.m.
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 docent-led tour to see the details through thoughtful close looking and participate in discussion.

Collection Highlights
Aug. 5: 6 p.m.
Aug. 12: 7 p.m.
Aug. 19: 6 p.m.
Aug. 26: 7 p.m.
Meet in Libbey Court. 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.

A Brush with Art: Vacation
Aug. 5: 1 p.m.
Aug. 12: 1 p.m.
Explore new locations without leaving the Museum gallery and view works of art reminiscent of summer vacations. Following the tour, visitors are invited to participate in a hands-on activity. 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: Passport to Ancient Times
Aug. 6: 1 p.m.
Travel around the Museum’s Classic Court to explore ancient cultures, including Egyptian and Etruscan, through their artistic creations. 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.

Baby Tour
Aug. 16: 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 19: 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.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Aug. 2: 2 p.m.
Aug. 3: 2 p.m.
Aug. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 5: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 6: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 7: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 9: 2 p.m.
Aug. 10: 2 p.m.
Aug. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 12: 2 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 13: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Aug. 14: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 16: 2 p.m.
Aug. 17: 2 p.m.
Aug. 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 19: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 20: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Aug. 21: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 23: 2 p.m.
Aug. 24: 2 p.m.
Aug. 25: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 26: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Aug. 27: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Aug. 28: 1 and 2 p.m.
Aug. 30: 2 p.m.
Aug. 31: 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.

Aug. 2 and 4: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 5: 3:30-8 p.m.
Suminagashi, meaning “floating ink,” is a Japanese marbling technique used to create a vibrant and colorful work of art using water and ink.

Family Center on the Move!
Aug. 7: Noon to 5 p.m.
Join the Family Center outside on the Museum Grounds for fun and games for the whole family!

Kinetic Art!
Aug. 9 and 11: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 12: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create art that moves using a wide variety of techniques.

Plein Air Plensa!
Aug. 14: 2-4 p.m.
Create drawings and paintings outdoors under the guidance of an instructor or guest artist. Inspired by the Welles Sculpture Garden and sculptures in the outdoor exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. (Weather permitting.)

Colorful Conversations!
Aug. 14: Noon to 5 p.m.
Aug. 16 and 18: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 19: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create a conversation between two people without using words, only colors on paper.

Letter and Symbol Sculptures!
Aug. 21: Noon to 5 p.m.
Aug. 23 and 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Aug. 26: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape, create a sculpture using letters ad symbols.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Maura Amato
Aug. 26: 6-7 p.m.
Join Maura Amato as she shows us a new spin to the classic Paint by Numbers painting technique that was started in Toledo, Ohio.

Giant Games!
Aug. 28: Noon to 5 p.m.
Play traditional games like dice and checkers with a GIANT twist! (Weather permitting.)

Paint by Numbers!
Aug. 28: Noon to 5 p.m.
Aug. 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Create a work of art inspired by the paint-by-number technique.

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