The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story
Oct. 28, 2016-Feb. 12, 2017, Gallery 18
The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were a product of the World War I aid effort. The porcelain factories at Limoges and Sèvres put wounded soldiers, unemployed artisans and young men back to work making French novelties. Out of their production came this collection of 78 fashion figures, depicting French style from A.D. 493 to 1915. The dolls were purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey at the Permanent Blind Relief Fund’s Allied Bazaar in New York, in what was hailed as the “greatest single purchase made at the Allied Bazaar.” (The dolls sold for $30,000, the equivalent of about $680,000 today.) The Libbey Dolls are connected with Jacques Doucet, a prominent French couturier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He created the dolls’ clothing using inspiration from works of art by great French artists like Nicolas Lancret and Louis-Léopold Boilly, as well as drawings and engravings from late 19th-century fashion publications. The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story explores the extraordinary story of this collection while showcasing French fashion design and the strong connection between fashion and the art world.
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, photographs and illustrated books 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. 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. 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. Human Landscape 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.
FREE 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.
FREE Lecture: Fact-Challenged: Finding Truth and Accuracy in a Fact-Resistant World with American Press Institute’s Jane Elizabeth
Oct. 1: 2 p.m., Little Theater
As a senior manager at the American Press Institute, Jane Elizabeth works to improve and expand accountability journalism. In this lecture, she discusses the challenges journalists face in reaching voters with the facts during a fact-challenged campaign advertising season. The talk is presented in conjunction with the exhibition I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads, on view through Nov. 8, 2016.
Oct. 6: 9 p.m., Hot Shop
What will be made? You decide. Get silly in the glass studio with an after-hours, improvisational presentation by the Toledo Museum of Art’s glassblowing team. The artists will blow and sculpt work as interesting as your instructions. Maybe it’s a robot monkey with fish for hands? A yellow school bus with hamburger wheels? Flex your creativity and test our artist’s limits. This program is presented as part of Holy Toledo Laughfest. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit toledomuseum.org/calendar.
FREE AIA–Toledo Society Lecture: The Archeology of Beer with Christine Hastorf
Oct. 7: 7 p.m., Little Theater
National Archaeological Institute of America lecturer Christine Hastorf, a professor of anthropology at University of California-Berkeley, discusses the ancient craft of brewing beer. Co-sponsored by TMA and the American Institute of Archaeology–Toledo Chapter.
FREE Lecture: How Music Helps Elect the President with Mark Clague
Oct. 8: 2 p.m., Little Theater
The power of music to inspire devotion and mobilize individuals to action is no less evident in electoral politics than on the football field. University of Michigan musicologist Mark Clague will discuss how music has responded to and even shaped presidential contests in the United States in this election-season parade of presidential classics and musical missteps, showcasing songs ranging from 19th-century political parody to today’s pop anthems that transfer chart popularity to popular votes.
Improvised Shakespeare Company
Oct. 8: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Based on one audience suggestion, the Improvised Shakespeare Company creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned, rehearsed or written. The night could reveal a tragedy, comedy or history. Presented as part of Holy Toledo Laughfest and in conjunction with the Museum’s exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part. Tickets are $20 each and are available via eventbrite.com by searching for “The Improvised Shakespeare Company.”
FREE Master Series Reading: Poet Paul Durcan
Oct 13: 6 p.m., Peristyle
One of the most celebrated voices in contemporary Irish literature, poet Paul Durcan presents an illustrated dramatic reading of work from his new book, Wild, Wild Erie. The collection of 50 poems is inspired by works he selected from the Toledo Museum of Art’s world-class collection, and marks his first collaboration with an American museum. Unsparingly satirical, Durcan’s strikingly visual poetry often tackles social and political hypocrisies, but also can be intensely personal, mining his own relationships and everyday experiences to paint vivid, unorthodox, even surreal – but always deeply humanist – in scenes. As passionate about art as he is about writing, Durcan has previously composed poetry inspired by the collections of the National Gallery of Ireland (“Crazy About Women,” 1991) and the National Gallery, London (“Give Me Your Hand,” 1994). A book signing follows the presentation in Libbey Court. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors; the publication of Wild, Wild Erie is sponsored in part by the Stephen D. Taylor Family Foundation.
FREE Guest Artist Pavilion Project Lecture: Doreen Garner
Oct. 14: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
The visual challenges that sculptor and performance artist Doreen Garner presents in her work could be called beautifully grotesque. Garner surveys sexuality, gender and race in sometimes shocking form. In her Toledo Museum of Art Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) lecture, the Rhode Island-based Garner will discuss her work in glass inspired by her research on Hela cells and Henrietta Lacks. “Hela cells were taken in the 1950s from a tumor inside the cervix of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman living in Baltimore,” Garner said. “They were used without her knowledge for medical advancement as the first and only immortal cell line.” Visitors can observe Garner at work in the Hot Shop Oct. 14-16 during Museum hours.
FREE Reading: Paul Durcan Presents Wild, Wild Erie
Oct. 15: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Lauded Irish poet Paul Durcan returns to give a second reading of his newest work, Wild, Wild Erie, a collection of 50 poems inspired by the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. This Saturday morning experience gives a second opportunity to experience the delightful wordsmith’s theatrical presentation (his first presentation was during Thursday evening’s Masters Series). The publication of Wild, Wild Erie is sponsored in part by the Stephen D. Taylor Family Foundation.
Art in Food
Oct. 21-30: Times vary, throughout Museum
Food’s role as inspiration to artists and Instagram enthusiasts alike is explored during Art in Food, a nine-day festival at the Toledo Museum of Art. Presented by the TMA Ambassadors, a Museum fundraising group, the late October celebration invites local designers to create tablescapes inspired by works of art in the gallery. A chef lecture and a Glass Pavilion family celebration are among the fundraising events planned. Art in Food coincides with the Glass Pavilion’s tenth anniversary and honors the architectural gem’s history. The event is presented by the TMA Ambassadors and sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and Rudolph Libbe. For details on Art in Food ticket prices, dates and times, visit toledomuseum.org.
Community Food Drive
Oct. 16-30, During Museum Hours
Museum visitors are encouraged to donate canned food for local families in need. The donations will be displayed in the Grove Place Studio for all to see the community’s generosity.
Lecture: The White House State Dinner: Lessons in Soft Power with Chef Bill Yosses
Oct. 21: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Bill Yosses, a Toledo native and founder of Kitchen Garden Laboratory, served as the White House executive pastry chef under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. With his insider’s perspective, he intertwines anecdotes about his time at the White House under two administrations – one Republican, one Democrat – with a discussion about how understanding the food we eat on a molecular level can help create a food-literate America. Tickets for the lecture can be purchased on eventbrite.com.
Gala: Glass Alive! Celebrating a Decade featuring the Glass Fashion Show
Saturday, Oct. 22: 7-10 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Toledo Museum of Art’s architectural gem, the Glass Pavilion, at a swanky party featuring an edgy fashion show and an auction of ten glass sculptures made in the Museum’s Hot Shop. Award-winning international glass artist Laura Donefer, known for her innovative, boundary-pushing work, will lead glass artists down the catwalk during the Glass Fashion Show. Dress code is black-tie optional. Tickets are $125 per TMA member and $150 per nonmember, and are available via eventbrite.com.
FREE Glass Pavilion Birthday Celebration
Oct. 23: Noon to 5 p.m.
Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Glass Pavilion with a family-friendly celebration. Hands-on art activities, a 2 p.m. screening of “Ratatouille,” birthday cake and music are available for children to enjoy. A beer and wine garden, architectural tours of the Glass Pavilion (at 1 and 3 p.m.), a book signing of the new TMA publication “The Glass Pavilion | The Toledo Museum of Art,” food trucks and a farmer’s market are available for adults. The event is free and open to the public.
FREE Tablescape Tours
Oct. 27 and 28: 7 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30: 2 p.m.
Take a closer look at the tablescapes created by local artists and designers, and learn more about the art that inspired them.
Bartender Battle: Mixed! hosted by Circle 2445
Thursday, Oct. 27: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
The area’s best local bartenders face off to see who can make the most inspired drink. Tickets are $30 per Circle 2445 member and $40 per nonmember, and are available via eventbrite.com.
Taste of the Arts: Dinner Under Glass
Friday, Oct. 28: 6:30-10 p.m., GlasSalon
Museum Chef Joe Felix and Curator Jutta Page present a five-course gourmet dinner inspired by the Museum’s glass collection. A wine sommelier will present each course’s paired wine. Dress code is black-tie optional. Tickets are $200 per TMA member and $225 per nonmember, and are available via eventbrite.com.
FREE Lecture: The Impact of the Visual with Don Levy
Oct 27: 6 p.m., Little Theater
Don Levy, a media, entertainment and technology executive/advisor, discusses the persuasive power of visual effects, illusion and perception. He will show how the images that we see, whether on the big screen in movies, on television or in print/online, present a distorted reality and challenge our ability to separate fact from fiction.
Eye on the Campaign Celluloid Politico Film Series: “A Face in the Crowd”
Oct. 6: 7 p.m., Little Theater
“A Face in the Crowd” (1957) tells the story of an Arkansas drifter who is discovered by the producer of a small radio station and becomes an overnight media sensation, ultimately rising to great fame and influence on national television. But after becoming consumed by his power, will he ever be exposed as the fraud he has become? 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. Matt Yokey, University of Toledo associate professor of film, will introduce this edition of the series.
Film: “Chimes at Midnight”
Oct. 16: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Thought by many to be the crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary film career, “Chimes at Midnight” was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff – the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal – here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both “Henry IV” plays as well as “Richard II,” “Henry V,” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Welles created a gritty and unorthodox Shakespeare film, one that he intended, he said, as “a lament . . . for the death of Merrie England.” (1966, 116 minutes.)
The Sound of Silents: “Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”
Oct. 20: 7 p.m., Peristyle
In 1920, one brilliant silent movie jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. That movie was “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” a plunge into the mind of insanity that severs all ties with the rational world. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community. This program features Stephen Warner playing the score live on the Museum’s historic Skinner organ. Admission to The Sound of Silents is free for members and $5 for non-members. Tickets are available during Museum hours at the Toledo Museum of Art information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448. (1920, 75 minutes.)
Art House Film Series: “The Picture of Dorian Gray”
Oct. 28: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Based on the novel by Oscar Wilde and directed by Albert Lewin, “The Picture of Dorian Gray” tells the story of a corrupt young man who somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. (1945, 110 minutes.)
It’s Friday Music: Estar Cohen + Strings
Oct. 7: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Toledo native Estar Cohen performs “What We Can’t Know About Forever,” a collection of her new original compositions. The program will feature a string quartet along with Cohen’s jazz quintet, the Estar Cohen Project. In “What We Can’t Know About Forever,” Cohen continues her exploration in poetry and composition with a deep curiosity for the stories that define us.
Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Pianist Pablo Amoros
Oct. 9: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Spanish pianist Pablo Amoros returns to the Toledo Museum of Art with a program of music by 19th-, 20th- and 21st-century composers.
Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make candy corn-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.
Oct. 7: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 14: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 21: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 28: 7 and 8 p.m.
Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.
Oct. 6, 20: 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 Oct. 1.
The Art of Seeing Art™
Oct. 7: 7 p.m.
Oct. 14: 6 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 docent-led tour to see the details through thoughtful close looking and participate in discussion.
Oct. 7: 6 p.m.
Oct. 14: 6 p.m.
In these docent-led public tours, 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.
A Brush with Art: Art Tells a Story
Oct. 14: 1 p.m.
Visual artists use plot, character and setting to tell a story. Tell your own story in the galleries, inspired by a work of art. 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: Peristyle
Oct. 1: 1 p.m.
Discover the Museum’s classical concert hall and take a closer look at the details reminiscent of theaters of ancient Greece. 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.
Oct. 7: 3 p.m.
Oct. 15: 1 p.m.
Oct. 21: 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.
Oct. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 4: 2 p.m.
Oct. 5: 2 p.m.
Oct. 6: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 11: 2 p.m.
Oct. 12: 2 p.m.
Oct. 13: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 14: 2 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 15: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 18: 2 p.m.
Oct. 19: 2 p.m.
Oct. 20: 2 p.m.
Oct. 21: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 22: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 25: 2 p.m.
Oct. 26: 2 p.m.
Oct. 27: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 29: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 30: 1 and 2 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.
Oct. 2: Noon to 5 p.m.
Oct. 4 and 6: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 7: 3:30-8 p.m.
Catch the last days of the exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape and create a sculpture using a wide variety of materials.
Oct. 9: Noon to 5 p.m.
Oct. 11 and 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 14: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by National Chess Day on October 9, design your own board game.
“If I Were President …”
Oct. 16: Noon to 5 p.m.
Oct. 18 and 20: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 21: 3:30-8 p.m.
In your own words and illustrations, imagine how you could change the world if you were elected president!
Art in Food!
Oct. 23: Noon to 5 p.m.
Oct. 25 and 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 28: 3:30-8 p.m.
Search the galleries for delicious depictions of food in works of art, then create your own food-inspired art using a variety of materials.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Mary Gaynier
Oct. 28: 6-7 p.m.
Meet local artist Mary Gaynier and see how she transforms an ordinary ball of clay into a magical monster.
Family Center on the Move: Glass Pavilion Celebration!
Oct. 23: Noon to 5 p.m.
Join us in the Glass Pavilion as we celebrate its 10-year anniversary.
NOTE: Events are subject to change.