Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 35
Nov. 5, 2016-Jan. 22, 2017, Great Gallery
Contemporary Mexican-born artist Gabriel Dawe’s textile installations have adorned gallery spaces around the world, most recently as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. These ethereal indoor rainbows prompt us to examine public spaces in a new, fantastical light. The artist’s next installment in the series will be titled Plexus no. 35, and will be created especially for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. Sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors.
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.
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.
FREE Special Events and Presentations
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.
AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: “Carnelian Bead Production and Trade in the Indus Civilization and Adjacent Regions” with J. Mark Kenoyer
Nov. 4: 7 p.m., Little Theater
J. Mark Kenoyer, director of the Center for South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will discuss the development of early stone bead technology in South and West Asia, circa 7000-2000 B.C. The main focus will be on the exploitation and trade of carnelian, a form of iron-rich chalcedony that was used for making beads, pendants and inlay. Bead production technology will be compared between the Indus Valley and adjacent regions such as Arabia, Mesopotamia, the Levant and Egypt. This new research provides early evidence for long-distance exchange in technological knowledge and raw materials.
Artist Talk: Plexus no. 35 with Gabriel Dawe
Nov. 5: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Artist Gabriel Dawe is in demand across the country for his beautiful textile installations, exhibiting most recently at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. His ethereal indoor rainbows prompt us to examine our spaces in a new light. In this free talk, the Mexico City native will discuss his inspiration for the Plexus series, specifically Plexus no. 35, whichhe created for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery, in a conversation with Director of Collections Halona Norton-Westbrook. The installation of Plexus no. 35 is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors, a group of Museum fundraisers.
Lecture: “On a Role: Shakespeare’s Characters Imagined” with Curator Christina Larson
Nov. 12: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Christina Larson, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Mellon fellow and curator of the focus exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part, gives a talk on the imaginative images of the Bard’s beloved characters. She will discuss artwork in the exhibition and other favorite Shakespearian scenes.
Eye on the Campaign Celluloid Politico Film Series: “Bulworth”
Nov. 3: 7 p.m., Little Theater
In the 1998 film “Bulworth,” a senator facing financial ruin (played by Warren Beatty) contracts a hit man to kill him so that his family can collect on his insurance policy. Awaiting death, he becomes bluntly honest with voters and, inspired by his new love for Nina (Halle Barry), rethinks his suicide. 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 Associate Professor of Film Holly Hey. (1 hour 48 minutes)
Shakespeare on Film: “Throne of Blood”
Nov. 6: 2 p.m., Little Theater
A vivid, visceral “Macbeth” adaptation, “Throne of Blood,” directed by Akira Kurosawa, sets Shakespeare’s definitive tale of ambition and duplicity in a ghostly, fog-enshrouded landscape in feudal Japan. As a hardened warrior who rises savagely to power, Toshiro Mifune gives a remarkable, animalistic performance, as does Isuzu Yamada as his ruthless wife. “Throne of Blood” fuses classical Western tragedy with formal elements taken from Noh theater to create an unforgettable cinematic experience. (1957, 1 hour 49 minutes)
Shakespeare on Film: “The Tempest”
Nov. 19: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Shot on location at the ancient and ghostly Stoneleigh Abbey, “The Tempest” is Derek Jarman’s acclaimed 1979 film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s final play. The film tells the story of Prospero the magician, who lives with his daughter on an enchanted island and punishes his enemies when they are shipwrecked there. Essentially a study of political power in the guise of a fairy tale, in Jarman’s hands, “The Tempest” becomes an original and dazzling spectacle mixing Hollywood pastiche, high camp and gothic horror. (1979, 1 hour 35 minutes)
Art House Film Series: “Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould”
Nov. 25: 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. “Thirty Two Short Films about Glenn Gould,” a documentary about acclaimed and eccentric Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, is broken up into 32 dramatized short films (mirroring the thirty-two part structure of Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” the recording that Gould made famous), each delving into an aspect of Gould’s life and career. The Art House Film Series is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.
(1993, 1 hour 38 minutes)
Family Fun Day Film: “Mary Poppins”
Nov. 25: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Julie Andrews stars in this classic musical about a magical nanny who gives two London children wisdom through song. (1964, 2 hours 20 minutes)
Shakespeare on Film: “Forbidden Planet”
Nov. 27: 2 p.m., Little Theater
A pioneering work of science fiction filmmaking, “Forbidden Planet” retells the story of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” on the surface of Planet Altair-4 with Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira as the interplanetary stand-ins for Prospero and Miranda. Presented in conjunction with the focus exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part. (1956, 1 hour 38 minutes)
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Lori Lefevre
Nov. 4: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
This monthly series presents the region’s performers, featuring a wide range of musical styles including jazz, pop, world and more.
Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society: Guy Mintus
Nov. 10: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
The popular Jazz under Glass series continues with monthly performances in partnership with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.arttatumsociety.com.
FREE Ear | Eye: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Nov. 11: 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.
FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Vocalist Chelsea Cloeter
Nov. 13: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Soprano Chelsea Cloeter holds a master of music degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Westminister Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, and is an adjunct assistant professor at Bowling Green State University. An experienced soloist, she has appeared with the Tucson Pops Orchestra, Albany Pro Musica, Milwaukee Choral Artists and numerous university ensembles across the country.
FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery: Pianist Robert Ballinger
Nov. 20: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Robert Ballinger is active as conductor, pianist (solo, chamber, accompanist/coach) and University of Toledo senior lecturer. Ballinger holds degrees from the University of Toledo (cum laude) and Northwestern University, where he was inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national musical honorary society, with further post-graduate work done at the University of Michigan.
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 charms shaped like deviled eggs 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.
Nov. 4: 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 11: 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 18: 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 25: 7 and 8 p.m.
Wine by the Glass Pavilion
Enjoy four wines and light snacks 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. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
Nov. 11: Good Welcome, Good Company, Good Wine
Nov. 18: Giving Thanks: Holiday Wines
FREE Public Tours
Nov. 3 and 17: 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 at the beginning of the month. Meet in Libbey Court.
The Art of Seeing Art™
Nov. 4: 7 p.m.
Nov. 11: 6 p.m.
Nov. 18: 7 p.m.
Nov. 25: 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 gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. Meet in Libbey Court.
Nov. 4: 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 I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads. Meet in Herrick Lobby.
Nov. 4: 3 p.m.
Nov. 18: 6 p.m.
Nov. 19: 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.
Meet Me at TMA: The Peristyle
Nov. 5: 1 p.m.
Tour the architecture of the Peristyle theater, which was inspired by the amphitheaters 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.
Nov. 6: 2 p.m.
Nov. 12: 12:30 p.m.
A family-friendly tour for all ages. Meet outside Family Center
A Brush with Art: Symbolism
Nov. 11: 1 p.m.
Discuss symbols – things that have meaning by association or that stand in for something else – as a powerful part of how we understand the visual world. Visitors are invited to participate in a gallery 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.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Nov. 1: 2 p.m.
Nov. 2: 2 p.m.
Nov. 3: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 4: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 5: 2 and 4 p.m.
Nov. 6: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 8: 2 p.m.
Nov. 9: 2 p.m.
Nov. 10: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 11: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 12: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Nov. 13: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 15: 2 p.m.
Nov. 16: 2 p.m.
Nov. 17: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 18: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 19: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Nov. 20: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 22: 2 p.m.
Nov. 23: 2 p.m.
Nov. 25: 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 26: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Nov. 27: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 29: 2 p.m.
Nov. 30: 2 p.m.
FREE Family Center Activities
Activities at the Family Center are designed for children accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons.
Nov. 1 and 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 4: 3:30-8 p.m.
Decorate a glass magnet as a memento of the 10-year anniversary of the building of the Glass Pavilion.
Nov. 6: Noon to 5 p.m.
Nov. 8 and 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 11: 3:30-8 p.m.
Experiment with clay and create your own work of art
Nov. 13: Noon to 5 p.m.
Nov. 15 and 17: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 18: 3:30-8 p.m.
Using a wide variety of materials, create a mixed media work of art.
Nov. 20: Noon to 5 p.m.
Nov. 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 25: 3:30-8 p.m.
Share how your family celebrates the holidays through storytelling and illustrations.
Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Heather Moran
Nov. 25: 6-7 p.m.
Join local cake artist Heather Moran and see how she creates edible works of art!
Nov. 27: Noon to 5 p.m.
Nov. 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Design a beautiful frame to hold your work of art.
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NOTE: Events are subject to change.