The Toledo Museum of Art is open from noon to 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 35
Nov. 5, 2016-Jan. 22, 2017, Great Gallery
Mexican-born contemporary 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 light. The artist’s latest installment in the series, titled Plexus no. 35, was created especially for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. The installation is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors, a group of volunteer fundraisers. Admission free.
The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story
Oct. 28, 2016-Feb. 12, 2017, Gallery 18
The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were the product of the World War I aid effort. Purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey, this collection of 78 fashion figures depict French style from A.D. 493 to 1915. Jacques Doucet, a prominent French couturier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created their 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 history of this collection while showcasing French fashion design and the strong connection between fashion and the art world. Admission free.
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.” Admission free.
The Great Art Escape
Jan. 1, Throughout the Museum
Spend New Year’s Day at the Toledo Museum of Art. Bring family, friends and holiday guests to experience performances and art activities in the galleries and Glass Pavilion.
FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
Jan. 1: 1 p.m., Gallery 24
Enjoy sounds of the season on the Museum’s newly restored Dutch cabinet organ, played by Martha Esbin, a local member of the American Guild of Organists.
FREE Ask Me Hours
Jan. 1: Noon to 4 p.m., Main Museum
Look for docents wearing a red “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
Jan. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop, Glass Pavilion
Watch works of art in glass take shape before your eyes! Join Museum staff and local artists for live glassmaking demonstrations in the Hot Shop at the Glass Pavilion.
FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
Jan. 1: 1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
All supplies are provided. No experience is necessary. All ages are welcome.
FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances
Jan. 1: 2 p.m., Great Gallery.
The AntiVillains mark their third annual New Year’s Day concert in the Great Gallery.
FREE Giant Games
Jan. 1: Noon to 3 p.m., GlasSalon
Drop in the GlasSalon to create a world out of blue block sculptures, or play a game of giant chess with TMA-inspired chess pieces.
FREE Mid-Week Shakespeare
Jan. 4: 2 p.m., Libbey Court
This is the final program in a series celebrating the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare. Toledoans finish the season-long reading of all of 154 Shakespearian sonnets, monologues and scenes.
FREE Lecture: The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story
Jan. 7: 2 p.m., Little Theater and Gallery 18
Marissa Stevenson, Toledo Museum of Art conservation intern and curator of the exhibition The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story, will discuss the fashion figures acquired by the Museum in 1917. She will continue the discussion in the exhibition itself.
Curator Conversation and Cocktails: Jutta Page and Michael Daugherty, “Once Upon a Cocktail: William Randolph Hearst and His Castle”
Jan. 13: 6 p.m., GlasSalon
The Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s performance of composer Michael Daugherty’s organ concerto “Once Upon a Castle” provides a perfect opportunity to toast TMA’s collection. Jutta Page, senior curator of glass and decorative arts, discusses nine objects formerly owned by Hearst that are now part of TMA’s collection. The objects include an elaborate gilded-silver chalice, gilded-silver and rock crystal candlesticks, and a nautilus shell cup from 1596. The cash bar will serve several of the cocktails that Hearst once served at his famous castle parties in the 1920s and 30s and small plates will be available for purchase. Composer Daugherty will discuss the research for his concerto.
FREE AIA – Toledo Society Lecture: William Parkinson, “From Village to City: The Evolution of Agricultural Villages in Prehistoric Europe”
Jan. 20: 7 p.m., Little Theater
William Parkinson, Ph.D., an associate curator of Eurasian Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History and associate professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, explores how early farming villages evolved into cities. More than half of the world’s six billion people live in urban environments today, but our understanding of how cities emerged remains unclear. Drawing from his archaeological research at prehistoric sites in Hungary and Greece, Parkinson discusses how Neolithic (10,000-3,000 B.C.) farming villages evolved into proto-urban centers during the Bronze Age (beginning about 3,000 B.C.). The free lecture is co-sponsored by the American Institute of Archaeology – Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.
FREE Art Book Club
Jan. 17: 5:30 p.m., Toledo Museum of Art Library in the Center for Visual Arts
Join fellow art and book lovers at the next TMA Art Book Club meeting for a discussion of Stories of Art & Artists edited by Diana Secker Tesdell. Book selections make connections with special exhibitions and works of art in the Museum’s collection. A docent-led tour related to this book will be presented Jan. 19 at 5:30 p.m. The Art Book Club is free but space is limited and individual registration for each event is requested. Contact the library at 419-254-5770 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
FREE GAPP Artist Lecture: Joanna Manousis
Jan. 27: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Artist and designer Joanna Manousis, a native of Britain who now lives in Toledo, creates literary works in glass and mixed media that speak of human emotion, memory and the passage of time. Nominated for the Bombay Sapphire Award for Excellence in Glass in 2008, she received the first Hans Godo Frabel Award for Outstanding Achievement in Glass in 2010. The freelance glass artist has had residencies at The Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Corning Glass Museum and the Cité Internationale des Arts in France. Her work can be seen in the collections of the Ebeltoft Glass Museet in Denmark and the Cafesjian Center for the Arts in Armenia. The talk is part of her Glass Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency at the Toledo Museum of Art.
FREE “Citizen Kane” (1941, 119 minutes)
Jan. 12: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, this controversial masterpiece by Orson Welles uses innovative flashbacks and groundbreaking cinematography to follow the epic rise and fall of a wealthy newspaper magnate (a thinly veiled portrait of William Randolph Hearst). The screening is presented in conjunction with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s performance of “Once Upon a Castle.” The organ concerto by composer Michael Daugherty was inspired by the film and the real-life Hearst Castle depicted in the film as Xanadu.
The Sound of Silents:“The Gold Rush” (1925, 96 minutes)
Jan. 19: 7 p.m. (pre-show Skinner Organ Recital at 6:30 p.m.), Peristyle
Admission: $5 non-members, TMA members free
Charlie Chaplin’s comedic masterwork – which charts a prospector’s search for fortune in the Klondike and his discovery of romance (with the beautiful Georgia Hale) – cemented the iconic status of Chaplin and his Little Tramp character. Featuring such timeless gags as the dance of the dinner rolls and the meal of boiled shoe leather, “The Gold Rush” will be shown with Chaplin’s original score. A special 6:30 p.m. pre-concert recital on TMA’s historic Skinner Organ recital precedes the film.
FREE It’s Friday! Music: “Sirens of Song”
Jan. 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Vocalist Sonia Perez and pianist Omaldo Perez present songs popularized by some of the great female singers of the past 75 years. Drinks and gourmet snacks are available for purchase.
FREE Great Performances: Flutist Joel Tse
Jan. 8: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Joel Tse, principal flutist for the Toledo Symphony and an instructor at the University of Toledo, will give a recital.
FREE Great Performances: Cellist Brian Snow
Jan. 22: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Cellist Brian Snow, an assistant professor at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, is featured.
FREE Thursday Music: Toledo School for the Arts Student Concert
Jan. 26: 7 p.m., Cloister
Toledo School for the Arts students perform a concert program inspired by Latin American works of art in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection and music drawn from their summer visit to Ecuador.
FREE Ear|Eye: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Jan. 27: 7 p.m., TMA Galleries
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: University of Toledo Outstanding Student Concert
Jan. 29: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features student performers from the University of Toledo.
Enjoy four wines paired with 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 in person at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
Jan. 20: Winning Winter Wines: Great Fireside Sips
Jan. 27: Simply Sinful Sips: Wines to Delight the Senses
Learn to create objects of glass under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, workshop participants during January will make snowflake paperweights. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers (no refunds). Museum members can be purchased in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session; nonmembers can purchase tickets beginning the Wednesday before each session. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Call 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 to purchase tickets. For groups larger than four, please schedule a private session at least two weeks in advance. Contact the Glass Pavilion at 419-254-5771, ext. 7334 to arrange your private session.
Jan. 20: 6 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 21: Noon and 4 p.m.
Jan. 22: 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Jan. 26: 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 27: 8 p.m.
Jan. 28: Noon and 4 p.m.
Meet Me at TMA
Jan. 7: 1 p.m.
Meet Me at TMA is a 60-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Explore The Bard’s band of characters, from the comedic to the tragic in TMA’s exhibition Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part. Thirty paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs are shown that bring the beloved writer’s works to life. 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.
Jan. 12 and Jan. 26: 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™
Jan. 6: 6 p.m.
Jan. 13: 7 p.m.
Jan. 20 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.
Jan. 6: 7 p.m.
Jan. 13: 7 p.m.
Jan. 27: 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. Meet in Libbey Court.
Jan. 3: 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 13: 6 p.m.
Jan. 17: 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 27: 6 p.m.
Jan. 31: 10:30 a.m
Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills during this lively 30-minute tour. Caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Meet outside the Family Center.
Toddler Time Tours
Jan. 7: 3 p.m.
Jan. 12: 10:30 a.m.
Jan. 21: 3 p.m.
Jan. 26: 10:30 a.m.
Toddler Time Tours provide multi-sensory experiences with works of art. Caregivers and their children ages 18 to 36 months are invited to participate in a hands-on tour at the Museum, engaging with interactive learning materials that help bring the work to life. Meet outside the Family Center.
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
Jan. 1: 2 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 18: 8 p.m.
Jan. 20: 6 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 21: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 27: 8 p.m.
Jan. 28: 1 and 3 p.m.
Jan. 29: 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. The Family Center is now open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Playing the Part!
Jan. 1: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 3 and 5: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 6: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 7: Noon to 5 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition Shakespeare: Playing the Part, become a lord or lady for the day and make a Shakespeare inspired costume.
Finely Formed Figures!
Jan. 8: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 10 and 12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 13: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 14: Noon to 5 p.m.
Create your own finely, formed figure that is inspired by the Libbey Doll Collection.
Rainbows in a Bottle!
Jan. 15: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 17 and 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 20: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 21: Noon to 5 p.m.
Inspired by the Gabriel Dawe’s Installation Plexus no 35, create your own rainbow sensory bottle.
Let It Snow!
Jan. 22: Noon to 5 p.m.
Jan. 24 and 26: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 27: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 28: Noon to 5 p.m.
Enjoy snow white scenes in the galleries and create a snowy work of art.
Family Center Visiting Artist: Sami Spencer
Jan. 27: 6-7 p.m.
Meet local artist Sami Spencer from Point Place Princess Parties and see her transform into a familiar snowy character!
NOTE: Events are subject to change.