March 2017 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Exhibition Opening
Framing Fame: 19th- & 20th-century Celebrity Photography
March 4-June 4, 2017, Gallery 18

Through approximately 55 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s extensive collection of works on paper, this exhibition charts the increasing proliferation of celebrity portrait photography and its popularity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the 1860s when photography was invented and a carte-de visite portrait of Abraham Lincoln, up through Andy Warhol’s 1970 Little Red Book polaroid, the exhibition provides an overview of celebrity portrait photography’s expansive reach throughout the 20th century along with its prominent role in shaping today’s attitude towards celebrity. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Feb. 10-May 14, 2017, Levis Galleries (Galleries 26, 27)

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic offers an overview of the first 14 years of the prolific artist’s career. His signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on paintings by Old Masters, replacing European aristocrats in those paintings with contemporary black subjects and drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The exhibition also features a selection from the artist’s ongoing World State Project, which he started in 2006 by establishing a satellite studio in Beijing; several bronze portrait busts; and new stained glass “paintings.” The touring exhibition was organized by the Brooklyn Museum. The Toledo showing is presented in part by Welltower with additional support from 2017 exhibition program sponsor ProMedica, KeyBank and the Ohio Arts Council. Free.

Special Events and Presentations
After Hours Tour: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Participate in an after-hours guided exploration and discussion of Old Masters and hip-hop in the Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic special exhibition. Tickets are $10 per person for members, $15 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Reserve tickets in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online at Meet at the Plough Entrance to the Main Museum.

March 4: 5 p.m.
March 18: 5 p.m.

FREE Director Dialogue: In Conversation with Brian Kennedy
March 9: 6 p.m., Little Theater

Toledo Museum of Art Director Brian Kennedy leads a conversation with art education experts Gretchen Dietrich, executive director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and Lori Fogarty, director and CEO of the Oakland Museum of California. In this open conversation, the three will discuss the world of museums – how they operate, what their challenges are and what lies ahead.

FREE Art Book Club: Rendez-vous with Art
March 7: 5:30 p.m., Library, Center for Visual Arts

Join us for a lively discussion of “Rendez-vous with Art.” An informal “history of art history,” the book brings the reader into the witty and erudite conversations of friends Philippe de Montebello, longtime director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Martin Gayford, an art critic, as they encounter works of art in galleries and museums around the world. Visit for more information.

FREE Fashion Show
March 10: 7 p.m., Great Gallery

Community members are invited to put on and model their best attire at this fashion show inspired by the Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic exhibition.

FREE Ohio Poetry Association Ekphrastic Reading
March 12: 2 p.m., Little Theater

The Ohio Poetry Association celebrates the release of a volume of ekphrastic poetry, including poems by Northwest Ohio poets who will read their work at this event. Some writings were inspired by objects in the TMA Collection. A book signing will immediately follow the event.

FREE Lecture: The First Emperor’s Terracotta Army
March 17: 7 p.m., Little Theater

When the First Emperor of China unified large parts of continental East Asia under a centralized bureaucratic régime in 210 B.C., he imposed a unified script, currency, weights-and-measurements system and legal code. Lothar von Falkenhausen, a noted professor of Chinese archaeology and art history at UCLA, will discuss recent archaeological discoveries that reveal these imperial innovations were the outcome of a centuries-long developmental process. The findings also highlight the importance of the Qin kingdom’s contacts to Inner Asia and beyond, raising new questions about how important influences from outside China shaped the distinctive civilization of Imperial China. The lecture is jointly presented by the Archaeological Institute of America Toledo Society in collaboration with the Toledo Museum of Art.

FREE Reading | Actors Collaborative of Toledo: “Bauer”
March 23: 7 p.m., Little Theater

The Actors Collaborative of Toledo presents a staged reading of the 2014 play by Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Jeffrey J. Albright, the play tells the real-life story of the German painter Rudolf Bauer who, after having arrived in the United States at the beginning of World War II, was tricked by fellow artist and love of his life, Hilla von Rebay, into signing a contract that gave Solomon R. Guggenheim the legal rights to all of his paintings and any future works he created.

FREE Art House Films: “Vincent and Theo”
March 31: 7 p.m., Little Theater

“Vincent and Theo” (1990, 138 minutes) tells the story of painter Vincent van Gogh (Tim Roth) and his art-dealer brother Theo (Paul Thys) in this film based on letters the brothers exchanged. Considered one of the best biographical films ever made, the film directed by Robert Altman originally aired as a television mini-series in England. The Art House Film Series is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.

Music Performances
FREE It’s Friday! Music: Extra Stout
March 3: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Cloister

Concert: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
March 4: 8 p.m., Peristyle

Four trumpeters, one baritone player, and two trombonists – together the seven brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble create a magnetic sound that bridges the gap between jazz and hip hop. The sons of Chicago jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, the ensemble has checked off all the “we’ve arrived” moments as a band: touring the world, taking the stage with legends like Prince and having a song featured on the soundtrack in the blockbuster “Hunger Games” movie. Tickets ($20-$35) can be purchased in person at the Stranahan Theater, by phone at 419-381-8851 or online at The show is sponsored in part by

FREE Great Performances: Shannon Ford
March 5: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

University of Toledo saxophonist Shannon Ford performs in recital.

Concert: Laith Al-Saadi
March 11: 8 p.m., Peristyle

In 2016, his combination of Midwestern hustle and incredible music chops won Laith Al-Saadi a spot in the finale of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice.” The Ann Arbor native will bring his authentic blend of blues, soul and classic rock to audiences in the Peristyle when he takes the stage. Tickets ($20-$50) can be purchased in person at the Stranahan Theater, by phone at 419-381-8851 or online at

FREE Installation/Performance: Tim Story, The Roedelius Cells
March 16: 7 p.m., GlasSalon

Maumee-based composer, producer and performing artist Tim Story, internationally acclaimed for his electronic and acoustic music, performs for the opening of The Roedelius Cells at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. A long-time collaborator with composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius (founder of the influential German music groups Harmonia and Cluster), Story has revisited a decade of recording sessions with Roedelius on piano, cutting apart tracks and recombining very small cells of this material into layered, evolving patterns. The resulting The Roedelius Cells transforms TMA’s GlasSalon into an eight-channel, multi-sensory installation. As visitors walk through the physical space, the juxtapositions of the cells’ interactions evolve in unique and unrepeatable ways, inviting the listener to participate in their own unique sonic experience. The Roedelius Cells installation is on view March 16-24.

FREE Great Performances: University of Toledo Voice Faculty
March 19: 3 p.m. Great Gallery

University of Toledo voice faculty perform.

FREE Ear | Eye Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
March 24: 7 p.m., TMA Galleries

In partnership with the doctoral program at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series that explore the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art.

Great Performances: Spektral Quartet
March 25: 5-11 p.m., GlasSalon

Grammy nominated, Chicago-based Spektral Quartet performs one of the most famous, yet rarely-performed works of modern music, Morton Feldman’s “String Quartet No. 2” from 1983. A feat of endurance for players as well as audience, the quartet consists of a single, unbroken movement more than six hours in length. Tickets are $10 and available on

FREE Great Performances: Pianist Michael Boyd
March 26: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

University of Toledo faculty member Michael Boyd performs at the piano.

Glass Art Workshops
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 March will make a Pot O’Treasure. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers (no refunds). Museum members can purchase tickets in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session; nonmembers can purchase their tickets the Wednesday before each session in person or by phone during Museum hours. 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.

March 3: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 10: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 17: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 24: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
March 31: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

Glass Art Workshop: Pick Your Project
A new addition to the Glass Art Workshops lineup, the Pick Your Project option lets you decide which glass object to make during a 90-minute session at the Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Members can purchase tickets in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session. Nonmembers can purchase tickets starting on Wednesday before each session. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Call 419-255-8000 ext.7448 to purchase tickets. Options for Pick Your Project include creating an apple, bird, confetti paperweight, flower, fish, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin.

March 2: 6:30 p.m.
March 9: 6:30 p.m.
March 16: 6:30 p.m.
March 23: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Public Tours
Meet Me at TMA
March 4: 1 p.m.

Meet Me at TMA is a 60-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Take a closer look at Kehinde Wiley’s signature portraits of everyday men and women that riff on paintings by Old Masters. 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.

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 at the beginning of the month. Meet in Libbey Court.

March 16: 6 p.m.
March 30: 6 p.m.

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 gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. Meet in Libbey Court.

March 3: 6 p.m.
March 17: 6 p.m.
March 31: 6 p.m.

Collection Highlights
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.

March 3: 7 p.m.
March 10: 6 p.m.
March 17: 7 p.m.
March 24: 6 p.m.

Baby Tour
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.

March 10: 6 p.m.
March 14: 10:30 a.m.
March 24: 6 p.m.
March 28: 10:30 a.m.

Toddler Time Tours
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.

March 4: 3 p.m.
March 9: 10:30 a.m.
March 18: 3 p.m.
March 23: 10:30 a.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

March 1: 2 p.m.
March 2: 2 p.m.
March 3: 2 p.m., 7 and 8 p.m.
March 4: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
March 5: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
March 7: 2 p.m.
March 8: 2 p.m.
March 9: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 10: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 11: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
March 12: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
March 14: 2 p.m.
March 15: 2 p.m.
March 16: 2 p.m.
March 17: 2 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 18: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
March 19: 2 p.m.
March 21: 2 p.m.
March 22: 2 p.m.
March 23: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 24: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
March 25: 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
March 26: 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
March 28: 2 p.m.
March 29: 2 p.m.
March 30: 2 p.m.
March 31: 2 p.m. 7 p.m. and 8 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities
Activities at the Family Center are designed for children through the age of 10 accompanied by an adult. 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.

Self-Portrait Collages
Using a wide variety of materials, create a portrait of yourself inspired by the images you see in the Kehinde Wiley: New Republic exhibition.

March 12: Noon to 5 p.m.
March 14: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 16: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 17: 3:30-8 p.m.
March 18: Noon to 5 p.m.

Inspired by the Kehinde Wiley-A New Republic exhibition, try your hand with a wide variety of printmaking techniques.

March 26: Noon to 5 p.m.
March 28: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 30: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March 31: 3:30-8 p.m.
April 1: Noon to 5 p.m.

Family Center: Visiting Artist: Michelle Carlson
March: 6-7 p.m.

Meet local artist Michelle Carlson and see how she creates images using a wide variety of printmaking techniques including silk screening.

NOTE: Events are subject to change.

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