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Jaume Plensa’s Sculptures Featured in New Exhibition in the Galleries and on the Grounds of Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Works by one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary artists will stretch across the Toledo Museum of Art’s galleries and grounds when Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape opens June 17. The major exhibition, which continues through Nov. 6, 2016, spotlights Plensa’s sculptures, drawings, paintings and installations that explore the human body in relation to landscape and language. […]

May 27 Art Minute: Greek, from Asia Minor (modern Turkey), “Gold Wreath”

Posted on Friday, May 27th, 2016

This lavish oak wreath is part of a set of gold jewelry that was made during the reign of Philip II (ruled 356–339 BCE), father of Alexander the Great. It reflects the wealth that poured into the court of Macedon as a result of the king’s conquests and the opening of new gold mines. Such […]

Call for Volunteers: James Joyce’s “Ulysses” Marathon Reading

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

Be a part of the worldwide celebration of the life of Irish author James Joyce with our marathon reading of  “Ulysses.” This marathon reading will take 32 hours stretched over six days, and invites lovers of literature to enjoy James Joyce’s prose aloud. The author’s “Ulysses,” considered a masterpiece of modernist literature, has endured as much […]

2016 Palmer Scholarship Recipients Announced

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The recipients of the Toledo Museum of Art’s 2016 Palmer Scholarship have been selected. Hedyeh Elahinia, Erin Miller and Julie Schnell-Madden were each awarded a share of the $8,000 prize to use toward travel expenses related to art study. Elahinia, a University of Toledo student from Sylvania, will travel to northwest Iran to practice photography […]

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest Winners Selected

Posted on Monday, May 23rd, 2016

The winners of the 2016 Ekphrastic Poetry Contest at the Toledo Museum of Art have been selected. The winning poems are on display next to the art that inspired them in the Toledo Museum of Art galleries until September, and available online at Ekphrasis – literary writing about art – has been the theme […]

May 20 Art Minute: Rosemary Laing, “groundspeed, (Rose Petal) #17”

Posted on Friday, May 20th, 2016

At first look, this photograph by Australian artist Rosemary Laing appears to be a digital manipulation. But look closer—it is actually the result of a painstakingly staged installation. To create this scene, Laing laid down industrially produced carpet in a South Australian forest. The result, like all of the works in her groundspeed series, is […]

60 Years of Presidential Political Ads Demonstrate Their Emotional Pull

Posted on Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads, on view July 14 through Election Day, Nov. 8 How do political ads expressly appeal to the hopes and fears of voters during presidential election seasons? An art museum in a swing county, in a key battleground state, decided it was time to find out. I Approve This […]

Community Block Party Returns on Saturday, June 18

Posted on Monday, May 16th, 2016

Thousands filled the Toledo Museum of Art’s campus during last year’s summer block party; this year, the Museum will welcome back throngs of revelers for the return of the annual celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. The free festivities will feature food trucks selling street snack, musical performances, and the debut […]

May 13 Art Minute: Albert Bierstadt, “El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, California”

Posted on Friday, May 13th, 2016

In the 19th century the wonders of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (“America’s Alps”) and the Sierra Nevadas in California were largely known to Americans in the East only through travelers’ accounts and paintings by intrepid artists. Though not the first artist to paint these mountains, Bierstadt’s majestic paintings spurred tourism to the West and helped spark […]

May 6 Art Minute: Evert Pieters, “In the Month of May”

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2016

In this charming celebration of carefree, youthful innocence, six children of various ages and in a variety of poses are completely preoccupied with the making of garlands from yellow wildflowers. One in the circle, already wearing the finished product, has cast aside her wooden shoes; another clutches in her apron her hoard of plucked flowers […]