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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 […]

OMA Names Carol Bintz Professional of the Year

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2016

Carol Bintz, chief operating officer of the Toledo Museum of Art, has been named Professional of the Year by the Ohio Museum Association. The award was presented during the organization’s recent statewide conference. The honor recognizes professional accomplishments and service to an OMA member institution and is presented for outstanding leadership and professional service over […]

Artist Fred Tomaselli to Give Masters Series Lecture at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

American artist Fred Tomaselli, whose perception-challenging paintings and collages have earned him coverage in the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, will give a free lecture on Thursday, May 12 at 6 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle as part of the Museum’s Masters Series. The mosaic-like qualities of the artist’s […]

April 29 Art Minute: Spiral Chandelier for Jérôme Bonaparte

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2016

Founded in 1792, the firm Werner & Mieth was for more than four decades the most important Berline manufacturer of hand-made luxury goods in gilded bronze. The new clients for Berlin luxury manufactories were mainly French, despite the politically difficult years of Napoleon I’s occupation of the German state of Prussia. Napoleon’s wife Josephine and […]

June 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Exhibition Openings 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, including some shown for the first time in the United States, plus indoor installations. Some of the artist’s lesser-known works on paper, 22 drawings and 10 etchings […]

April 22 Art Minute: “Trick Glass with Stag Siphon”

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2016

This trick glass was designed to make it as difficult as possible to drink from the vessel without spilling the alcoholic beverage within. The insert of the stag glass functions as a siphon (a sort of straw) whose multiple openings challenge the drinker to figure out which holes need to be covered in order for […]