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Oct. 28 Art Minute: John George Brown, ‘The Country Gallants’

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016

As industrialization and urbanization changed the landscape and society in the mid-1800s, America’s past became the object of romantic nostalgia. Scenes of simple, idealistic rural life like this one were sought by middleclass city dwellers. Born in England, but settling in New York in 1853, John George Brown was one of the most successful painters […]

Time Running Out to Experience I Approve This Message at the Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016

Only a couple of weeks remain to see I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads, an eye-opening, interactive Toledo Museum of Art exhibition devoted to the viewer and how political ads can influence your emotions in order to sway your vote. The free, nonpartisan show ends on Election Day, Nov. 8. “The goal is to […]

An open letter in response to the deaccessioning of ancient works and their subsequent sale through Christie’s

Posted on Monday, October 24th, 2016

The Toledo Museum of Art takes the stewardship and integrity of our collection seriously, from acquisition to deaccession, and maintains transparency about all of our professional practices. Preserving the world’s cultural heritage is of the utmost importance to collecting institutions. To that end, we publicly share our Collections Management Policy as well as our commitment […]

Oct. 21 Art Minute: Jasper Francis Cropsey, ‘Starrucca Viaduct, Pennsylvania’

Posted on Friday, October 21st, 2016

Jasper Francis Cropsey’s views of fiery autumn scenes captured the forests, mountains, and valleys of the northeast in a celebration of America’s unique, often untouched, natural beauty. As the nation grew, the human presence increasingly intruded on this natural beauty. Images of the railroad often symbolized this growth, seen both as a sign of progress […]

Oct. 14 Art Minute: Pierre-Étienne-Théodore Rousseau, ‘Under the Birches, Evening’

Posted on Friday, October 14th, 2016

The majestic trees and extraordinary light of this painting are hallmarks of Théodore Rousseau’s landscapes. A partially obscured parish priest travels on horseback along a country lane through the late October countryside, lit by the last rays of the setting sun. Rousseau captures this fading light as a fiery glow igniting the colors of autumn. […]

November 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Monday, October 10th, 2016

Exhibition Openings 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 […]

Celebrated Irish Poet Paul Durcan to Present Reading at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016

Poet Paul Durcan is celebrated as a national treasure in his native Ireland. Illustrious literary figures, including British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy, are to be found in the audience of his theatrical, dramatic readings – performed in his deep Irish brogue. Now Durcan will cross the Atlantic to give a free reading of poetry […]

Oct. 7 Art Minute: Gustave Courbet, Landscape Near Ornans

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016

“To paint a land you have to know it. I know my land and I paint it. That undergrowth—it comes from our land. That river—it’s the Loue…Those rocks, those are in Ornans…Go look, you’ll recognize all my paintings.” –Gustave Courbet Gustave Courbet painted the jagged rock formations and rugged ravines around Ornans, France, with a […]

Autumn is Perfect Time to See Plensa’s Human Landscape; Last Time to See These Works Together Anywhere

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

There’s nothing like a crisp, clear autumn day to draw us outside to enjoy nature’s burst of rich colors before the days fade into winter. It’s also a perfect time to stroll the campus of the Toledo Museum of Art to see the extraordinary exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1955, […]

Sept. 30 Art Minute: Paul Manship, ‘Dancer and Gazelles’

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016

Fluid, graceful motion defines Paul Manship’s Dancer and Gazelles, its sinuous contours and abstract elegance reflecting Manship’s free interpretation of artistic sources. With its streamlined forms and its references to classical subjects, Manship’s sculpture was an important precursor to the Art Deco style. He deftly straddled the traditional taste for decorative beauty and the modernist appreciation […]