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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 […]

Sept. 23 Art Minute: Nancy Graves, ‘Geologic Map of the Sinus Iridum Quadrangle of the Moon, No. 8’

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Nancy Graves combines abstraction with natural phenomena in order to convey her dual interest in art and science, along with her fascination with the transmission of visual information. Following upon an earlier series of drawings and paintings related to maps and charts of the ocean floor and Antarctica, in 1972 Graves produced a series of […]

Ten-Day Art in Food Celebration Kicks Off Oct. 21 at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Long before smart phone photos, there were still lifes. Foodies had to depend on the likes of Cezanne, Chardin and Courbet to see a meal’s ingredients represented in all their ripe glory. Food’s role as muse to artists and Instagram enthusiasts alike is being celebrated Oct. 21-30 during Art in Food at the Toledo Museum […]

Sept. 16 Art Minute: Arthur Hughes, ‘Ophelia (“And He Will Not Come Back Again”)’

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

The sad madness and death of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a favorite subject of the group of British artists who called themselves the Pre-Raphaelites. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which included William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, frequently depicted literary subjects, placing an emphasis on emotional and symbolic content. Though not an original member of the […]

The Georgia Welles Apollo Society Donates Ancient Bust to Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016

A portrait bust of a Flavian matron depicting a member of Ancient Roman nobility recently was selected by The Georgia Welles Apollo Society as a gift to the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. The sophisticated Ancient Roman woman is framed by carefully chiseled corkscrew curls, a standard hairstyle of the time, and her cheeks are […]

Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story Opens Oct. 28 at the Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

In 1917, their sale was hailed as the “greatest single purchase made at the Allied Bazaar,” a World War I-era fundraiser in New York. The 78 fashion figures, known then as the Doucet Dolls, were made using couture-quality fabrics and surplus mold-making materials from France’s premiere factories at Limoges and Sèvres. The winning bidder? Toledo […]