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March 27 Art Minute: Maya Lin, ‘Silver Erie’

Posted on Monday, March 27th, 2017

In the age of Google Maps, we often take for granted our ability to see Earth’s features from a height of miles. Geographical mapping and topography play a large role in this sculpture by Maya Lin. For Silver Erie, Ohio native Lin removes the contours of Lake Erie and the Maumee River (the lake is about six […]

March 20 Art Minute: Mary Sibande, ‘Rubber Soul, Monument of Aspiration’

Posted on Monday, March 20th, 2017

[My] work addresses ideas of binary opposites of ‘power and weakness,’ ‘effort and the lack thereof,’ but also complicated by ways of representing this conundrum. In her work Mary Sibande investigates issues of race, class, and power in post–Apartheid South Africa. Rubber Soul is the last in a series depicting Sibande’s semi-autobiographical character Sophie, a […]

March 13 Art Minute: Judith Reigl, “Art of the Fugue (Art de la Fugue)”

Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017

I paint where I live and my implement is my body. After escaping her native Hungary from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950, Judit Reigl settled in Paris where she could exercise her artistic freedom. Her development as an artist progressed from surrealist imagery to the figurative form. Ultimately, she found herself drawn to the […]

Mar. 6 Art Minute: Magdalene Odundo, “Untitled”

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017

Art is intuitive; it is the essence of being human. Kenyan–born artist Magdalene Odundo’s style is very much influenced by African metalwork and American Southwest ceramics. This work from 1988 was created after several trips to Kenya and Nigeria as well to New Mexico, where she saw Puebloan black wares being created. Odundo hand-built this […]

TMA’s Brian Kennedy Hosts March 9 Panel Discussion on Art Education

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017

Two national leaders in art education will join the director of the Toledo Museum of Art to discuss challenges facing their art museums and the future of art education during “Director Dialogue: In Conversation with Brian Kennedy” on March 9 at the Museum. TMA’s Brian Kennedy, a well-known proponent of visual literacy, will be joined […]

Feb. 27 Art Minute: Jacob Lawrence, ‘Barber Shop’

Posted on Monday, February 27th, 2017

“When the subject is strong, simplicity is the only way to treat it.”—Jacob Lawrence The barbershop has always occupied an essential place for men in African-American society.  Not simply a place to get a haircut, it is also a magnet for social interaction, a place to discuss issues of the day. While artist Jacob Lawrence […]

April 2017 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Continuing Exhibitions Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Feb. 10-May 14, 2017, Galleries 28 A-C, 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 […]

Feb. 20 Art Minute: Kara Walker, ‘Freedom: A Fable’

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017

Freedom: A Fable is the first work by Kara Walker in book format and inspired by literary memoirs of former slaves or novels like Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Similar to her murals, the artist here employs black paper silhouettes to narrate the history of southern American slavery in an ironic and provocative manner. Her paper cut-outs […]

Upcoming Music at the Museum

Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Nearly twenty musical acts—including Grammy–nominated artists and globetrotting musicians—will bring their talents to the Toledo Museum of Art this spring. A complete list of upcoming concerts and performances is available at You can view upcoming Toledo Symphony Orchestra Peristyle events at Great Performances is supported in part by Kingston HealthCare Company. Concert: Hypnotic Brass […]

FREE Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Exhibition Celebration

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Embrace the colorful world of contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley during the celebration for the Museum’s exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Enjoy music, a cash bar and performers drawn from the city’s diverse creative community. When: Saturday, Feb. 18: 6-10 p.m., Main Museum Performance Schedule Great Gallery 6–10 p.m. | DJ Keith Success with special […]