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Toledo Museum of Art Among First Museums to Collect Blenko Glass

Posted on Monday, November 11th, 2013

Works by the Blenko Glass Company from the mid-20th century are receiving increased attention as knowledge of its integral role in the history of American Glass expands. Now, with the acquisition of 16 modern Blenko vessels, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has become the first museum to own a large group of Blenko’s Architectural […]

Apollo Society Selects Works by Global Contemporary Artists

Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013

The Toledo Museum of Art has added five new works by leading-edge international artists to its collection, two of which are sculptures by El Anatsui and Yinka Shonibare. Three of the works were purchased for TMA by The Apollo Society, a group of donors that generously supports the Museum through art acquisition. Objects are purchased […]

TMA Purchases Two Works by Frank Stella

Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013

The Toledo Museum of Art has expanded its holdings of post-World War II American abstract art by acquiring two works by Frank Stella (born 1936), Conway I and La penna di hu. Director Brian Kennedy said these works not only enlarge the Museum’s abstract art collection but also enhance its initiatives in teaching visual literacy. […]

Jaume Plensa’s Spiegel

Posted on Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

The Toledo Museum of Art has acquired Spiegel, a monumental, two-part stainless steel sculpture by the acclaimed Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa. Its acquisition was made possible by a generous local donor who wishes to remain anonymous. Showcased last year in an exhibition of the artist’s work at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in West Bretton, Wakefield, […]

Seven Glass Vessels Acquired

Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2012

The seven greenish-blue glass vessels recently acquired by TMA hail from the Toledo Workshops, two seminal events held in 1962 which would serve as the cradle of the American Studio Glass Movement. The vessels donated by Pat McGlauchlin, wife of the late Tom McGlauchlin, and by Toledoan Edith Franklin are among the few surviving works […]

Frans Hals Family Portrait

Posted on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has acquired a stunning example of portraiture by Dutch Master Frans Hals with the purchase of Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape. Scholar Gregory Martin referred to the painting as “an extraordinary picture for the 1620s that underlines Hals’s inventive genius. Nothing like it—for breadth and relaxed tone—had […]

Figure of a Woman Carrying a Child

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Apollo Society has acquired Figure of a Woman Carrying a Child, a wooden sculpture from the Tabwa peoples in central Africa dating to pre-1880. The subject’s short, bent legs, rounded hips covered by a fiber skirt, elongated neck and torso, pierced ears and cap-like braided hairstyle are indicative of the […]

La Grande Odalisque, by Lalla Essaydi

Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2011

The Toledo Museum of Art’s Apollo Society has acquired the compelling photograph La Grande Odalisque, by Lalla Essaydi, which references Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’ famous 1814 reclining nude, La Grande Odalisque. That oil painting, residing in the Louvre in Paris, belongs to a genre that came to be known as Orientalism. The term describes the exotic and […]

TMA Acquires Two New Glass Sculptures

Posted on Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Toledo Museum of Art has added two new glass sculptures to its collection. Pyramid by German artist Josepha Gasch-Muche can be seen in Gallery 1 of the main Museum building. Blizzard Amulet Basket by Canadian artist Laura Donefer has been installed in Gallery 5 of the Glass Pavilion®. Read more here.

Curator Amy Gilman Discusses Rosie the Riveter

Posted on Thursday, January 6th, 2011

With the recent passing of the model for the famous Rosie the Riveter poster, NBC 24 journalist Lou Hebert explores the iconic Rosie image with Amy Gilman, TMA’s curator of modern and contemporary art.  Toledo has Norman’s Rockwell’s version of Rosie the Riveter on loan from the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art through June […]