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Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War

Kara Walker (American, b. 1969), Confederate Prisoners Being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta from the portfolio Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated). Offset lithograph with silkscreen, 2005. 53 x 39 inches. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 2016.75H.

The Works on Paper collection at the Toledo Museum of Art contains over 13,000 prints, drawings, photographs, and artist books. As these objects are unable to be displayed on a permanent basis a selection may be viewed by appointment in the Grace J. Hitchcock Print study Room.

Current Installations

Framing Fame: 19th- & 20th-century Celebrity Photography

March 4–June 4, 2017
Gallery 18

Through approximately 55 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s extensive collection of works on paper, this exhibition charts the increasing proliferation of celebrity portrait photography and its popularity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the 1860s when photography was invented and a carte-de visite portrait of Abraham Lincoln, up through Andy Warhol’s 1970 Little Red Book polaroid, the exhibition provides an overview of celebrity portrait photography’s expansive reach throughout the 20th century along with its prominent role in shaping today’s attitude towards celebrity.

Color Across the Spectrum

May 13–July 30, 2017
Wolfe Mezzanine

Pioneering artists since the 19th century have explored the singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual optical effects. This exhibition looks at color through a selection of modern and contemporary graphic portfolios drawn from the collection and created by various artists, including Joan Miró, Barnett Newman, and Josef Albers.


Previous Installations

Moons, Tides and Earth

Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine

The installation Moons, Tides and Earth features the work of eight contemporary artists who explore the natural phenomena of dust, moon and stars, stones, and water. Each artist introduces scientific and/or photographic data and documentation to present a closely observed view of the natural world’s elusive and mysterious forces and its immeasurability.  Viewed collectively, the works represent cross-disciplinary modes of observation that connect to diverse fields, including natural history, astronomy, geography, and a shared concern with the physical environment. Individually, each provides a meditative account of nature’s enigmatic character and the larger, physical world at the borders of human consciousness.


Visitor Information

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Works on Paper Curator Robin Reisenfeld and Works on Paper Curatorial Assistant Courtney Macklin

To request an appointment, please fill out the form below. Appointments must be made at least three weeks prior to your desired visit. Submitting an appointment request does not guarantee that the precise date and time of a request will be available, but appointments will be rescheduled at the earliest possible date.

The Print Study Room is available for appointments Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. For special requests, please contact Courtney Macklin at 419-255-8000 ext. 7374 or cmacklin@toledomuseum.org.

Groups of 15-20 people can be accommodated in the Print Study Room. We recommend you request no more than 20 works for class visits or 10 works for individual visits. Please be aware that requests are subject to approval, and access to certain works may be limited. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests or to substitute a similar object where appropriate.