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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.


Previous Installations

Kara Walker’s Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)

June 17–Oct. 22, 2017
Gallery 18

Widely known for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender and sexuality, Kara Walker is one of the most successful and celebrated artists today. Her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) will be on display from June 17 through Oct., 2017 in celebration of its recent acquisition by the Toledo Museum of Art. It features 15 of the artist’s signature black silhouette figures in silkscreen layered over enlarged wood-engravings of Civil War scenes taken from Harper’s Pictorial History, first published in 1866. By uniting her contemporary re-imagining of events from an African-American perspective with the historical record, Walker creates a powerful visual statement that challenges the conventional one-sided textbook account of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.

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.

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.

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.

Please Note: The Print Study Room is currently undergoing an exciting renovation. Our apologies for the inconvenience as access to this space will be limited from January through May 2018. While your requested date may not be available during this time, we encourage you to make an appointment once the renovation is complete.