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Exterior view of the Toledo Museum of Art.It’s Friday! is our name for extended open hours until 9 p.m. every Friday.

Each evening offers an ever-changing combination of events for adults and families including free tours, activities, live music, glassblowing demonstrations, wine tastings, and more. Click here to view our calendar.

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Exhibition Openings

Play Time

May 22-Sep. 6, 2015, Throughout Museum

In a world that prioritizes work, how do we encourage people of all ages to relish the benefits of play? Play Time celebrates the art of diversion and engages visitors in multi-sensory, interactive installations across the entire 36-acre Museum campus and in select locations across the city. Works include a giant red ball appearing in unexpected locations around the city; pop-up and temporary performances throughout the summer utilizing puppetry, pageantry and spectacle; and interactive installations both indoors and outdoors. Play Time opens Memorial Day weekend and closes Labor Day weekend. The exhibition is sponsored in part by ProMedica. Free admission.

Community Gallery

Toys! Toys! Toys!

May 22–Sept. 17, 2015

Toys are capable of provoking powerful memories – of our childhoods, of by-gone eras, of our collective cultural history. In this Community Gallery exhibition, local artists celebrate the fun and nostalgia of toys in a variety of mediums, from 3-D to installation work. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Gallery Talk: The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes
May 1: 7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Ed Hill, the Museum’s curatorial assistant and curator of The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes, leads a tour of the exhibition.

FREE GAPP Artist Talk: Kim Harty
May 22: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
In her sculpture, installation and performance art, Kim Harty examines the alchemy between artist and raw material. “My work cultivates meaning by forging relationships between the artist’s body, materials and technologies,” Harty said in her artist statement. “[They] leave the viewer with a palpable sensation, one which is both visual and phenomenological.” As part of the Toledo Museum of Art’s exhibition Play Time, Harty will make a mountain out of glass in front of a live audience on May 22, 23 and 24, throughout all three days. She will discuss this project, as well as her greater body of work and inspiration, during this Guest Artist Pavilion Project public talk.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society 3rd Annual Dorothy M. Price Lecture:
The Expressive Culture of Early Humans: Music, Ornaments and Images
May 22: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Around 40,000 years ago, an extraordinary record for symbolic expression emerged in Western Eurasia associated with the Aurignacian culture. Aurignacian arts included instrumental music, graphic imagery in the form of paintings and engravings, sculptural representations in the round and in bas-relief, and a rich assemblage of personal ornaments made of exotic and lustrous materials like ivory, amber and soapstone. What links these different modes of expression and why did they flourish at that particular place and time in human evolution? This record and these questions are the subject of The Expressive Culture of Early Humans: Music, Ornaments and Images, a presentation by Randall White, professor of anthropology at the Center for Human Origins at New York University. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

FREE Lecture: Mark Clague: More Ballads Than Bullets: The Power of Song in the American Civil War
May 29: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Music was everywhere in the U.S. Civil War – on the field of battle, on the march, in camp, at political rallies, along the streets and atop the parlor piano with loved ones back at home. After the very fabric of the nation had torn, lyrics and melody offered a day-to-day meditation about what it meant to be American. Out of this cacophony of voices arose the possibilities, choices, and – eventually – the patriotic path that would reunite the country. Mark Clague, associate professor of musicology and director of research in the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, will discuss his research on music of the Civil War era, particularly “The Star-Spangled Banner,” which later became the national anthem. Clague’s interests center on questions of how music forges and shapes social relationships – the art of sound as simultaneously a transcendent emotional expression and an everyday tool for living. The guest speaker is currently completing a book for the University of Illinois Press titled “Music for the People” along with a manuscript titled “O Say Can You Hear: A Cultural Biography of ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’”

FREE Films

Film: Best in Show
May 15: 7 p.m., Little Theater
“Best in Show” offers a comedic, behind-the-scenes look at the highly competitive world of dog shows. Much of the mock documentary, which follows five dog owners as they enter the prestigious Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show, was improvised. “Best in Show” was number 38 on Bravo’s “100 Funniest Movies” list. The film is being screened in conjunction with the Museum exhibition Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection, on view in Gallery 18 through July 5.

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music
Enjoy music performed by local and regional musicians. Small plate dishes from the Museum Café are for sale and a cash bar is available. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

May 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Green Room
Tad Weed Freedom Ensemble featuring Estar Cohen
Jazz pianist Tad Weed has recorded, arranged, accompanied and performed with a wide range of artists, from Chaka Khan to Wynton Marsalis. After earning a master’s degree in jazz studies from The Grove School in Los Angeles and spending part of his career in California, Weed relocated to the Midwest to serve on the music faculty of various colleges in the region, including Bowling Green State University and the University of Toledo. The evening’s vocalist, local singer Estar Cohen, performs with jazz and rock bands throughout the region.

FREE Flashback and Flash Forward: The Helen Beach Jones Memorial Concert
May 8: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Helen Beach Jones and her husband, former Toledo mayor Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones, lived in a house that stood in what is now the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle theater. The home’s former location is fitting because Jones, an accomplished organist and singer, subsequently started the Museum’s music program. This special organ concert pays tribute to Jones, her husband, and the many who sang with the Toledo Women’s Chorus she founded. Performers include Marilyn Keiser, a renowned concert organist and professor emeritus at Indiana University, as well as Jessica Park, a 2014 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and an American Guild of Organists award winner. The event will conclude with the audience participating in singing “Hymn to Truth,” written by Samuel Jones and put to music by his wife, Helen. The next day, a lecture titled Samuel “Golden Rule” Jones: Music and Reform in Early 20th Century Toledo will be presented in the Little Theater at 2 p.m.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create beads using a torch. This month, make hamburger shapes under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor. Sessions are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person. No experience necessary.

May 29: 7 p.m.
May 29: 8 p.m.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and light snacks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
May 8: Muy Bueno! Argentina Wines
May 15: Lekker Jol: South African Wines
May 22: Cowabunga! U.S. West Coast Wines
May 29: O-H-I-O! Wines from the Buckeye State

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Herrick Lobby unless otherwise noted.

Collection Highlights
May 1: 8 p.m.
May 15: 8 p.m.
May 22: 8 p.m.

Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection Exhibition
May 8: 7 p.m.
May 29: 7 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
May 8: 8 p.m.
May 29: 8 p.m.

The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes Exhibition
May 15: 7 p.m.

Gifts on Paper from The Apollo Society Exhibition
May 22: 7 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

May 15: 7 and 8 p.m.
May 22: 7 and 8 p.m.
May 29: 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities

Activities at the Family Center are designed for children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons.

The Art of Paper
May 8: 3:30-8 p.m.
Catch the last days of the exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer for inspiration on creative uses of paper. Then, head downstairs to the Family Center to make a book using unique folding and texture techniques.

May 15: 3:30-8 p.m.
Explore the Japanese technique of suminagashior “floating ink,” the process of marbling paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.

Playful Pop-Up Books
May 22: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the current exhibition Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection and the forthcoming show Play Time, explore the world of play and paper and create your own pop-up book.

Art and Play
May 29: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Play Time by exploring the many ways you can combine playful materials like golf balls and toy cars together to create an artful masterpiece.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
May 29: 6-7 p.m.
Have you ever drawn a picture as big as an elephant? Get inspired to draw your favorite animal with local wildlife artist Elyse Simko. See how she draws life-size animals using a variety of material.

Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar for updates.

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