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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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It’s Friday: June-August, 2014


Photo by floto + warner

Photo by floto + warner

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and light snacks during It’s Friday! From 6:30–8:30 p.m. 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. Even better paired with an Art Hours Flameworking session where participants craft wine glass charms under the guidance of a technician.

July 18 | Mario’s Favorites: Italian Wines
July 25 | Princess Peach’s Picks: Fruity & Full-Bodied
August 8 | Pinky & Blinky: Blush & Red Wines
August 15 | Zelda’s Zinfandels: California Classics
August 22 | Gamers’ Grapes: Casual to Hardcore
Exhibition Openings

fun&games_webFun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure

Opens June 27 | Works on Paper Gallery

For centuries, humankind has enjoyed a wealth of leisure diversions. Drawing on works from local and Toledo Museum of Art collections, Fun & Games shows a variety of those activities—games, sports, racing, theater, dancing and gossip—depicted by artists over the years. The exhibition includes paintings, ceramics and works of art on paper by such artists as Honore Daumier, James A. M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Dürer, Marc Chagall and Rembrandt van Rijn. Free admission.

people_get_ready_web_imgsPeople Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights

Opens June 27 | Hitchcock Gallery

After a year of social tumult and congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the rights of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, this exhibition features works of art examining slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. It includes more than 35 works from the TMA collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith, Ernest C. Withers and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints, photographs and books. Free admission.

The Great War: Art on the Front Line

Opens July 25 | Gallery 18

July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), a global conflict that resulted in more than 17-million deaths and another 20-million wounded. Its widespread deployment of mechanized and chemical warfare represented an application of science and technology that brought an end to what many had seen as the promise of industrialization to promote a peaceful and prosperous future. The art world reacted strongly to this unprecedented carnage. Many artists were involved in the fighting, their experiences profoundly affecting their worldview and their art. Whether they fought in the war or not, artists in Europe and America sought new styles and new philosophies to express their views of a society now forever changed. The Great War includes paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Childe Hassam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz and others. Free admission.

Family Center

Visiting Artist in the Family Center

6-7 p.m. | Family Center

On the last Friday of each month, meet some of the local artists who inspire us and see how they create art in different mediums.

June 20 | Chris Melissinos
June 27 | Hans Ruebel
July 25 | Kelly Sheehan
August 29 | Dan Hernandez

Family CenterFamily Center Activities

3:30-8 p.m. | Family Center

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

June 6: Drawing from Nature!
June 13: Sculpture Garden Favorites!
June 20: Sunprints!
June 27: Video Game Characters!

July 11: Fun & Games!
July 18: Aminah Robinson-Inspired Art!
July 25: For the Birds!

August 1: Mosiac!
August 8: Greek Games!
August 15: Pixilated Pictures!
August 22: Glass-like Art!
August 29: 3D Pixel Block Art!


10003601_10152336331643606_985259320_oArt Hours

6, 7 & 8 p.m. | Glass Pavilion

Buy tickets ($25 members only; no refunds) in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome. Call (419) 254-5771 ext. 7448. NOTE: Most items created in Art Hours require a 24-hour annealing (finishing) process. Therefore, they must be picked up at a later date. There is a limit of four tickets per week per member; for groups larger than four, please contact the Glass Pavilion at (419) 254-5771, ext. 7334 to arrange a private session.

June 6, 13 & 20: Strawberries
July 11, 18 & 25: Watermelons
August 1, 2, 15, 22 & 29: Corn on the Cob

Art Hours: Flameworking

7 p.m. | Glass Pavilion

Flameworking Art Hours sessions are a new series of projects open to members and nonmembers alike. These one-hour glass experiences in the Flameworking Studio involve working with a torch under the guidance of a glass technician. Sessions are $25 per person and tickets can be purchased during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person. No experience necessary.

June 6 & 20: Pendants
June 13 & 27: Beads
July 11 & 25: Wine Glass Charms
July 18: Candies
August 1: Pastry Beads
August 8: Ribbon Pendants


7 & 8 p.m. | Glass Pavilion

Watch TMA glass artists make beautiful objects from molten glass.

June 6, 13 & 20
July 11
August 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Live Entertainment

1548193_10152450611153606_7138360948640190167_oIt’s Friday Music

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Cloister/Peristyle Terrace

Enjoy music from celebrated and up-and-coming regional performers. Cash bar available.

In the Cloister
June 6 | Roy Schneider Duo

On the Peristyle Terrace

July 11 | Miracle Vitamins; San Cristobal
July 18 | Grape Smugglers
August 1 | Howlin’ Mercy
August 8 | Last Born Sons
August 15 | Polka Floyd
August 22 | Swingmania
August 29 | Elixer

Special Presentations

REZAchievement Unlocked: How Video Games Captured the World’s Imagination

June 20: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

In the 40+ years since video games first winked into existence, they have become a global phenomena and emerged as an important artistic and storytelling medium in popular culture. Chris Melissinos, creator and guest curator of The Art of Video Games, traces the games’ journey from humble beginnings to global sensation, explores why we love them, and reveals how this groundbreaking exhibition came to be. Afterward, he will be on hand to sign copies of the exhibition catalogue The Art of Video Games: From Pac-Man to Mass Effect, co-authored by Melissinos and Patrick O’Rourke.

GAPP Artist Presentation: Leana Quade

June 27: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

In artist Leana Quade’s works, glass is made to twist like a slinky or remain fluid like lava. The Cleveland native will discuss her exploration into the capabilities of the medium during this free artist talk as part of her Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency. GAPP invites national and international artists to the Glass Pavilion to create new works inspired by the TMA collection. Quade’s talk will be followed by a demonstration in the Hot Shop at 8 p.m. “My goal,” Quade says, “is to inspire curiosity by revealing the mystical properties of glass and shedding new light on [its] surprising characteristics.”

MassEffect2Gaming for a Living: The Life of a Pro-Gamer

July 18: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

Video games are a $26 billion business. The average male gamer is 32 years old and the average female gamer is 42, hardly the stereotype of a teenager in his or her parents’ basement. Many gamers make a living playing video games and producing video game events. This panel discussion brings together pro gamers and video game personalities to discuss the business and lifestyle of the video game industry.

Level Complete: Where Are Video Games Headed?

August 15: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

With more than 20 years each producing video games, panelists Nathaniel McClure, Navid Khonsari and Blaine Graboyes are pioneering new gaming frontiers. These three veterans and innovators in the video game industry talk about the next generation of gaming and share their insight into the industry’s future in this panel discussion.


June 6

7 p.m. | Glass Pavilion Highlights
8 p.m. | Collection Connections: Monet to Estes

June 13

7 p.m. | Sculpture Garden
8 p.m. | The Art of Seeing Art

June 20

6 p.m. | Baby Tour
7 p.m. | Collection Connections: Adventure
8 p.m. | Collection Connections: Conquest

June 27

7 p.m. | People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights
8 p.m. | Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure

July 11

7 p.m. | Collection Connections: Art in Motion
8 p.m. | The Art of Seeing Art

July 18

7 p.m. | Sculpture Garden
8 p.m. | Collection Connections: Conquest

July 25

7 p.m. | The Great War: Art on the Front Line
8 p.m. | The Art of Seeing Art

August 1

7 p.m. | Collection Connections: Play
8 p.m. | The Dutch Golden Age

August 8

7 p.m. | Visitor’s Choice
8 p.m. | Medieval Art

August 15

6 p.m. | Baby Tour
7 p.m. | Collection Connections: Fantasy
8 p.m. | The Art of Seeing Art

August 22

7 p.m. | Glass Pavilion Highlights
8 p.m. | Myths and Legends

August 29

7 p.m. | The Art of Seeing Art
8 p.m. | Art of Ancient Civilizations