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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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January

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.

Jan. 2: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Green Room
Matt Chambers Jazz Syndicate

FREE Special Events and Presentations

Gallery Talk: Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites
Jan. 9: 7 p.m., Works on Paper Gallery
Edward Hill, special projects assistant with the chief curator’s office, gives a tour of the exhibition Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites. The show features the “best of the best” of the Museum’s Works on Paper collection, and includes works by Vincent van Gogh, Roy Lichtenstein and Diane Arbus.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Ship to Shore and Back Again: The Archaeology of Coasts
Jan. 23: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Ships and their cargoes were produced on land, as were most sailors; but much of maritime archaeology tends to focus on watery disasters rather than the origins and destinations of ships, sailors and cargoes. While shipwrecks were important to maritime peoples of the past, these mariners were much more concerned with the results of successful voyages. Through a wide range of examples, it becomes clear that people in the past saw the coast as a far more permeable boundary than modern archaeologists. This lecture draws on the author Ben Ford’s research, as well as published sources, to introduce coastal archaeology and argue that archaeological investigations that span the waterline can contribute significantly to our understanding of the past. Ford is professor of anthropology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Jan. 2: 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 23: 7 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 30: 7 and 8 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Collection Highlights
Jan. 9: 8 p.m.
Jan. 23: 7 p.m.
Jan. 30: 7 p.m.

Baby Tour
Jan. 16: 3:30 p.m.

Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art Exhibition
Jan. 16: 7 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Jan. 16: 8 p.m.
Jan. 23: 8 p.m.
Jan. 30: 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.

Pop Art!
Jan. 9: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create pop art inspired by the Roy Lichtenstein work on display in the exhibition Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites.

Speaking Visual
Jan. 16: 3:30-8 p.m.
Take a look at the works of art in the Gallery 18 exhibition Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art, then use the art interpretation methods you’ve observed in the show to create your own work of art.

I Have a Dream Mural
Jan. 23: 3:30-8 p.m.
Creatively illustrate your dreams by creating works of art, which will be added to a Family Center mural.

Beads! Beads! Beads!
Jan. 30: 3:30-8 p.m.
Get inspired by the Toledo Museum of Art’s jewelry gallery and other beaded art, then create your own wearable masterpiece using beads!

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Jan. 30: 6-7 p.m.
Photographer Erin Clinton creates art using her camera. Join her as she guides children and their guardians on a photography lesson through the Museum. The Family Center will have a small supply of cameras available for use, but participants are welcome to bring their own.

Wine by the 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.

Jan. 9: New Year’s Toast
Jan. 16: Winter Wonderland Wines
Jan. 23: Great Wine Buys
Jan. 30: White Winter and Red Hot Shop

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a one-hour experience for the public that involve creating glass objects using a torch 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.

Snowmen
Jan. 9: 7 p.m.
Jan. 23: 7 p.m.

February

Exhibition Openings

Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer
Feb. 6-May 3, 2015, Canaday Gallery and Gallery 1
Artist Werner Pfeiffer’s experiences as a young boy in Germany during and after World War II, when paper was scarce, became the basis of a lifelong fascination with the material. For more than 50 years, he has experimented with its multiple uses in two- and three-dimensional creations. Much of his work as a sculptor, printmaker and painter suggests an attraction to machines and machine-like constructions. His drawings are schematic, his dimensional works project into space claiming their own territory and his complex artist books have moving parts. He is fascinated by puzzles and contradictions, metaphors and wordplay, and this curiosity inspires works that are thought-provoking in themselves. A prodigious artist, Pfeiffer’s works on paper have been shown and collected internationally, and are part of the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the 9/11 Memorial Museum. The nearly 200 limited-edition and unique works of art in this exhibition include drawings, dimensional prints, 3D collage, and sculptural and experimental books. Free admission.

Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection
Feb. 13-July 5, 2015, Gallery 18
The Mazza Museum in Findlay, Ohio, is the largest museum of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. About 50 works from that collection on loan to the Toledo Museum of Art explore the theme of pets—of all types—as illustrated in children’s picture books from the 1930s to the present, sure to delight visitors of all ages. The exhibition is presented by Marathon Petroleum Company. Free admission.

Werner Pfeiffer Selects
Feb. 13-May 10, 2015, Works on Paper Gallery
Artist Werner Pfeiffer selected works on paper from the Toledo Museum of Art collection by artists who have influenced his own work and aesthetic. Among the nearly 100 selections are books and prints by recognized Modern masters such as Henri Matisse, Hans Arp and Max Ernst, as well as works by contemporary artists including Lucas Samaras, H.A.P. Grieshaber and Warja Honegger-Lavater. Drawing on decades as an educator, keen observer and practicing artist, Pfeiffer reveals some of the inspiration behind his creativity in this show, a companion to the major exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Free admission.

Community Gallery

People on Paper
Feb. 6-May 7, 2015, Community Gallery
For People on Paper, area artists were challenged to create figurative art that portrays the everyday activities of people—resting, eating, dancing, listening, meeting, standing, waiting—inspired by works in the Museum’s collection. Free admission.

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.

Feb. 6: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Dean Tartaglia (acoustic pop), GlasSalon

FREE Special Events and Presentations

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Buy Low, Sell High: The Marketplace in Ancient Ashkelon, Israel
Feb. 13: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
If archaeologists were to design a place to examine the economy of the ancient world, they could hardly pick a better site than Israel’s Ashkelon. Since 1985, the archaeologists of the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon have carefully sifted through the remains of this ancient city to search for evidence of international trade. In a stroke of luck, they uncovered a remarkable marketplace that has vastly expanded understanding of economic activity in the ancient Near East. Daniel Master, a professor of archeology at Wheaton College and director of archaeological excavations at Ashkelon since 2007, will describe the ancient marketplace and discuss its importance for the history of the ancient world. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a one-hour experience for the public that involve creating glass objects using a torch 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.

Heart Beads
Feb. 6: 7 p.m.
Feb. 20: 7 p.m.

Wine by the 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.

Feb. 13: Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles: Valentine’s Day Salute
Feb. 20: You Had Me at Merlot: Wines That Make a Great Impression
Feb. 27: February Thaw: Wines with Floral Notes

FREE Public Tours

Collection Highlights
Feb. 6: 8 p.m.
Feb. 13: 8 p.m.
Feb. 27: 8 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Feb. 6: 7 p.m.
Feb. 20: 8 p.m.

Baby Tour
Feb. 13: 6 p.m.

Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer Exhibition
Feb. 13: 7 p.m.

Werner Pfeiffer Selects Exhibition
Feb. 20: 7 p.m.

Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection Exhibition
Feb. 27: 7 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Feb. 6: 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 13: 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 20: 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 27: 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.

Black History Month
Feb. 6: 3:30–8 p.m.
Create a work of art inspired by African-American artists, such as Kehinde Wiley, represented in the Toledo Museum of Art collection. Your self-portrait will be made using a variety of materials and printmaking techniques.

Love & Family
Feb. 13: 3:30–8 p.m.
Inspired by art in the TMA collection that depicts the themes of love and family, create a special work of art for someone you love!

Chinese New Year
Feb. 20: 3:30–8 p.m.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year by going on a gallery hunt looking for dragons and lanterns, figures commonly used in celebrations of the holiday. Then, create works of art based on what you discovered.

Drawn, Cut & Layered
Feb. 27: 3:30–8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer by creating paper art inspired by the Pfeiffer’s sculptural books and 3D collages.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
Feb. 27: 6–7 p.m.
Check out Merce Culp’s unique picture books, which put a creative spin on favorite stories and fairy tales.