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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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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

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.

March

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.

Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky
March 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister
Violinist Gabriel Bolkosky performs Miles Davis’ album “Sketches of Spain.” Bolkosky is the executive director of The Phoenix Ensemble, a nonprofit organization dedicated to being a musical resource for artists and educational institutions, and founder and director of PhoenixPhest, a chamber music festival. He was previously a guest artist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor teaching violin and chamber music for six years, and has performed internationally.

FREE Special Events and Presentations

FREE GAPP Artist Talk: Beverly Fishman
March 20: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
For more than 20 years, Beverly Fishman’s largely abstract work has explored our relationship to science and medicine in a variety of different media. The artist returns to the Toledo Museum of Art as a Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) resident for the second time — her 2010 residency produced the floor installation Pill Spill — to discuss her latest collaboration with the Museum’s glassblowers.

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.

Spring Leaves
March 6: 7 p.m.
March 20: 7 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

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

Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer Exhibition
March 6: 7 p.m.
March 27: 7 p.m.

Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection Exhibition
March 13: 7 p.m.

Collection Highlights
March 13: 8 p.m.
March 27: 8 p.m.

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

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

March 6: 7 and 8 p.m.
March 13: 7 and 8 p.m.
March 20: 7 and 8 p.m.
March 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.

Animal Books for Best in Show
March 6: 3:30–8 p.m.
After viewing the children’s book illustrations on display in the Gallery 18 exhibition Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection, head down to the Family Center to create your own picture book about pets.

Clay Characters
March 13: 3:30-8 p.m.
Create clay animal characters inspired by the pet illustrations featured in the Gallery 18 exhibition Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection.

Go Green!
March 20: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the first day of spring and go green by creating works of art using recycled materials.

Paper Weaving
March 27: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by the dimensional constructions and boxes in the exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer, try your hand at weaving paper to create a colorful work of art.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
March 27: 6-7 p.m.
Meet author Merrill Rainey from Little Rainey Illustration & Design and learn what inspires him as he creates his children’s books.

April

Exhibition Openings

The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes
April 3–July 5, Galleries 28 & 29
This exhibition depicts major events of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of the artist. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the war, The American Civil War features approximately 50 objects drawn from the Toledo Museum of Art collection and local institutions and collections, including a monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor by Gilbert Gaul that depicts Battery H, an artillery unit that included many soldiers from Northwest Ohio. Free admission.

Gifts on Paper from The Apollo Society
April 10–May 31, Gallery 6
Since 1986, TMA’s art acquisition group The Apollo Society has purchased dozens of works for the Museum’s collection. This installation contains all 10 works on paper given during the group’s history. Objects—done in charcoal, ink, oil, photography, lithography, etching and wood engraving—include Paul Colin’s Art Deco portfolio Le tumulte noir (The Black Craze) featuring a young Josephine Baker; the 1570 seminal treatise Four Books of Architecture by Andrea Palladio; and the monumental, meticulously drawn Clear, Wondrous, Ancient, Strange showing the four ancient cypresses growing at the foot of Dengwei Mountain in China. 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.

Rick Robinson and CutTime Players
April 3: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister
After 23 years as a bassist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Rick Robinson made it his musical mission to share the joys of classical music with the masses. He founded the CutTime Players, an ensemble that performs symphonic works in non-traditional spaces. They’ll bring their unique twist on the traditional to the Museum’s Cloister Gallery in this special It’s Friday! performance.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE AIA-Toledo Society 19th Annual Kurt T. Luckner Lecture: Dionysos Meets Hades in Toledo
April 10: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Scholars have long debated whether Dionysos, a god in Greek mythology, had any association with the underworld. While some researchers believed he was seen entirely as a wine god, others argued that the ancient Greeks believed Dionysos guided his followers to a better afterlife. The appearance of the ancient vase Volute Krater (Mixing Vessel) with Dionysos visiting Hades and Persephone, acquired by the Toledo Museum of Art in 1994, provided a missing link that unequivocally points to Dionysos’ intercession with the underworld powers on behalf of his initiates. In this lecture, Thomas Carpenter, professor of classics at Ohio University, shows how the images, created by a prolific vase painter, combine traditional Greek underworld imagery with themes from Euripides’ Bacchae to give us a masterpiece of south Italian painting. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

FREE GAPP Artist Talk: Joshua Wojick
April 17: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Detroit glass artist Joshua Wojick will discuss his creative process and Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency at the Toledo Museum of Art. Wojick, adjunct professor of glassblowing at the College for Creative Studies and a glassblower at The Henry Ford Museum, will create work in the Hot Shop inspired by the Museum’s glass collection as part of his GAPP regional residency at TMA.

FREE Film: Lincoln
April 17: 7 p.m., Little Theater
The Academy Award-nominated film “Lincoln” centers on the tumultuous final months of the 16th president’s time in office. As the Civil War rages, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.

FREE Gallery Talk: Timeless Topics: Deception, Guilt and Innocence in the Old Masters
April 24: 7 p.m., Great Gallery
Lawrence W. Nichols, the Museum’s William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, will discuss the contemporary relevance of themes in Old Master works.

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.

Flowers
April 10: 7 p.m.
April 24: 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.

April 10: Magnifique: French Wines
April 17: Bellissimo: Italian Wines
April 24: Crikey! Surprisingly Good Australian Wines

FREE Public Tours

Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection Exhibition
April 3: 7 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
April 3: 8 p.m.
April 17: 8 p.m.

The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes Exhibition
April 10: 7 p.m.

Collection Highlights
April 10: 8 p.m.
April 24: 8 p.m.

Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer Exhibition
April 17: 7 p.m.

Baby Tour
April 17: 6 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

April 3: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 10: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 17: 8 p.m.
April 24: 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.

Zig Zag Books and Collage Constructions
April 3: 3:30-8 p.m.
View 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.

Go Bananas!
April 10: 3:30-8 p.m.
Use bright, yellow materials to create a work of art inspired by Werner Pfeiffer’s Banana Drawings, as seen in the exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer.

Costumes
April 17: 3:30-8 p.m.
Go back in time to create historical attire inspired by the Civil War-era using fabric and other materials. The hands-on activity is in conjunction with the exhibition The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes.

Earth Day!
April 24: 3:30-8 p.m.
Recycle, reduce, reuse! Repurpose objects by creating a work of art using recycled materials in honor of Earth Day.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center
April 24: 6-7 p.m.
Meet local artist Lois Morgan and see how she creates beautiful jewelry and sculptural pieces using recycled objects and found art objects.

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