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Exterior view of the Toledo Museum of Art.TMA Thursday was inspired by the popularity of our ongoing weekly program It’s Friday! and the desire to attract visitors ages 24–45 to the Museum.

These extended hours are designed to increase accessibility for visitors with different schedules and to enable the Museum to experiment with diverse programming options for those looking to start the weekend a bit earlier. All main Museum and Glass Pavilion galleries will be open Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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TMA Thursday is sponsored in part by Huntington.


TMA Thursday | June-August, 2014

Exhibition Openings

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Opens June 19 | Canaday Gallery

The Art of Video Games shows the striking visual effects, player interactivity and creative use of new technologies in games. By focusing on four game types—action, adventure, target and combat/strategy—the exhibition reveals the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement. Visitors will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from those who remember classics such as Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers to those playing more recent games like Flower and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Mark Lamia, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Rose Family Foundation, Betty and Lloyd Schermer, and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. The showing in Toledo is made possible through the generous support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.

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July 24: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

A young computer whiz (Matthew Broderick) taps into a top secret supercomputer which has control over the U.S. nuclear arsenal in this Academy Award-nominated thriller. When it challenges him to a game between American and Russia, he innocently starts the countdown to World War 3. Can he avert war and convince the computer he was only playing? (1981, 114 min.)

The Last Starfighter

August 21: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

A teenage gamer, seemingly doomed to live out his days in a trailer park, finds himself recruited as a gunner for an alien defense force and asked to take the skills he showed in video games into real combat to protect the galaxy from invasion. (1984, 101 min.)

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September 11: 7 p.m. | Little Theater

This 2012 documentary follows four independent game developers who have taken the industry by storm. (2012, 104 min.)





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6 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 5, 19 & 26 | Strawberries
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 | Watermelons
August 7, 14, 21 & 28 | Corn on the Cob


7 & 8 p.m. | Glass Pavilion

Watch TMA glass artists make beautiful objects from molten glass.

June 5, 19 & 26
July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31
August 7, 14, 21 & 28

Drawing in the Galleries

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July 17 | 7 & 8 p.m.

August 21 | 7 & 8 p.m.

Throughout the Museum. Draw works inspired by the Museum’s collections under the guidance of a TMA staff member.



Drop-In: Great Gallery

June 19 | 7 p.m.

Explore the Great Gallery with a docent on-hand to answer questions.

10295385_10152448338893606_6452803247475703718_oArt Book Club Tour

July 10 | 5:30 p.m.

Penned in 1934, Irving Stone’s Lust for Life is a biographical novel depicting the life of Vincent van Gogh. Join fellow readers in a discussion of this literary portrait of the Dutch painter on July 9, then return Thursday, July 10 for a gallery tour in the Museum beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Libbey Court.

TMA’s Art Book Club is free for Museum and Library League members but space is limited. Call 419-254-5770 or email to register.

Drop-In: Classic Court

July 17 | 7 p.m.

Explore the Classic Court with a docent on-hand to answer questions.

Drop-In: Cloister

August 21 | 7 p.m.

Explore the Cloister with a docent on-hand to answer questions.