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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.

Special Events & Presentations

Hoodwinking the Periscope: Dazzle Camouflage with Natalie Lanese

dazzle shipSeptember 18 at 7:30 p.m. | Little Theater

The art of navy concealment during World War I and II was literary just that: art. Ships camouflaged in panel and stripe patterns came to be known as dazzles ships, meant to create an optical illusion that would confuse enemies trying to make a target of the British and U.S. naval fleets. Artist Natalie Lanese, who uses optical painting techniques inspired by dazzle, will discuss the history of the form and its influences in this lecture.

FREE Masters Series: Brett Leonard

Brett Leonard HeadshotSeptember 25 at 6 p.m. | Peristyle

Born in Toledo, Brett Leonard is a visionary American film and video director, writer, and producer. The Lawnmower Man, Leonard’s cautionary tale on virtual reality, was the most successful independent film of 1992 and was acclaimed for its cutting edge computer animation and visual effects. Virtuosity (1992), starring Russell Crowe and Denzel Washington, explored nanotechnology in a cyberpunk future. Mr. Leonard joins TMA Director Brian Kennedy in a conversation about the creative possibilities of digital technology.

The TMA Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors, a group of active Museum supporters and fundraisers.

Lecture: Glenn Watkins, Proof Through the Night

Watkins-Glenn_cr_Peter_SmithOctober 9 at 7 :30 p.m. | Little Theater

Renowned musicologist Glenn Watkins discusses music as a cultural marker during World War I and exposes its complex relationship to visual art, national institutions, and international politics, reflecting society’s most profound doubts and aspirations. Mr. Watkins is the author of Proof Through the Night: Music and the Great War and the Earl V. Moore professor emeritus of music history and musicology at the University of Michigan. His 1973 book, Gesualdo: The Man and His Music, prefaced by Igor Stravinsky, received a National Book Award nomination.

Toledo Writes

December 4 at 7:30 p.m. | Little Theater

Actors Collaborative of Toledo Presents: Edward Albee’s Occupant

December 11 at 7:30 p.m. | Little Theater

Toledo Laughs

December 18 at 7:30 p.m. | Little Theater


lieberman_Toledo_MuseumofArt_GlassPavilion_04_asHeavy Listening with Ben Cohen & Ben Langlois

October 16 at 7:30 p.m. | GlasSalon

Join Ben Cohen and Ben Langlois, long-time local collaborators and DJs, for a guided listening journey through pivotal records that have helped develop the musical taste and identity of this region’s musicians, DJs, and producers. Cohen and Langlois will share and discuss everything from far-out hip hop to traditional music from around the world during this evening program.

Jazz Performance in the GlasSalon: Guy Mintus & Friends

Oct. 30: 6:30–8:30 | GlasSalon

Guy Mintus is a 22-year-old pianist, composer, arranger and recipient of the Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award by ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Born in Israel, Mintus lives in New York City where he studies at the Manhattan School of Music and performs at venues across the city. He will be joined by local Toledo musicians and a few surprise guests. The performance is co-sponsored by the Art Tatum Jazz Heritage Society and the Toledo Museum of Art. Purchase tickets at the door and in advance at



Indie Game: The Movie

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.)





YusufA new series of tours invites Toledoans to share which works of art in TMA’s collection have inspired them. Dubbed Localeyes, the experience allows artists, professors, musicians and other community members to share the Museum’s impact on them with the public.

September 4: Janet Rogolsky
September 11: Barbara Miner
September 18: Yusuf Lateef

October 2: Llewellyn Gibbons (with TMA docent Mary Karazim)

October 9: Steven Wipfli (with TMA docent Tom Isley)
October 16: David Gierke (with TMA docent Terry Teufel)
October 23: Melissa Schubeck (with TMA docent John Duvall)
October 30: Mercé L. Culp (with TMA docent Terry Teufel)

November 6: Paula Baldoni (with TMA docent Tonda Wiles)
November 13: Matt Pohlad (with TMA docent Tonda Wiles)
November 20: Michael Lang (with TMA docent Ann Strickler)

December 4: TBD
December 11: TBD
December 18: TBD

Art Book Club Gallery Tour

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.

Regeneration Pat BarkerRegeneration by Pat Barker

September 11 at 5:30 p.m. | Libbey Court

The first in a series of novels confronting the psychological effects of World War I, Barker focuses on treatment methods during the war and the story of a decorated English officer sent to a military hospital after publicly declaring he will no longer fight. This novel blends fact and fiction, drawing its two protagonists from the pages of history. Also join us for a tour of the exhibition The Great War: Art on the Front Line, led by exhibition curator, Paula Reich.

The book discussion for Regeneration is Monday, September 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Reference Library.

Book JacketThe Lost Diaries of Frans Hals by Michael Kernan

November 13 at 5:30 p.m. | Libbey Court

Join us as we explore the world of Frans Hals. From present-day New York to 17th-century Holland, this imaginative, enthralling novel conjoins the marginalized struggles of two creative, impoverished and sometimes desperate men separated by more than three centuries. Curator, Larry Nichols, will lead a tour focusing on TMA’s Frans Hals painting, Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape.

The book discussion for The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals is Monday, November 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the Art Reference Library.

Flashlight Tour

Flashlight Tours at TMAOctober 30 at 9 p.m.

Explore the galleries after hours and see the TMA collection in a whole new light. BYOF (bring your own flashlight). Member admission is $5, nonmembers $10. Purchase tickets in advance at information desks or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.





All demonstrations take place in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop.

September 4 at 7 & 8 p.m.
September 11 at 7 & 8 p.m.
September 18 at 7 & 8 p.m.
September 25 at 7 & 8 p.m.

October 2 at 7 & 8 p.m.
October 9 at 7 & 8 p.m.
October 16 at 7 & 8 p.m.
October 23 at 7 & 8 p.m.
October 30 at 7 & 8 p.m.

November 6 at 7 & 8 p.m.
November 13 at 7 & 8 p.m.
November 20 at 7 & 8 p.m.

December 4 at 7 & 8 p.m.
December 11 at 7 & 8 p.m.
December 18 at 7 & 8 p.m.

Art Hours

10548309_10152664944923606_6193682530315549408_oArt Hours are hands-on, hour-long classes that give participants the opportunity to make a variety of glass projects. Tickets are $25 for donor members only (no refunds) and can be purchased in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session. Adults and children 14+ accompanied by an adult are welcome.

September 4 at 6 p.m.

Pac–Man Pear
September 11 at 6 p.m.

Pac–Man Ghost
September 18 at 6 p.m.

Pac–Man Cherry
September 25 at 6 p.m.

Mini Pumpkins
October 2 at 6 p.m.
October 9 at 6 p.m.
October 16 at 6 p.m.
October 23 at 6 p.m.
November 13 at 6 p.m.

Candy Canes
November 20 at 6 p.m.
December 4 at 6 p.m.
December 11 at 6 p.m.
December 18 at 6 p.m.

Art Hours: Flat Glass

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreate your own Space Invaders glass tile using layers of colorful, fusible glass which is then fired overnight in a kiln during Art Hours. Suitable for adults and for children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets ($25; no refunds) in person or call 419-254-5771 ext. 7448 during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session.

September 4 at 7 p.m.
September 11 at 7 p.m.

Note: Most items created in Art Hours require a 24-hour annealing (finishing) process. Items created on Friday, Saturday or Sunday will be available the following Tuesday.

Drawing in the Galleries

drawing in the galleriesSketch in the galleries under the guidance of a TMA instructor. All supplies are provided and no experience is necessary.

September 18 from 7–9 p.m.
October 23 from 7–9 p.m.
November 20 from 7–9 p.m.