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The Art of Video Games

June 19–Sept. 28, 2014

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.


Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure

June 27–Sept. 21, 2014

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: 50 Years of Civil Rights

June 27–Sept. 21, 2014

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.

A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.


 The Great War: Art on the Front Line

July 25-Oct. 19, 2014

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.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites

Oct. 24, 2014–Feb. 8, 2015

Works on Paper Gallery

Featuring the “best of the best” of the TMA Works on Paper collection, Looks Good on Paper contains approximately 100 of TMA’s best prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, books and photographs selected for their major significance and universal appeal. Included are works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollack; a first-edition King James Bible and pages from the Gutenberg Bible; photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, and Ansel Adams; and more. Free admission.


Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art

October 31, 2014–January 25, 2015

Gallery 18

Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art uses works from the TMA collection to teach visitors methods and approaches for interpreting works of art. Free admission.


InSight: Contemporary Sensory Works

November 5, 2014–January 4, 2015

Throughout Museum

Works of art by three major contemporary artists—Pinaree Sanpitak of Thailand, Magdalene Odundo of Kenya, and Aminah Robinson of the United States—are part of a special installation that will delight the senses and celebrate the 2014 International Visual Literacy Association conference being hosted by TMA. Free admission.


 95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition

Nov. 21, 2014-Jan. 3, 2015

Canaday Gallery

The juried, multi-media TAA Exhibition celebrates the best work being done by artists within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art. This year, exciting changes to the 95-year tradition come into play. Free admission.


Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer

March 6–May 31, 2015

Canaday Gallery

For more than 50 years, Werner Pfeiffer (German-American, born 1937) has experimented with the multiple uses of paper as both a canvas and a structural material. Much of his work as a sculptor, printmaker and painter suggests a fascination with 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 serves in turn to inspire works that are thought-provoking in themselves. A prodigious artist, Pfeiffer’s works on paper have been shown and collected internationally. The nearly 200 limited-edition works of art in this exhibition include drawings, dimensional prints, 3D collage and sculptural and experimental books. Free admission.


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