Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art
April 12–July 14, 2013
Crossing Cultures features more than 120 works of indigenous art from Australia in the collection of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Spanning five decades of creative activity, the works were produced by artists from outback communities as well as major metropolitan centers. They represent the many art-making practices of Aboriginal peoples across the Australian continent, including acrylic paintings on linen and canvas, earthen ochre paintings on bark, and sculpture in a variety of media. Represented are both influential artists who contributed since the 1970s and those who are breathing new life into ancient stories. This free exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art.
May 3–July 21
Gallery 18 & Director’s Conference Room
In tandem with the Crossing Cultures exhibition, the Museum presents Prints by Twenty-Five Australian Artists: The Bicentennial Folio. The multicultural nature of Australian society is reflected in this compendium of prints, on loan from a private collector, that was commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and issued in 1988 to mark the 200-year anniversary of the country’s settlement. The artists invited to produce images for the project ranged from the descendants of Australia’s first inhabitants to more recent arrivals from other parts of the world. Four of the prints are on view in the Director’s Conference Room adjacent to Libbey Court; the majority can be seen in Gallery 18. Free admission.
May 3–July 21, 2013
Works on Paper Gallery
Patterns have long been painted on cave walls, carved into stone, woven into fine tapestries, printed on parchment and paper, and now displayed on computer screens. This exhibition explores the use of repetition, elaboration, and ornamentation to enhance visual pleasure. Free admission.
June 28–August 9, 2013
This photographic exhibition illuminates the often unseen stories of those who experience hunger on a daily basis. Community members were led through a series of workshops on how fine art and journalistic photography can communicate powerful messages. Photographed and juried by local residents facing the reality of hunger, the images offer a window into the challenges and triumphs of their world. Presented in partnership with American Frame, The Andersons, Eric Eggly Photography, Food for Thought, PointSeven Inc., ProMedica, Toledo Portrait, and Toledo School for the Arts.
Sponsored by Hickory Farms
Aug. 9–Nov. 10, 2013
Galleries 28 and 29
Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie, one of the largest naval battles of the War of 1812 in which nine U.S. vessels captured six ships of Great Britain’s Royal Navy. One of the prominent works on view will be the heroically scaled painting Perry’s Victory on Lake Erie by marine painter Thomas Birch, depicting a critical moment just before the surrender of the British ships. The show will include paintings, prints, sculpture, artifacts, letters and music to recall more of the exciting story. The naval engagement, led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, was a watershed moment in which the Americans reclaimed the lake and Perry became a national hero. A squadron of British ships had never before been captured; as Perry famously reported, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.” Free admission.
October 4, 2013–January 5, 2014
During the 1930s the Toledo Museum of Art introduced modern Japanese prints to American audiences with two landmark exhibitions. These seminal shows featured the works of 15 contemporary Japanese artists who had revived the traditional art of the woodblock print for a new era. Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints reassembles and reinterprets the 1930 show and adds companion objects depicted in the prints such as kimonos, netsuke, and samurai swords.
Feb. 13 – May 11, 2014
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present more than 100 paintings, photographs, drawings and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. This glorious major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and many others. It also celebrates garden designer André Le Nôtre (1613–1700)—best known for his grand perspectives and symmetry at the chateaux gardens of Versailles—who transformed the Tuileries from an outdoor museum for French royalty into a French formal garden for Louis XIV. The Tuileries, which stretches from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and became the city’s first public park in 1667. This special exhibition is co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Toledo Museum of Art and the Portland Art Museum, Oregon, with the exceptional collaboration of the Louvre.
The Art of Video Games
June 19–September 28, 2014