August 23–December 27, 2013
The Art of Japanese Fashion is the first “fashion as art” exhibition to appear in the Community Gallery. In June 2013, the Toledo Museum of Art issued a challenge to clothing designers to unleash their creativity in a Japanese-inspired clothing design contest. Participants could enter in one of two ways: design an original Japanese-inspired garment or by proposing a design for a Japanese-inspired t-shirt. Twenty one fashion pieces will be on display, including garments, T-shirts, head pieces and hair decorations. There will also be some Japanese inspired artworks done by community members in the exhibition.
October 4, 2013–January 1, 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, Kabuki costumes, and samurai swords.
Supported in part by
Supported in part by Douglas and Elaine Barr.
October 11, 2013-January 5, 2014
Works on Paper Gallery
Ebb & Flow explores the global influence of Japanese printmaking in the 20th century. Highlighting the exchange of ideas between Eastern and Western cultures, Ebb & Flow consists of approximately 100 works from the TMA collection and loans from other institutions. Supported in part by Douglas and Elaine Barr.
A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
November 22, 2013-March 2, 2014
This exhibition explores various printmaking techniques used from the Renaissance to the present, and includes a video presentation illustrating printmakers at work. The title refers to how ink is transferred from the block plate to paper or other materials: the “highs” are relief prints such as woodcut, where ink transfers from the uncut raised surfaces; the “lows” are intaglio processes such as engraving, where ink transfers from the lower plate. Art students from the University of Toledo curated this show with works from the TMA collection. Free admission.
A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
Dec. 13, 2013–May 25, 2014
Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine and Gallery 18
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works delve into themes of identity using unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art and will include a representation of his New England studio in Gallery 18. Free admission.
Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard
Jan. 24–May 4, 2014
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard is considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, and is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a small selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century.
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.
The exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art, with the special collaboration of the Musée du Louvre.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden presented in part by
In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science
April 25-July 6, 2014
Coinciding with the Biggest Week in American Birding, In Fine Feather highlights the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America to the modern field guide. The exhibition features works by noted bird artists and illustrators including Audubon, Alexander Wilson, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson. Free admission.
The Art of Video Games
June 19–September 28, 2014
The Art of Video Games is the first major exhibition to examine the evolution of video games as an artistic medium over the industry’s 40-year history. It shows the development of visual effects and creative use of new techniques in games, and highlights influential artists, developers and designers from the Atari era to the PlayStation. It also shows the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement through action, adventure, target and combat/strategy games. The traveling exhibition features playable game kiosks and video clips. A catalogue by the same name will be available for purchase. Free admission.
95th Toledo Area Artists
November 21, 2014-January 3, 2015