Masterworks of the 20th Century
Beginning January 21
Twentieth-century masterworks from the Toledo Museum of Art collection will return on view in this Gallery 6 installation, including visitor favorites by Georgia O’Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth. Also on view will be the acclaimed Edward Ruscha painting Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas on loan from the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College. Free admission.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Feb. 10–May 14, 2017
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic offers an overview of the artist’s prolific 14-year career. His signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on paintings by Old Masters, replacing European aristocrats in those paintings with contemporary black subjects and drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The exhibition also features a selection from the artist’s ongoing World Stage project, which he started in 2006 by establishing a satellite studio in Beijing; several bronze portrait busts and new stained glass “paintings.” The touring exhibition is organized by Eugenie Tsai, the John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum where it was shown last year (Feb. 20-May 24, 2015). The tour schedule includes the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (Sept. 20, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016), the Seattle Art Museum (Feb. 11-May 8, 2016) and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (June 3-Sept. 5, 2016) as well as TMA. The Toledo showing is presented in part by Welltower with additional support from 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, KeyBank, and the Ohio Arts Council. Free admission.
Framing Fame: 19th- & 20th-century Celebrity Photography
March 4–June 4, 2017, Gallery 18
Through approximately 55 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s extensive collection of works on paper, this exhibition charts the increasing proliferation of celebrity portrait photography and its popularity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the 1860s when photography was invented and a carte-de visite portrait of Abraham Lincoln, up through Andy Warhol’s 1970 Little Red Book polaroid, the exhibition provides an overview of celebrity portrait photography’s expansive reach throughout the 20th century along with its prominent role in shaping today’s attitude towards celebrity. Free admission.
Upcoming Exhibitions and Installations
Color Across the Spectrum
May 13–July 30, 2017, Wolfe Mezzanine
Pioneering artists since the 19th century have explored the singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual optical effects. This exhibition looks at color through a selection of modern and contemporary graphic portfolios drawn from the collection and created by various artists, including Joan Miró, Barnett Newman, and Josef Albers. Free admission.
The Berlin Painter and His World
July 8–Oct. 1, 2017
This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown, including dozens of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter along with works by other extraordinary artists of the period. The masterpieces are on loan from 15 museums and two private collections, including the British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Musée du Louvre. The painted subjects range from athletics and musical performances to the rich body of Greek myth and epic. The exhibition will be shown at Princeton University (March 4-June 11, 2017) before coming to TMA.
The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C. has been organized by the Princeton University Art Museum. Major support for this exhibition has been provided by the Leon Levy Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The Toledo showing is made possible in part by 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, Dina and Hicham Aboutaam, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Christies, Jim and Gregory Demirjian, and Taylor Cadillac, as well as generous gifts received in memory of Kurt Luckner. Admission is free for members and students, $10 for nonmembers.