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Drawn entirely from the holdings of the Toledo Museum of Art, 300 Years of French Landscape Painting contains a single, stunning example selected from each of the many styles that define the French tradition of depicting scenes in nature. This one-gallery focus show begins with Claude Lorrain’s 17th-century classicism and Boucher’s Rococo fantasy and continues through the 19th century with Valenciennes (Neo-classicism), Rousseau (Barbizon School), Courbet (Realism), Renoir (Impressionism) and Cézanne (Post-Impressionism), and concludes in the early 20th century with the Fauvism of Derain. Free admission.
Works on Paper Gallery
Dancing is a powerful expression of movement and emotion. It can be part of celebration, formal performance, or even religion, and has always been a natural subject for art. Spontaneous or choreographed, private or public, always evolving and ever popular, dance has been a vehicle for artists to study the human body in motion, to lampoon human foibles, and to express joy or romance. These and other aspects of dance can be seen in this exhibition assembled mainly from the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art.
Little Dancer of Fourteen Years, on loan from the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts, occupies center stage in this exhibition that revolves around Hilaire Germain Edgar Degas (1834-1917), one of France’s leading Impressionists. Originally modeled in wax in 1880-81, the 38-inch tall figure was cast in bronze in 1919-21 and depicts Marie van Goethem, a student in the Ballet School of the Paris Opéra. Ten other works by Degas on the subject of ballet, including bronze sculptures and paintings, will be shown. Among them are TMA’s bronze Study in Nude of Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and pastel The Dancers, as well as important works on loan from the Museé d’Orsay in Paris, the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is presented in celebration of The Toledo Ballet’s 75th annual performance of “The Nutcracker” and will include a section of memorabilia and costumes from the ballet. Free admission.
Degas and the Dance is sponsored in part by
Additional funding for the exhibition is provided by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and through the sustainability grant program of the Ohio Arts Council.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture explores the athletic shoe from its origins in the mid-1800s to its current place in high-fashion. This traveling exhibition, organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, is the first exhibition in the United States to present a comprehensive survey of the sneaker’s complex design, history, and immense cultural significance. The Toledo Museum of Art is the only Ohio venue for this show, which comes to Toledo from the Brooklyn Museum (July 10-Oct. 4, 2015) and then travels to the High Museum of Art (June 12-Aug. 14, 2016) followed by the Speed Art Museum (Sept. 10-Nov. 27, 2016). Free admission.
Drawn from Native American art collected by Charles and Valerie Diker, Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection features more than 100 masterworks representing tribes across the North American continent. Shaped by the Dikers’ passion for American Indian art and culture, coupled with an aesthetic sensibility honed by their long engagement with modern and contemporary art, this superb Native American art collection is renowned as one of the largest, most comprehensive and most exquisite in private hands. A number of recent acquisitions never before seen publicly are showcased. Organized by the American Federation of Arts, this exhibition is made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor, the JFM Foundation and Mrs. Donald M. Cox. The touring show will be seen at the Seattle Art Museum (Feb. 12-May 17, 2015); the Amon Carter Museum of Art (July 5-Sept. 13, 2015); and Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University (Oct. 8, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016), as well as at the Toledo Museum of Art. Free admission.
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Some of the most stunning works of art in glass from private and corporate collections throughout Ohio and Michigan have been assembled for this unique exhibition. Featuring approximately 70 sculptural works – selected for their high quality and artistic significance – Hot Spot coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion. Complementing TMA’s own focus on glass, the exhibition shows a wide variety of contemporary and historic objects, many never before exhibited publicly. Free admission.
Wolfe Gallery (Main Museum) and Glass Pavilion Grounds
A major exhibition by world renowned artist Jaume Plensa, Human Landscape consists of seven large outdoor sculptures, including some shown for the first time in the United States, plus indoor installations that include a stainless steel curtain through which visitors can walk. Some of the artist’s lesser-known works on paper, 22 drawings and 10 etchings covering a wide chronology, also are part of the exhibition. Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1955, Plensa is internationally recognized for his large figurative sculptures and installations that produce enchanting and mystifying visions of the human form as landscape. His Spiegel, showing the silhouettes of two massive crouching figures made of a latticework of letters, has been a popular work in the TMA Welles Sculpture Garden since it was acquired in 2012. Organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape will travel to the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida before finishing its tour at the Toledo Museum of Art. A fully illustrated color catalog will be available for purchase. Free admission.