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The American West: Photographs of a New Frontier

Jan. 15–June 26, 2016

Works on Paper Gallery

In The American West: Photographs of a New Frontier, a portrait of one of the world’s great, untamable muses emerges: the landscape of the Western United States. Ansel Adams, Timothy O’Sullivan and Carlton Emmens Watkins are a few of the photographers represented. Approximately 70 works created from the 1860s to today from the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection are on display. Free admission.


Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections

April 15-Sept. 18, 2016

Glass Pavilion

Some of the most stunning works of art in glass from private collections, many of them promised gifts to the Toledo Museum of Art collection, have been assembled for this celebratory exhibition. Featuring more than 80 works, Hot Spot coincides with the tenth anniversary of the Museum’s Glass Pavilion. Complementing TMA’s own focus on glass, the exhibition shows a wide variety of contemporary objects, many never before exhibited publicly. ProMedica is the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor. Free admission.

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Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds

April 29–Aug. 7, 2016

Gallery 6

Five painting/collages, a tapestry, and a selection of “Field Guide” works by Fred Tomaselli are featured in the Toledo Museum of Art’s third biennial exhibition focused on bird-related art. The exhibition coincides with the Biggest Week in American Birding that occurs every spring near Toledo on the southern shores of Lake Erie and brings tens of thousands of birders to see a fantastic array of migrating songbirds. This exhibition, the first in this TMA series to feature the work of a single artist, explores birds, visual perception and transcendence in Tomaselli’s work. Free admission.


Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape

June 17-Nov. 6, 2016

Levis Galleries and Museum Grounds

A major exhibition by 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 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 travels to the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida (Jan. 23–May 7, 2016) before finishing its tour at the Toledo Museum of Art. ProMedica is the local sponsor of the exhibition and also the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor. Free admission.

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Upcoming Exhibitions

I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads

July 14–Nov. 8, 2016

Canaday Gallery

Imagery, music, sound effects, camera angles and words convey the message of political ads—but are they speaking to your heart or your head? I Approve This Message explores emotional responses to political ads by decoding the symbols and cues meant to influence viewers. Historic, even shocking, political ads are spotlighted in the Canaday Gallery where you can interact with, dissect and answer the question, “Would these have impacted my vote?” Even if you think you never want to see another political ad again, this nonpartisan, take-no-prisoners exhibition is unexpected, spirited and surprising. It will give you new insights into what you see and hear during the U.S. presidential election season. This exhibition is made possible in part by Taylor Cadillac and by ProMedica, the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor.

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