Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art
Nov. 18, 2017-Feb. 18, 2018, Gallery 18
Christian art borrowed heavily from non-Christian traditions in terms of its techniques, media, style and iconography. Glorious Splendor traces these continuities through the most remarkable objects of the period: precious stones, metals and jewelry. The exhibition will feature some 30 masterpieces of Late Roman art, most of which have never been exhibited before in a museum. Drawing on private collections and TMA’s holdings, this exhibition will captivate viewers with its glittering gold and silver, stunning oversize carved garnets and rubies and dazzling rings and necklaces. Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art is supported in part by Taylor Cadillac, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, the TMA Ambassadors, Mary Lynch Jarrell and Paul A. Jarrell, James and Gregory Demirjian, Sotheby’s, Harold Jaffe Jewelers and the Ohio Arts Council, with additional support from the 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
Collecting Now: Recent Acquisitions
Nov. 28-Dec. 31, 2017
With the generous support of glass industrialist Edward Drummond Libbey and his wife Florence Scott Libbey, the Toledo Museum of Art was founded in 1901. Somewhat unusually for an American museum born in the Gilded Age, TMA was established without a permanent collection (by 1903, the Museum’s collection consisted only of a Dutch 19th-century painting of sheep and an Egyptian mummy of a cat). Rather, what motivated the founders was a strong desire to enrich the community and make Art Education an essential part of the lives of all.
Over the past 116 years, the Museum has remained true to these guiding principles while also building up a world-renowned collection of approximately 23,000 objects. As the collection has grown, our acquisition strategy has remained remarkably consistent: in harmony with our purpose of Art Education, the Museum seeks to acquire works of exceptional quality that represent the best of human artistic output across time and geographic location. As a result, TMA has built exceptionally strong holdings in glass, paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts. While the Museum’s collecting philosophy is centered on acquiring singular masterpieces in these areas, it also has a number of smaller, comprehensive “boutique” collections, such as artists’ books, Japanese netsuke, and 20th-century Japanese prints.
Collecting Now: Recent Acquisitions highlights some of the diverse array of works added to the Museum’s collection over the last few years. This installation celebrates these amazing works of art and sheds light on the process through which artworks enter the collection.
Drawn from Classicism: Modern Artists’ Books
Sept. 9-Dec. 10, 2017
Wolfe Mezzanine Gallery
This exhibition features a selection of modern livres d’artiste or limited edition, illustrated books and prints that were inspired by classical and mythological texts. Created largely by the French School of Paris artists that includes Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Aristide Maillol among others, these innovative and original prints highlight the artist book’s importance as a vehicle to treat a range of Greek and Roman literary themes written by Ovid, Virgil and other classical poets and playwrights. With their classicizing designs of antique texts that focus upon themes of love, imaginary idyllic landscapes and human mortality, these illustrated books exemplify how major artists from the late 19th and early 20th century, through their imaginative reconnection to age-old narratives and mythological figures, metaphorically assert the aesthetic and personal values of western classical tradition. This exhibition display is drawn from the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection.
Kara Walker, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
June 17–Oct. 22, 2017
Widely known for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender and sexuality, Kara Walker is one of the most successful and celebrated artists today. Her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated), 2005 will be on display from June 17 – October 22, 2017 in celebration of its recent acquisition by TMA. It features 15 of the artist’s signature black silhouette figures in silkscreen layered over enlarged wood-engravings of Civil War scenes taken from Harper’s Pictorial History, first published in 1866. By uniting her contemporary re-imagining of events from an African-American perspective with the historical record, Walker creates a powerful visual statement that challenges the conventional one-sided textbook account of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. This exhibition is supported in part by the H. L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund and the Ohio Arts Council.
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 Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; and the Leon Levy Foundation.
The Toledo showing is made possible in part by Taylor Cadillac, Christie’s, Ohio Arts Council, James and Gregory Demirjian, Princeton University Alumni of Northwest Ohio, an anonymous donor, and generous gifts received in memory of Kurt Luckner with additional support from our 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission is free for members and students, $10 for nonmembers.
Color Across the Spectrum
May 13–July 30, 2017
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.
Framing Fame: 19th- & 20th-century Celebrity Photography
March 4–June 4, 2017
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.
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.
The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story
Oct. 28, 2016–Feb. 12, 2017
The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were the product of the World War I aid effort. The porcelain factories at Limoges and Sèvres aided in the recovery by putting wounded soldiers, outof-work artisans and young men back to work making French novelties. Out of their production came this collection of 78 fashion figures, depicting French style from A.D. 493 to 1915. The dolls were purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey at the Permanent Blind Relief Fund’s Allied Bazaar in New York, in what was hailed as the “greatest single purchase made at the Allied Bazaar.” (The dolls sold for $30,000, the equivalent of about $680,000 today.) The Libbey Dolls are connected with prominent French couturier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Jacques Doucet, who created the dolls’ clothing, using inspiration from works of art by great French artists like Nicolas Lancret and Louis-Léopold Boilly, as well as drawings and engravings from late 19th-century fashion publications. The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story will explore the extraordinary story of this collection while showcasing French fashion design and the strong connection between fashion and the art world.
Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 35
Nov. 5, 2016–Jan. 29, 2017
Contemporary Mexican–born artist Gabriel Dawe’s textile installations have adorned gallery spaces around the world, most recently as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. These ethereal indoor rainbows prompt us to examine public spaces in a new, fantastical light. The artist’s next installment in the series will be titled Plexus no. 35, and will be created especially for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. Sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors.
Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part
Sept. 2, 2016–Jan. 8, 2017
Four hundred years after his death, the Toledo Museum of Art honors the great playwright William Shakespeare with an exhibition exploring The Bard’s band of characters, from the comedic to the tragic. Approximately 30 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs bring the beloved writer’s works to life. Fred Wilson’s sculpture Iago’s Mirror (2009) references Othello and Arthur Hughes’s painting Ophelia (1865) takes its subject from “Hamlet.” Other works dramatically represent scenes from “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Troilus and Cressida,” and “The Tempest.” Free admission.
I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads
July 14–Nov. 8, 2016
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 presented by Taylor Cadillac with additional support from Block Communications, Inc. and ProMedica, the 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor.
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.
Hot Spot: Contemporary Glass from Private Collections
April 15–Sept. 18, 2016
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.
Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds
April 29–Aug. 7, 2016
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.
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.
Indigenous Beauty: Masterworks of American Indian Art from the Diker Collection
Feb. 12-May 8, 2016
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 120 masterworks representing cultures 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. Its showing in Toledo is made possible by 2016 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, Dorothy MacKenzie Price, Taylor Cadillac and members of the Museum.
Admission to the Museum and to the exhibition is free.
The Rise of Sneaker Culture
Dec. 3, 2015-Feb. 28, 2016
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.
Nov. 6, 2015–Feb. 14, 2016
Throughout history the city has taken on many visual guises: from romantic images of bright electronic signs reflected in the eyes of someone in awe of its grandeur or steam rising from a sewer grate on a cold winter’s day, to darker views of urban tragedy and the alienation of a life lived amongst strangers. These visions suggest a multitude of experiences for viewers to contemplate, whether they know the life of the city themselves or have only ever imagined it. The themes represented in this exhibition—Architecture & Renewal, Economics & Society, and A Day in the City—are vital and interacting parts of the complex phenomenon that is The City. Architecture is the physical backbone of a city, economics drives the architecture and businesses that help the city to thrive, and the leisurely activities of daily life keep the economy growing. From grand views of famous boulevards to modest glimpses of anonymous corners, from scenes of growth and prosperity to images of decline and disrepair, the works in this exhibition catalog the extraordinary and spectacular life of the city. This exhibition was curated by the University of Toledo’s Art Museum Practices class.
Degas and the Dance
Oct. 15, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016
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.
In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art
Sept. 18, 2015 —Jan. 3, 2016
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.
From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting
July 17-Oct. 11, 2015
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.
May 29-Sept. 6, 2015
Works on Paper Gallery
Dreamy depictions of worldly beauty, both real and imagined, span from the West Indies to North Wales in this exhibition of watercolor paintings and drawings. Artists from America to India are represented, including Winslow Homer and Joseph Mallord William Turner. The more than 90 works of art on display are assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art collection. Free admission.
May 22–Sept. 6, 2015
In a world that prioritizes work, how do we encourage people of all ages to relish the benefits of play?Play Time celebrates the art of diversion and engages visitors in multi-sensory, interactive installations across the entire 36-acre Museum campus and in select locations across the city. Play Time is sponsored in part by ProMedica and made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council and Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.
Best in Show: Animal Illustrations from the Mazza Collection
Feb. 13–July 5, 2015
The Mazza Museum holds the largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. Some 50 works from that collection on loan to the Toledo Museum of Art will explore the theme of people’s pets—of all types—as illustrated in children’s picture books from the 1930’s to the present, sure to delight visitors of all ages. Presented by Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Free admission.
The American Civil War: Through Artists’ Eyes
April 3–July 5, 2015
Galleries 28 & 29
This exhibition depicts major events of the American Civil War as seen through the eyes of the artist. Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the end of the conflict, The Civil War features 40–50 objects drawn from local institutions and collections, including a monumental painting of the Battle of Cold Harbor by Gilbert Gaul which depicts Battery H, of which many of its soldiers came from Northwest Ohio. Free admission.
Gifts on Paper from The Apollo Society
April 10—May 17, 2015
Since 1986, TMA’s art acquisition group has purchased dozens of works of art for the Museum’s collection. As The Apollo Society prepares to announce its latest offering, this installation celebrates all ten works on paper given throughout the group’s history. Free admission.
Werner Pfeiffer Selects
Feb. 13–May 10, 2015
Works on Paper Gallery Artist Werner Pfeiffer selected works on paper from the TMA collection by artists who have influenced his own work and aesthetic. Among the nearly 100 selections are books and prints by recognized masters such as Henri Matisse, Hans Arp, and Max Ernst, as well as works by contemporary artists including Lucas Samaras, H.A.P. Grieshaber, and Warja Honegger-Lavater. Drawing on decades as an educator, keen observer, and practicing artist, Pfeiffer reveals some of the inspiration behind his creativity in this companion show to the major exhibition Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer. Free admission.
Drawn, Cut & Layered: The Art of Werner Pfeiffer
Feb. 6–May 3, 2015
For more than 50 years, Werner Pfeiffer (German-American, born 1937) has experimented with the multiple uses of paper as both a canvas and a structural material. Much of his work as a sculptor, printmaker and painter suggests a fascination with machines and machine-like constructions. His drawings are schematic, his dimensional works project into space claiming their own territory and his complex artist books have moving parts. He is fascinated by puzzles and contradictions, metaphors and wordplay, and this curiosity serves in turn to inspire works that are thought-provoking in themselves. A prodigious artist, Pfeiffer’s works on paper have been shown and collected internationally. The nearly 200 limited-edition works of art in this exhibition include drawings, dimensional prints, 3D collage and sculptural and experimental books. Free admission.
Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art
Oct. 31, 2014–Jan. 25, 2015
Gallery 18 Artists are visual storytellers, creating works that are rich sources of layered meaning. Art museums are repositories of great examples of visual communication from across time and place and provide excellent opportunities to explore visual language. Speaking Visual: Learning the Language of Art uses works from the Toledo Museum of Art collection to teach visitors methods and approaches for interpreting works of art. Free admission.
Looks Good on Paper: Masterworks and Favorites
Oct. 10, 2014–Jan. 25, 2015
Works on Paper Gallery Featuring the “best of the best” of the TMA Works on Paper collection, Looks Good on Paper contains approximately 100 prints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, books and photographs selected for their major significance and universal appeal. Included are works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco Goya, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, and Roy Lichtenstein; a first-edition King James Bible and pages from the Gutenberg Bible; photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Diane Arbus; and more. Free admission.
InSight: Contemporary Sensory Works
Nov. 5, 2014–Jan. 4, 2015
Throughout Museum Works of art by three major contemporary artists—Pinaree Sanpitak of Thailand, Magdalene Odundo of Kenya, and Aminah Robinson of the United States—are part of a special installation that will delight the senses and celebrate the 2014 International Visual Literacy Association conference being hosted by TMA. Free admission.
95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition
Nov. 21, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015
Canaday Gallery The juried, multi-media TAA Exhibition celebrates the best work being done by artists within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art. This year, exciting changes to the 95-year tradition come into play. Free admission.
The Great War: Art on the Front Line
July 25-Oct. 19, 2014
Gallery 18 July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), a global conflict that resulted in more than 17-million deaths and another 20-million wounded. Its widespread deployment of mechanized and chemical warfare represented an application of science and technology that brought an end to what many had seen as the promise of industrialization to promote a peaceful and prosperous future. The art world reacted strongly to this unprecedented carnage. Many artists were involved in the fighting, their experiences profoundly affecting their worldview and their art. Whether they fought in the war or not, artists in Europe and America sought new styles and new philosophies to express their views of a society now forever changed. The Great War includes paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Childe Hassam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz and others. Free admission. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
The Art of Video Games
June 19–Sept. 28, 2014
Canaday Gallery The Art of Video Games shows the striking visual effects, player interactivity and creative use of new technologies in games. By focusing on four game types—action, adventure, target and combat/strategy—the exhibition reveals the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement. Visitors will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from those who remember classics such as Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers to those playing more recent games like Flower and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Mark Lamia, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Rose Family Foundation, Betty and Lloyd Schermer, and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. The showing in Toledo is made possible through the generous support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.
Fun & Games: The Pursuit of Leisure
June 27–Sept. 21, 2014
Works on Paper Gallery For centuries, humankind has enjoyed a wealth of leisure diversions. Drawing on works from local and Toledo Museum of Art collections, Fun & Games shows a variety of those activities—games, sports, racing, theater, dancing and gossip—depicted by artists over the years. The exhibition includes paintings, ceramics and works of art on paper by such artists as Honore Daumier, James A. M. Whistler, George Wesley Bellows, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Lucas Cranach, Winslow Homer, Albrecht Dürer, Marc Chagall and Rembrandt van Rijn. Free admission. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
People Get Ready: 50 Years of Civil Rights
June 27–Sept. 21, 2014
Hitchcock Gallery After a year of social tumult and congressional debate, the U.S. Civil Rights Act was signed into law on July 2, 1964. In honor of those who fought for the rights of all citizens to be treated fairly and equally, this exhibition features works of art examining slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement in the United States. It includes more than 35 works from the TMA collection by Elizabeth Catlett, David Levinthal, Gordon Parks, Aminah Robinson, W. Eugene Smith, Ernest C. Withers and others who have illuminated and challenged prejudice and bigotry through their prints, photographs and books. Free admission. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science
April 25-July 6, 2014
Gallery 18 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. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
Venetian Glass Birds: Lino Tagliapietra
March 28–June 22, 2014
Gallery 2, Glass Pavilion This small exhibition of elegant, blown glass birds recently created by the distinguished Venetian maestro Lino Tagliapietra is programmed to celebrate the annual song bird migration through the marshes along the Southern shore of Lake Erie. The chosen objects represent three recent series created by this master of Venetian glassblowing.
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 use 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 works in the Toledo Museum of Art collection. In Gallery 18, see a representation of Boghosian’s New England studio, where visitors can create their own collages using the artist’s materials through April 13. Free admission.
Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper
Feb. 21-May 18, 2014
Works on Paper Gallery Paper Roses looks at human interaction with nature, landscape, and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Museum’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books, and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Free Admission. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden
Feb. 13-May11, 2014
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 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 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.
Museum members receive free admission to The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Tickets for nonmembers are $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for seniors 65 and older and students.
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.
Love & Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard
Jan. 24–May 4, 2014
Gallery 28 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.
Highs & Lows: Printmaking Processes
November 22, 2013-March 2, 2014
Hitchcock Gallery Highs & Lows: Printmaking Processes explores various printmaking techniques used from the Renaissance to the present. The title refers to how ink is transferred from the block or 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 lines incised into the metal plate. 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.
Ebb & Flow: Cross-Cultural Prints
Oct. 11, 2013-Jan. 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.
Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints
Oct. 4, 2013-Jan. 1, 2014
Canaday Gallery 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 kimono, Kabuki costumes, and samurai swords. The Museum owns all but five of the 343 prints displayed in the exhibition, due to the generosity of local business leader H.D. Bennett. Fresh Impressions stresses the importance of the early 20th-century resurgence of woodblock printmaking in Japan—a phenomenon known as the shin hanga (“new print”) movement that combined traditional technique with Western inspiration—and showcases the Museum’s role in popularizing the genre in the United States and Japan. Sponsored in part by Bridgestone APM Company and Douglas and Elaine Barr.
Perry’s Victory: The Battle of Lake Erie
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, 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.
Patterns on Paper
May 3-August 18, 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.
Prints by Australian Artists: The Bicentennial Folio
May 3-August 18, 2013
Gallery 18 and 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.
Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art
April 12 – July 14, 2013
Canaday Gallery 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.
February 14–April 21, 2013
Gallery 18 George Bellows (1882–1925) was a painter, illustrator, and lithographer from Ohio who moved to and painted scenes of urban New York City. His 1909 painting, The Bridge, Blackwell’s Island depicting the Queensboro Bridge, was purchased by Edward Drummond Libbey and given to TMA in 1912. In this exhibition, art history students from the University of Michigan used The Bridge as a point of departure to curate a show that also includes works on paper by Bellows and works by other American Realist painters of that era. A free digital exhibition catalog is also available.
94th Toledo Area Artists
February 1–April 14, 2013
Leslie Adams: Drawn from Life
October 19, 2012–February 3, 2013
As a young girl Leslie Adams attended art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Today she is nationally known for her portraits of civic leaders and distinguished members of private society. The first recipient of the Solo Exhibition Award of the Toledo Area Artists Exhibition in 2011, Adams presents a new body of approximately 20 works incorporating Old Master painting compositions and drawing techniques. The work is autobiographical, weaving classical references with a dash of 20th-century pop culture. In it Adams conveys memories of the Museum and its collection together with other people, places, and objects that have shaped her career and life. Free admission.
Prints and Authors from the Time of Manet
September 13, 2012–January 13, 2013
Édouard Manet (1832–1883) came of age during a time of prolific change in Paris and in French society in general. While earlier artists produced works of biblical and mythological subjects full of history and allegory, artists like Manet began to paint more freely and to draw inspiration from the life around them. Prints, photographs, and illustrated books are included in this exhibition of artworks produced during Manet’s lifetime. More than 120 works by some of the most talented artists working in the period—including Renoir, Corot, Daumier, Whistler, and Manet himself—are featured. Free admission.
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the Kobal Foundation
October 7, 2012–January 20, 2013
Made in Hollywood: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation, which opened at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2008, is drawn from the archive of the John Kobal Foundation. This exhibition focuses on the stars, the sets and the scenes created by the American film industry and captured by the most important photographers who worked in the Hollywood Studios from 1920–1960. Sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.
Museum People: Faces of TMA
September 28, 2012–January 20, 2013
Museum people—those who visit and support art institutions—come from all walks of life. Last spring, hundreds of TMA community members of all ages stopped by to have photo headshots taken to be included in this free exhibition featuring a sea of nearly 700 faces. This collective portrait of our community will be installed in a floor-to-ceiling “salon hang” adjacent to the Manet and Hollywood exhibitions.
Manet: Portraying Life
October 7, 2012–January 1, 2013
A major exhibition drawn from art collections around the world, Manet: Portraying Life features both Édouard Manet’s (1832–1883) formal portraiture and his scenes of family and friends in the context of everyday life. Organized in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts in London, TMA will be the exclusive U.S. venue for the show. Sponsored by Block Communications Inc. and BP.
For the Birds
This exhibition is inspired by the “Biggest Week in American Birding” festival held in Ottawa County each year during the spring migration of warblers and other migratory species. From May 4–13, thousands of birders will gather along the Lake Erie shoreline between Toledo and Sandusky to take in the spectacle. For the Birds celebrates the rich diversity of avian art in the TMA permanent collection, delighting both art and nature lovers alike.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Toledo Workshops, TMA presents Color Ignited: Glass 1962–2012, an enticing “coming of age” look at the medium. International in scope, the exhibition showcases studio glass created during the past half-century, spotlighting pivotal work by Toledo Workshop participants as well as by major artists working in the medium since then. The exhibition focuses on the role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression. Sponsored in part by Huntington Bank.
Revelation: Major Paintings by Jules Olitski
Russian-born Jules Olitski (1922–2007) first gained international acclaim as a Color Field painter, one of a group of highly regarded artists employing intense color in abstract form as the carrier of emotional meaning. But Olitski’s sweeping, grand shapes offered a different type of pictorial drama from those of his colleagues and led to his experimentation with very large fields of near-monochrome color. These often enormous paintings, which became known as his landmark spray paintings, are at once minimal yet complex in their gradations and subtle shifts in hue. Later, in his Baroque and High Baroque paintings—so-called because of their lush colors and surfaces—Olitski accentuated physicality as an expressive element. His last works introduced abstract forms that offer a narrative on both spiritually charged and classical themes. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri organized this traveling exhibition. Admission is free. Other venues include the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in Washington, D.C. A fully illustrated exhibition catalog accompanies the exhibition. Sponsored in part by KeyBank.
Refraction and reflection both involve changes in light waves, and both affect how we see an image. With light, shape is realized, textures arise, color becomes, and line is defined. This exhibition of 125 photographs from the TMA collection focuses on themes of light, shadow, and reflection. Photographic images from the beginnings of the medium in the nineteenth century through contemporary times will be displayed. Among the artists represented are Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Frank, Adam Fuss, Nadar, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Stieglitz.
November 18, 2011–March 25, 2012
Small Worlds brings together intricate, charming, disquieting, and thoughtful artwork on the smallest of scales, although some of the resulting works aren’t small at all. Five contemporary artists present more than 40 “small worlds” rendered via relief paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photos. The in-depth exhibition also features video and live installations, interactive components, and a 65-square-foot, fully-functional house. Some of the compositions have been created specifically for Small Worlds, showing—and in some cases incorporating—facets of the Toledo Museum of Art and its environs. IMAGE: Gregory Euclide. Capture #9. Acrylic, buckthorn root, cedar needles, foam, grass, paint can, sedum, sponge 47 x 24 x 17 in. (119.4 x 61 x 43.2 cm) 2009. Courtesy of the artist and David B. Smith Gallery © Gregory Euclide, 2011
Storytelling in Miniature
October 7, 2011–March 4, 2012
Approximately 140 miniature engravings and prints from the Renaissance through modern and contemporary eras from the Toledo Museum of Art collection are featured in this companion exhibition to Small Worlds. Several 16th-century printmakers specialized in producing very small engravings—so small in fact that a magnifying glass is required to appreciate them fully. Georg Pencz, Heinrich Aldegrever, Albrecht Altdorfer, and Hans Sebald Beham rendered detailed images of mythological and Old Testament stories. Also featured are small works by Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Charles Meryon, and others. IMAGE: Albrecht Dürer (German, 1471–1528) Lady on Horseback and Lansquenet (detail). Engraving, 1496. Museum purchase, 1943.28
Focus Exhibition: In the Beginning: King James Bible First Edition
September 16, 2011–January 28, 2012
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible, the Museum will display its own rare first edition copies of the book. Still one of the most familiar and widely read bible translations in the world, the King James Bible is considered both a religious and a literary classic. This focus exhibition will include two of the first editions—one of them complete—along with interpretive material that addresses the book’s importance from differing viewpoints, including those of a book collector, a historian, and a theologian. IMAGE: Ancient Robert Barker, printer (British, died 1645) King James Bible (detail). Printed book, 1611. Museum purchase, 1954.34
4 Art: Student Artwork from BGSU, Lourdes, Owens and UT
October 21, 2011–January 12, 2012
Art students from four area institutions were selected by their schools to have their work represent the best of each school’s art programs. This free exhibition features 100 works in a variety of media by college artists with incredible emerging talent. IMAGE: Mirrored Perspective by Melinda Hallenbeck.
Facebook “Pride of Toledo” Photo Exhibition
September 9, 2011–Extended through January 12, 2012
This past summer, the Museum’s Facebook fans submitted photos of what they consider to be the Pride of Toledo. Entries were widely varied, and the public voted for their favorites. The top 30 photos were printed and framed for this exhibition. IMAGE: High Level Sunset by Steven Smith.
The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb
October 29, 2010–January 8, 2012
Transport yourself back in time to the tombs of Ancient Egypt. Meet everyday Egyptians, explore their hopes for the afterlife, and learn about the extensive preparations required in this life. Visitors will see actual tomb recreations, the mummies who made those tombs their final resting places, and the elaborate art that decorated those spaces. This exhibition draws from the TMA collection with generous loans from sister institutions. Tickets ($10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 students ages 6–22) are required. Members and children under 6 receive free admission. Sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac and Buckeye Cable. IMAGE: Ancient Egyptian. Raramu. Limestone with paint, Dynasty 6 (2420–2280 BCE). Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1949.5
September 1-30, 2011
Artist Installation: Beverly Fishman Pill Spill, a floor installation of more than 120 unique glass capsules by Michigan artist Beverly Fishman, is on view through September in the Glass Pavilion. The capsules, ranging in size from 6 to 15 inches, are placed in the glass-enclosed cavities along the Parkwood Avenue entrance and lobby. The new work was created as part of the Museum’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP). As 2010 GAPP artist in residence, Fishman worked with Glass Pavilion staff to execute her vision. Pill Spill treats the Glass Pavilion as a “body” by releasing capsules into the curved glass hollows between its walls, transforming them into an architectural circulatory system.
93rd Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition
August 26–September 25, 2011
What’s Wrong with Me? Art and Disease
April 22–August 7
Is disease limited to a particular pathogen invading an unwitting host? Or can it be understood as a social construction arising from a complex series of factors? Art history students at the University of Toledo selected works from the TMA collection and designed this exhibition that explores the relationships between art, disease, and human civilization. IMAGE: Edvard Munch (Norwegian, 1863–1944), Sterbezimmer (The Death Chamber). Lithograph, 1869. Frederick B. and Kate L. Shoemaker Fund, 1976.139
Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons
April 8–July 24
IMAGE: Frank Stella, Chocorua IV, 1966, fluorescent alkyd and epoxy paints on canvas, 120 x 128 x 4 in. (304.8 x 325.12 x 10.16 cm). Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Miriam and Sidney Stoneman Acquisitions Fund, a gift from Judson and Carol Bemis ’76, and gifts from the Lathrop Fellows in honor of Brian Kennedy, Director of the Hood Museum of Art, 2005–2010; 2010.50. © 2010 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Steven Sloman.
Selections from the 18th-century Galleries
March 11–June 19
Revisit favorite works from the Museum’s 18th-century galleries, which are temporarily deinstalled for the Fernando Botero exhibition. Featured are 16 masterworks by European artists from the 18th century. Works include Blind-Man’s Buff by Fragonard, The Washerwoman by Chardin, and The Mill at Charenton by Boucher. IMAGE: Jean-Honoré Fragonard (French, 1732–1806), Blind-Man’s Buff. Oil on canvas, 1750–1752. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1954.43
The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century
Feb. 25–July 31, 2011
These works of art on paper from the Baroque period (1600–1750) convey strong emotional feelings through subjects filled with dynamic movement and dramatic architecture. The impressive prints in this exhibition are conceived in a wide range of styles and techniques by leading European artists of the period. Free admission. IMAGE: Salvator Rosa (Italian, 1615–1673) The Fall of the Giants (detail). Etching and drypoint, about 1663. Museum purchase, 1978.38
The Baroque World of Fernando Botero
March 19–June 12, 2011
Known for the larger-than-life scale of his work and his use of vibrant colors, Colombian painter, sculptor, and draftsman Fernando Botero (b. 1932) has a style instantly recognized as his alone. Inspired by baroque painters but grounded by his Latin American roots, he depicts the comedy of human life—moving or wry, sometimes with mocking observations, sometimes with deep, elementary emotions. Working in a broad range of media, Botero creates a world of his own, at once accessible and enigmatic. Art Service International organized this traveling exhibition that presents 100 of Botero’s paintings, sculptures, and drawings, the first retrospective exhibition of Botero’s work in the United States since 1978. Her Excellency, Carolina Barco, Colombian Ambassador to the United States, is honorary patron of the exhibition. Admission charge. IMAGE: Fernando Botero (Colombian, born 1932) The First Lady. Oil on canvas, 1989. Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City 2001, 106, 107.
Aminah Robinson: Voices that Taught Me How to Sing
Nov. 19, 2010–April 10, 2011
The Toledo Museum of Art introduces a body of work in book form by African American artist Aminah Robinson. In this never-before-seen, 10-volume collection recently acquired by TMA from the artist, Robinson shares her life experience as only she can through the use of sculptural pieces, buttons, drawings, poems and personal stories. Each of the books is a visual feast for the eyes covering a different theme. Each also differs in size, form and construction. To commemorate the exhibition, an accompanying publication combines a unique constructed paper format with elements of a traditional catalog to evoke the experience of seeing and reading Robinson’s one-of-a-kind books. The companion book, The Ragmud Collection, will be available for sale the Museum Store. Free admission. IMAGE: Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (American, born 1940), The Ragmud Collection: Volumn 10, Harlem. Book: mixed media, 1987–2008. Museum purchase with funds given by Rita B. Kern and Dorothy M. Price, with additional support from the artist and Hammond Harkins Gallery, and Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Levis, by exchange, 2009.6 © Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
Venice: Light and Landscape
Nov. 4, 2010 – March 11, 2011
The city of Venice—a center of commerce, art, and architecture during the Middle Ages and Renaissance—resulted from extraordinary human ingenuity. Beginning as a community of fishermen in the seemingly barren Venetian lagoon, its inhabitants developed one of the most powerful, rich, and sophisticated cities in the world. In this exhibition, art history students from the University of Toledo use works of art in the TMA collections to explore important aspects of this magical city, its setting, and its artistic inspiration. Free admission.
Life in Miniature: Ceramic Netsuke from the Silverman Collection
October 1, 2010–February 27, 2011
The people of Japan created some of the most opulent personal accessories during the Edo Period (1615-1868) in order to attach inro (cases) to their elaborate silk clothing. Japanese artists invented miniature sculptures known as netsuke (pronounced NET-skeh) as fasteners for luxury-loving Japanese citizens. The tiny treasures, which were worn primarily by men, have since been collected for their wit, whimsy and craftsmanship. More than 200 rare ceramic netsuke were recently donated to the Museum by Richard R. Silverman, one of the most prominent collectors of netsuke in the world, and are being exhibited for the first time. Life in Miniature explores the iconography of these decorative and useful objects and their depiction of everyday and fantastic subject matter. Also shown are Japanese screens depicting Kyoto, where many of the objects were made and sold, and a kimono with netsuke illustrating how these delightful fashion accessories were worn. A companion book, Adornment in Clay, will be available for sale at the Museum Store. Free admission. IMAGE: Shishimai child dancer holding a lion mask. Early 19th century, Hirado ware; porcelain with clear blue, brown, and black glazes, H. 7.0 cm. Gift of Richard R. Silverman, 2009.86
Inspired Giving: The Apollo Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition
October 15, 2010–February 13, 2011
This exhibition celebrates the contributions of The Apollo Society donor group to the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection, paying tribute to their gifts as a whole as well as to the individual works of art. Shown in the Museum’s major exhibition gallery, Inspired Giving offers an exquisite breadth of art from antiquity to the present, from ancient Egypt to contemporary China. Free admission
Travelers Through Ancient Lands
September 10, 2010–February 6, 2011
Nineteenth century imagery of Northern Africa—primarily Egypt—and the Middle East will be on display in the Works on Paper Galleries this fall and winter. Thanks to a generous loan from the Royal-Athena Galleries in New York, Travelers Through Ancient Lands features a set of 103 watercolors by Charles Hamilton Smith (1776–1859), and photography by Francis Frith (1822–1898), Felix Bonfils (1831–1885), and Antonio Beato (about 1825–1900) among others. Free admission.
The Psychedelic 60s: Posters from the Rock Era
June 11–September 12, 2010
Nothing is more representative of the music scene of the late 1960s than posters produced for concerts in the San Francisco Bay area. Their innovative use of text, psychedelic colors that vibrate, and coded messages have shaped graphic design ever since. Originally disposable notices for local concerts, they are now widely collected and recognized as visually defining the period. Free admission. Image: Bonnie MacLean (American, born 1949) Muddy Waters, Buffalo Springfield, Fillmore Auditorium, August 1–6, 1967 © Bonnie MacLean
Out of Sight
June 18–August 29, 2010
Discover the parts of objects that are not normally visible to Museum visitors, including the secret sketch on the back of Picasso’s Woman with a Crow and the hidden animal that graces the bottom of the Libbey punchbowl. Free admission.
92nd Annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition
July 9–August 22, 2010
For more than nine decades the Toledo Area Artistsexhibition has celebrated Northwest Ohio’s vibrant artistic community. Each year’s juried show features an eclectic mix of works sure to delight a diverse audience. TAA is co-organized by TMA and the Toledo Federation of Art Societies. Free admission.
Whistler: Influences, Friends and the Not-So-Friendly
February 26–May 30, 2010
Featuring works on paper from the Toledo Museum of Art’s renowned collection, the exhibition highlights the talents of the iconic American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834–1903), positioning his work within the context of his contemporaries, influences, friends, and enemies. As a printmaker, Whistler was a leading personality among all modern etchers. His name is often linked with Rembrandt’s as the most experimental, accomplished, and refined masters of the etched line. In addition to more than 60 prints by Whistler, works by Felix Braquemond, Henri Fantin-Latour, Sir Francis Seymour Haden, Charles Émile Jacque, Alphonse Legros, Charles Meryon, and Joseph Pennell will be exhibited. Free admission. IMAGE: James Abbott McNeill Whistler (American, 1834–1903) Nocturne. Lithotint, 1878. Museum purchase, 1923.75.
March 12–May 9, 2010
A great artist, a great assimilator, and hugely prolific, Francisco Toledo is inspired by Mexican culture, his native state of Oaxaca, and his Zapotic heritage. Using surrealist influences and a deep knowledge of printmaking techniques—experienced during a five-year stay in Europe where he worked in the shop of the eccentric British master, Stanley William Hayter—Toledo’s art shows an appreciation for the aesthetics of nature. Indigenous animals, whose countenances often invoke a sensual mystery (bats, iguanas, toads, and coyotes), interact with human beings in a world where all are equal in nature and equally disregarding of nature’s laws. Indeed, Toledo’s works are records of things and beings in dreamlike scenarios, both menacing and playful, full of pattern and movement. Toledo is arguably the most important Latino artist of his generation and is certainly one of the greatest contemporary printmakers. The exhibition contains content of an adult nature. Viewer discretion is advised. Free admission.
IMAGE: Untitled (detail). Etching. Lent by Hal and Mary Douthit © 2009 Francisco Toledo.
Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks
February 5–April 25, 2010
Pioneering photographer, journalist, and film director Gordon Parks captured a cross section of the human experience—from wealth to poverty, fame to obscurity in his visually arresting images. Perhaps best known as the director of the Hollywood hit “Shaft,” Parks was first acknowledged as a master of the photographic arts. This compelling and free exhibition of 73 photographs was organized by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. The exhibition and its accompanying catalog are made possible by generous support from The Capital Group Foundation, the Cantor Arts Center’s Hohbach Family fund, and the Cantor Arts Center’s Members.Free admission. IMAGE: American Gothic (Ella Watson), 1942. Gelatin-silver print, printed 2002–2003.
October 16, 2009–February 7, 2010
We’re all familiar with the way words can transport us to fanciful places, flesh out fictional characters, or even bring long-ago historical events to life. Many visual artists look to activate viewers’ imaginations in much the same way—not by depicting the recognizable, but by incorporating language to invoke imagery in the viewer’s mind. Word Play draws from throughout the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection—focusing on works produced in the last 50 years—to examine the stimulating linkage between text and contemporary art. Free admission. IMAGE: John Giorno (American, born 1936) Welcoming the Flowers (detail). Screen print on paper, 2006. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Levis, by exchange, 2008.3A-R © 2007 John Giorno and Durham Press.
September 17, 2009–February 7, 2010
The Museum’s Glass Pavilion will be vibrant with color, shimmer, and style when the works of internationally prominent glass artist Dale Chihuly are shown from September 17–February 7, 2010. Although probably best-known locally for Campiello del Remer #2, the nine-foot chandelier that graces the Monroe Street entrance to the Glass Pavilion, Chihuly has had a long relationship with Toledo. Free admission. IMAGE: Dale Chihuly (American, born 1941) Untitled (“Toledo”). Acrylic on paper, 1993. Gift of Rita Barbour Kern, 2009.296. © 1993 Dale Chihuly.
Storybook Stars: Award-Winning Illustrations from the Mazza Collection
October 9, 2009–January 31, 2010
Storybook Stars features 120 enchanting illustrations from artists who have won major awards for their work in children’s book. Join us in visiting the delightful characters and worlds of such artists as Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Arnold Lobel, and Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss). The Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay is the largest teaching museum devoted to literacy and the art of children’s picture books. Free admission.
LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel
October 2, 2009–January 3, 2010
Graphic novels—think comic books for grownups—are the subject of a fascinating exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel features 146 artworks by 24 contemporary graphic novelists and historic practitioners of this ever-evolving art form. The exhibition, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., examines the history, diversity, and tremendous popularity of what is considered by many to be a comics renaissance. Free admission. IMAGE: The Sandman. Marc Hempel. Promotional illustration for The Sandman. ©1992 Marc Hempel. All rights reserved.
Look What’s New!
February 27–May 31, 2009
Look What’s New! highlights 350 of the more than 1,100 objects added to the TMA collection since 2001. The show includes examples from all media, time periods, and geographic regions in which TMA has been actively collecting. In addition to offering a sheer kaleidoscope of visual splendor, Look What’s New! aims to explain the process of adding works of art to the Museum collection. Free admission.