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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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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.
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 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—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.
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.
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 exhibitionshowcases 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
TMA Director Brian Kennedy and Associate Director Amy Gilman were jurors for the 93rd annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition.
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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
This exhibition presents one of each of Frank Stella’s 11 monumental compositions for the Irregular Polygons series (1965–66), along with preparatory drawings and the 1974 print series Eccentric Polygons based on the Irregular Polygons. Stella uses the same shapes but varies colors in the lithograph series. Although based on simple geometries, the Irregular Polygons comprise one of the most complex artistic statements of the artist’s career. Each of the 11 compositions combines varying numbers of shapes to create daringly irregular outlines. Stella made four versions of each composition, changing the color combinations. Created in 1965–66, they mark a radical shift from his earlier striped paintings in their use of large fields of color. The asymmetric canvases play with illusion, confronting the artist’s previous emphasis on flatness while continuing his career-long exploration of space and volume in both painting and sculpture.
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.
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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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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! 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.