February 14–April 21, 2013
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.
94th Toledo Area Artists
February 1–April 14, 2013
Entries due: October 22, 2012
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
TMA Director Brian Kennedy and Associate Director Amy Gilman were jurors for the 93rd annual Toledo Area Artists Exhibition.
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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.