Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

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Promotional image for the exhibition "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic" featuring the painting "Mrs. Waldorf."

Feb. 10–May 14, 2017

Levis Galleries

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.

Local sponsors for Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic include Welltower, 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, Key Bank, and Ohio Arts Council

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic—Opportunities for Schools and Teachers

Masters Series Lecture: Kehinde Wiley
Feb. 9: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Kehinde Wiley discusses his work prior to the opening of the Toledo Museum of Art showing of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a major retrospective of the artist’s work. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors. General admission is free. A limited number of priority tickets, which include parking, are available for $25 each for Museum members and $30 each for nonmembers and can be purchased in advance at A preview of the exhibition for TMA members will follow the lecture. To become a member, visit

FREE Teen Night
Feb. 10: 6-8 p.m., Main Museum
High school students are invited to an open house-style event to celebrate the opening of the Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic exhibition. The evening will feature music by DJ Scholar in the Cloister, gallery games and food.

FREE Art House Film: “Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace” (2014, 60 minutes, not rated)
Feb. 10: 7 p.m., Little Theater
This film follows artist Kehinde Wiley as he embarks on a new project: a series of classical portraits of African-American women – something he’s never done before. The film documents the project as it unfolds, tracking Wiley’s process from concept to canvas, casting his models on the streets of New York and enlisting Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy to create couture gowns for each woman. The Art House Film Series, an ongoing Friday film series that offers films and full-length documentaries about artists and museums, is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.

FREE Exhibition Celebration: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Feb. 18: 6-10 p.m., Main Museum
This celebration of the Kehinde Wiley exhibition features Toledo-based singers, dancers, actors and other performers drawn from the city’s diverse creative community.

FREE Great Performances: Black History Month Celebration
Feb. 19: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Toledo-based soprano, educator and community organizer Margaret Barron assembles an impressive array of Toledo performers.

After Hours Tour: Kehinde Wiley
Feb. 25: 5 p.m.; Mar. 4 and 18; April 1, 15 and 29; May 13: 5 p.m., Meet at the Plough Entrance to the Main Museum
Participate in an after-hours guided exploration and discussion of Old Masters and hip-hop in the Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic special exhibition. Tickets are $10 per person for members, $15 for non-members. Space is limited. Reserve tickets in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online.

Performance: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
March 4: 8 p.m., Peristyle
Four trumpeters, one baritone player and two trombonists – together, the seven brothers of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble create a magnetic sound that bridges the gap between jazz and hip- hop. The sons of Chicago jazz trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, the ensemble has checked off all the “we’ve arrived” moments as a band: touring the world, taking the stage with legends like Prince and having a song featured on the soundtrack in the blockbuster “Hunger Games” movie. Now, they’re bringing their magnetic sound to the Peristyle stage with a live performance on Saturday, March 4 at 8 p.m. The show is sponsored in part by Visit for ticket information.

FREE Fashion Show
March 10: 7 p.m., Great Gallery
Community members are invited to put on and model their best attire at this fashion show.

FREE Thursday Music: Heavy Color, Interconnected: Rhythm and Reflection
April 6: 6:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Toledo-based sound and art collective Heavy Color mixes improvised electronic landscapes and instrumental beat music with spoken word poetry from around the region. Featured poets will guide the session, but the floor and microphones are open to the community as well. TMA Thursdays are sponsored in part by Huntington Private Client Group.

FREE Gallery Talk: Wiley Community Conversation
April 8: 2 p.m., Levis Galleries
Halona Norton-Westbrook, TMA Director of Collections, leads a walk-through of the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.