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Artwork of the Week: October 4

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013

Depicted here is the Kabuki onnagata, or female role specialist, Nakamura Jakuemon III (1875–1927) in the role of Oshichi. He is joined by two assistants called kurogo, barely visible hiding under their black robes and hoods (they were meant to blend into the background as they helped with costume and prop changes during a performance). […]

Newly Installed Netsuke Collection to Open October 4

Posted on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

The Toledo Museum of Art’s netsuke collection, one of the largest in North America, is newly installed in its entirety in conjunction with the Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints exhibition. Netsuke were something of a sartorial necessity that grew into their own art form. While traditional Japanese garments like kimono were beautiful, they lacked one important utilitarian element: pockets. Rather than […]

Fresh Impressions Exhibition Opening Event Features Japanese Dancers

Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

A Variety of Special Programming Planned Throughout Fall Japanese films, guest presentations and a woodblock printing workshop are among the special programs planned in conjunction with Fresh Impressions: Early Modern Japanese Prints, a major fall exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art. The opening event for Fresh Impressions is from 7–9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3. […]

Robert Edsel to Discuss Hollywood Film Adaptation of ‘Monuments Men’

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013

How does art survive war? It was the question on Robert Edsel’s mind as he toured Italy in the late 1990s. Gazing at centuries of cultural heritage created by the likes of Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo, he wondered how the works of art endured World War II unscathed. What he learned resulted in a […]

Artwork of the Week: September 27

Posted on Friday, September 27th, 2013

A decanter such as this was created to serve as a centerpiece or presentation piece; it articulated the skill of the maker over functionality with its difficult-to-use bellow shape. Made by John Liddell for Mt. Washington Glass Works, this decanter has an unusual topper despite probably never actually being used to store liquid. The glass […]

Ebb & Flow Exhibition to Explore Historic Artistic Exchange Between East and West

Posted on Thursday, September 26th, 2013

TOLEDO, OHIO–When Elizabeth Keith arrived in Japan in 1915, the Scotswoman intended the trip to be a short visit to her sister, who had married a publisher working in Tokyo. Instead, the 28-year-old remained in the country for nine years. Enamored with Japan’s culture, she was inspired to turn her budding artistic endeavors into a […]

Artwork of the Week: September 20

Posted on Friday, September 20th, 2013

As leader of the Barbizon School of 19th-century landscape artists, Rousseau combined his inspiration from 17th-century Dutch landscapes with the school’s desire to paint outside in nature. This practice of working outside would later be used by the Impressionists as well. Rousseau also added his own personal experiences into works such as this by using […]

Docent Leader Endows Position at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Emma Leah Bippus (1913–2011), a noted former docent leader at the Toledo Museum of Art, has bequeathed her estate to create an endowed staff position, the Emma Leah Bippus Director of Education. The post, now held by Dr. Kathy Danko-McGhee, is a fitting choice for Bippus considering her tireless advocacy for learning throughout her nearly three […]

Erwin Redl Panel Discussion Scheduled for September 19

Posted on Monday, September 16th, 2013

Erwin Redl is a resident artist in TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) and his ethereal work of art, aptly titled Floating, in Silence was installed in the Glass Pavilion earlier this summer. Producing and installing Floating, in Silence required tedious work by Redl and a team of assistants. TMA Associate Director Amy Gilman leads a discussion […]

Apollo Society Selects Works by Global Contemporary Artists

Posted on Friday, September 13th, 2013

The Toledo Museum of Art has added five new works by leading-edge international artists to its collection, two of which are sculptures by El Anatsui and Yinka Shonibare. Three of the works were purchased for TMA by The Apollo Society, a group of donors that generously supports the Museum through art acquisition. Objects are purchased […]