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Artwork of the Week: November 13

Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015

Miss Expanding Universe floats benevolently over visitors as they enter a gallery. Based on modern dancer Ruth Page (1899–1991), who in turn was inspired to create the dance “Expanding Universe,” this sculpture hovers between form and abstraction. Clearly a female shape, it is simultaneously as evocative of a butterfly or bird silhouette as it is of […]

$1 Million Commitment from Owens Corning Supports Educational Mission of Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The Owens Corning Foundation Inc. has made a $1 million commitment to support the educational mission of the Toledo Museum of Art. The gift, to be paid over a five-year period, will help to underwrite art education programs and the Museum’s 2020 Vision that focuses on expanding educational outreach to more culturally diverse audiences. “We […]

Sneakers Take the Floor at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Rise of Sneaker Culture Opens Dec. 3, 2015 Sneakers have evolved from sportswear to fashion statement and cultural signifier. The Rise of Sneaker Culture, an exhibition opening in December at the Toledo Museum of Art, traces that evolution from the 1830s to today. Approximately one-hundred and sixty sneakers – from an 1860s spiked running […]

This Week at TMA: Nov. 10–15, 2015

Posted on Monday, November 9th, 2015

This Week’s Highlights Jazz Under Glass with Art Tatum Jazz Society Nov. 12: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon The popular Jazz Under Glass series returns with monthly performances put on in partnership with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. Scheduled performers include Kyle Turner (piano), Ben Wolkins (trumpet), David Mirarchi (alto sax), Nelson Overton (drums), and Lauren Smith […]

Artwork of the Week: November 6

Posted on Friday, November 6th, 2015

The ancient Greeks and Romans used this type of small, slender-handled spoon, called a cochlear, for eating snails, shellfish, and eggs. These are the smallest and earliest snail spoons known in Greek or Roman silver tableware. Less luxurious examples of the same shape have been found in bone. However, ancient Greeks and Romans typically used minimal […]

New to the Collection: Silvia Levenson, “Strange Little Girl #7 (Nena Cuervo)”

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Born in Argentina, Silvia Levenson is of Russian–Jewish decent. Politically active already as a teenager, Levenson immigrated to Italy in 1981 with her husband and young children to escape the opprsive regime of military dictator Jorge Rafaél Videla (ruled 1976–1981), during which members of her family “disappeared.”Her experiences during this intense and frightening time continue […]

New to the Collection: Gajin Fujita, “Hood Rats”

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Hailing from East Los Angeles, contemporary artist Gajin Fujita takes inspiration from traditional Japanese woodblock prints of the 18th and 19th centuries, urban street art, and popular culture. Merging these diverse influences, he has created a body of work unified by a remarkable visual vocabulary that is uniquely his own. He uses a stable of […]

This Week at TMA: Nov. 3–8, 2015

Posted on Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Program Highlights TMA Thursday Music: Heavy Color Performance and Record Release Party Thursday, Nov. 5: 6:30–8:30 p.m.| GlasSalon Toledo-based group Heavy Color creates ethereal soundscapes with live percussion, MPC mashing, on the fly sampling, vocals and synthesizers. Combining a soulful electronic hazinesss with the organic textures of African and Latin percussion heavy music, the live performance […]

December 2015 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015

Holiday Hours: Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 25: Closed Jan. 1: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Exhibition Openings The Rise of Sneaker Culture Dec. 3, 2015-Feb. 28, 2016, Levis Gallery The Rise of Sneaker Culture explores the athletic shoe from its origins in the mid-1800s to […]

Artwork of the Week: October 30

Posted on Friday, October 30th, 2015

Moonlight, sunsets, and twilight held a special attraction for Ralph Albert Blakelock for their poetic qualities. Here he expressed his personal response to nature in this mysterious and haunting moonlit forest. Plagued by poverty, Blakelock was devastated when he only received half of his asking price for this painting in 1891. By the time the […]