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Jan. 2 Art Minute: R. B. Kitaj, ‘Notes Toward a Definition of Nobody—A Reverie’

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Nobody sits cross legged in high-top sneakers with a padlocked mouth, unable to verbally defend himself. R. B. Kitaj’s source for the image of Nobody was a German legend originating in the 1500s. Nobody was a scapegoat who would take the blame for any disharmony in the home. Centuries later, Nobody’s imposed silence was transformed […]

Ohio Magazine Readers Vote Toledo Museum of Art Best in the State

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017

Results of Ohio Magazine’s Best of Ohio 2017 Readers’ Poll are in and the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has been voted the Best Art Museum in the state. The poll results echo the Museum’s TripAdvisor ranking as the number one attraction in Toledo. Ohio Magazine readers were asked to rate the best places in […]

Jan. 1 Art Minute: Juan Martínez Montañés, The Infant Christ

Posted on Sunday, January 1st, 2017

Striking in its naturalism, this painted wood sculpture of Christ as the Holy Infant was originally a functional object used for religious purposes. It was created in an atmosphere of devotional fervor following the Council of Trent (1545-1563), in which the Catholic Church condemned the Protestant Reformation and re-emphasized such doctrines as the veneration of […]

Reminder: Holiday Hours at TMA

Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Toledo Museum of Art will close an hour early on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 for New Year’s Eve and will be open regular hours on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. To recap, the Museum will be open: ► Saturday, Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ► Sunday, Jan. 1: noon to 5 p.m. The […]

Dec. 30 Art Minute: Roman, ‘Bust of a Flavian Matron’

Posted on Friday, December 30th, 2016

This sculpted bust depicts an older woman, a matron, gazing off towards her right. The relatively advanced age of the woman is rare for this type of portrait, which can be dated on the basis of the hairstyle. Ornate, corkscrew curls were fashionable for women of the imperial court during the Flavian Dynasty (68–96 CE). […]

Go on a Great Art Escape at the Toledo Museum of Art, Try Out TMA’s New App

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Don’t get cabin fever over the holidays. Go on a treasure hunt, see live performances or create your own work of art at the Toledo Museum of Art. You can do that and more during The Great Art Escape which takes place Dec. 27 through New Year’s Day (Jan. 1). Sponsored in part by Taylor […]

Dec. 23 Art Minute: Marisol, ‘The Party’

Posted on Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Long before The Party, Marisol’s largest group assemblage, came to the Museum, it traveled to the Venice Biennale in 1968 as a representative of Venezuela (Marisol was born in Paris to Venezuelan parents). As someone who always felt uncomfortable in the 1960s social scene, Marisol chose to display the figures in a setting where none of them […]

Dec. 16 Art Minute: Harvey K. Littleton, ‘Blue/Ruby Spray’

Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2016

Expanding the limits of glass as an art medium in the 1970s and 1980s, Harvey Littleton focused on sculptural forms. Describing his Crown series in 1978, he wrote, “in search of color in glass sculptures, I went to multiple cased overlays holding the forms to simple geometry.” Blue/Ruby Spray typifies this concept. Separate elements combine […]

Dec. 9 Art Minute: ‘Elizabeth I, Queen of England’

Posted on Friday, December 9th, 2016

Shakespeare’s characters and plays were dependent on patrons who supported the author financially. Elizabeth I loved theatre and was Shakespeare’s most famous supporter. As monarch of England for 45 years (1558–1603), Queen Elizabeth I’s reign, which coincided with Shakespeare’s time, is known as the Elizabethan Age. She understood the importance of the arts to life, […]

Statement: Museum Place Residences

Posted on Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Yesterday, Toledo’s City Council voted unanimously to release its mortgage on the Museum Place Residences, thereby allowing the property to be conveyed free of any encumbrances to the Land Bank. The Toledo Museum of Art has been working and will continue to work with the Land Bank to ensure smooth transfer of the apartment complex […]