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Autumn is Perfect Time to See Plensa’s Human Landscape; Last Time to See These Works Together Anywhere

Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

There’s nothing like a crisp, clear autumn day to draw us outside to enjoy nature’s burst of rich colors before the days fade into winter. It’s also a perfect time to stroll the campus of the Toledo Museum of Art to see the extraordinary exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape. Born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1955, […]

Sept. 30 Art Minute: Paul Manship, ‘Dancer and Gazelles’

Posted on Friday, September 30th, 2016

Fluid, graceful motion defines Paul Manship’s Dancer and Gazelles, its sinuous contours and abstract elegance reflecting Manship’s free interpretation of artistic sources. With its streamlined forms and its references to classical subjects, Manship’s sculpture was an important precursor to the Art Deco style. He deftly straddled the traditional taste for decorative beauty and the modernist appreciation […]

Sept. 23 Art Minute: Nancy Graves, ‘Geologic Map of the Sinus Iridum Quadrangle of the Moon, No. 8’

Posted on Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Nancy Graves combines abstraction with natural phenomena in order to convey her dual interest in art and science, along with her fascination with the transmission of visual information. Following upon an earlier series of drawings and paintings related to maps and charts of the ocean floor and Antarctica, in 1972 Graves produced a series of […]

Ten-Day Art in Food Celebration Kicks Off Oct. 21 at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Long before smart phone photos, there were still lifes. Foodies had to depend on the likes of Cezanne, Chardin and Courbet to see a meal’s ingredients represented in all their ripe glory. Food’s role as muse to artists and Instagram enthusiasts alike is being celebrated Oct. 21-30 during Art in Food at the Toledo Museum […]

Sept. 16 Art Minute: Arthur Hughes, ‘Ophelia (“And He Will Not Come Back Again”)’

Posted on Friday, September 16th, 2016

The sad madness and death of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet was a favorite subject of the group of British artists who called themselves the Pre-Raphaelites. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which included William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, frequently depicted literary subjects, placing an emphasis on emotional and symbolic content. Though not an original member of the […]

The Georgia Welles Apollo Society Donates Ancient Bust to Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016

A portrait bust of a Flavian matron depicting a member of Ancient Roman nobility recently was selected by The Georgia Welles Apollo Society as a gift to the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. The sophisticated Ancient Roman woman is framed by carefully chiseled corkscrew curls, a standard hairstyle of the time, and her cheeks are […]

Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story Opens Oct. 28 at the Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

In 1917, their sale was hailed as the “greatest single purchase made at the Allied Bazaar,” a World War I-era fundraiser in New York. The 78 fashion figures, known then as the Doucet Dolls, were made using couture-quality fabrics and surplus mold-making materials from France’s premiere factories at Limoges and Sèvres. The winning bidder? Toledo […]

Sept. 9 Art Minute: Vija Celmins, ‘Untitled (Ocean)’

Posted on Friday, September 9th, 2016

Celmins’ meticulous renderings of the natural environment in a reduced palette of gray represent the physical world at its most impersonal and neutral. Though her elemental views of vast space resist romantic notions of nature, they nevertheless retain an inherent elusive mystery and poetic resonance. Untitled (Ocean) is one of four lithograph scenes that Celmins […]

The Sound of Silents Returns to the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

Toledo Museum of Art’s popular Film + Live Music: The Sound of Silents returns to the Peristyle this season with a line-up of five movies. Classics from cinema’s silent film era will be screened with a live musical score played on the Skinner organ. All films start at 7 p.m. The Sound of Silents series […]

2016–2017 The Sound of Silents Film Series

Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

A year’s worth of live music and film in the Peristyle The Sound of Silents Film series features classics of the silent film era with live musical accompaniment in the Peristyle Theater. Admission for each film is free for members and $5 for non-members. Tickets are available at the Toledo Museum of Art information desks. […]