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In the TMA Library: Collection Catalogues of the Past

Posted on Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Want your friends to take note of your most prized possessions in 2017? Post pictures of them on Facebook. But in 1917? An altogether more lavish process was in place—one that involved hiring people to make handmade paper, create painstaking reproductions of your art collection, and bind the pages together in a massive tome. Collectors […]

The Sounds of Silents Film Series Returns to TMA Sept. 14

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Toledo Museum of Art’s popular Film & Live Music series The Sounds of Silents returns to the Peristyle Theater this fall with a screening of director Lois Weber’s The Dumb Girl of Portici on Thursday, Sept. 14. Long overdue for recognition as one of Weber’s finest creations and a landmark in women’s cinema, The […]

Sept. 11 Art Minute: Mieke Groot, Vase

Posted on Monday, September 11th, 2017

Throughout her career, Mieke Groot’s work has been informed and inspired by her frequent travels. This is particularly clear from 1994, after the first of her many trips to Senegal. The form, colors, and surface of this vase can easily be traced back to the sources of their inspiration. The dryness of the African earth […]

Sept. 4 Art Minute: Věra Lišková, Echo

Posted on Monday, September 4th, 2017

In the 1960s Věra Lišková pioneered the use of flame-worked borosilicate glass to make abstract sculpture and sculptural animals. They were made by softening, inflating, and manipulating tubes of borosilicate glass (like Pyrex) with a torch. The individual parts were assembled by fusing. Though borosilicate glass is traditionally used to manufacture scientific apparatus like beakers […]

The Toledo Museum of Art Named Best Ohio Attraction

Posted on Friday, September 1st, 2017

The Toledo Museum of Art has been named the Best Ohio Attraction in the USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest. Another local visitor destination, the National Museum of the Great Lakes, received second place honors. A panel of experts, including editors from USA TODAY and 10Best.com along with travel contributors to both publications, […]

October 2017 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Continuing Exhibitions Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists Sept. 2, 2017-March 18, 2018 The discovery of glass as a serious artistic medium in the 1960s – sparked during the Studio Glass Movement that originated at the Toledo Museum of Art – was monumental. Yet in its earliest decades, women faced an uphill battle in […]

Aug. 28 Art Minute: Richard Parkes Bonington, Normandy Landscape Near Lillebonne

Posted on Monday, August 28th, 2017

Evoking a scene of pastoral serenity, Richard Parkes Bonington depicted a picturesque view in the north of France, complete with cattle, peasants, trees, cottages, and a church steeple. The gently rolling hills of the background fade into a vast, limitless sky and a misty hint of the English Channel. Although Bonington suffered an untimely death […]

Aug. 21 Art Minute: André Derain, Landscape

Posted on Monday, August 21st, 2017

“I am aware that the realist period in painting is over. We are about to embark on a new phase… I believe that lines and colors are intimately related and enjoy a parallel existence from the very start, and allow us to embark on a great independent and unbounded existence.” — André Derain, 1905 André […]

Conceptual Glass Artist John Kiley To Create New Work As Part of Toledo Museum of Art’s GAPP Residency

Posted on Friday, August 18th, 2017

Shattered glass may seem like the opposite of what a renowned contemporary glassblower would work towards, but for American artist John Kiley, smashing and reconstructing glass is exactly the point in his recent series of work called “Fractographs.” Beginning with optical crystal blocks, Kiley shatters the glass once with a sledgehammer and then carefully pieces […]

Aug. 14 Art Minute: Irene Rice Pereira, Projecting Planes

Posted on Monday, August 14th, 2017

Fascinated since childhood with light both as a physical phenomenon and as a metaphysical force, I. Rice Pereira explored this interest beginning in the 1930s in luminous abstract painting, sometimes on glass. In 1935 she became a founder and faculty member of the industrial arts school the Design Laboratory in New York City, where she […]