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July 22 Art Minute: George Tooker, “Meadow I”

Posted on Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Though best known for anxiety–filled images of modern city dwellers seemingly trapped in office cubicle boxes or subway station mazes, George Tooker’s Meadow I has a rural setting and a timeless quality. Painted as a memorial to his mother, the painting is suffused with melancholy. The reclining (dead?) woman resembles Renaissance paintings of the Madonna collapsed in […]

Aug. 7 Is Last Day to See Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds

Posted on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Just a few days remain to see an exhibition of the extraordinary works of artist Fred Tomaselli at the Toledo Museum of Art. Keep Looking: Fred Tomaselli’s Birds, a focus exhibition on view in Gallery 6, will close on Aug. 7, 2016. Five painting/collages, a tapestry, two studies and four of his “Field Guide” works […]

July 15 Art Minute: Martin Johnson Heade, “Hazy Day on the Marshes, New Jersey”

Posted on Friday, July 15th, 2016

The meandering tidal streams, flat landscape, and conical haystacks of the salt marshes of the northeast became the primary subject of Martin Johnson Heade’s paintings from 1859 on. Here he captures the change in light and atmosphere as the sun breaks through heavy haze to spotlight one of the haystacks. Though no humans are present, […]

Lectures, Films and Election Night Party Planned In Connection with Political Ads Exhibition at TMA

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

A series of free talks, films and tours, capped by an Election Night party, are planned in conjunction with a new exhibition about political ads at the Toledo Museum of Art. The first speaker is the author of the new book The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. Kyle Kondik, who also is managing editor […]

July 8 Art Minute: Claude Monet, “Water Lilies”

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2016

Claude Monet’s paintings of his water garden at Giverny were a culmination of his desire to capture the temporary effects of nature. “These landscapes of water and reflections have become an obsession,” wrote Monet in 1908. By 1914, Monet’s obsession had developed into a project for a circular installation of large-scale water lily paintings, conceived […]

Jutta-Annette Page Honored by Glass Art Society

Posted on Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Jutta-Annette Page received the 2016 Lifetime Membership Award from the Glass Art Society during opening ceremonies at the organization’s international conference held recently in Corning, New York. The award honors and acknowledges individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field and to GAS. Page, who is senior curator of glass and decorative arts at […]

Toledo Museum of Art Names Halona Norton-Westbrook Director of Collections

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The Toledo Museum of Art has named associate curator of contemporary art Halona Norton-Westbrook to the newly created position of director of collections. In this role Norton-Westbrook is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s curatorial staff, exhibitions and art conservation. A native of California, Norton-Westbrook became a Mellon Fellow at TMA in 2013. The fellowship program, […]

August 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Continuing Exhibitions I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads July 14-Nov. 8, 2016, Canaday Gallery Imagery, music, sound effects, camera angles and words convey the message of political ads – but are they speaking to your heart or your head? I Approve This Message: Decoding Political Ads explores emotional responses to political ads by decoding […]

A Tribute to Dorothy Price

Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Dorothy Price was one of Toledo’s great patrons of the arts. As an enthusiastic supporter of the Toledo Museum of Art, Dorothy advanced the Museum’s purpose of art education by supporting programs for all ages, especially for children and students. Much of what she provided was given anonymously—like her underwriting of Great Performances in the […]

July 1 Art Minute: Chuck Close, “Alex”

Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016

Inspiring first awe and then intimate scrutiny, Chuck Close’s large-scale portraits draw attention to process as well as image. Working from photographs, Close imposes a grid—which is left visible—to enlarge and transfer the image onto canvas. Viewed from a distance, the thousands of small painted squares optically blend into an illusionistic portrait, but separate into […]