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Feb. 20 Art Minute: Kara Walker, ‘Freedom: A Fable’

Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017

Freedom: A Fable is the first work by Kara Walker in book format and inspired by literary memoirs of former slaves or novels like Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Similar to her murals, the artist here employs black paper silhouettes to narrate the history of southern American slavery in an ironic and provocative manner. Her paper cut-outs […]

Upcoming Music at the Museum

Posted on Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Nearly twenty musical acts—including Grammy–nominated artists and globetrotting musicians—will bring their talents to the Toledo Museum of Art this spring. A complete list of upcoming concerts and performances is available at You can view upcoming Toledo Symphony Orchestra Peristyle events at Great Performances is supported in part by Kingston HealthCare Company. Concert: Hypnotic Brass […]

FREE Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Exhibition Celebration

Posted on Friday, February 17th, 2017

Embrace the colorful world of contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley during the celebration for the Museum’s exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Enjoy music, a cash bar and performers drawn from the city’s diverse creative community. When: Saturday, Feb. 18: 6-10 p.m., Main Museum Performance Schedule Great Gallery 6–10 p.m. | DJ Keith Success with special […]

2017 Toledo Museum of Art Exhibitions

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic Feb. 10-May 14, 2017, Levis Galleries (Galleries 26, 27) Kehinde Wiley: A New Republicoffers an overview of the first 14 years of the prolific artist’s career. His signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on paintings by Old Masters, replacing European aristocrats in those paintings with contemporary black subjects […]

Feb. 13 Art Minute: Kehinde Wiley, ‘Saint Francis of Paola’

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017

How do you look at a young black man in American society? It is a very important question, especially at this moment in our culture. — Kehinde Wiley Though now Kehinde Wiley sometimes paints well–known figures, he still practices the collaborative method he developed in his early career, which he calls “street casting.” As he […]

Know Before You Go: Kehinde Wiley Masters Series

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Due to the overwhelming response to artist Kehinde Wiley’s February 9th Masters Series appearance, the Museum has put together the following list of frequently asked questions to help you plan accordingly before you arrive for this special event. A larger than normal crowd is anticipated and keeping these things in mind will help us ensure the best […]

Feb 6. Art Minute: Elizabeth Catlett, ‘Playmates,’ from ‘For My People’

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2017

The granddaughter of slaves, Elizabeth Catlett grew up in segregated Washington, D.C. In 1946, she was awarded a Rosenwald Foundation fellowship to study art in Mexico City, moving there permanently in 1947 and marrying Mexican artist Francisco Mura. Catlett had a strong social conscience, and throughout her long career her art not only celebrated black […]

March 2017 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Exhibition Opening Framing Fame: 19th- & 20th-century Celebrity Photography March 4-June 4, 2017, Gallery 18 Through approximately 55 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s extensive collection of works on paper, this exhibition charts the increasing proliferation of celebrity portrait photography and its popularity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the 1860s when […]

Jan. 30 Art Minute: William Morris, ‘Suspended Artifact’

Posted on Monday, January 30th, 2017

To produce the fossilized effect of the two tusk–like blown–glass forms of this sculpture, William Morris first dipped the hot blown glass in cold water and then filled the resulting cracks with opaque colored glass powder and the chemical scavo. After annealing (slowly cooling) the forms, he coated the surfaces with acid, resulting in an […]

Orbit, Originally in Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room, Finds New Home at Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Dan Dailey has built a storied career as an artist, participating in more than 250 exhibitions as well as having a major retrospective at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. His work is represented in more than 45 museum collections around the world. On the surface, all these successes appear connected to […]