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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 […]

June 24 Art Minute: Greek, “Diadem”

Posted on Friday, June 24th, 2016

Both Greek men and women wore jewelry, but the greatest variety was made for women. The most costly and elaborate objects were diadems and wreaths to adorn the head. Gold had been scarce in Greece until the conquests of Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) supplied the riches of the Persian Empire. Thanks to aristocratic patrons […]

Jazz Up Your Brunch This Summer

Posted on Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Jazz Brunches Return to the GlasSalon The Jazz Brunch, a summer Sunday tradition, returns with swinging music and an inspired morning menu in the GlasSalon. Tickets are $38 each and include brunch, a free beverage of your choice (mimosa, white wine, or non-alcohol drink), and live entertainment. Jazz brunches, presented by the Art Tatum Jazz Society, […]

Free Event: The Visionary Worlds of Fred Tomaselli

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Robin Reisenfeld, the Toledo Museum of Art’s new curator of works on paper, explores Fred Tomaselli’s artmaking process and his incorporation of unconventional materials and use of collage. Learn how the artist’s unusual choice of materials informs our interpretation of his works and connects to others in the Museum collection that rely upon unexpected and […]

Plensa in the Peristyle: A Free Artist Talk

Posted on Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Artist Talk: Jaume Plensa in Conversation with Associate Director Amy Gilman June 23: 6 p.m., Peristyle Artist Jaume Plensa, who has been called one of the most important sculptors working today, takes the Peristyle stage on Thursday, June 23. He will discuss his exhibition Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape with the Museum’s Associate Director Amy Gilman at […]

June 17 Art Minute: Jaume Plensa, “Spiegel”

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016

German for “mirror” or “looking glass,” Spiegel shows two identical giants, hugging their knees and facing one another, though they are technically faceless. They are nearly bodiless as well: the figures are hollow screens given shape by a painted steel latticework of letters from the Latin alphabet interspersed with Greek letters and Chinese characters. The […]

Community Block Party Returns

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Thousands filled the Toledo Museum of Art’s campus during last year’s summer block party; this year, the Museum will welcome back throngs of revelers for the return of the annual celebration on Saturday, June 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. Things to note: Monroe Street will be closed in front of the Museum beginning at […]

Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape Exhibition-Related Programs at the Toledo Museum of Art

Posted on Thursday, June 16th, 2016

The Toledo Museum of Art is planning a series of special events and programs related to the Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape exhibition while it is on view June 17-Nov. 6, 2016 in the Levis Galleries and on the Museum Grounds. Organized by the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee, in partnership […]

June 10 Art Minute: Ravinder Reddy, “Untitled (Head—Gold)”

Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2016

With his fusion of contemporary pop art and Hindu sculptural tradition, Indian artist Ravinder Reddy creates a union of the ideal goddess and the individual woman. The frontality of the head and its wide, starring eyes evoke timelessness similar to ancient sculpture. New York Times art critic Holland Cotter said in a review of Reddy’s […]

TMA Announces Executive Team Changes

Posted on Thursday, June 9th, 2016

With the retirement of its chief operating officer, the Toledo Museum of Art is making several staff changes at the executive level. Carol Bintz, who has been with the Museum for 25 years, will retire as chief operating officer on July 1. Three other employees have been promoted and will have some expanded duties formerly […]