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African American designer Art Smith frequently used symbols from West African tribal jewelry as elements in his own designs. The solid brass portion of this necklace, for example, resembles jewelry worn by members of the Asante court of Ghana. Smith’s elegant design with its curved forms emphasizes the relationship between body and jewelry.
In the 19th century, the wonders of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains (“America’s Alps”) and the Sierra Nevadas in California were largely known to Americans in the East only through travelers’ accounts and paintings by intrepid artists. Though not the first artist to paint these mountains, Bierstadt’s majestic paintings spurred tourism to the West and helped spark […]
Radio Light uses a specially designed radio transmitter to light the sculpture. The looping tubes of colored glass are filled with mercury and argon gas. The glass is placed on antenna plates that are connected to the radio transmitter by wires. Both the radio and glass need to be tuned to achieve the maximum frequency of […]
Of the “found art” elements of her sculpture, Louise Nevelson said, “I began to see things, almost anything along the street as art…That’s why I pick up old wood that had a life, that cars have gone over and the nails have been crushed…All [my] objects are retranslated—that’s the magic.” See how many “retranslated” discarded […]
In conjunction with the GAS conference held in Toledo on June 13–16 this year, the public can enjoy a variety of glass-related events. Join along on the Day of Glass (13), Gallery Hop (15), Goblet Grab (15), technical display (15 & 16), and live and silent auctions (15 & 16). Download details here.
Evening is one of five paintings commissioned from Claude-Joseph Vernet by Ralph Howard, later 1st Viscount Wicklow of Dublin, while he was on the Grand Tour of Europe in 1751–52. It is one of a set of four idealized marine paintings depicting different times of day, a favorite theme of Vernet’s.
For more than a decade beginning in 1891, William Merritt Chase ran a school in Shinnecock Hills on the shore of eastern Long Island for the instruction of painting out-of-doors. Here Chase has included his wife and two daughters in a vista of the brilliantly illuminated coast, with the shimmering sea in the distance.
Kick off summer 2012 in style! On May 31 from 6:30-9:30 p.m., wear white from head to toe and let the works of Jules Olitski and the Museum supply the color. Finger foods, cash bar, music and more. Free for TMA members, $20 nonmembers at the door. http://www.toledomuseum.org/events/whiteparty/
For the third year, the Toledo Museum of Art is designated a Blue Star Museum, providing special offers to active duty military families from Memorial Day (May 28) through Labor Day (Sept. 3). Show military identification and receive free parking and a 10% discount at the Museum Store. Blue Star Summer 2012
Dr. John T. Biggers was a gifted, narrative artist widely acclaimed for his complex, symbolic compositions based on African American and African cultural themes. Featured in an exhibition curated by University of Toledo students, this brightly colored print uses West African symbolism to play on the metaphor of four African American women who, almost literally, […]