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April 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Victor Vasarely (French, 1908-1997) Alom I. Tempera on canvas, 1967-1969. Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey, 1970.49. This work is currently on view in the exhibition "Everything is Rhythm": Mid-Century Art & Music.

Exhibition Openings

“Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music

April 6-Nov. 3, 2019: New Media Gallery

Following on the success of Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses (July 21, 2018-Feb. 24, 2019), the next installation of the New Media gallery will once again feature a multisensory display, this time focused on an exploration of the relationship between art and music. Jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement, the exhibition will feature a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings each paired with carefully curated musical composition. Presented together in this manner, the art and music engage visitors in a multi-sensory experience that simultaneously engenders close looking, contemplation, and a consideration of the connection between visual and auditory art forms. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus

Through April 28, 2019: Gallery 29A

Over the past several years the Museum has been working to build up its collection of Native American works of art, both historical and contemporary. Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus features the new acquisitions in this area and presents a large-scale work by artist James Lavadour, on loan for this exhibition. Works as diverse as a traditional Acoma Manta and Cherokee model tipi cover will be shown together with contemporary works by Lavadour and artists Wendy Red Star and Marie Watt. Additionally, a select number of paintings from the Museum’s established American paintings collection will be shown as part of the installation. Free admission.


Different Trains

Through May 5, 2019: Canaday Gallery

A large-scale video installation that spans more than 20 feet and is 29 minutes in duration, Different Trains features a 1988 musical composition by American minimalist composer Steve Reich, recorded by the Kronos Quartet and reinterpreted in 2016 by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. Reich’s 1988 piece for string quartet and recorded voice is a powerful, emotionally charged rumination on the train journeys of his youth juxtaposed against the horrific deportation trains of the Holocaust. The composition was awarded the 1989 Grammy for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Created by Caravaggio in 2016, the Different Trains film sets Reich’s music to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original composition. The work is at once historically important and aesthetically impressive. Both the music and video are beautifully composed; Reich’s music is fragmented and modern, with Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leading the audience through the work. This presentation of Different Trains is supported by the Stacey and Harley Kripke Philanthropic Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, the Donald L. Solomon Supporting Organization, the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz, Lynn and Frank Jacobs, Arleen and Jon Levine, Linda and Joel Beren, Dr. Robert and Beverly Karp, Sandy Soifer and Paul Goldner, Julie and Fred Treuhaft, H. Zachary Ottenstein, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from the H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund. Free admission.


Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hot Shop

Through May 12, 2019: Gallery 18

In this solo exhibition of her work, Katherine Gray presents glassmaking as something that is experiential rather than strictly visual. Gray immerses the audience in the sights, sounds, and smells of the glassmaking studio. Using primarily glass (and cleverly defining the material with itself), she invites the audience to experience glassmaking through multiple senses. Through Gray’s immersive installation of the hotshop experience, visitors will be able to grasp a greater understanding of the process of glassblowing. The viewer will experience many of the sensations the artist encounters while creating objects seen in the exhibition. Free admission.


Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue

Through March 8, 2020: Levis Gallery

Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue features dozens of contemporary works of art, many from the Museum’s permanent collection and many newly acquired, that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. These works will offer visitors the chance to discover the many powerful ways that artists are engaging with issues of urgency facing the world today. Identity, migration, and the digital revolution are among the rich topics the artists explore. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

Yoga at TMA: Monroga

Saturday, April 6: 10:30 a.m., Wolfe Gallery

Monroga moves to the Wolfe Gallery for Slow Art Day. Bring a yoga mat and enjoy a morning of relaxation. Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7.50 for students and military personnel. Limited to 25. Register at


EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art

Friday, April 12: 7 p.m., Gallery 3

In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series, now in its fourth year, that explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art. EAR | EYE is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.


Design Competition & Reception: University of Toledo Biodesign Competition Finals

Wednesday, April 17: 6 p.m., GlasSalon

Presented by the University of Toledo in partnership for the second time with the Toledo Museum of Art, the Biodesign Challenge offers art, engineering and environmental studies students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student research, community engagement and innovation. This course, taught by UT faculty Eric Zeigler and Brian Carpenter, is part of an international cohort of universities working to promote a multidisciplinary approach to real world problems. Following the student presentations, enjoy a reception while the judges make their decision.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Kroum Batchvarov, The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project

Friday, April 19: 7 p.m., Little Theater

Since 2015, The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project (MAP), one of the largest maritime archaeological projects ever staged, has been investigating the changes in the ancient environment of the Black Sea region including the impact of sea level change during the last glacial cycle and interconnectivity through the millennia. In the course of the Black Sea MAP’s surveys, more than sixty wrecks have been discovered and recorded. While the earliest wreck found so far is from the Classical period from around the 5th to 4th century BC, ships have also been found from the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods spanning two and a half millennia. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.


Lecture: Stephen L. Esquith, Different Trains

Thursday, April 25, 2019: 7 p.m., Little Theater

Stephen L. Esquith, dean of the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities at Michigan State University, responds to artist Beatriz Caravaggio’s film Different Trains. Based on Steve Reich’s minimalist musical composition of the same name, Different Trains is equally complex and evocative. Esquith will ask what the film adds to the music from a critical perspective. Then, he will lead a discussion of what memories and feelings toward this mode of transportation, combined with its sights and sounds, evokes in us today. Esquith has been involved in democratic political education and peace-building in Eastern Europe and West Africa. He is the author of The Political Responsibilities of Everyday Bystanders (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2010).


National Geographic Live Speaker Series: Birds of Paradise Revealed

Saturday, April 27, 2019: 7 p.m., Peristyle

Tim Laman, a renowned photographer and forest canopy researcher, and ornithologist Ed Scholes, authors of the major National Geographic book, Birds of Paradise Revealed, will take visitors deep into New Guinea to observe these astonishing avian creatures. Evolved to attract mates with their extraordinarily colorful feathers, which they display in dances executed with ballerina-like grace, these birds are a living laboratory of evolution. Meet all 39 species and enjoy their secret lives, bizarre displays, and dazzling courtship antics in breathtaking visuals.

Birds of Paradise Revealed is the first event in the inaugural, three-part Nat Geo Live speaker series taking place at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2019. Discounts are available for Museum members, seniors, students, military, and children. Additional savings are available when you purchase tickets for the entire series.

  • Museum members (13+): $18 per event, $45 for the series
  • Museum members (12 and younger): $5 per event, $12.50 for the series
  • Nonmember adult: $25 per event, $62.50 for the series
  • Nonmember senior (62+): $20 per talk, $50 for the series
  • Nonmember student (13+ and college): $20 per talk, $50 for the series
  • Nonmember military (with ID): $20 per talk, $50 for the series
  • Nonmember child (12 and younger): $10 per talk, $25 for the series

The National Geographic Live series appearance at the Toledo Museum of Art is sponsored in part by The Boeschenstein Family Foundation with additional support from Metroparks Toledo and the Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit


Art House Film: Russian Ark (2002, 1 hour, 39 minutes, not rated)

April 26: 7 p.m., Little Theater

Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov broke boundaries with Russian Ark, his dreamlike vision of the Hermitage in St. Petersburg. It is the first feature-length narrative film shot in a single take, shot from the point-of-view of an unseen narrator as he explores the museum and travels through Russian history.

Music Performances

It’s Friday Music: Balance (Marcus Elliot and Michael Malis)

Friday, April 5: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon

Balance is a collaborative duo between saxophonist Marcus Elliot and pianist Michael Malis. Called “two of Detroit’s most important young jazz musicians” by The Detroit Free Press, Elliot and Malis’ “intuitive improvisations” stand on the threshold of composed and improvised music. For this performance, they will be joined by drummer Gerald Cleaver and poet and playwright Bill Harris.


Great Performances: Garth Simmons

Sunday, April 7: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Trombonist Garth Simmons of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra performs. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.


Great Performances: BGSU Chamber Music Competition Winners

Sunday, April 14: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

This recital features the student ensemble winners of the annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.


Great Performances: BGSU Conrad Art Song Competition Winners Recital

Sunday, April 28: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

This performance highlights the winners of the 20th-annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song competition, held March 9, 2019 at Bowling Green State University. This competition awards financial prizes to singers and collaborative pianists at the undergraduate and graduate level. The goal of the contest is to encourage students enrolled at BGSU to approach the art song in a serious and intense manner and enhance their learning experience. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and paired hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art. Tickets are $25 Museum members and $40 nonmembers, plus tax.

  • Apr. 12: Nontaxing Treats: Value Priced Wines
  • Apr. 19: Springing Forward: Fruit & Floral Notes
  • Apr. 22: Traveling Europe: Wine with Legs

Public Tours

Ask Me Hours

Look for docents wearing a red “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in a discussion about the art on view.

  • Saturdays: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
  • Sundays: noon-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion


Baby Tour

Friday, April 5: 6 p.m., Family Center

Watch your child respond to large, colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills in this lively 30-minute tour. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome.


Localeyes: Holly Hey

Thursday, April 11: 6 p.m., Libbey Court

Toledo community members—including artists, musicians, and educators—partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them. April’s guest is filmmaker, and University of Toledo department of theater and film professor Holly Hey.


Public Tours

The language of the visual world – whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries – can be a challenge to interpret. Join this gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. All tours start at 7 p.m. and meet in Libbey Court.

  • April 12 and 16

Special Workshops

More class offerings can be found at


Modern Abstract Sculpture in Hot Glass

2 Mondays and 2 Wednesdays beginning April 1: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

$235 for members, $260 for nonmembers

Explore TMA’s modern glass collection and create your own abstract sculptures in the hot shop. Students will practice basic techniques used to form and sculpt hot glass while incorporating color and blown elements. Previous glass experience preferred. Register at


Introduction to Glassblowing Weekend

Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7: 3-7 p.m.

$215 for Museum members, $240 for nonmembers

On Saturday, students will be introduced to the collection, learn some basics of gathering glass, then make simple starter objects. On Sunday, students will make their very first cup and bowl. No experience necessary to participate in this two-day workshop. Register at


Introduction to Glass Jewelry

Sunday, April 7: 1-4 p.m.

$60 for members, $70 for nonmembers

This fun, project-based workshop will provide a brief introduction to the fundamentals of kiln-formed glass and glass cutting. Students will work with a variety of colors to plan and create a glass pendant which will be kiln-formed after class and available to pick up the following week. No experience necessary. Register at


Glass Discovery – Hot Shop: Labino-inspired Sculpture

Saturday, April 13: 9 a.m.-noon

Discover the art of glassmaking by taking one of these short, project-focused workshops. Create a finished piece of glass inspired by the collection with the help of our experienced instructors. Sign up for one or all of these fun workshops. No experience necessary. Register at


Introduction to Flameworking Weekend

Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14: 1-5 p.m.

$135 for Museum members, $160 for nonmembers

This two-day glass workshop will introduce participants to the possibilities of the torch. Saturday will focus on learning the most basic elements of flameworking by becoming familiar with the torches, tools, and glass while creating beads. On Sunday, after a short tour in the galleries, students will make sculptural pendants and other small objects of their desire. No experience necessary. Register at

Glass Art Workshops

Learn to create objects made of glass under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. March’s object is a starfish. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

  • April 5: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 6: noon and 4 p.m.
  • April 12: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 13: noon and 4 p.m.
  • April 19: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 20: noon and 4 p.m.
  • April 26: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 27: noon and 4 p.m.

Glass Art Workshop: Pick Your Project

Pick Your Project lets you decide which glass object to make during a 90-minute session at the Glass Pavilion. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Options for Pick Your Project include creating an apple, bird, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

  • April 4: 6:30 p.m.
  • April 7: 3 p.m.
  • April 11: 6:30 p.m.
  • April 14: 3 p.m.
  • April 18: 6:30 p.m.
  • April 21: 3 p.m.
  • April 25: 6:30 p.m.
  • April 28: 3 p.m.


FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

  • April 2: 2 p.m.
  • April 3: 2 p.m.
  • April 4: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • April 5: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 6: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • April 7: 1, 2 p.m.
  • April 9: 2 p.m.
  • April 10: 2 p.m.
  • April 11: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • April 12: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 13: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • April 14: 1, 2 p.m.
  • April 16: 2 p.m.
  • April 17: 2 p.m.
  • April 18: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • April 19: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 20: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • April 21: 1, 2 p.m.
  • April 23: 2 p.m.
  • April 24: 2 p.m.
  • April 25: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • April 26: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • April 27: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • April 28: 1, 2 p.m.
  • April 30: 2 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities

Family Center activities are designed for children up to the age of 10 accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is open noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-8 p.m. on Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday.


Patterns, People and Puzzle Pieces!

  • Tuesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 4: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 5: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 6: noon–5 p.m.

Create your own work of art using puzzle pieces.


Animal Prints!

  • Sunday, April 7: noon-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 11: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 12: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: noon-5 p.m.

Catch the last days of the exhibition Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus and create an animal print.


Celebrate Earth Day!

  • Sunday, April 14: noon–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 18: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20: noon–5 p.m.

Reduce, re-use, recycle! Celebrate Earth Day and create a work of art using a wide variety of recycled material.



  • Sunday, April 21: noon–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 25: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 26: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 27: noon–5 p.m.

Create a work of art using beads.


Family Center Visiting Artist: Andrea Volschow

  • Friday, April 26: 6-7 p.m.

Meet self-taught artist Andrea Volschow of Mother’s Inspiration Jewelry by Andrea, who enjoys repurposing vintage pieces as well as creating modern designs.


Olfactory Art!

  • Sunday, April 28: noon–5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Using your sense of smell, create a work of art using your sense of smell, inspired by Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop.