August 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights
Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture
Through Sep. 15, 2019: Canaday Gallery
The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life is a Highway will bring together a diverse selection of artists to showcase the automobile’s reshaping of the 20th-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Featuring more than 100 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection and both private and public loans, this exhibition will chart the rise of automobility as a visual icon of American identity. With works spanning from early depictions through the Pop Artists’ portrayal of the automobile’s impact upon consumer culture to the present, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility, and renewal will be explored. Organized through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions of its legacy, this exhibition will include a range of visual media.
“Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music
Through Feb. 23, 2020: New Media Gallery
“Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music features a multisensory display 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 paired carefully with a 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.
Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue
Through March 8, 2020: Levis Gallery
Global Conversations: 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
Car Shows at TMA: American Classics
Saturday, Aug. 24: 12-3 p.m., TMA Grounds
Inspired by the exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, art and car enthusiasts alike are invited to view unique vehicles, enjoy live music, and participate in family-friendly art making experiences. Admission to the car show is free.
The TMA Ambassadors Present: TMA Highway Ride
Saturday, Aug. 24: 7-11 p.m., Glass Pavilion
$100 for members and $125 for nonmembers
Park your car and dance under the stars while enjoying locally sourced summer fare and car-centric fun! Purchase tickets at toledomuseum.org. Sponsored by the Jim White Family in memory of Sue White, former President of the TMA Ambassadors.
Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
$5 for members, $7 for nonmembers, $4 for students & military personnel
The movies and the automobile share a common history, born at the end of the 19th century and becoming ubiquitous across the 20th century. This series explores the impact and central role of the car in American culture. Some screenings will be accompanied by short films, previews, and occasional surprises!
- Thursday, Aug. 1: The Cannonball Run (1981, PG, 1 hour, 35 minutes)
- Saturday, Aug. 3: Thunder Road (1958, not rated, 1 hour, 32 minutes)
- Thursday, Aug. 8: Repo Man (1984, R, 1 hour, 32 minutes)
- Thursday, Aug. 15: Lost in America (1985, R, 1 hour, 31 minutes)
- Saturday, Aug. 17: Tucker, The Man and His Dream (1988, PG, 1 hour, 50 minutes)
- Thursday, Aug. 22: Thelma & Louise (1991, R, 2 hours, 10 minutes)
- Thursday, Aug. 29: The Fast and the Furious (2001, PG-13, 1 hour, 46 minutes)
- Saturday, Aug. 31: Cars (2006, G, 1 hour, 57 minutes)
Friday, Aug. 23: 9:15 p.m., Parking Lot 3
In 1973, four years before Star Wars stormed American theaters, George Lucas released American Graffiti, his nostalgic love letter to small-town America. Guests are encouraged to walk or ride to the film early to enjoy the It’s Friday! concert that begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit toledomuseum.org for more information.
Fridays, July 19 through Sept. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds
Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles, and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t cancelled but simply move inside!
- Aug. 2, 16, 23, 30
The 4(19) Festival
Aug. 9, 10, and 11, 2019 ($)
The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Symphony present the (4)19 Festival, four concerts that feature 19 local composers representing the extraordinary depth of this region’s musical history. “The idea is to celebrate the originality, the diversity, and the genius of those composers who have called Northwest Ohio home,” says Merwin Siu, artistic administrator for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “From church hymns to Pulitzer Prize-winning compositions, there is such a wonderful variety of music for us to select from.” Visit toledomuseum.org for more information.
Thursday, Aug. 29: 8 p.m., GlasSalon ($)
Danilo Brito is important to the world of music both for his extraordinary musicianship, and for the unique musical and cultural tradition he promulgates through his work— the choro music of Brazil. His is the quintessential story of a child prodigy, born with talent and interest in music far beyond his years, coupled with the good fortune to have a family steeped in Brazil's musical traditions. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates. Visit toledomuseum.org for more information.
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 for Museum members and $40 for nonmembers, plus tax.
- Aug. 9: Wandering the Pacific Northwest: Oregon & Washington
- Aug. 16: Touring Europe: Germany, Italy, & France
- Aug. 23: Coming to the End of the Road: Last Sips of Summer
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 in Libbey Court.
- Aug. 2, 16, 23, 30
More class offerings can be found at toledomuseum.org/education/classes.
Aug. 2: 6-7 p.m., Classroom 137
$10 for nonmembers and $7 for members
Explore the galleries and watch your child respond to large colorful paintings, then get messy in the studio with baby-friendly art materials. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Registration is required; Art Crawls are facilitated by an art instructor.
Glass Discovery Workshops
- Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 a.m.- noon: Labino-inspired Sculpture
- Saturday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.-noon: Libbey-inspired Vessel
- Saturday, Aug. 17, 9 a.m.-noon: Labino-inspired Sculpture
- Saturday, Aug. 24, 9 a.m.-noon: Libbey-inspired Vessel
$65 Museum members and $75 nonmembers per workshop
Discover the art of glassmaking by attending 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.
Intro to Glass Jewelry
- Thursday, Aug. 1, 6–9 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 8, 6–9 p.m.
$60 Museum members and $70 nonmembers per workshop
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. The instructor is Lauren Eastman Fowler.
Introduction to Glassblowing Weekend
- Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11, 3-7 p.m.
$215 Museum members and $240 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. The instructor is Eric Slawson.
Introduction to Flameworking Weekend
- Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17–18, 1–5 p.m.
$135 Museum members and $160 nonmembers
This two-day 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. The instructor is Heather Hughes-Meek.
See, Think, Drink: Coffee & Car Culture
- Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m.–noon
$20 Museum members and $25 nonmembers
In conjunction with the special exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, this workshop will combine conversation, observation, and sketching exercises to lead participants on a fun and enriching exploration of the Museum through drawing. Following the workshop, stick around for a car show on TMA’s grounds! Coffee provided at the beginning of the workshop. The instructor is Michael Clink.
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. The object for August is a glass peach. Tickets are $30 for Museum members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.
- Aug. 2: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 3: noon and 4 p.m.
- Aug. 9: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 10: noon and 4 p.m.
- Aug. 16: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 17: noon and 4 p.m.
- Aug. 23: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 24: noon and 4 p.m.
- Aug. 30: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 31: 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. 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, donut, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org for availability and purchase tickets.
- Aug. 4: 3 p.m.
- Aug. 8: 6:30 p.m.
- Aug. 11: 3 p.m.
- Aug. 15: 6:30 p.m.
- Aug. 18: 3 p.m.
- Aug. 22: 6:30 p.m.
- Aug. 25: 3 p.m.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
- Aug. 1: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 2: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 3: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Aug. 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Aug. 6: 2 p.m.
- Aug. 7: 2 p.m.
- Aug. 8: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 9: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 10: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Aug. 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Aug. 16: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 17: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Aug. 18: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Aug. 20: 2 p.m.
- Aug. 21: 2 p.m.
- Aug. 22: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 23: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 24: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Aug. 25: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Aug. 27: 2 p.m.
- Aug. 28: 2 p.m.
- Aug. 29: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 30: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Aug. 31: 1, 2, and 3 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.
Road Trip! Are We There Yet?
- Aug. 1: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Aug. 2: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Aug. 3: noon-5 p.m.
Getting there is half the fun! Inspired by the exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, create a road map and plot out your summer vacation.
Under the Sea!
- Aug. 4: noon-5 p.m.
- Aug. 6 and 8: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Aug. 9: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Aug. 10: noon-5 p.m.
Search the galleries for underwater sea creatures and beach scenes and create your own using a wide variety of supplies.
Stay in Your Lane-Car Tracks!
- Aug. 11: noon-5 p.m.
- Aug. 13 and 15: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Aug. 16: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Aug. 17: noon-5 p.m.
Roll a toy car through paint or ink and create an abstract work of art inspired by the exhibitions “Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music and Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture.
- Aug. 18: noon-5 p.m.
- Aug. 20 and 22: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Aug. 23: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Aug. 24: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, create a car of the future!
Family Center Visiting Artist
- Friday, Aug. 30: 6-7 p.m.
Meet Shelby Sweinhagen, a sculptural artist who focuses on creations that showcase her love for car culture.
Car Culture Sculpture!
- Aug. 25: noon-5 p.m.
- Aug. 27 and 29: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Aug. 30: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Aug. 31: noon-5 p.m.
Create a sculpture inspired by the exhibitions Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue and Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture.