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Closing soon: ‘Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar’ exhibition and ‘Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop’ installation at Toledo Museum of Art

Framed colored prints and a light green sculpture of a naked woman are installed in an art gallery.
"Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar" in the Toledo Museum of Art's New Media Gallery.

An exhibition of more than 30 prints and six sculptures as well as a large-scale installation are closing July 26 at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The retrospective exhibition Mirror Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar showcases Alison Saar’s extraordinary 35-year career as a printmaker. Consistent with Saar’s sculptures that often incorporate found objects, the artist’s vibrant graphic work centers upon a strong, single female figure portrayed in a manner often reminiscent of African deities and woodcarvings to address racial identity and related issues of gender, heritage and spirituality.

These highly inventive images that combine historical and literary references – including African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and the sculptural traditions of both ancient Greek art and German Expressionism – with her personal experiences provide the viewer with a multi-layered account of the Black experience and its rich cultural legacy.

Artworks in Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar are from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop is a single-work installation of a monumental, multimedia sculpture by artist Thornton Dial. This work has been on view in anticipation of a future landmark exhibition at TMA that will celebrate a significant addition of works by African American artists from the southern United States to the Museum’s collection.

The exhibition and installation are sponsored by 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsors Taylor Cadillac and ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council.