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December 2016 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Dec. 24: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 31: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jan. 1: Noon to 5 p.m.

Gabriel Dawe: Plexus no. 35
Nov. 5, 2016-Jan. 22, 2017, Great Gallery
Contemporary Mexican-born artist Gabriel Dawe’s textile installations have adorned gallery spaces around the world, most recently as part of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. These ethereal indoor rainbows prompt us to examine public spaces in a new light. The artist’s latest installment in the series, titled Plexus no. 35, was created especially for the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery. The installation is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors, a group of volunteer fundraisers. Admission free.

The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story
Oct. 28, 2016-Feb. 12, 2017, Gallery 18
The Libbey Dolls, formerly known as the Doucet Dolls, were the product of the World War I aid effort. Purchased in 1917 by Toledo Museum of Art founder Edward Drummond Libbey, this collection of 78 fashion figures depict French style from A.D. 493 to 1915. Jacques Doucet, a prominent French couturier of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, created their clothing using inspiration from works of art by great French artists like Nicolas Lancret and Louis-Léopold Boilly, as well as drawings and engravings from late 19th-century fashion publications. The Libbey Dolls: Fashioning the Story explores the extraordinary history of this collection while showcasing French fashion design and the strong connection between fashion and the art world. Admission free.

Shakespeare’s Characters: Playing the Part
Sept. 2, 2016-Jan. 8, 2017, Gallery 6
Four hundred years after his death, the Toledo Museum of Art honors the great playwright William Shakespeare with an exhibition exploring The Bard’s band of characters, from the comedic to the tragic. Approximately 30 paintings, prints, sculptures and photographs bring the beloved writer’s works to life. Fred Wilson’s sculpture Iago’s Mirror (2009) references “Othello” and Arthur Hughes’s painting Ophelia (1865) takes its subject from “Hamlet.” Other works dramatically represent scenes from “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Troilus and Cressida” and “The Tempest.” Admission free.

FREE Performance: Midweek Shakespeare
Wednesdays, Sept. 7-Jan. 4: 2 p.m., Libbey Court
Wednesday, Dec. 28: 2 p.m., Peristyle
This midweek, mid-afternoon series celebrates the plays and poetry of William Shakespeare, including a reading of all 154 sonnets, famous and lesser-known scenes and monologues, plus music and other Shakespeare-inspired creative works. Participants include students, faculty, and actors drawn from the Toledo School for the Arts, the Actors Collaborative of Toledo, the University of Toledo, and more.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society 4th Annual Dorothy M. Price Lecture: “A New Look at Late Roman Gold-Glass” with Sean Leatherbury
Dec. 9: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Sean Leatherbury, assistant professor of art history at Bowling Green State University, discusses gold-glass from the Wilshere Collection of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

The Great Art Escape
Dec. 27-Jan. 1, Throughout Museum
The Toledo Museum of Art comes alive during its annual winter celebration The Great Art Escape. Bring family, friends and holiday guests to experience the performances, art activities, and after-hours flashlight tours that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion and Peristyle. Sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.

FREE Make a Puppet, Tell a Story!
Dec. 27 and 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Family Center
Dec. 30: 3:30-8 p.m., Family Center
Make a puppet in the Family Center and perform your own improvisational theater with it   in the Cloister Gallery.

FREE Ask Me Hours
Dec. 27-30: 10 a.m. to noon and noon to 2 p.m., Main Museum
Dec. 31-Jan. 1: Noon to 2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Look for docents wearing a red “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Hot Shop
Dec. 30: 7 and 8 p.m., Hot Shop
Watch works of art in glass take shape before your eyes—join Museum staff and local artists for live glassmaking demonstrations in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performance
Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 1 p.m., Gallery 24
Enjoy sounds of the season on the Museum’s newly restored Dutch cabinet organ, played by local members of the American Guild of Organists.

FREE Drawing in the Galleries with a Live Model
Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 1-3 p.m., Great Gallery
All supplies are provided, and no experience is necessary. All ages welcome.

FREE Great Art Escape Live Performances
Dec. 27-Jan. 1: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Dec. 27: JP Dynasty (African drums)
Dec. 28: Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits (dramatic reading)
Dec. 29: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
Dec. 30: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkloric
Dec. 31: Naach by Aha Indian Dance
Jan. 1: Antivillains (This indie rock performance will take place in the Great Gallery.)

Family Flashlight Tours
Dec. 27 and 28: 4 p.m., Meet in Herrick Lobby
Say ‘goodnight’ to the Museum and take a family-friendly, after-hours tour. Guided by a docent, all visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art in a new way – in the dark! Family group tickets are $20 for up to 5 members, or $5 for individual tickets. Space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or by purchasing tickets online at starting Dec. 1, 2016.

FREE Giant Games
Dec. 27-Jan. 1: Open to 3 p.m., GlasSalon
Drop in the GlasSalon to create a world out of blue block sculptures, or play a game of giant chess with TMA-inspired pieces.

Big and Not So Little Workshops (ages 6-13 with adult)
Dec. 28: 10 a.m. to noon (Paint It!) and 1-3 p.m. (Sculpt It!)
Explore your imagination and creativity as a family! After viewing works in the Museum's galleries, children and their adult partners will work together to create original artwork inspired by the collection. Sign up for one or both of these project-focused workshops and get a taste of TMA’s studio art classes. Limited seats available, register early. Tuition for one workshop: $15 members / $20 nonmembers for one adult/one child. Register by visiting or calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7363 during Museum hours.
Paint It! Online Registration
Sculpt It! Online Registration

FREE Family Center Visiting Artist
Dec. 30: 6 p.m., Family Center
Join Aimee Reid of Children’s Theater Workshop as she leads us through some improvisational exercises in the galleries.

FREE Ms. Nikki’s Traveling Story Bag
Dec. 30: Noon to 2 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Join Nykiiah Wright of Ms. Nikki’s Traveling Story Bag for an interactive storytelling experience where we will be infusing the art of storytelling into the visual arts. Stop by the Family Center Dec. 27 or 29 to create your own story you can share with the audience.

Shakespeare on Film: “Hamlet” 
Dec. 3: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Considered by many to be the finest screen adaptation of Shakespeare's greatest work, Grigori Kozintsev's “Hamlet” is a spare, haunting interpretation based on a translation by novelist Boris Pasternak. The malevolence afoot in the state of Denmark is magnificently captured by the foreboding black and white cinematography and  the dark, dramatic score by composer Dmitri Shostakovich. (1964, 2 hours 20 minutes)

Shakespeare on Film: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Dec. 10: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Theseus, Duke of Athens, is going to marry Hyppolyta, Queen of the Amazons. Demetrius is engaged to Hermia, but Hermia loves Lysander. Helena loves Demetrius ... And so it unfolds in one of Shakespeare’s most fantastical comedies. In this early Hollywood adaption, Puck is played by a 15-year-old Mickey Rooney in an exuberant performance. (1935, 2 hours 13 minutes)

Art House Film: “Georgia O’Keefe”
Dec. 16: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Directed by Bob Balaban, this biopic tells the story of American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (Joan Allen) and her husband, photographer Alfred Stieglitz (Jeremy Irons). (2009, 1 hour 39 minutes)

Infinite Variations: The Goldberg Re-Imagined (for Two Pianos)
Dec. 1: 7 p.m., Peristyle
The virtuosi Ukrainian-Australian-American pianists, Sonya Lifschitz and Lisa Moore, join forces for their sensational duo Sonya and Lisa, as they re-imagine and present the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations juxtaposed with solo music by American composers Philip Glass and George Crumb. Exploring the ingenuity and spiritual beauty of Bach’s original masterpiece, this two-piano arrangement affirms that the Goldberg maintains its relevance and meaning through continuously evolving performance traditions. Tickets are $5–25 and available at

FREE It’s Friday! Music: andPlay
Dec. 2: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Join us for a performance by andPlay, an adventurous yet accessible duo committed to expanding the existing violin/viola duo repertoire through performing rarely heard works and commissioning emerging composers. Drinks and gourmet snacks are available for purchase.

FREE Great Performances: Rejoice Handbell Choir
Dec. 9: 7 p.m., Peristyle
The Rejoice Handbell Choir of Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania returns for its ever popular performance of holiday favorites.

FREE Great Performances: University of Toledo Concert Chorale
Dec. 11: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Dec. 15: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
The popular Jazz Under Glass series continues with monthly performances in partnership with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. For more information on performers and to purchase tickets, visit

FREE Great Performances: Jazz Nativity with Glenn Tucker
Dec. 17: 2 p.m., Peristyle
Trained on both organ and piano, Glenn Tucker takes a jazz approach to French composer Olivier Messiaen’s classic works of Christmas music, “La Nativité Du Seigneur” and “Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus.” Tucker will perform on piano and the Museum’s historic Skinner organ; joining him are Rafael Statin (reeds), Ben Rolston (bass) and Jesse Kramer (drums).

TMA Thursday Music: Dominick Gray
Dec. 22: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Originally from Toledo, Dominick Gray is a drummer now living in Berlin. His show incorporates live drumming, electronic music and video projection, blending the experiences of seeing a live concert and a film screening. In the performance, original music interplays with re-edited footage (from the public domain) exploring progress, connection and the human experience.

Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create small-scale objects using a torch. This month, make charms shaped like evergreen trees under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor. Sessions are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person. No experience necessary. It’s Friday! is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Evergreen Trees
Dec. 2: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 9: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 16: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 23: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 30: 7 and 8 p.m.

Toledo community members, including artists, musicians and educators, partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them. Participant names are posted to at the beginning of the month. Meet in Libbey Court.
Dec. 1: 6 p.m. | Jewelry designer Mellony Banks
Dec. 15: 6 p.m. | Graphic designer Jameson Staneluis

The Art of Seeing Art™
Dec. 2: 7 p.m.
Dec. 9: 6 p.m.
Dec. 16: 7 p.m.
Dec. 23: 6 p.m.
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. Meet in Libbey Court.

Collection Highlights
Dec. 2: 6 p.m.
Dec. 9: 7 p.m.
Dec. 23: 7 p.m.
The Toledo Museum of Art’s collection of more than 30,000 works of art ranks among the finest in the United States. Join this docent-led tour to discover important, popular and outstanding works of art, including paintings and sculptures in our galleries. Meet in Libbey Court.

Baby Tour
Dec. 2: 3 p.m.
Dec. 16: 6 p.m.
Dec. 17: 1 p.m.
Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills in this lively 30-minute tour. Caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome; meet outside the Family Center.

Meet Me at TMA: Hats
Dec. 10: 1 p.m.
From top hats to ball caps, discover different styles of hats featured in portraits in the Museum’s collection. Meet Me at TMA is a 60-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register. The tour is sponsored in part by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive.

Family Tour
Dec. 4: 2 p.m.
Dec. 10: 12:30 p.m.
A family-friendly tour for all ages. Meet outside Family Center

A Brush with Art: History of Photography
Dec. 2: 1 p.m.
View photographs from different time periods to examine the progress and technology of photography.  Visitors are invited to participate in a short Q & A session with the curator. A Brush with Art is a 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is requested but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register. The tour is sponsored in part by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive.

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Dec. 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 2: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 6: 2 p.m.
Dec. 7: 2 p.m.
Dec. 8: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 9: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 13: 2 p.m.
Dec. 14: 2 p.m.
Dec. 15: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 16: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 17: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 18: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 20: 2 p.m.
Dec. 21: 2 p.m.
Dec. 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 23: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 24: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 27: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 28: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Dec. 29: 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 30: 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 31: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

Activities at the Family Center are designed for children accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons.

Frame It!
Dec. 1: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 2: 3:30-8 p.m.
Design a beautiful frame to hold your work of art.

Torn, Tattered and Layered!
Dec. 4: Noon to 5 p.m.
Dec. 6 and 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 9: 3:30-8 p.m.
Using tissue paper to experiment with a wide variety of ways to create a work of art.

Museum Memories Mural!
Dec. 11: Noon to 5 p.m.
Dec. 13 and 15: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 16: 3:30-8 p.m.
Tell us what your favorite Museum Memory is and add it to our Museum Memory Mural.

Handmade and Heartfelt!
Dec. 18: Noon to 5 p.m.
Dec. 20 and 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 23:  3:30-8 p.m.
Using recycled materials, make gifts to give that are heartfelt and handmade.

Puppets and Performances!
Dec. 27 and 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 30: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the first days of winter and the Great Art Escape with storytelling, puppets and performances!

NOTE: Events are subject to change.