December 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights
CLOSED: Monday, Dec. 24, 2018
CLOSED: Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018
CLOSED: Monday, Dec. 31, 2018
OPEN: Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019
The Snake Charmer and the French Avant-Garde
Through Dec. 30, 2018: Gallery 35
Henri Rousseau’s The Snake Charmer (1907) and Robert Delaunay’s The City of Paris (1911) highlight the vibrant artistic exchange that underpinned the groundbreaking innovations in Modern art during the first decades of the 20th century. As one of Rousseau’s strongest champions, Delaunay canonized him as “the godfather of modern painting” and owned many of Rousseau’s paintings, including The Snake Charmer, which is on special loan to the Toledo Museum of Art from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Though these two works differ in style and subject, they use similar thematic and formal devices to create idyllic visions, including fantasy and invention, freedom from compositional convention, the use of harmonious color, the female nude, and simplified forms. Free admission.
Through Jan. 6, 2019: Levis Gallery
This exhibition is the first devoted to the family portraiture of Frans Hals (1582/83–1666), one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the exhibition was prompted by the Toledo Museum of Art’s acquisition in 2011 of Frans Hals’s Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape, as well as the recent conservation of Brussels’ Three Children of the Van Campen Family. These two works originally formed one composition, separated for unknown reasons likely in the late 18th century or early 19th century. The exhibition reunites the sections of the Toledo/Brussels painting along with a third fragment from a private collection, where it will be shown with the three other family portraits painted by the artist. The exhibition will travel to Brussels following its Toledo debut. Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is supported in part by Taylor Cadillac, Key Bank, Mosser Construction, and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5) with free admission during Thursday evening hours.
Through Jan. 13, 2019: Canaday Gallery
British artist Rebecca Louise Law designed and created an impressive site-specific installation using both dried and fresh plant materials to create an immersive experience that involved sourcing thousands of local plants and flowers from northwest Ohio and coordinating 1,000 volunteer hours with Toledo residents. A proponent of sustainability, Law also reused flowers that were previously part of her other installations from around the world. Community is sponsored by Taylor Cadillac, the Ohio Arts Council and the TMA Ambassadors with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Sponsor ProMedica. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5) with free admission during Thursday evening hours.
Through Feb. 24, 2019: New Media Gallery
A multisensory art installation of video, new media and works on paper by artists from around the world launches a recently renovated gallery dedicated to contemporary art at the Toledo Museum of Art. Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses presents modern and contemporary works of art in a variety of media that explore and relate to the natural world. Many of the works are recent acquisitions installed for the first time, while others from TMA’s acclaimed collection have only been shown occasionally. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Free admission.
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 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.
The Toledo Museum of Art comes alive during its annual winter celebration The Great Art Escape. Bring family and friends to celebrate the season with a diverse array of events Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1. Visit toledomuseum.org for additional details. The Great Art Escape is supported in part by Taylor Cadillac.
FREE Dutch Organ Concerts: 1 p.m., Gallery 24
- Wednesday, Dec. 26
- Thursday, Dec. 27
- Friday, Dec. 28
- Saturday, Dec. 29
- Sunday, Dec. 30
FREE Drawing in the Galleries
Using the TMA collection as inspiration, join us as we draw in the galleries. Facilitated by an art instructor, all drawing supplies provided. No experience necessary. All ages welcome!
- Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1: noon-2 p.m., throughout the Museum
FREE Peristyle Performances: 2 p.m., Peristyle
- Wednesday, Dec. 26: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance
- Thursday, Dec. 27: JP Dynasty
- Friday, Dec. 28: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico
- Saturday, Dec. 29: Dancers of Aha! Indian Dance
- Sunday, Dec. 30: Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra
Family Studio Workshops
Explore your imagination and creativity as a family! After visiting 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 of these project-focused workshops and get a taste of TMA's studio art classes. Register online at toledomuseum.org or by phone by calling (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448 during Museum hours. Each workshop is $20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers, and includes one child and an accompanying adult.
- Friday, Dec. 28: 2-4 p.m.
- Friday, Dec. 28: 2-4 p.m.
- Saturday, Dec. 29: 10 a.m.-noon
- Saturday, Dec. 29: 10 a.m.-noon
All Ages Glass Art Workshops: Frosty Glass
Work with the Museum’s glass instructors to create your very own frosty glass. Apply stickers and decals to a clear glass or mug that will be frosted to reveal your own unique designs, then take your creation over to the Glass Pavilion Café for a special treat. Register online at toledomuseum.org or by phone by calling (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448 during Museum hours. Each workshop is $20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers, and includes one child and an accompanying adult.
- Saturday, Dec. 29: noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
- Sunday, Dec. 30: noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Special Events and Presentations
Thursday, Dec. 6: 6 p.m., Peristyle
The Toledo Museum of Art’s Master Series traditionally presents prominent artists, performers, and scholars on the Peristyle stage. The spotlight shifts this December as Toledo families to the same stage in this celebration and exploration of family today, making this an event by Toledo, with Toledo, and for Toledo. Portraits of Toledo is the culmination of a months-long series of storytelling events and workshops hosted across Toledo in a collaboration between TMA and the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film. The Masters Series is supported in part by the TMA Ambassadors. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion.
FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Alysia Fischer, Glass-working in the Eastern Mediterranean: Insights from Archaeology and Ethnoarchaeology
Friday, Dec. 7: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Dr. Alysia Fischer, author of Hot Pursuit: Integrating Anthropology in Search of Ancient Glass-blowers, will discuss the history of Eastern Mediterranean glass as seen through the lenses of the archaeology of the site of Sepphoris, located in the Galilee region of northern Israel. Dr. Fischer, a former glass-blower, has also worked with glass-workers from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Turkey to better understand the Eastern Mediterranean glass tradition. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Hals Community Program: Alison Huftalen and Julie McMaster, Preserving Your Family Treasures Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 8: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Art Reference Library
Do you ever wonder how to care for the papers, photographs and other memorabilia that is important to your family? This workshop will help participants learn to care for their family’s historical documents. Alison Huftalen, the Museum’s head librarian, and TMA archivist Julie McMaster invite participants to bring a few examples of their personal books, papers, photographs and small artifacts. They will discuss how and why materials deteriorate, how to keep the materials from deteriorating further, and how to house them safely. During the hands-on portion of the workshop, you will be shown by Museum staff examples of the proper housing for your precious documents. Information about appraisals, conservation, and resources for storage materials will be shared with the participants. Registration is $20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers. Sign up at toledomuseum.org.
FREE Hals Community Program: Family Fashion Show
Thursday, Dec. 13: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
Calling all fashion families! As Frans Hals demonstrated, the Van Campen family has a very specific fashion sense. Here’s your chance to show off your own family ties and other accessories, and maybe you’ll end the evening declared the most fashionable family in Toledo!
FREE Hals Community Program: Family Photo PechaKucha
Thursday, Dec. 20: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
You have a family so unusual (or so ordinary) that only 20 pictures can begin to fully capture their character, and we will give you 20 seconds each to share them! Bring your family-friendly images in a power point on a flash drive no later than 6:30 p.m.. Ready, set, go!
FREE Interactive Community Program: Family Band Showcase
Thursday, Dec. 27: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
Are you part of a musical Toledo family that performs together regularly? Let us know by Friday, Dec. 14, and you might end up on the Van Campen Family Exhibition Stage! Contact the Museum at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested; participants will be notified by Dec. 21.
Saturday, Dec. 1: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Brother and sister Enrique and Rosa flee persecution at home in Guatemala and journey north, through Mexico and on to the United States, with the dream of starting a new life. It’s a story that happens every day, but until Gregory Nava’s groundbreaking El Norte (The North), the personal travails of immigrants crossing the border to America had never been shown in the movies with such urgent humanism. A work of social realism imbued with dreamlike imagery, El Norte is a lovingly rendered, heartbreaking story of hope and survival, which critic Roger Ebert called “a Grapes of Wrath for our time.” Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Families on Film is presented in collaboration with the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film.
Families on Film: Daughters of the Dust (1991, 113 minutes, PG)
Saturday, Dec. 8: 2 p.m., Little Theater
At the dawn of the 20th century, a multi-generational family in the Gullah community on the Sea Islands off the coast of South Carolina – former West African slaves who adopted many of their ancestors’ Yoruba traditions – struggle to maintain their cultural heritage and folklore while contemplating a migration to the mainland, even further from their roots. Julie Dash’s landmark film Daughters of the Dust is cited as the first wide release by a black female filmmaker and was met with wild critical acclaim and rapturous audience response when it initially opened in 1991. Daughters of the Dust will be introduced by Charlene Gilbert, filmmaker, teacher, dean of the University of Toledo College of Arts and Letters and professor of film. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Families on Film is presented in collaboration with the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film.
Families on Film: Watership Down (1978, 91 minutes, PG)
Saturday, Dec. 15: 2 p.m., Little Theater
Watership Down is a faithful big-screen adaptation of Richard Adams’s classic British dystopian novel about a community of rabbits under terrible threat from modern forces. With its naturalistic hand-drawn animation, dreamily expressionistic touches, gorgeously bucolic background design, Watership Down is an emotionally arresting, dark-toned allegory about freedom amid political turmoil. Watership Down will be introduced by artist, photographer, and film producer Lee Fearnside. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Families on Film is presented in collaboration with the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film and College of Arts and Letters.
FREE Art House Film: The Woodmans (2010, 82 minutes, unrated)
Friday, Dec. 21: 7 p.m., Little Theater
The Woodmans are a family of well-known artists bonded in their belief of art-making as the highest form of expression. But for their daughter Francesca—one of the late 20th century's most recognized and influential photographers—fame came only after a tragedy that would forever scar the family. With unrestricted access to all of Francesca's photographs, private diaries and experimental videos, The Woodmans traces the story of a family broken and then healed by their art. The Art House Film Series is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.
Families on Film: A Christmas Tale (2008, 150 minutes, not rated)
Saturday, Dec. 22: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In A Christmas Tale (Un conte de Noël), Catherine Deneuve is the matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marrow transplant from a blood relative. That simple family reunion setup, however, can’t begin to describe the unpredictable, emotionally volatile experience of this film, an inventive, magical drama that’s equal parts merriment and melancholy. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Families on Film is presented in collaboration with the University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film and College of Arts and Letters.
FREE It’s Friday Music: Larry Fuller Trio
Friday, Dec. 7: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Toledo native Larry Fuller returns to town with his piano trio for an evening of Jazz in the GlasSalon.
Great Performances: Messiaen: The Complete Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus
Sunday, Dec. 9: 2 p.m., GlasSalon
Organized by pianist Isabelle O’Connell (Grand Band), this concert features O’Connell, Blair McMillen, Laura Melton, and Stephanie Titus performing Olivier Messiaen’s complete Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus, a two-hour, 20-movement work that Messiaen completed in 1944. Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.
FREE Great Performance: Rejoice Handbell Choir
Friday, Dec. 14: 7 p.m., Peristyle
The Rejoice Handbell Choir of Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania returns for its popular performance of holiday favorites.
FREE Great Performances: Sounds of the Holidays
Sunday, Dec. 16: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This holiday recital features performances by voice faculty members from the University of Toledo Department of Music. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.
Ask Me Hours
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.
Saturdays: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays: noon-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Meet Me at TMA
A FREE monthly program designed to provide meaningful Museum visits for people experiencing the early stages of memory loss, their families, caregivers and friends. All tours are 45 to 60 minutes and begin at 1 p.m. at the indicated location. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900.
Dec. 1: Music + Art
Connect music and art with an in-gallery performance by the Toledo School for the Arts’ pop combo and a lively discussion about related works of art.
Friday, Dec. 7: 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.
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.
Dec. 7, 14, and 21
Localeyes Tour: Kathy Seibel
Thursday, Dec. 13: 6 p.m., Meet in 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. December’s special guest is retired music teacher Kathy Seibel.
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. December’s object is a blown ornament. 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. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.
- Dec. 1: noon and 4 p.m.
- Dec. 7: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 8: noon and 4 p.m.
- Dec. 14: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 15: noon and 4 p.m.
- Dec. 21: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 22: noon and 4 p.m.
- Dec. 28: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 29: noon and 4 p.m.
Glass Art Workshop: Pick Your Project
A new addition to the Glass Art Workshops lineup, the Pick Your Project option 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 tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.
- Dec. 2: 3 p.m.
- Dec. 6: 6:30 p.m.
- Dec. 9: 3 p.m.
- Dec. 13: 6:30 p.m.
- Dec. 16: 3 p.m.
- Dec. 20: 6:30 p.m.
- Dec. 23: 3 p.m.
- Dec. 27: 6:30 p.m.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
- Dec. 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Dec. 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Dec. 4: 2 p.m.
- Dec. 5: 2 p.m.
- Dec. 6: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 8: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Dec. 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Dec. 11: 2 p.m.
- Dec. 12: 2 p.m.
- Dec. 13: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 14: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 15: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Dec. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Dec. 18: 2 p.m.
- Dec. 19: 2 p.m.
- Dec. 20: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 21: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 22: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Dec. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Dec. 26: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Dec. 27: 1, 2, 3, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 28: 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Dec. 29: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Dec. 30: 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.
Friends and Family Quilt Squares!
Inspired by the exhibition Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, decorate a quilt square with family and friends using fabric squares.
- Dec. 1: noon–5 p.m.
What’s in a Name Collage
Create a name collage using a variety of materials
- Dec. 2: noon–5 p.m.
- Dec. 4 and 6: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Dec. 7: 3:30–8 p.m.
- Dec. 8: noon–5 p.m.
Check out the exhibition Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion and create a family tree representation of your family and relatives.
- Dec. 9: noon–5 p.m.
- Dec. 11 and 13: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Dec. 14: 3:30–8 p.m.
- Dec. 15: noon–5 p.m.
Celebrate the shortest day of the year by creating a winter–like painting
- Dec. 16: noon–5 p.m.
- Dec. 18 and 20: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Dec. 21: 3:30–8 p.m.
- Dec. 22: noon–5 p.m.
Home for the Holidays!
Every family is unique, and the holidays are a perfect time to celebrate. Come see Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion and create a work of art together in the Family Center that your family will treasure for years
- Dec. 23: noon–5 p.m.
- Dec. 26: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (Special holiday hours)
- Dec. 27: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Special holiday hours)
- Dec. 28: 3:30–8 p.m.
- Dec. 29: noon–5 p.m.
Family Center Visiting Artist: Vester Frey
Meet a local guest artist in the Family Center and create works of art inspired by the artist! Vester Frey plays old-time music ranging from Appalachian standards to Delta blues and shares the stories behind those songs. On Dec. 28 he will entertain in the Family Center, backed by Larry Meyer on percussion.
- Friday, Dec. 28: 6-7 p.m.
Ring in the New Year!
Create a 2019 calendar using your favorite images of works of art from the Toledo Museum of Art collection.
- Dec. 30: noon–5 p.m.
- Jan. 1 and 3: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
- Jan. 4: 3:30–8 p.m.
- Jan. 5: noon–5 p.m.