July 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights
Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States
Through July 15, Gallery 18
Fourth in the Toledo Museum of Art’s biennial exhibitions focused on bird-themed art, this is the first time that TMA’s first edition of Wilson’s pioneering multi-volume publication American Ornithology; or the Natural History of Birds of the United States (1808-14) has been exhibited. Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States is supported in part by 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818–2018
Through Nov. 25, 2018, Glass Pavilion
Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818–2018 presents more than 175 outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s renowned collection as well as objects and materials from the Libbey Inc. archives, including pressed glass tableware, Amberina art glass, Libbey’s world-renowned “brilliant” cut glass (including TMA’s glorious Libbey Punch Bowl), mid-century modern barware and examples of more recent “premium give-away” glasses for companies like Pizza Hut and McDonalds. Throughout its history, Libbey Glass Company has created a great variety of decorative and useful blown and pressed objects in both colorless and richly colored glass, at times decorated with cutting and engraving. Its success helped to brand Toledo as “The Glass City.” The Libbey family co-founded TMA in 1901 and their generous endowment continues to sustain the Museum. This exhibition is sponsored in part by Libbey Inc. the Ohio Arts Council.
Rebecca Louise Law: Community
Through Jan. 13, 2019, Canaday Gallery
British artist Rebecca Louise Law will design and create an impressive site-specific installation using both dried and fresh plant materials to create an immersive experience that involves sourcing thousands of local plants and flowers from northwest Ohio and coordinating 1,000 volunteer hours with residents. A proponent of sustainability, Law also plans to reuse flowers that were previously used in her other installations from around the world. The installation 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.
Special Events and Presentations
TMA Block Party
July 7: 6-10 p.m., TMA Grounds
Many familiar faces will be back this year for the fifth annual TMA Summer Block Party, including Bird’s Eye View Circus and Aha Indian Dance, as well as some first time Block Party musicians and performance groups.
Talk: Toledo Naturalists Association: Eric Durbin, Toledo’s Secret Garden: Wild Orchids of the Oak Openings
July 14: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In conjunction with Rebecca Louise Law: Community, the Toledo Museum of Art has invited local organizations to share their work with the cultivated landscapes and natural habitats of Toledo. Special guests from the Toledo Naturalists Association will present a free talk on July 14.
Art Book Club Discussion: A Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
July 17: 5:30 p.m., Meet in the Art Reference Library
Join fellow art and book lovers for a discussion of a vibrant celebration of our ability to smell, sense, taste, hear, touch and see. Writer Diane Ackerman weaves together scientific fact with lore, history and voluptuous description. Also join a guided tour on July 19 at 5:30 p.m. which will explore how we engage our senses through art and the natural world. Limited copies of books are available for Museum members to borrow from the TMA Library and purchase from the Museum Store. The Art Book Club is free, but space is limited, and registration is requested. You must register individually for each event. Contact the library at 419-254-5770 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Talk: Ryan P. Walsh, Ph.D., Toledo Zoo’s Wild Toledo Urban Prairie and Butterfly Initiatives
July 21: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In conjunction with Rebecca Louise Law: Community, the Toledo Museum of Art has invited local organizations to share their work with the cultivated landscapes and natural habitats of Toledo. Special guests from the Toledo Zoo will present a free talk on July 21.
Flashlight Tours in the Garden
July 26 and 27: 9 p.m., Meet in the TMA Café
See the Museum campus in a new light! Take an adults-only guided tour of the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden. All visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art. Before heading into the garden, enjoy a complimentary drink along with appetizers in the Museum Café at 8 p.m. Tour embarks at 9 p.m. Tickets are $23 per person for members, $30 for nonmembers; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or visit toledomuseum.org
Curator Talk: Halona Norton-Westbrook, New Media and Video
July 28: 2 p.m., Little Theater and Gallery 23a
Director of Curatorial Affairs Halona Norton-Westbrook discusses and leads a walkthrough of the inaugural exhibition in TMA’s new gallery devoted to new media and video from the Museum’s permanent collection.
TMA Bird and Tree Picnic
July 29: noon-3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Grounds
In 1914, the Toledo Museum of Art sponsored its first City Beautiful Campaign, which challenged adults and children to transform Toledo into the garden city of Ohio by planting flower and vegetable gardens. A Bird and Tree Club was subsequently formed, which by 1921 had 20,000 child members. Celebrate the Museum’s 100-year focus on the environment with this picnic event that features period music, a distinctive TMA Café menu, as well as special access to the Libbey House just across the street at the corner of Scottwood and Woodruff. Bring your own picnic basket and blanket and spend an afternoon on our beautiful campus.
Wine by the Glass Pavilion
Enjoy four wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448, in person at the information desks, or online at toledomuseum.org. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
July 13 – Summertime Sips: Perfect Summer Wines
July 20 – European Elegance: Renowned Old-World Vineyards
July 27 – Classically Cool: Classic Grape Varieties
Films in the Great Outdoors: Microcosmos (1996, 72 minutes)
July 13: 9:15 p.m., TMA Grounds
In this documentary about insects in meadows and ponds, the subjects may appear tiny to the human eye, but there is no denying that the insect kingdom is as dramatic, action-packed and beautiful as any other. Presented in conjunction with Rebecca Louise Law: Community.
It’s Friday Music: Ramona Collins
July 13: 6:30 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. Jazz musician Ramona Collins will perform on July 13. Friday Programs at the Toledo Museum of Art are supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.
Thursday Music: Heavy Color, River Passage
July 19: 6:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Join acclaimed local favorites Heavy Color as they celebrate their new album River Passage with a performance in the GlasSalon.
It’s Friday Music: It’s Essential
July 20: 6:30 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. It’s Essential will perform pop, soul and jazz standards on July 20. Friday Programs at the Toledo Museum of Art are supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.
It’s Friday Music: Intuition
July 27: 6:30 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. Intuition will perform Motown and oldies favorites on July 27. Friday Programs at the Toledo Museum of Art are supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.
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. July’s object is a firework paperweight. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14-plus accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.
- July 6: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
- July 7: noon and 4 p.m.
- July 13: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
- July 14: noon and 4 p.m.
- July 20: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
- July 21: noon and 4 p.m.
- July 27: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
- July 28: 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. Adults and children 14-plus 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. Pick Your Project workshops are now available on Thursdays and Sundays. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.
July 1: 3 p.m.
July 5: 6:30 p.m.
July 8: 3 p.m.
July 12: 6:30 p.m.
July 15: 3 p.m.
July 19: 6:30 p.m.
July 22: 3 p.m.
July 26: 6:30 p.m.
July 29: 3 p.m.
FREE Public Tours
July 6: 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.
Public Tours: The Art of Seeing Art
July 6, 13 and 20: 7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
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 Me at TMA: Rebecca Louise Law: Community
July 14: 1 p.m., Herrick Lobby
Experience a site-specific installation of dried and fresh flowers created by Rebecca Louise Law, a contemporary artist based in London. Meet Me at TMA is 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 45-60 minutes. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900. Meet Me at TMA is sponsored by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive Group.
July 14: 3 p.m., Family Center
Toddler Tours provide multi-sensory experiences with works of art. Caregivers and their children ages 18 to 36 months are invited to participate in a hands-on tour at the Museum, engaging with interactive learning materials (like fabrics and wooden blocks) that help bring the work to life. The guided tours also include an in-gallery story experience.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
July 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 3: 2 p.m.
July 4: 2 p.m.
July 5: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 6: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 7: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 10: 2 p.m.
July 11: 2 p.m.
July 12: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 13: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 14: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 15:1 and 2 p.m.
July 17: 2 p.m.
July 18: 2 p.m.
July 19: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 20: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 21: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
July 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 24: 2 p.m.
July 25: 2 p.m.
July 26: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 27: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
July 28: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 29: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 31: 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.
- July 1: noon-5 p.m.
- July 3 and 5: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- July 6: 3:30-8 p.m.
- July 7: noon-5 p.m.
Create a fireworks painting bursting with color using red, white and blue paint.
Family Center at the TMA Block Party
July 7: 6-8:30 p.m.
Join us for family-friendly activities during the fifth annual TMA Block Party.
Daisy Chains and Paper Petals!
July 8: noon-5 p.m.
July 10 and 12: 10-3 p.m.
July 13: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 14: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by Rebecca Louise Law: Community, create daisy chains and many different types of flowers using a wide variety of materials.
Gyotaku Fish Prints!
July 15: noon-5 p.m.
July 17 and 19: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 20: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 21: noon-5 p.m.
Create a Gyotaku fish print using this Japanese printmaking technique.
July 22: noon-5 p.m.
July 24 and 26: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 27: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 28: noon-5 p.m.
Create an entire collage of people using paper towel rolls.
July 28: noon-5 p.m.
July 31 and Aug. 2: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Create a beautiful work of art using marbles and paint.