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March 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Rafiq Bhatia image by Zenith Richards. Bhatia's concert performance of "Breaking English" will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m., in the Peristyle.

Exhibition Openings

Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue

March 9, 2018-March 8, 2020: Levis Gallery

Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue features dozens of contemporary works of art that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. Presented together, these works offer visitors the chance to explore the many powerful ways that artists are seeking to consider the state of the world in the twenty-first century as they engage with issues of urgency facing the world today. Identity, migration, and the digital revolution are amongst the rich topics brought forth for exploration. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus

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.


Different Trains

Through May 6, 2019: Canaday Gallery

A large-scale video installation that spans more than 20 feet and is 29 minutes in duration, Different Trains features a 1988 musical composition by American minimalist composer Steve Reich, recorded by the Kronos Quartet and reinterpreted in 2016 by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. Reich’s 1988 piece for string quartet and recorded voice is a powerful, emotionally charged rumination on the train journeys of his youth and of the horrific deportation trains of the Holocaust. The composition was awarded the 1989 Grammy for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Created by Caravaggio in 2016, Different Trains sets Reich’s music to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original composition. The work is at once historically important and aesthetically impressive. Both the music and video are beautifully composed; Reich’s music is fragmented and modern, with Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leading the audience through the work. This presentation of Different Trains is supported by the Stacey and Harley Kripke Philanthropic Fund, the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, the Donald L. Solomon Supporting Organization, the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz, Lynn and Frank Jacobs, Arleen and Jon Levine, Linda and Joel Beren, Dr. Robert and Beverly Karp, Sandy Soifer and Paul Goldner, Julie and Fred Treuhaft, H. Zachary Ottenstein, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from the H.L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund. Free admission.


Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hot Shop

Through May 12, 2019: Gallery 18

In this solo exhibition of her work, Katherine Gray presents glassmaking as something that is experiential rather than strictly visual. (Being) in a Hotshop immerses the audience into the sights, sounds, and smells of the glass making studio. Using primarily glass (and cleverly defining the material with itself), visitors are invited to experience glassmaking through multiple senses. With Gray’s immersive and sensory installation of the hotshop experience, visitors will be able to grasp a greater understanding of the process of glassblowing. Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop is sponsored in part by O-I and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Porgram Sponsor ProMedica. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

Parade, Reading, and Book Signing: Jan Wahl, Hedy and Her Amazing Invention

Saturday, March 2: noon-5 p.m., Throughout the Museum

This family event celebrates the publication of a new children’s book by acclaimed Toledo author Jan Wahl. Titled Hedy and Her Amazing Invention, the book teaches kids about the pioneering scientific work and inspiring courage of Hedy Lamarr, the famous Hollywood actress who fought against prejudice and stereotypes to become an accomplished inventor. Morgana W. Wallace's epic collages elevate Hedy to myth-like status. Participants should meet at the Museum’s Family Center at noon to create their own collages, musical instruments, and ornaments. At 2 p.m. join the music parade to the Little Theater for Wahl’s reading, which includes projections of the book’s spectacular illustrations. A book signing will take place after the reading at approximately 3 p.m. in Libbey Court.


Art Book Club: The Library at Night

Tuesday, March 5: 5:30 p.m., Art Reference Library

Join us for a lively discussion of author Albert Maguel's unique tour of libraries, from the Library of Alexandria to personal libraries and libraries of banned books. Following the discussion, join Head Librarian Alison Huftalen for a tour of the Art Reference Library and a highlight of its special collections. Registration is kindly requested. Contact the Library at (419) 254-5770 or


Teen Night Planning Committee

Friday, March 8: 4:30 p.m., Classroom 128

The Teen Night Planning Committee invites Toledo area teens to get involved in the planning of teen nights that take place at the Museum. This meeting will be a large brainstorming session where teens can share ideas for the upcoming (Y)our Night event.


AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Steven E. Sidebotham, From India to Alexandria: A Merchant’s Odyssey in Roman Times

Friday, March 8: 7 p.m., Little Theater

Dr. Steven E. Sidebotham, Professor of Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Delaware, will trace the incredible journey of an imaginary Roman-Egyptian merchant named Alexandros Petosiris as he returns home from India. In recounting this richly illustrated narrative, the speaker draws on his archaeological excavations and surveys of ancient sites in Egypt, India, and the southern Arabian Peninsula. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America–Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.


Conversation with Eric Kripke

Saturday, March 16: 1 p.m., Peristyle

Eric Kripke is a television writer, director, and producer who created the series Supernatural and wrote and co-produced the 2018 hit feature The House with a Clock in Its Walls. In this casual conversation hosted by WGTE’s Haley Taylor, Kripke will share stories of his creative inspirations growing up in Toledo as well as behind-the-scenes stories of his successful work in the television and motion picture industry. He will show clips and outtakes from Supernatural (see if you can catch some of the Toledo references!) as well as an exclusive preview of his forthcoming series The Boys for Amazon Studios.


Art House Film: The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach (1968, 1 hour, 34 minutes, not rated)

Friday, March 22, 2019: 7 p.m., Little Theater Directed by the filmmaking duo of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, The Chronicle of Anna Magdalena Bach is a portrait of composer Johann Sebastion in which the serene visuals of the film are juxtaposed with spoken text drawn from manuscripts of the composer. The film, a music lover’s dream with music performed by harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt and other musicians on period instruments, covers the years of Bach’s life from his marriage to Anna Magdalena to his death in 1748.


Film: Van Gogh Birthday Celebration & Movie Marathon

Saturday, March 30: 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Little Theater

Come celebrate the birthday of 19th-century painter Vincent Van Gogh whose vivid life continues to fascinate filmmakers from around the world. This immersive marathon in the Little Theater will feature the extraordinary painted feature Loving Vincent, a short homage from the great Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, Kirk Douglas in Lust for Life, the 1956 biopic directed by Vincente Minelli, and much more! A complete schedule will be available on the TMA website. Tickets are $7 for Museum members, $10 for nonmembers, and $5 students and military personnel.

Music Performances

It’s Friday Music: 6th Edition

Friday, March 1, 2019: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister

6th Edition is a vocal jazz ensemble including: Kim Buehler, Lori Lefevre Johnson, Lisa Young, John Johnson, and Kevin Eikum.


Great Performances: Almost 5 Woodwind Quartet

Sunday, March 3, 2019: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

This Toledo-based ensemble features Kelly Hill-Kretzer (flute), Ann Augustin (oboe), Leslie McCage (clarinet), and Michael Leeds (Bassoon). Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.


FREE Family Concert: Spoleto Festival USA Saturday, March 9: 10 a.m.-noon., Glass Pavilion

Create music-inspired artwork then listen and sing along at the 11 a.m. concert in the GlasSalon. Hosted by violinist Geoff Nuttall of Spoleto Festival USA, this informal concert for all ages is sure to be fun and memorable. Spoleto Festival USA, one of America's major performing arts festivals, will bring a fresh perspective on classical chamber music to the Toledo Museum of Art.


Great Performances: Rafiq Bhatia, Breaking English

Saturday, March 9: 8 p.m., Peristyle

Breaking English is an evening-length live performance, featuring composer, producer, and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia’s latest work for electroacoustic trio transformed into an immersive multimedia experience by visual artist Michael Cina and video artist Hal Lovemelt. Special guest WILLS will open for Bhatia. Breaking English was co-commissioned by The Jazz Gallery, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series, Newfields: A Place for Nature & the Arts, and the Toledo Museum of Art. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates. Tickets are $20 for Museum Members, $25 for nonmembers, and $15 students and military personnel.


Great Performances: Gwilym Simcock

Sunday, March 10: 5 p.m., Great Gallery

Both a virtuosic pianist and an imaginative composer, Gwilym Simcock is one of the most important musicians on the British scene. Trained as a classical pianist during his youth, at the age of eighteen he turned his attention to jazz and composition, putting his musical foundation to work in the quest to draw his audience into a new musical world that moves the mind as well as the soul. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates. Tickets are $10 TMA Members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7 students and military personnel.


Great Performances: University of Toledo Outstanding Student Recital

Sunday, March 17: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

This recital features performances by University of Toledo outstanding student musicians. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.


Great Performances: Andrew Mattison

Sunday, March 24: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

In this unique lecture and performance, Andrew Mattison, pianist and associate chair of the English department at the University of Toledo, will play European music from 1890 to 1920 (Fauré, Reger, early Rachmaninoff, and others) that draws on the literature and art of the period. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.


Great Performances: Damon Coleman

Sunday, March 31: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Cellist Damon Coleman of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra presents a program of music by Shostakovich (sonata), Kodaly (solo cello sonata), and more. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.

Public Tours

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


Baby Tours

Friday, March 1: 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 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.

March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29


Localeyes: Crystal Phelps

Thursday, March 14: 6 p.m., 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. March’s guest is artist and Momentum coordinator Crystal Phelps.


Special Workshops

More class offerings can be found at


See, Think, Drink

Friday, March 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

$20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers

This workshop will combine conversation, observation, and sketching exercises to lead participants on a fun and enriching exploration of the Museum through drawing. Participants will receive one drink voucher for beer. Must be 21 years of age or older to participate and have valid ID available the night of the workshop. Register at


Cuff Bracelet

Friday, March 29: 6-9 p.m.

$60 for Museum members, $70 for nonmembers

Learn how to texture and shape sheet metal while you make your own unique cuff bracelet! No experience necessary. Register at

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. March’s object is a glass donut. 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 to see availability and purchase tickets.

  • March 1: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 2: noon and 4 p.m.
  • March 8: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 9: noon and 4 p.m.
  • March 15: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 16: noon and 4 p.m.
  • March 22: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 23: noon and 4 p.m.
  • March 29: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 30: 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. 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 to see availability and purchase tickets.

  • March 3: 3 p.m.
  • March 7: 6:30 p.m.
  • March 10: 3 p.m.
  • March 14: 6:30 p.m.
  • March 17: 3 p.m.
  • March 21: 6:30 p.m.
  • March 24: 3 p.m.
  • March 28: 6:30 p.m.
  • March 31: 3 p.m.


FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

  • March 1: 2, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 2: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • March 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • March 5: 2 p.m.
  • March 6: 2 p.m.
  • March 7: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • March 8: 2, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 9: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • March 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • March 12: 2 p.m.
  • March 13: 2 p.m.
  • March 14: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • March 15: 2, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 16: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • March 17: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • March 19: 2 p.m.
  • March 20: 2 p.m.
  • March 21: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • March 22: 2, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 23: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • March 24: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • March 26: 2 p.m.
  • March 27: 2 p.m.
  • March 28: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • March 29: 2, 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • March 30: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • March 31: 1 and 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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.



  • Friday, March 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 2: noon-5 p.m. (Jan Wahl special event)

Create your own inventions inspired by the book Hedy and Her Amazing Invention by local author Jan Wahl. Join us Saturday, March 2 for a parade through the Museum and special book reading and signing.


Clay Pots!

  • Sunday, March 3: noon-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 7: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 8: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9: noon-5 p.m.

Inspired by the works of art in the exhibition Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus, create your own clay pot.


Texture Boards!

  • Sunday, March 10: noon-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 12 and Thursday, March 14: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 15: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 16: noon-5 p.m.

Using a wide variety of supplies, create a texture touchy-feely board inspired by works of art in the TMA collection.



  • Sunday, March 17: noon-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 21: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 22: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 23: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate the first day of spring and create a rainbow of many colors using a wide variety of materials.


Happy Birthday, van Gogh!

  • Sunday, March 24: noon-5 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 28: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Friday, March 29: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 30: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate Vincent van Gogh’s birthday and create a work of art inspired by his famous painting techniques.


Family Center Visiting Artist: Savannah Studebaker

  • Friday, March 29: 6-7 p.m.

Savannah Studebaker is an acrylic abstract painter studying community art education at Bowling Green State University. She is interested in the idea of abstraction and how color and texture communicate in various ways to provoke interest and curiosity from the public.


Patterns, People and Puzzle Pieces!

  • Sunday, March 31: noon-5 p.m.

Create your own work of art using puzzle pieces.