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May 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

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Continuing Exhibitions

Different Trains
Through May 5, 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 juxtaposed against 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, the Different Trains film 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 Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, the Donald L. Solomon Supporting Organization, as well as Linda and Joel Beren, Andrea and Gary Delman, Lynn and Frank Jacobs, Dr. Robert and Beverly Karp, Arleen and Jon Levine, Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz, Gail and Jay Mirrow, H. Zachary Ottenstein, Sandy Soifer and Paul Goldner, Julie and Fred Treuhaft, and Mark, Gretchen, Sam and Kelly Zyndorf in loving memory of Henry and Helen Zyndorf, with additional support from an anonymous donor and 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 Katherine Gray’s work, the viewer is presented with glassmaking that is experiential rather than strictly visual. Gray immerses the audience into the sights, sounds, and smells of the glass making studio. Using primarily glass (and cleverly, defining the material with itself), she invites the audience to experience glassmaking with multiple senses. Through Gray’s immersive and sensory installation of the hot-shop experience, the TMA audience will be able to grasp a greater understanding of the process of glassblowing. The viewer will experience many of the sensations the artist encounters while creating objects seen in the exhibition. Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop is sponsored in part by O-I and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue
Through March 8, 2020: Levis Gallery
Over the past several years, the Toledo Museum of Art has been working to grow and broaden its holdings of global contemporary art. In the spring of 2019, Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue will debut in the Museum’s recently refurbished Levis Gallery. The exhibition will feature dozens of contemporary works of art that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. Presented together, these works will offer visitors the chance explore the many powerful ways that artists engage with issues facing the world in the 21st century, such as identity, migration, and the digital revolution. Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

“Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music
Through Feb. 23, 2020: New Media Gallery
Following on the success of Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses (July 21, 2018-Feb. 24, 2019), the next installation of the New Media gallery once again highlights a multisensory experience, this time focused on an exploration of the relationship between art and music. Jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement, the exhibition features a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings, each paired with a carefully curated musical composition that resonates with it in some way. Presented together, the art and music engage visitors in a multisensory way that simultaneously engenders close looking, contemplation, and a consideration of the connection between visual and auditory art forms. Free admission. “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill.

Special Events and Presentations

Artist Lecture: Joseph Cavalieri
Thursday, May 9: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Join us in the Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon as New York City artist Joseph Cavalieri discusses his work and one-week glass art master class during a free lecture.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Elaine Gazda, The Art of Wealth and Luxury: The Ancient Roman Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis, Italy
Friday, May 10: 7 p.m., Little Theater
In AD 79, a sprawling seaside villa known today as Villa A was buried, along with Pompeii and Herculaneum, in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Some scholars think that this villa belonged to the family of Poppaea, the Emperor Nero’s second wife. It is one of the largest and most lavishly decorated Roman villas to have survived. Since 2006, the murals, marble sculptures, inlaid marble floors, architecture, and formal gardens have been restudied and are now being published. This talk will focus on the outstanding artworks of Villa A in relation to their architectural settings and will show how they framed the social life of Rome’s wealthiest citizens during the late Republic and early Empire. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Art Book Club: The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century
Discussion: Tuesday, May 14: 5:30 p.m.
Tour: Thursday, May 16: 5:30 p.m.
Join fellow art and music lovers as we discuss The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, an astonishing history as told through music. Author, Alex Ross, music critic for the New Yorker, draws revelatory connections between the century's most influential composers and the wider culture.  In conjunction with the discussion participate in a docent tour of "Everything is Rhythm": 20th Century Art & Music Masterworks to draw further connections between the arts.

GAPP Artist Lecture: Charlotte Potter

Friday, May 17: 7:00 p.m., GlasSalon
Charlotte Potter, conceptual artist and designer, will take part in a Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency May 15-24, 2019. Potter’s work has been exhibited at art galleries, museums, and universities.

Tour: Larry Nichols, News Flash! Headlines Echo Old Master Paintings
Thursday, May 16: 7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Newspaper front pages frequently echo the themes, concepts, and topics encountered in European old master paintings. Join Larry Nichols, William Hutton Senior Curator, European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900, for a tour of the galleries as he demonstrates the relevance of past artistic endeavors to today’s world.

National Geographic Live Speakers Series: When Women Ruled the World
Thursday, May 30: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, explores the reigns of powerful ancient queens to illuminate a time when women ruled the world.  Often neglected in the history books, these strong female leaders were considered exceptions to the rule, but their power and influence is undeniable.

When Women Ruled the World is the second event in the inaugural, three-part Nat Geo Live speaker series taking place at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2019. A variety of discounts are available for Museum members, seniors, students, military, and children. Additional savings are available when you purchase tickets for the entire series.

  • Museum members (13+): $18 per event, $45 for the series
  • Museum members (12 and younger): $5 per event, $12.50 for series
  • Nonmember adult: $25 per event, $62.50 for series
  • Nonmember senior (62+): $20 per talk, $50 for series
  • Nonmember student (13+ and college): $20 per talk, $50 for series
  • Nonmember military (with ID): $20 per talk, $50 for series
  • Nonmember child (12 and younger): $10 per talk, $25 for series

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit


The Sound of Silents Film: The Freshman (1925, 76 minutes)
Thursday, May 23: 7 p.m., Peristyle ($)
Harold Lloyd’s biggest box-office hit was this silent comedy gem, featuring the befuddled everyman at his eager best as a new college student. Though he dreams of being a big man on campus, the freshman’s careful plans inevitably go hilariously awry, be it on the football field or at the Fall Frolic. But he gets a climactic chance to prove his mettle—and impress the sweet girl he loves—in one of the most famous sports sequences ever filmed. This crowd-pleaser is a gleeful showcase for Lloyd’s slapstick brilliance and incandescent charm. The score will be performed live by organist Clark Wilson who plays a live score for a silent horror film each October in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. Tickets will be available at

Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music: Nikki D and the Browns

Friday, May 3: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister

This Toledo-based band, championed by acclaimed bluegrass fiddler Bruce Molsky, performs Sacred Steel traditional Gospel that originated in the 1930s. In this style, the steel guitar is the lead instrument with vocals being primarily hymnals with a touch of new school. Friday Programs at the Toledo Museum of Art are supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.


Music & Lecture: Dr. Arne Spohr, A Forgotten Legacy: Rediscovering Europe's Black Musical Past

Sunday, May 5: 3 p.m., GlasSalon

As a consequence of colonialism and the slave economy, significant numbers of people from sub-Saharan Africa, both enslaved and free, have lived in Europe since the mid-fifteenth century. This lecture-recital by Dr. Arne Spohr (musicologist at Bowling Green State University) features rarely heard musical works by early black European composers, performed live by the BGSU Early Music Ensemble. Dr. Spohr will share his research into the lives of these forgotten composers and provide contemporary audiences the chance to hear music that has not been performed in more than four hundred years.


EAR | EYE – Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art

Friday, May 10: 7 p.m., TMA Galleries

In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series, now in its fourth year, that explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art. EAR | EYE is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Great Performances: Clarence Smith Community Chorus, Choral Odyssey: Showcasing the Power of the Negro Spiritual

Saturday, May 11: 7 p.m., Peristyle ($)

The 35-member Clarence Smith Community Chorus presents an evening highlighting the beauty of the Negro spiritual, in addition to classical selections and gospel. It will be an enlightening, poignant, entertaining program from one of Toledo's outstanding choral organizations. Tickets will be available at Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Hartmann & Associates.

Music: Toledo Symphony School of Music Recital

Sunday, May 19: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Join students from the Toledo Symphony School of Music performing minuets by Bach, plus compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, and maybe even Mozart.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and paired hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 Museum members and $40 nonmembers, plus tax.

Public Tours

Localeyes Tour
Thursday, May 2: 6 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Circle members will partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour introducing guests to Circle's new mission: facilitating inclusive and innovative programming that engages new audiences at the Museum. Featured works will illustrate how Circle is embracing this charge while exploring the intersection of art and community wellness. Selected art will reveal elements of fresh, new Circle programming to come!

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 in Libbey Court. May 3, 24, 31.

Special Workshops

Art Crawl
Friday, May 3: 6-7 p.m., Classroom 137
Explore the galleries and watch your child respond to large colorful paintings, then get messy in the studio with baby-friendly art materials. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Registration is required; Art Crawls are facilitated by an art instructor. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $7 for members.

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. May’s object is a glass flower. Tickets are $30 for Museum 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.

  • May 3: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • May 4: noon and 4 p.m.
  • May 10: 6, 7, 8 p.m.
  • May 11: noon and 4 p.m.
  • May 17: 6 p.m.
  • May 24: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • May 31: 6, 7, and 8 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. 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, donut, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit for availability and purchase tickets.

  • May 2: 6:30 p.m.
  • May 5: 3 p.m.
  • May 9: 6:30 p.m.
  • May 12: 3 p.m.
  • May 16: 6:30 p.m.
  • May 19: 2 p.m.
  • May 23: 6:30 p.m.
  • May 26: 3 p.m.
  • May 30: 6:30 p.m.

Glass Master Classes

Aesop’s Fables in Stained Glass
Instructor: Joseph Cavalieri

May 6-10: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ($)
Cavalieri’s focus is hand-painted stained glass art using painting methods created by Medieval artists. Some of his work is serious while some is more 'pop' oriented. In his glass work he has been known to add blue hair to Alice in Wonderland and feature forgotten characters like Endora from the TV series Bewitched. He even has been known to kill off Simpsons characters in his work; two Simpsons writers in Los Angles own his work. Registration available at

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

  • May 1: 2 p.m.
  • May 2: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • May 3: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • May 5: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • May 9: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • May 10: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • May 11: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • May 12: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • May 14: 2 p.m.
  • May 15: 2 p.m.
  • May 16: 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • May 17: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • May 18: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • May 19: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • May 21: 2 p.m.
  • May 22: 2 p.m.
  • May 23: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • May 24: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
  • May 25: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
  • May 26: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • May 28: 2 p.m.
  • May 29: 2 p.m.
  • May 30: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • May 31: 2, 7, and 8 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.


Olfactory Art!

  • May 3:  3:30-8 p.m.
  • May 4: noon-5 p.m.

Using your sense of smell, create a work of art using your sense of smell, inspired by the exhibition Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop.


Feather Painting!

Celebrate the Biggest Week in American Birding and use a feather to create a work of art.


Beautiful Bouquets!

  • May 12: noon-5 p.m.
  • May14 and 16: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • May 17:  3:30-8 p.m.
  • May 18: noon-5 p.m.

Search the galleries for bouquets of flowers and return to the Family Center to create your own beautiful bouquets using a wide variety of materials.


Picasso Portraits!

  • May 19: noon-5 p.m.
  • May 21 and 23: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • May 24:  3:30-8 p.m.
  • May 25: noon-5 p.m.

Create a portrait inspired by the cubist artwork of Pablo Picasso.


Family Center Visiting Artist Dawn Burggraf-Murphy

  • Friday, May 31: 6-7 p.m.

Meet artist and art educator of 20 years Dawn Burggraf-Murphy. Watch her demonstrate different printmaking techniques, then create a print of your own!



  • May 26: noon-5p.m.
  • May 28 and 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • May 31:  3:30-8 p.m.

Create a work of art using a wide variety of printmaking techniques.