November 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights
November 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights
Thursday, Nov. 22: CLOSED
Mel Chin: Two Me
Through Nov. 11, 2018: Main Terrace
Mel Chin’s Two Me invites the public to elevate and pose as living monuments. A noted conceptual artist, Chin creates works of art that take many different forms yet are united in their desire to pose philosophical questions about the nature of human experience and connection. Two Me is conceptual and interactive, and visitors are invited to engage in performance – ascending the fully-accessible ramps to one of two identical 7-foot pedestals, inscribed simply with the word “Me.” Individually, each visitor attains monumental status when reaching the top. Together, across both platforms, visitors create a “We,” as in “We the People.” Chin’s artwork balances the longing for individualism and the foundational spirit of coexistence embedded within American culture.
The installation is timed to coincide with Sculpture X, a collaboration between multiple arts groups to engage northwest Ohio with great public sculpture. This exhibition is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, The Joseph and Judith Conda, and Susan L. Conda Accessibility Fund with additional support from 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 the Toledo Museum of Art’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 Burger King. Throughout its 200-year 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. After changing its name from the New England Glass Company and moving from Massachusetts, 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. and the Ohio Arts Council.
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion
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.
Rebecca Louise Law: Community
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.
Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses
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 (TMA). 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.
Special Events and Presentations
Hals Community Program: Capturing Your Family History
Nov. 1: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
Have you found yourself to be the de-facto family historian, but aren’t quite sure what to do with all this information? If so, join us for a presentation by TMA Archivist Julie McMaster. She will talk about the joys and challenges of preserving the Museum’s institutional history and how that translates into preserving your own family’s history. Get tips for how to evaluate your own treasures, as well as resources for finding your family history.
AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: John Hale, From Mastodon Hunters to Moundbuilders: The Peopling of North America
Nov. 2: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Beginning with the pioneering excavation of a prehistoric mound by Thomas Jefferson, John Hale, professor at the University of Louisville Department of Anthropology, discusses the work of researchers who have brought to light thousands of ancient sites and artifacts that shed light on the lives – and deaths – of the first Americans. At sites like Serpent Mound in Ohio and Cahokia in Illinois, extraordinary effigy mounds and other earthworks bear witness to the beliefs and the artistic genius of these first Americans. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America–Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.
Art Book Sale
- Nov. 2: 1-6 p.m.
- Nov. 3: noon-3 p.m.
Stock your shelves with reasonably priced new and used art books, posters, exhibition catalogs and auction catalogs. Library League members enjoy a preview Friday, Nov. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. The Reference Library is in the University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts, adjacent to the Museum’s east wing. Sponsored by the Museum Library League, all proceeds from the sale go to support library purchases, services and programming. Not a Library League member? Join today for as little as $10! Visit toledomuseum.org for more information about the Art Book Sale and to join the Museum Library League.
Hals Community Program: Libbey and TMA, Celebrating Family Stories
- Nov. 3: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Libbey Court
- Nov. 4: noon-5 p.m., Libbey Court
Since the opening of the exhibition Celebrating Libby Glass, 1818–2018, many individuals have contacted the Museum, wanting to tell their stories about a cherished bit of glassware. This event gives everyone that chance. Attendees are invited to bring one Libbey-related object to talk about. Stories will be videotaped (up to 4 minutes), so participants are requested to register for a 10-minute time slot at toledomuseum.org. The resulting stories will become part of TMA’s archive of information related to its glass and decorative arts collection.
Museum Member Celebration
Nov. 4: noon-5 p.m., throughout Museum
This November, the Museum is celebrating its members with a day full of free, fun-filled activities in both the historic 1912 building and the Glass Pavilion. Members can enjoy the sounds, scents, sights and tastes of the season with autumn-inspired food, tours and a hands-on art activity, along with a music performance in the Great Gallery. A free, members-only tote bag will be distributed (while supplies last). Additional details available toledomuseum.org.
Hals Community Program: Suzanne Hargrove, Distinguishing the Artist’s Hand
Nov. 8: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
Suzanne Hargrove, head of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Conservation department, shares some of the tools and techniques from her work as an art conservator. She will discuss how conservation helped to distinguish the hand of Dutch 17th-century master Frans Hals from additions made later by another artist on the TMA portrait The Van Campen Family in a Landscape.
GAPP Lecture: Leo Tecosky
Nov. 9: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Join us in the Toledo Museum of Art GlasSalon as artist Leo Tecosky discusses his work and participation in TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) Residency. Tecosky creates sculpture and installations using traditional glassblowing and neon-bending techniques, as well as silk screening and using found and constructed elements. Recently, he has taken printmaking to a more sculptural level by allowing for a collage of 3D glass imagery. His work is influenced by hip hop, graffiti art and the culture of Miami, Florida, where he grew up. Now based in Brooklyn, New York, he maintains his studio practice and teaches at schools and studios in Brooklyn, across the United States and internationally. Tecosky’s GAPP residency will take place Nov. 7-16, 2018.
Art Book Club: A Mirror Garden: A Memoir
- Nov. 13: 5:30 p.m., Art Reference Library
- Nov. 15: 5:30 p.m., Libbey Court
Join art and book lovers for an engaging evening as we discuss the fascinating book, A Mirror Garden: A Memoir. This delightful and inspiring story chronicles the life of Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmain, an artist, a wife and mother, a collector and an Iranian. November's book selection coincides with the installation Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses, which includes works by Farmanfarmain. An accompanying tour on Nov. 15 will take readers into the galleries to view related works of art. Registration for Art Book Club discussions and tours is kindly requested. Contact the library to register at (419) 254-5770 during Museum hours or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hals Community Program: Story Circles Workshops
- Nov. 15: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
- Nov. 29: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
From standup comedy to Snapchat, the timeless practice of storytelling is as relevant today as ever. The public is invited to participate in this 90-minute interactive storytelling workshop on the theme of family. What does “family” mean in 2018? Participants will gain experience in the Story Circles methodology, which is used worldwide to empower and engage communities. No storytelling experience necessary.
Nov. 30: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Main Museum
This is not your average Friday. Toledo teens are invited to come to TMA and explore the galleries, play some games, eat some snacks and win some prizes.
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.
- Nov. 9: From Alsace to Languedoc: Wines of France
- Nov. 16: Turkey Time: Wines to Complement Thanksgiving Dinner
Families on Film: Good Morning (1959, 105 minutes, not rated)
Nov. 10: 2 p.m., Little Theater
A lighthearted take on the challenges of intergenerational relationships, Good Morning tells the story of two young boys who stop speaking in protest after their parents refuse to buy a television set. Director Yasujiro Ozu weaves a wealth of subtle gags through a family portrait as rich as those of his dramatic films, mocking the foibles of the adult world through the eyes of his child protagonists. 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.
Art House Film: Beuys (2018, 107 minutes, not rated)
Nov. 16: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Thirty years after his death, artist Joseph Beuys still feels like a visionary and is widely considered one of the most influential artists of his generation. Director Andres Veiel has created a one-of-a-kind chronicle. Beuys is not a portrait in the traditional sense, but an intimate and in-depth look at a human being, his art and ideas, and the way they have impacted the world. After viewing the film, discover artist Nam June Paik’s 1990 mixed media sculptural portrait of the artist, Beuys Voice, in the special exhibition Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses. Art House Film Series is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.
Families on Film: Rebel Without a Cause (1955, 111 minutes, rated PG-13)
Nov. 17: 2 p.m., Little Theater
James Dean plays a sullen teenager who tries to fit in after moving with his parents to a well-to-do Los Angeles suburb, where he finds love, friendship and new enemies amid alienation, rebelliousness and violence. 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: Situation Comedy Marathon
Nov. 24: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Little Theater
From the beginning of the medium to today, the situation comedy – often centering on family life – has been a staple of the television industry. With endless variations on a theme, families have fought and made up on a weekly basis, but nowhere has the comedy been as expansively explored as in Thanksgiving specials. Take a break from your holiday weekend and join us for seven hours of the antics of other families! Tickets are $9 for Museum members, $12 for nonmembers and can be purchased at toledomuseum.org.
It’s Friday! Music: ROVR
Nov. 2: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Formerly known as Silent Lions, this popular Toledo-based guitar and drum duo is gaining national attention. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.
Great Performances: Bill McDevitt, Bass
Nov. 4: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
William McDevitt, acting principal bass for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performs work by Bach, Bottesini, Stein and Higuet, plus one of his own compositions. He will be joined by pianist Samantha Beresford. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.
Great Performances: Formosa Quartet with Solungga Liu
Nov. 18: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This dynamic, young string quartet performs with pianist Solungga Liu of Bowling Green State University. The program includes Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 1 in D Major and Schnittke’s Piano Quintet. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.
EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Nov. 30: 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.
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
Localeyes Tour: Jessica Crossfield
Nov. 1: 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. November’s special guest is Jessica Crossfield, owner of Handmade Toledo.
Nov. 2: 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.
Nov. 2, 9 and 16
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.
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.
Nov. 3: Special Exhibition: Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion
Take a closer look at Hals’s family group portraits from collections around the world, including the reunion of one canvas literally cut apart centuries ago.
Exhibition Tour: Larry Nichols, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion
Nov. 23: 7 p.m., Levis Gallery
Larry Nichols, the Museum’s William Hutton Senior curator, European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, will lead a tour of Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel (with valid ID) at $7 and youth ages 5-17 at $5. Children 4 and under are free.
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. August’s object is a pumpkin. 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.
- Nov. 2: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 3: noon and 4 p.m.
- Nov. 9: 6 p.m.
- Nov. 16: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 17: noon and 4 p.m.
- Nov. 23: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 24: noon and 4 p.m.
- Nov. 30: 6, 7, and 8 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.
- Nov. 1: 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 4: p.m.
- Nov. 8: 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 15: 6:30 p.m.
- Nov. 18: 3 p.m.
- Nov. 25: 3 p.m.
- Nov. 29: 6:30 p.m.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.
- Nov. 1: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 2: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 3: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Nov. 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Nov. 6: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 7: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 8: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 9: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 10: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Nov. 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Nov. 13: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 14: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 15: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 16: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 17: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Nov. 18: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Nov. 20: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 21: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 23: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 24: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
- Nov. 25: 1 and 2 p.m.
- Nov. 27: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 28: 2 p.m.
- Nov. 29: 2 and 8 p.m.
- Nov. 30: 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.
Masks and Masterpieces
- Nov. 1: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Nov. 2: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Nov. 3: noon-5 p.m.
Create a mask inspired by the masterpieces that you see in the TMA collection.
Make Your Mark!
- Nov. 4: noon-5 p.m.
- Nov. 6 and 8: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Nov. 9: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Nov. 10: noon-5 p.m.
Using your fingerprints and thumbprints, create a work of art that is uniquely your very own.
- Nov. 11: noon-5 p.m.
- Nov. 13 and 15: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Nov. 16: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Nov. 17: noon-5 p.m.
Catch the last days of Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818–2018 and create a glass-inspired work of art.
- Nov. 18: noon-5 p.m.
- Nov. 20: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Nov. 23: 3:30-8 p.m.
- Nov. 24: noon-5 p.m.
Create a 3D family feast using clay, inspired by Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion and still-life paintings in our collection.
Friends and Family Quilt Squares!
- Nov. 25: noon-5 p.m.
- Nov. 27 and 29: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Nov. 30: 3:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, decorate a quilt square with family and friends using fabric squares.
Family Center Visiting Artist: Carole Eppler
- Nov. 30: 6-7 p.m., Family Center
Check out the beautiful handmade family heirloom quilts that Carole Eppler creates.