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September 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

September 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Continuing Exhibitions

Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018
Through Nov. 25, 2018, Glass Pavillion

Celebrating Libbey Glass, 18182018 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. and 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 form 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. 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. The installation is sponsored by Taylor Cadillac, the Ohio Arts Council and the TMA Ambassadors with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Sponsor ProMedica.

Sights & Sounds: Art Nature, and the Senses
Through Feb. 24, 2019, New Media and Video 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. Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council and 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Special Events and Presentations

Yoga at TMA: Monroga
Sept. 22: 10:30 a.m., Great Gallery
Monroga returns to the Great Gallery for a one-hour yoga class. There will be a maximum of 50 participants for this unique event. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $10 for nonmembers and can be purchased at

Art Book Club: It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree
Sept. 25: 5:30 p.m., Art Reference Library
Join fellow art and book lovers for a discussion of the book, It’s All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree. Author A.J. Jacobs undergoes a hilarious, heartfelt quest to understand what constitutes family – where it begins and how far it goes – and attempts to untangle the true meaning of the “Family of Humankind.” Join us as we discuss the wide world of family history and geneaology to get ready for the upcoming exhibition, Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion. Registration for Art Book Club discussions and tours is kindly requested. Contact the library to register at 419-254-5771 or

Masters Series Lecture and Book Signing: Robert Zollweg
Sept. 27: 6 p.m., Peristyle and Libbey Court
Renowned designer Robert Zollweg, global design and creative director for Libbey Inc., speaks on how art, travel, and luxury tabletop have influenced glass design as well as his inspiration for the recently-designed 2018 Punch Bowl set created specifically for TMA on occasion of the exhibition Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018. A book signing with Zollweg will take place in Libbey Court immediately following the lecture. The Masters Series is supported in part by the TMA Ambassadors.

EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Sept. 28: 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 of 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.


Film and Conversation: Toxic Puzzle (2017, 82 minutes, Not Rated)
Sept. 12: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Dying from diseases like ALS and Alzheimer’s is a tormenting process. The illnesses are on the increase and scientists believe environmental toxins can trigger the disease in a gene/environment interaction. Narrated by Harrison Ford,Toxic Puzzle is a medical and environmental detective story where documentary filmmaker Bo Landin follows ethnobotanist Dr. Paul Alan Cox and his scientific team around the world in a hunt for the hidden killer. The pieces come together in a toxic puzzle where cyanobacteria in our waters become the culprit.  Toxic Puzzle includes compelling scenes filmed in Toledo, Sandusky and other communities bordering Lake Erie, where the potential health consequences of algae blooms are drawing increasing attention.

Following the screening, director Landin and Dr. Cox will discuss the making of the film and what they’ve learned since the film’s release. Connecting the film screening in the Peristyle to Toledo’s River Front, audience members are encouraged to attend the Toledo Symphony Orchestra’s performance of the Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra by Academy Award-winning composer Tan Dun at Promenade Park in downtown Toledo on Friday, Sept. 14.

Art House Film: Adaptation (2002, 114 minutes, R)
Sept. 14: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Chris Cooper), New Yorker journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Nicholas Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book The Orchid Thief, he writes himself into his own movie. The Art House Film Series is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.

Music Performances

It’s Friday: Lori Lefevre Quartet
Sept. 7: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister
Toledo-based jazz singer Lori Lefevre returns to TMA for a performance with her quartet. Friday Programs at the Toledo Museum of Art are supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Great Performances: Michael Boyd, Piano
Sept. 16: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features Michael Boyd (Professor of Piano, University of Toledo Department of Music). Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Health Care.

Great Performances: obscure clues and shiny objects: chamber music of David T. Little
Sept. 29: 8 p.m., GlasSalon
"One of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene (The New Yorker), David T. Little has been acclaimed for both his grand theatrical stage works (JFKDog Days) and his amplified chamber works, in particular those written for his ensemble Newspeak. Newspeak cellist and BGSU professor Brian Snow offers a unique event exploring a lesser-known side of Little's output: unamplified solo and chamber works, including a brand new solo cello work, how it begins / how it ends, in its Ohio premiere. Snow is joined by Newspeak pianist James Johnston, BGSU violin professor Caroline Chin, and BGSU’s Graduate String Quartet. Tickets are $15 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers and can be purchased at Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

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. September’s object is an apple 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 to see availability and purchase tickets.

  • Sept. 7: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: 12 and 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 14: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept.15: 12 and 4 p.m.
  • Sept. 28: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 29: 12 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 to see availability and purchase tickets.

  • Sept. 2: 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 6: 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 9: 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 13: 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 27. 6:30 p.m.
  • Sept. 30: 3 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Baby Tour
Sept. 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.

Public Tours: The Art of Seeing Art
Sept. 7, 14 and 21: 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.

Localeyes Tour
Sept. 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. September’s featured guest is artist, designer and publisher Dustin Hostetler. Thursday evening hours are supported in part by Huntington Private Client Group.

Meet Me at TMA: Celebrating Libbey Glass: 1818-2018
Sept. 8: 1 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Explore outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s renowned collection as well as objects and materials from the Libbey Inc. archives on view during this special exhibition recognizing 100 years of Libbey Glass. 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.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

  • Sept. 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 4: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 5: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 6: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Sept.9: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 11: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 12: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 13: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 14: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 15: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 18: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 19: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 20: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 25: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 26: 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 27: 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 28: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 29: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
  • Sept. 30: 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 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.

Back to School Handmade Sketchbooks!

  • Sept. 1: noon-5 p.m.

Share your story of what you did on Summer vacation by creating and illustrating your own handmade sketchbook.

Flowers in Bloom!

  • Sept. 2: noon-5 p.m.
  • Sept. 4 and 6: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 7: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 8: noon-5 p.m.

Inspired by Rebecca Louise Law Exhibition: Community, create colorful flower blooms using special color diffusing paper and watercolors.

Grandparents/Special Friends Day!

  • Sept. 9: noon-5 p.m.
  • Sept. 11 and 13: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 14: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 15: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate Grandparents Day Sept. 9! Bring a grandparent or special friend with you to create a work of art together in the Family Center.

3-D Self-portraits!

  • Sept. 16: noon-5 p.m.
  • Sept. 18 and 20: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 21: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 22: noon-5 p.m.

Create a 3-D self-portrait using a wide variety of supplies. 

First Days of Fall!

  • Sept. 23: noon-5 p.m.
  • Sept. 25 and 27: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Sept. 28: 3:30-8 p.m.
  • Sept. 29: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate the first days of Fall by creating fall colored collage using reds, oranges and yellows.