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Toledo Museum of Art continues reopening process, increases access to art and programs

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The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) continues to reopen areas of its campus that were previously shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic. TMA closed to the public in March, and reopened in a limited capacity Tuesday, June 23, with new hours and procedures. In July, the Glass Pavilion, Classic Court and the popular exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water reopened, along with limited dining in the Café, and outdoor programs and glassblowing demonstrations. Beginning Aug. 4, more galleries and special exhibitions will open and classes for youth and families will resume.

Visitors are still required to reserve a free museum pass to enter the Museum. Twenty passes are available each half hour and can be reserved online at or by phone at (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448. Face coverings are required for entrance.

“We are proud of our community and our team for the success of our phased reopening so far,” said Adam Levine, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. “Our visitors have shown great respect for each other and the new procedures we have in place. We look forward to welcoming more people – safely – to our galleries and the broader TMA campus.”

On Aug. 4, select galleries in the East Wing of the Museum will open and will feature a new exhibition, PICTURE ID: Contemporary African American Works on Paper, originally scheduled to open in March. PICTURE ID addresses race, gender and identity issues through the art of nine contemporary African American artists including Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker and Fred Wilson, among others. 

PICTURE ID will have its moment at TMA, despite being postponed by the pandemic, and we are delighted to share it,” said Robin Reisenfeld, TMA’s senior curator of works on paper. “The works in this exhibition were created in response to artistic developments and cultural debates prevalent throughout the late 1980s and 1990s in the United States. However, we believe our audiences will find the longstanding issues that they address especially relevant and moving in our current historical moment.”

Intersections, a powerful interdisciplinary work by leading Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha, will also be back on view. Agha is known for creating intricately lit spaces that evoke the sacred, while also exploring issues surrounding exclusion and belonging, global politics, cultural multiplicity, mass media and social and gender roles. Intersections was one of three patterned-steel sculptures by Agha included in TMA’s recent exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow. The installation offers a particularly immersive and rewarding experience for visitors of all ages.

Virtual art classes for youth and adults and in-person workshops for adult students will begin Aug. 10. Courses will be offered in a variety of media, with materials included and no experience necessary. Class topics include glass, jewelry, drawing, comic book design (ages 12-18) and a colorful Japanese marbling technique for children (ages 5-7). Registration for August classes is currently open and closes Aug. 6 at The Art Library will also reopen on Aug. 17.

For additional information about hours, face covering requirements, distancing procedures, parking and current exhibitions, please visit TMA’s extensive Q&A about reopening at In addition, Visitor Services staff may be reached by phone at (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448.

Exhibitions closing soon

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue, closing Aug. 16, features dozens of contemporary works of art, many from the Museum’s permanent collection and many newly acquired, that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. These works offer visitors the chance to discover the many powerful ways that artists are engaging with issues of urgency facing the world today. Identity, migration and the digital revolution are among the rich topics the artists explore. 

ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends, closing Aug. 23, is a one-gallery focus exhibition that features still lifes by six French painters, all created in a single decade – the 1860s. Anchored by Camille Pissarro’s Still Life of 1867, the exhibition includes sterling examples from the hand of Édouard Manet – regarded as the ‘father of modern painting’ – and Paul Cézanne, considered to have been the driving precursor of Cubism, the early 20th-century’s major art movement. Rounding out the group are superb paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Gustave Courbet.