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Toledo Museum of Art engages the senses and the natural world in new gallery installation

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 and 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 installation, curated by TMA Director of Curatorial Affairs Halona Norton-Westbrook, will be on view exclusively at TMA from July 21, 2018, through Feb. 24, 2019 and is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council and 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission is free.

Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses is the first in a series of contemporary installations planned for the newly renovated TMA gallery space.

"The diversity of artists and works of art represented through this installation is a testament to TMA’s dedication to seeking out the most innovative and exceptional modern and contemporary works in a wide range of media," said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director. "We look forward to welcoming TMA audiences to our newly inaugurated gallery space devoted to experimental art forms."

The experience includes three large-scale video installations by David Hockney, Takashi Ishida and James Nares – thought-provoking meditations on natural and urban landscapes. A section with modern and contemporary works on paper includes captivating images by Dorothy Cross (Darkness and Light, 2017), Rosemary Laing (groundspeed #17, 2001) and Wendy Red Star (Four Seasons, 2006), among others, before segueing into a series of Japanese color woodblock prints of the natural world, a recognized strength of TMA’s collection. The second half of the exhibition incorporates compelling painting, sculpture, glass, new media and mixed media works by global contemporary artists such as Laura Donefer, Gajin Fujita, Damien Hirst, Alfredo Jaar, Joseph Kosuth, Maya Lin, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Nam June Paik, Judit Reigl, April Surgent, Agus Suwage and Leo Villareal.

A slate of related programming will take place throughout the run of the installation. Visit for details.