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Current Exhibitions

Art of Conservation

The Art of Conservation

Mar. 10, 2021 — Aug. 29, 2021

TMA conservators will be treating a range of TMA objects that have been affected by time, artist techniques, human use and previous repair, including iconic works from the African American quilting community of Gee’s Bend, ancient Greek ceramics, sculpture by the 20th-century American sculptor Marisol, an ancient Egyptian stele and many more. 

Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined

Mar. 27, 2021 — Mar. 27, 2022

Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined brings together historical and contemporary works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection to explore the spectrum of technical and formal possibilities of glass
Painting with faces

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Jun. 12, 2021 — Sep. 5, 2021

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art is the first museum exhibition to broadly examine the relationship between American artists and the supernatural. 

Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey

Jun. 19, 2021 — Jun. 19, 2022

Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey, is a digital exhibition in recognition of Juneteenth, an observance acknowledging the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth (a combination of the words June and nineteenth) is recognized in most states and the District of Columbia as a local holiday or ceremonial observance, thoughit is not yet a federal holiday. TMA invited eight members of the Toledo Black Artist Coalition (TBAC) to curate an online exhibition featuring influential works from the Museum’s collection, including sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) and photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) among others. TBAC guest curators are noted local artists James Dickerson, Dustin Hostetler, Audrey Johnson, Imani Lateef, Yusuf Lateef, Lydia Myrick, Simone Spruce, and Paul Verdell. The online exhibition launches on TMA’s website on June 19, 2021.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Age of Armor, Armor, Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art

The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum

Nov. 6, 2021 — Feb. 27, 2022

Suits of armor, and the warriors who wore them, have fueled the human imagination since they first appeared in the ancient world. The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum, explores how these compelling exoskeletons have been used in various forms around the globe, from antiquity to modern times. The Worcester Art Museum’s Higgins Armory Collection is the one of the largest collections of arms and armor in the United States.Full suits of articulated steel plates were made only briefly in Europe’s golden age of armor during the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. The exhibition examines how armor played an important role in the military, technological and cultural life of societies throughout history.The first section of the exhibition begins with ancient Greece, when stylish body armor expressed the warrior’s personal taste and social standing, while increasing his chances of survival on the battlefield. Section two details how, by the Middle Ages, knights with expensive iron coats of mail, as well as swords, lances and horses came to dominate the battlefield. Sections three and four examine the craft of armor-making as it evolved in several European cities and the innovation of armorers, who developed full suits of steel for a range of purposes, including wartime applications and ceremonial uses. The exhibition’s final two sections recount how the rise of firearms impacted armor design from 1500 to 1700, and that a renewed interest in medieval armor as collectibles developed in the 19th and 20th centuries.The Age of Armor: Treasures from the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum is organized by the Worcester Art Museum and is sponsored locally by presenting sponsors Taylor Cadillac and Susan and Tom Palmer, as well as 2021 Exhibition Program sponsor ProMedica, with additional support from the McLoughlin Family Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Past Exhibitions

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Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620-1820

Apr. 24, 2021 — Jul. 25, 2021

The exhibition will showcase the Museum’s recent acquisition of the important six-volume Ornithologie written by Mathurin-Jacques Brisson and illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet, published 1760. It will also feature paintings, prints, and decorative arts from TMA’s collection, as well as select loans of significant prints and illustrated books.
This is a painting featuring slices of pie on individual small plates.

Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints and Drawings

Feb. 6, 2021 — May. 2, 2021

Marking the artist’s 100th birthday, Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints and Drawings celebrates the breadth of Thiebaud’s accomplishments and career.
A patchwork quilt made up of various strips of fabric in many colors

Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change

Nov. 21, 2020 — Feb. 14, 2021

Radical Tradition: American Quilts and Social Change brings historical and contemporary works together in critical dialogue to consider how quilts have been used to voice opinions, raise awareness, and enact social reform in the U.S. from the mid-nineteenth century to the present.