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Current Exhibitions


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

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 and was designated a federal holiday in 2021. TMA invited eight members of the Toledo Black Artist Coalition (TBAC) to curate an online exhibition featuring works by influential Black artists 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.

Stan Douglas: Doppelgänger

Oct. 16, 2021 — May. 15, 2022

The science fiction-inspired film Doppelgänger (2019) by prominent artist Stan Douglas will be on view Oct. 16, 2021-May 15, 2022, at Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), its first North American museum presentation. The film centers around an astronaut named Alice who embarks on a solitary outer space mission. When Alice’s ship unexpectedly turns around, she presumes she has returned to Earth, but instead she arrives at another realm, the exact reverse of her true home. In one version, Alice is welcomed and provided support upon her return, while in another narrative, Alice is received as a potential hostile threat. The work comprises two translucent screens, which can be viewed from either side and display parallel narratives that unfold simultaneously. 
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.
Living Legacies

Living Legacies: Art of the African American South

Jan. 15, 2022 — May. 1, 2022

A landmark exhibition organized by the Toledo Museum of Art will present the museum’s recent acquisitions of major works by African American artists from the southern United States. Living Legacies: Art of the African American South features 24 works, from large-scale assemblages and mixed media sculptures to paintings, textiles and works on paper acquired from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Artists represented are Leroy Almon, Thornton Dial, Thornton Dial, Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, John B. Murray, Royal Robertson, Georgia Speller, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, and several generations of women quiltmakers, including Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, Jessie T. Pettway, Lola Pettway, Lucy T. Pettway, Martha Pettway, Rita Mae Pettway and Florine Smith, as well as Estelle Witherspoon, one of the founders of the Freedom Quilting Bee.

Upcoming Exhibitions

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Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands

Apr. 23, 2022 — Jul. 17, 2022

Celebrating the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Persian civilization, Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands features over 100 works from the sixth to the nineteenth century drawn from the preeminent Persian art collection of Hossein Afshar.

Past Exhibitions

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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. 
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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.
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.