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Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses

Jul. 21, 2018 — Feb. 24, 2019

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.
Expanding Views, Native American Art in Focus

Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus

Oct. 25, 2018 — Apr. 28, 2019

Over the past several years the Museum has been working to build up its collection of Native American works of art, both historical and contemporary. Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus features the new acquisitions in this area, and presents a large scale work by the artist James Lavadour, on loan for this exhibition. Works as diverse as a traditional Acoma Manta and Cherokee tipi cover will be shown together with contemporary works by Lavadour and artists Wendy Red Star and Marie Watt. Additionally, a select number of paintings from the Museum’s established American paintings collection will be shown as part of the installation.
Katherine Gray, Being in a Hot Shop, Hot Shop, Toledo Museum of Art, TMA, Glass Art

Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop

Feb. 9, 2019 — May. 12, 2019

In this solo exhibition of her work, Katherine Gray presents glassmaking as something that is experiential rather than strictly visual. (Being) in a Hotshop immerses the audience in the sights, sounds, and smells of the glassmaking studio. Using primarily glass (and cleverly defining the material with itself), visitors are invited to experience glassmaking through multiple senses. With Gray’s immersive and sensory installation of the hotshop experience, visitors will be able to grasp a greater understanding of the process of glassblowing. Admission is free.
Different Trains, Toledo Museum of Art, Video Art, Exhibition

Different Trains

Feb. 9, 2019 — May. 5, 2019

Created by Caravaggio in 2016, Different Trains, sets Steve Reich’s 1988 score for string quartet and recorded voice to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original musical composition. The video stands as important reminder of one of the greatest tragedies in human history. The work is both historically important and aesthetically impressive. Both the music and videos are beautifully composed; Reich’s score fragmented and modern, with Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leading the audience through the work.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Global Conversations, World Art in Dialogue, Toledo Museum of Art, Exhibition

Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue

Mar. 9, 2019 — Mar. 8, 2020

Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue 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 will 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. Free admission.
Life is a Highway, Car Culture, American Art, Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Toledo Museum

Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture

Jun. 15, 2019 — Sep. 15, 2019

The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life is a Highway will bring together a diverse selection of artists to showcase the automobile’s reshaping of the 20th-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Featuring more than 100 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection and both private and public loans, this exhibition will chart the rise of automobility as a visual icon of American identity. With works spanning from early depictions through the Pop Artists’ portrayal of the automobile’s impact upon consumer culture to the present, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility, and renewal will be explored. Organized through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions of its legacy, this exhibition will include a range of visual media. 

Past Exhibitions

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Frans Hals, Exhibition, Toledo Museum of Art, Family Photos

Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion

Oct. 13, 2018 — Jan. 6, 2019

This exhibition was prompted by the Toledo Museum of Art’s acquisition in 2011 of Frans Hals’s Van Campen Family in a Landscape, as well as the recent conservation of Brussels’ Three Children of the Van Campen Family. These two works originally formed one composition, separated for unknown reasons likely in the late 18th century or early 19th century. The exhibition reunites the sections of the Toledo/Brussels painting.
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The Snake Charmer and the French Avant-Garde

Sep. 25, 2018 — Dec. 31, 2018

 Regarded as one of Henri Rousseau’s most significant works, The Snake Charmer demonstrates why this self-taught artist was so highly admired during his lifetime by the pioneers of 20th- century painting, including Pablo Picasso, Robert Delaunay, and Vasily Kandinsky. This visionary artist who worked as a customs agent (douanier) on the outskirts of Paris (he was famously nicknamed Le Douanier Rousseau) was known especially for his depictions of dreamlike jungles filled with plant and animal life. 
Mel Chin, Two Me, Toledo Museum of Art, contemporary, conceptual

Mel Chin: Two Me

Sep. 22, 2018 — Nov. 11, 2018

Mel Chin’s Two Me invites the public to elevate and pose as living monuments. A noted conceptual artist, Chin's work takes many different forms to pose philosophical questions about the nature of human experience and connection. Two Me was originally commissioned for the courtyard in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall in 2017.  The site-specific installation will find a temporary new home on the front terrace of the Toledo Museum of Art where it will be on display from Sept. 22 through Nov. 11, 2018.