Toledo Museum of Art April 2018 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  03/13/2018 9:00 am

April 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

New Exhibitions

Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States
April 21-July 15, Gallery 18
In 1808, Scottish-born poet and amateur naturalist Alexander Wilson (1766–1813) began publishing American Ornithology; or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Wilson’s impressive achievement inspired John James Audubon to publish his much better-known Birds of America (1827–38). Though Wilson had no background as an artist, he taught himself printmaking and illustrated his nine volumes of careful observations of the birds of the northeastern U.S. with 79 hand-colored engraved and etched plates of 262 species—39 of which he was the first to describe. Fourth in the Toledo Museum of Art’s biennial exhibitions focused on bird-themed art, the exhibition coincides with local birding festival the Biggest Week in American Birding, which brings tens of thousands of birders to the area to observe the spring migration of songbirds. It will be the first time that the Toledo Museum of Art’s first edition of Wilson’s pioneering multi-volume publication has been exhibited. Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States is supported in part by 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Continuing Exhibitions

The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo
Through May 6, 2018, Canaday Gallery
In 1906 the founders of the Toledo Museum of Art, Edward Drummond Libbey and Florence Scott Libbey, visited Egypt, where they purchased a pair of Egyptian mummies as part of a collection of artifacts. Due to conservation issues and considerations surrounding the display of human bodies, these mummies are only occasionally on view. This special installation traces the history of Egyptian mummies, from their lives and the burial rituals associated with them in ancient Egypt to their rediscovery during the Napoleonic era and the Egyptomania craze that followed. Egyptian artworks from the Museum’s collection and loans from other institutions will help situate the mummies in their historical context. The exhibition explores several intersecting issues for TMA and other cultural museums related to the collecting and display of these fascinating and significant objects, including whose mummies are these, do they belong in an art museum and what can we learn from them? The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo is sponsored by Block Communications, Inc., KeyBank, Taylor Cadillac and the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Discounted tickets are available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7) and youth ages 5-17 ($5). Admission for school groups is free.

Special Events and Presentations

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Salima Ikram, May They Live Forever: Ancient Egyptian Mummies
April 19: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Dr. Salima Ikram (a professor at the American University in Cairo) will share how ancient Egyptian mummies have gripped the popular imagination from early times. Mummies have been regarded as immortals, a source of medicine, terrifying monsters, and objects of curiosity. Now they are regarded as an invaluable source of information of funerary beliefs, technology, ancient diet, and the health of the ancient Egyptians. This lecture explores the history of mummies from their inception, into their most recent incarnations in Egypt.  The evolving details of mummification over time will be explained, with attention paid to methods of wrapping and the jewelry and amulets included within the wrappings. The talk will also summarize the ways in which scholars now use their analysis of mummies to elucidate the history, economy, culture, and religion of ancient Egypt. This Masters Series lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America–Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Design Competition & Reception: University of Toledo Biodesign Competition Finals
April 25: 6 p.m., GlasSalon
Presented by the University of Toledo in partnership with the Toledo Museum of Art, the Biodesign Challenge offers art, engineering and environmental studies students the opportunity to envision future applications of biotechnology in a competition that highlights student research, community engagement, and innovation.  This course, taught by UT faculty, Eric Zeigler and Brian Carpenter, is part of an international cohort of universities working to promote a multidisciplinary approach to real world problems.  Following the student presentations, enjoy a reception will the judges make their decision!

Lecture: Terry Seidel, Parkitechture: Historic Rustic Architecture in Ohio Parks
April 26: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Join Terry Seidel, Director of Land Protection for The Nature Conservancy in Ohio as he discusses parkitecture, a style of architecture that developed in the 1900-1940’s through the efforts of the U.S. National Park Service to create buildings that harmonized with nature.  Terry will discuss rustic architecture as a sometimes-literal bridge to the natural world, allowing visitors to be exposed to “the wild” without being fully immersed in it. Seidel will show examples in Ohio’s national, state and local parks, forests and historical areas and share how these structures continue to act as portals to experiencing natural areas. Presented in partnership with The Nature Conservancy in Ohio.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion
Enjoy four wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448, in person at the information desks or online. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

April 13: Terrific Tax-time Tastings: Budget Friendly Wines
April 20: American Award-winning Wines: Top Rated New World Wines
April 27: La Vie en Rose: Fantastic French Finds


Film: The Sound of Silents: Steamboat Bill Jr. (1928, 71 minutes)
April 5: 7 p.m., Peristyle $
In one of the great silent film comedies, Keaton stars as William Canfield, Jr., a college student who returns to his home town to reunite with his father, a crusty riverboat captain who is engaged in a bitter rivalry with another riverboat captain. Keaton’s athleticism and gift for inventive visual humor are in top form, and the cyclone that devastates a town is perhaps the most ambitious, awe-inspiring and hilarious slapstick sequence ever filmed.  Detroit organist Lance Luce will accompany the film on TMA’s historic Skinner organ.

Film: Columbus (2017, 100 minutes)
April 27: 7 p.m., Little Theater
When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin (John Cho) finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey (Haley Lu Richardson), a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. As their intimacy develops, Jin and Casey explore both the town and their conflicted emotions: Jin's estranged relationship with his father, and Casey's reluctance to leave Columbus and her mother.  The Art House Film Series is supported in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.

Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music:  Olman Piedra
April 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister
Join Olman Piedra (percussionist and associate professor of Percussion at The University of Toledo) for a great evening of Jazz.

Great Performances: BGSU Conrad Art Song Competition Winners Recital
April 8: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
The 19th annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song competition will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Bowling Green. This competition awards financial prizes to singers and collaborative pianists at the undergraduate and graduate level. The goal of the contest is to encourage students enrolled at BGSU to approach the art song in a serious and intense manner and enhance their learning experience.  Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Healthcare.

Music Performance: Toledo School for the Arts, Morning to Midnight in Music and Art April 12: 7 p.m., Great Gallery
Students from Toledo School for the Arts are your musical guides through the course of a day from morning to midnight as depicted in works of art from the TMA collection paired with student-selected music. Artists include Hiroshi Yoshida, Washington Allston, Gustave Doré, and Ralph Albert Blakelock.

EAR | EYE – Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
April 13: 7 p.m., Wolfe Gallery
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series that explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art.  EAR|EYE is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Great Performances: BGSU Chamber Music Competition Winners
April 15: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features the student ensemble winners of the annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Healthcare

Great Performances: Quatuor Danel
April 18: 7 p.m., GlasSalon, $
The Quatuor Danel was founded in 1991 and has been at the forefront of the international music scene ever since, with important concert performances. The quartet is famous for their bold, concentrated interpretations of the string quartet cycles of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert, Shostakovich, and Weinberg. Their lively and fresh vision on the traditional quartet repertoire has delivered them subsequent praise from public and press. At TMA they will be performing

Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2 in D major, Myaskovsky’s Presto fantastico from Quartet No. 13 (1949), and Shostakovich’s Quartet No. 3 in F major, Op. 73.  Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Healthcare.

Great Performances: University of Toledo Outstanding Student Concert
April 22: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features student performers from the University of Toledo. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Great Performances: Danilo Brito and João Luiz
April 26: 8 p.m., GlasSalon
Two of the greatest instrumentalists of the young Brazilian generation, guitarist João Luiz and mandolin virtuoso and composer Danilo Brito join forces in a program that goes beyond popular music, recreating with personality works by Brazilian composers, including Villa-Lobos, Nazareth and Jacob do Bandolim. Danilo Brito, a legend of the instrument and guardian of the true art of interpreting choro music, has recorded five albums and has collaborated with many of Brazil's leading musicians. João Luiz, a soloist and chamber musician, has toured extensively in the U.S. and recorded a dozen albums and was nominated for a 2016 Latin Grammy for his work with the acclaimed Brasil Guitar Duo. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Healthcare.

Great Performances: Jennifer Goltz and Logan Skelton, Songs
April 29: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Soprano Jennifer Goltz and pianist/composer Logan Skelton perform songs that Skelton wrote based on the work of Emily Dickinson and other poets. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Healthcare.

Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP)

GAPP Artist Lecture: Jen Blazina
April 20: 7 p.m., GlasSalon.
Jen Blazina resides and has a studio in Philadelphia, PA where she is a working artist exhibiting with solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Her work is in represented in various private collections and museums, including the California Community Foundation; the Toledo Museum of Art; Corning Museum of Glass; Neuberger Museum of Art; Museum of American Glass; Cranbrook Museum of Art and more. Blazina has been awarded numerous residencies including: Bezalel Art and Design Academy in Jerusalem, Israel; Corning Artist in Residency in Corning, New York; European Ceramic Work Centre in Tilburg, Netherlands; Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, CA; Frans Masserel Centre in Kasterlee, Belgium; and Creative Glass Center of America in Millville, NJ. 

Glass Art Workshops
Learn to create objects made of glass under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor during a one-hour workshop at the Glass Pavilion. April’s object is a glass snail. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14-plus accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

April 1: 3 and 4 p.m.
April 6: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 7: noon and 4 p.m.
April 8: 3 and 4 p.m.
April 13: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 27: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 28: noon and 4 p.m.
April 29: 3 and 4 p.m.

Glass Art Workshop: Pick Your Project

A new addition to the Glass Art Workshops lineup, the Pick Your Project option lets you decide which glass object to make during a 90-minute session at the Glass Pavilion. Adults and children 14-plus accompanied by an adult are welcome. Options for Pick Your Project include creating an apple, bird, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

April 5: 6:30 p.m.
April 12: 6:30 p.m.
April 19: 6:30 p.m.
April 26: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Public Tour

April 12: 6 p.m., Libbey Court
April 26: 7 p.m., Libbey Court
Toledo community members, including artists, musicians and educators, partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them. Participant names are posted to at the beginning of the month.

Public Tours: The Art of Seeing Art
April 6 and 13: 6 p.m.
April 20 and 27: 6 and 7 p.m.
The language of the visual world – whether it’s seen inside or outside the galleries – can be a challenge to interpret. Join this gallery experience to see the details through thoughtful close looking and lively discussion. Meet in Libbey Court.

Meet Me at TMA: Special Exhibition: The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo
April 7: 1 p.m., Herrick Lobby
Learn more about the special exhibition that highlights ancient Egypt and its influence on popular culture. Join the curator of the exhibition for a Q&A session. Meet Me at TMA is a free monthly program designed to provide meaningful Museum visits for people experiencing the early stages of memory loss, their families, caregivers and friends. Discover the techniques throughout history used to create three-dimensional works of art. All tours are 45-60 minutes and begin at 1 p.m. at the indicated location. Registration is requested. For more information or to register, please call the Alzheimer’s Association at 1-800-272-3900. Meet Me at TMA is sponsored by HCR Manor Care and Yark Automotive Group.

Baby Tour
April 13: 6 p.m., Family Center
Watch your child respond to large colorful paintings and learn ways to facilitate early visual literacy skills in this lively 30-minute tour. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Meet outside Family Center.

Art Book Club Tour: Docent Tour of The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo
April 26: 5:30 p.m., Libbey Court
The Art Book Club is FREE but space is limited and registration is requested. You must register individually for each event. Contact the library at 419-254-5770 or [email protected] to register.

Toddler Tour
April 28: 3 p.m., Family Center
Toddler Tours provide multi-sensory experiences with works of art. Caregivers and their children ages 18 to 36 months are invited to participate in a hands-on tour at the Museum, engaging with interactive learning materials (like fabrics and wooden blocks) that help bring the work to life. The guided tours also include an in-gallery story experience. Meet outside Family Center.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

April: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 3: 2 p.m.
April 4: 2 p.m.
April 5: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 6: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 7: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 10: 2 p.m.
April 11: 2 p.m.
April 12: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 13: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 14: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 15: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 17: 2 p.m.
April 18: 2 p.m.
April 19: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 20: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 21: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 22: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 24: 2 p.m.
April 25: 2 p.m.
April 26: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 27: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
April 28: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
April 29: 1 and 2 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities

Family Center activities are designed for children up to the age of 10 accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is open noon-5 p.m. on Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-8 p.m. on Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday.

Furry and Feathered Friends-Egg Carton Art!

April 1: Noon-5 p.m.
April 3 and 5: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 6:  3:30-8 p.m.
April 7: Noon-5 p.m.
Look for furry and feathered friends in the collection and create your own using a wide variety of materials.

April 8: Noon-5 p.m.
April 10 and 12: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 13:  3:30-8 p.m.
April 14: Noon-5 p.m.
Using Egyptian hieroglyphs, create your own cartouche – an Ancient Egyptian royal nameplate.

April 15: Noon-5 p.m.
April 17 and 19: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 20:  3:30-8 p.m.
April 21: Noon-5 p.m.
Discover the rulers of Ancient Egypt and learn how they lived.

Celebrate Earth Day!
April 22: Noon-5 p.m.
April 24 and 26: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 27:  3:30-8 p.m.
April 28: Noon-5 p.m.
Celebrate Earth day by creating art using recycled materials and found objects.

Family Center: Visiting Artist: Friday April 27: 6 to 7 p.m. Jenn McCullough
Jenn McCullough has a passion for bringing the mindfulness practices of yoga and meditation to children and adults! Join her in practicing invigorating and calming poses, meditation techniques, breathing tools, and a special yoga song! Check out her full schedule at

Paper Sarcophagus!
April 29: Noon-5 p.m.
May 1 and 3: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
May 4:  3:30-8 p.m.
May 5: Noon-5 p.m.                                                           
Catch the last days of the exhibition: The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo and decorate a paper sarcophagus inspired by the ornate and colorful artwork you see.