Toledo Museum of Art May 2018 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  04/16/2018 9:00 am

May 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

New Exhibitions

Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018
Opens May 4, 2018, Glass Pavilion
To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Libbey Glass Company and its tradition of excellence in glassmaking, TMA has organized this major exhibition of glass that shares the story of American ingenuity in glass making. Celebrating Libbey Glass will present more than 175 outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s renowned collection as well as objects and materials from the Libbey Inc. archives, including pressed glass tableware, Amberina art glass, Libbey’s world-renowned “brilliant” cut glass (including TMA’s glorious Libbey Punch Bowl), mid-century modern barware and examples of more recent “premium give-away” glasses for companies like Pizza Hut and McDonalds. Throughout its history, Libbey Glass Company has created a great variety of decorative and useful blown and pressed objects in both colorless and richly colored glass, at times decorated with cutting and engraving. Its success helped to brand Toledo as “The Glass City.” The Libbey family co-founded TMA in 1901 and their generous endowment continues to sustain the Museum. This exhibition is supported in part by Libbey Inc. the Ohio Arts Council.

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.

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.

Decades in the Making: Highlights from the Toledo Federation of Artists Societies
April 28-June 24, 2018, Gallery 6
The Toledo Federation of Art Societies was established in 1917 with three artist collectives and the Toledo Museum of Art as its charter members. In 1918 the first exhibition sponsored by TFAS was held at TMA. Today TFAS is affiliated with more than 40 area art organizations – including artist clubs, galleries, college and university art departments – and hundreds of individual members within a 150-mile radius of the city of Toledo. This retrospective exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of TFAS and the century-long tradition of celebrating and recognizing the best artists in the region by TMA. It will showcase more than 20 works of art in a wide variety of media from the approximately 270 works purchased for the TFAS collection over the last 60 years. Among the featured artists will be Diana Attie (drawing), Edith Franklin (ceramics), Dominick Labino (glassblowing) and Kenneth Thompson (sculpture). This exhibition is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council.

Special Events and Presentations

Libbey Family Day
May 5: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Throughout the Museum
Celebrate 200 years of glassblowing excellence and the legacy of Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey with activities across the Museum campus. Guests can participate in painting, drawing and glassblowing activities. Visit the new exhibition Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018 and see The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo during its final weekend. Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, the final installment in TMA’s He Went for a Little Walk: Mummies in the Movies series, will be shown in the Little Theater at 2 p.m.

Kentucky Derby Party
May 5: 5-8 p.m., GlasSalon $
Muster all your southern charm, wear an outrageous hat and join us to watch the annual race on the big screen in the GlasSalon. Mint juleps and dancing are also essential ingredients in this annual soiree. Presented in part by Circle, TMA’s initiative for engaging new audiences and sponsored by Taylor Cadillac and HCR ManorCare. For tickets, visit

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Jennie Ebeling, Excavating an Ancient Winery at Jezreel in Israel
May 11: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Strategically located in the fertile Jezreel Valley in Israel's Galilee, the site of Jezreel has been occupied almost continuously from the late Neolithic period (ca. 6000 BCE) to the present, including a large, well-preserved winery complex in use from the Iron Age to the early Roman period (ca. 9th century BCE-1st century CE). This presentation will describe ancient wine-making technology and wine's economic and cultural significance in the region. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.

Ekphrastic Poetry Awards Ceremony
May 11: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Hear notable poems by participants in this year’s Ekphrastic Poetry Contest and celebrate writing about art.

Tour: Kevin McGreevy and Macon Mauchmar, The Trees of TMA
May 17: 6 p.m., TMA Grounds
The Toledo Museum of Art’s 36-acre campus includes buildings by award-winning architects, the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, the Rita B. Kern Sensory Garden, a community garden and a playground. It’s an urban oasis of parkland with more than 200 trees representing more than 50 species, plus dozens of species of shrubs, flowers and other plants. Like the Museum’s art collection, many of these trees and plants are identified with informational labels. These astonishing grounds are overseen by a team of groundskeepers, including Kevin McGreevy and Macon Mauchmar who will share their favorite trees and places on this tour. Meet on the Monroe Street Terrace. 

Curator Talk: Paula Reich, Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States
May 19: 2 p.m., Little Theater and Gallery 18
Exhibition curator Paul Reich talks about the work of the Scottish-American ornithologist and illustrator. After the presentation, Reich will lead a tour of the exhibition Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States.

Flashlight Tours in the Garden
May 24: 8 p.m., Meet in the Museum Café
Take an adults-only guided tour of the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden, all visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art and the TMA campus in a new light! Before heading into the galleries, enjoy a complimentary drink along with appetizers in the Museum Cafe at 8 p.m., tour embarks at 9 p.m. Tickets are $23 per person for members, $30 for non-members; reserve your spot in advance by calling the information desks at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

Museum Place Community Conversations Wrap-Up
May 30: 5:30 p.m., GlasSalon
From November 2017 through April 2018, TMA organized ten Museum Place community conversations in locations like local libraries and nonprofits and the Museum itself. Participants included families, teens, teachers, retirees, neighborhood groups, local businesses, artists and other Museum stakeholders. Join us for a wrap-up celebration on May 30. For meeting notes, visit

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.

May 11: Momma Mia: Great Italian Wines
May 18: Eclectic Europe: German, Italian, French, & Spanish Wines
May 25: Wines for the Great Outdoors: Our Annual BBQ event


Film: Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy
May 5: 2 p.m., Little Theater
The Saturday matinee series He Went for a Little Walk: Mummies in the Movies concludes with a free screening of Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955, 80 minutes, not rated) for kids and their mummies, daddies and caregivers. Snacks and beverage, available in the TMA Café, may be brought into the Little Theater. Presented for free as part of Libbey Family Day.

(Y)our Film Night
May 18: 6 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Following the success of the (Y)our Night teen party series, Toledo-area teens are invited to visit the Museum and explore the art of film. Play some games, eat some snacks and win some prizes. The featured film is Purple Dreams, an inspirational documentary that shadows six at-risk high school students on an emotionally-powerful, three-year journey of transformation in a racially-biased city. (Y)our Film Night is co-presented with the Glass City Film Festival.

Film: The Sound of Silents: Robin Hood (1922, 127 minutes)
May 24: 7 p.m., Peristyle $
In one of his iconic swashbuckling film roles of the silent film era, Douglas Fairbanks plays Robin Hood, a nobleman turned disguised vigilante who protects the oppressed English people from the tyrannical Prince John. The score will be performed by organist Clark Wilson who also performs a silent horror film each October in the Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Tickets available at

Film: The Messenger (2015, 90 minutes)
May 25: 7 p.m., Little Theater
For thousands of years, songbirds were regarded by mankind as messengers from the gods. Today, these creatures have woven inextricably into the fabric of our environment and are vanishing at an alarming rate. As scientists, activists and bird enthusiasts investigate this phenomenon, amazing secrets of the bird world come to light for the first time in this visually thrilling documentary. Presented in conjunction with the Biggest Week in American Birding.

Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music: Nikki D and the Browns
May 4: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Cloister
This Toledo-based band, championed by acclaimed bluegrass fiddler Bruce Molsky, performs Sacred Steel traditional gospel that originated in the 1930s. In this style, the steel guitar is the lead instrument with vocals being primarily hymnals with a touch of new school.

Great Performances: Solungga Liu, Manuscripts from the Library of Congress
May 13: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
In November 2017, Pianist Solungga Liu (Associate Professor of Piano at Bowling Green State University) performed at the Library of Congress with a program of music drawn almost entirely from their manuscript collection. Liu’s performance included the world premiere of a work by American composer Charles Griffes that had been thought to be lost but was discovered in the Library’s collection. This performance reprises much of that concert, including works by Amy Beach, César Franck and Griffes, including the Ohio Premiere of Griffes’ 1915 transcription of Claude Debussy’s Les parfums de la nuit from IberiaGreat Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Health Care.

Great Performances: Sono Novo Chamber Orchestra, The Timbral Shift: The Metamorphosis of Romanticism into Impressionism
May 20: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
The Toledo-based Sono Novo Chamber Orchestra returns with another concert inspired by TMA’s permanent collection. Just as the realism of romantic art gave way to the fixation of capturing color and atmosphere, so Gabriel Faure's two piano quartets that Sono Novo will perform demonstrate the evolution from functional form and harmony to a preoccupation with sonic color, energy and aural mood, hallmarks which would dominate the musical landscape of the Belle Epoque. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund and Kingston Healthcare.

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. May’s object is a glass flower. 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. 

May 4: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 11: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
May 12: noon and 4 p.m.
May 18: 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
May 19: noon and 4 p.m.
May 25: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
May 26: noon 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.

May 3: 6:30 p.m.
May 6: 3 p.m.
May 10: 6:30 p.m.
May 13: 3 p.m.
May 17: 6:30 p.m.
May 20: 3 p.m.
May 24: 6:30 p.m.
May 27: 3 p.m.

FREE Public Tours

Baby Tour
May 4: 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.

Public Tours: The Art of Seeing Art
May 4, 11 and 18: 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: Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of The United States
May 5: 1 p.m., Herrick Lobby
Take a closer look at the Toledo Museum of Art’s rare first edition of Alexander Wilson’s publication of hand-colored engraved and etched illustrations of birds. 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. 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.

May 10 and 31: 6 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.

Toddler Tour
May 12: 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.
May 1: 2 p.m.
May 2: 2 p.m.
May 3: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 4: 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 5: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
May 6: 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
May 8: 2 p.m.
May 9: 2 p.m.
May 10: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 11: 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.

May 12: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
May 13: 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
May 15: 2 p.m.
May 16: 2 p.m.
May 17: 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 18: 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 19: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
May 20:1 p.m., 2 p.m.
May 22: 2 p.m.
May 23: 2 p.m.
May 24: 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 25: 2 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m.
May 26: 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
May 27: 1 p.m., 2 p.m.
May 29: 2 p.m.
May 30: 2 p.m.
May 31: 2 p.m., 8 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.

Paper Sarcophagus!
May 1 and 3: 10 a.m.-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.

May 6: noon-5 p.m.
May 8 and 10: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 11:  3:30-8 p.m.
May 12: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate the Biggest Week in American Birding and explore the new exhibition Before Audubon, then create your own field guide and set of bird-watching binoculars using a wide variety of materials.

Mini Me Masterpiece!
May 13: noon-5 p.m.
May 15 and 17: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 18:  3:30-8 p.m.
May 19: noon-5 p.m.

Create a mini me masterpiece inspired by the portrait artists in our collection.

May 20: noon-5 p.m.
May 22 and 24: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 25:  3:30-8 p.m.
May 26: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Libbey Glass and create a suncatcher to put in your window and let the colors shine through to brighten your day.

Family Center Visiting Artist: Tim Henkel
May 25: 6-7 p.m.
Meet local photographer Tim Henkel and learn what inspires him. Tim’s subject matter varies from musicians to nature.

Under the Table Art!
May 27: noon-5 p.m.
May 29 and 31: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Inspired by Michelangelo’s painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling, gain a different perspective and create your own work of art while lying on your back.