Time Running Out to View TMA Exhibitions

Eye On Art  |  12/18/2018 11:00 am

Time is running out to view two Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) exhibitions, and there are just two weeks left for to take advantage of special pricing that offers admission to both its ticketed exhibitions for non-members for the price of one exhibition. 

When someone purchases a ticket to either Rebecca Louise Law: Community or Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, they will receive a free ticket of equal value to the other exhibition. Admission to both exhibitions is free for Museum members. The December special pricing is a thank-you to the Toledo-area community, which contributed to the success of both exhibitions.

“During December, we’re giving back. Toledo has helped with the success of both Community and Frans Hals Portraits and we want to make sure that before these exhibitions conclude, everyone has had the opportunity to experience them,” said Brian Kennedy, TMA’s Edward Drummond and Florence Scott Libbey director.

While there are just two weeks left for the special admission offer, there is less than a month to see the exhibitions – at any price. The public’s last chance to see Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is Sunday, Jan. 6, while Rebecca Louise Law: Community ends its six-month run on  Sunday, Jan. 13.

Admission to Rebecca Louise Law: Community and Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion is for $10 for adults, $7 for senior/military/students, and $5 for youth ages 5-17. Children under 4 are free. In addition, the Museum will continue to offer free admission to both exhibitions Thursday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. 

Installation of Rebecca Louise Law: Community required 1,650 volunteer hours of assistance from community members to help assemble garlands of flowers collected from 10,000 plants grown locally at Brodbeck Greeenhouse. These floral strands were then entwined with Law’s entire collection of dried floral material, including more than 10 years of past installations combined with her own collection of European specimens. Community took 17 days to install. The exhibition is in the Canaday Gallery through Jan. 13, 2019.

“The installation offers visitors a sensory experience, evocative of the people and places, natural history and landscapes of northwest Ohio,” Kennedy said. “Law’s transporting vision wonderfully reflects the spirit and textures of our local and global communities.”

The community also played an important role in the Frans Hals Portraits exhibition, which reunited three sections of Hals Van Campen family portrait for the first time since the painting was separated over 200 years ago.

“The reunion of these 17th-century masterworks served as the perfect platform to explore more broadly and deeply how family is defined and what the concept of family means to us in the 21st century,” Kennedy said. “As part of the exploration, more than 500 families submitted photographs depicting their view of family. Some of those were included in the exhibition and others were used in a digital display in Libbey Court.”

One of the greatest portraitists in the history of Western European painting, Frans Hals (1582/83-1666) is renowned for his revolutionary candid style of capturing sitters in seemingly spontaneous poses and lively gestures. For the first time, Hals’s family group portraits from collections in the United States and Europe have been brought together in the international exhibition. Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion will be on view through Jan. 6, when it will travel to Brussels, Belgium and Paris, France. 

For more information about these exhibitions and this special offer, visit www.toledomuseum.org.