Toledo Museum of Art February 2019 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  01/04/2019 10:00 am

February 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Exhibition Openings

Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop
Feb. 9 – May 12, 2019: Gallery 18

In this solo exhibition of her work, Katherine Gray presents glassmaking as something that is experiential rather than strictly visual. Gray immerses the audience in the sights, sounds and smells of the glassmaking studio. Using primarily glass (and cleverly defining the material with itself), she invites the audience 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. The viewer will experience many of the sensations the artist encountered while creating the objects seen in the exhibition. Free admission.

Different Trains
Feb. 9 - May 5, 2019: Canaday Gallery
A large-scale video installation that spans more than 20 feet and is 29 minutes in duration, Different Trains features a 1988 musical composition by American minimalist composer Steve Reich, recorded by the Kronos Quartet and reinterpreted in 2016 by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. Reich’s 1988 piece for string quartet and recorded voice is a powerful, emotionally charged rumination on the train journeys of his youth and of the horrific deportation trains of the Holocaust. The work was awarded the 1989 Grammy for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition.

Created by Caravaggio in 2016, Different Trains sets Reich’s music to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original composition. The work is at once historically important and aesthetically impressive. Both the music and video are beautifully composed; Reich’s music is fragmented and modern, with Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leading the audience through the work. This presentation of Different Trains is supported in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Harley J. Kripke, the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, and Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses
Through Feb. 24, 2019: New Media Gallery

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 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. The exhibition is sponsored in part by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2018 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Free admission.

Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus
Through April 28, 2019: Gallery 29A

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 artist James Lavadour, on loan for this exhibition. Works as diverse as a traditional Acoma Manta and Cherokee model 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. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

Artist Talk: Katherine Gray
Saturday, Feb. 9: 1 p.m., Little Theater & Gallery 18
Artist Katherine Gray discusses her exhibition Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop, beginning with an illustrated presentation in the Little Theater and finishing in the exhibition where she will answer questions.

Glassblowing Demonstration: Katherine Gray
Saturday, Feb. 9: 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
In conjunction with her multi-sensory exhibition (Being) In A Hotshop and artist lecture, contemporary artist Katherine Gray will be conducting a live glass blowing demonstration on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the Glass Pavilion hotshop at 3 p.m. Gray received her undergraduate degree from Ontario College of Art in Toronto and her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She has exhibited her artwork internationally with Solo exhibitions at Heller Gallery and the Robert Lehman Gallery/ UrbanGlass in New York, Smokestack Gallery in Canberra, Australia, and Elliot Brown Gallery in Seattle.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Dr. Lisa J. Lucero, Ancient Maya Cosmology of Conservation: The Sacred Pools of Cara Blanca, Belize
Friday, Feb. 15: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Dr. Lisa Lucero presents a cosmology quite different from our Western one, especially because the Maya worldview privileges the entirety of the world in which they lived. She will show how such a view promoted biodiversity and conservation based on how the Classic Maya (c. 250-850 CE) interacted with their environment. This cosmology is illustrated through a discussion of how the Maya engaged with the 25 pools of Cara Blanca, Belize. The Maya considered openings in the earth, such as caves and bodies of water, as portals to the Otherworld, through which they could communicate with gods and ancestors, a practice manifested in offerings. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America–Toledo Society and the Toledo Museum of Art.

The Art of the Cut
Sunday, Feb. 17: 3 p.m., GlasSalon
The Art of the Cut examines the intersection of art and health while celebrating local Black barbers and their roles as artists and public health educators. The barbers will perform live haircuts inspired by the decades and by works in the TMA collection while ProMedica representatives discuss health disparities and opportunities across Toledo's neighborhoods. Inspired by hair shows and fashion runways, the event will feature a live DJ and cash bar. This is a free event, but registration is encouraged. RSVP at Presented by Circle and ProMedica Cancer Institute Barbershop Program.

Lecture and Performance: New Works Writers Series presents Portraits of Tatum: Staged Readings/Selected Stories of a Toledo Jazz Legend
Thursday, Feb. 21: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Based on interviews from the newly released book The History of Art Tatum, 1909-1932, by Dr. Imelda Hunt, the performance will enlighten audiences about the famed pianist's genius and talent. Toledo's own Harold Payne, Mary Bell Shelle and others are the sources of revealing anecdotes and interesting facts that will be dramatically translated on stage. Also featured will be Tatum recordings and original solo accompaniments. A book signing will follow the event.

Library & Archives Unshelved: Museum History
Thursday, Feb. 21: 6 p.m., Art Reference Library
This drop-in program gives visitors a first-hand glimpse of highlights of the TMA Library & Archives collections. In February's event, Head librarian, Alison Huftalen and Archivist, Julie McMaster will host a display of material from the library and archives of books and materials that showcase aspects of the history of the Toledo Museum of Art. Please visit at any point from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy a personalized encounter with the collections.


Art House Film and Teen Night Event: Black is the Color (2017, 52 minutes, not rated)
Friday, Feb. 22: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Presented in conjunction with TMA’s Teen Night at the Museum, this documentary on African-American artists will be followed by a teen-led conversation with the audience. The film explores the barriers Black artists have faced when it comes to having their work exhibited and collected. It also highlights key moments in the history of African-American visual art, from Edmonia Lewis’s 1867 sculpture Forever Free, to the work of contemporary artists such as Whitfield Lovell, Kerry James Marshall, Ellen Gallagher, and Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Teen Night’s at TMA are a staple event that comes out of the Museum’s Teen Apprentice Program. The event is planned by teens, for teens.

The Sound of Silents: 7th Heaven (1927, 119 minutes, not rated)
Thursday, Feb. 28: 7 p.m., Peristyle
Frank Borzage directs this silent film in which a street cleaner saves a young woman's life, and the pair slowly fall in love until war intervenes. The score will be performed by organist John Lauter. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military personnel.

Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music: Sonia Perez and Omaldo Perez
Friday, Feb. 1: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
Singer Sonia Perez and pianist Omaldo Perez will get Toledo ready for Valentine’s Day with music by Lerner and Loewe, Kurt Weill, Rogers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, and more.

Great Performances: J.S. Bach: Art of the Fugue
Thursday, Feb. 7: 7 p.m., New Media Gallery
Organized by Merwin Siu of the Toledo Symphony, this string quartet performance of Bach’s Art of the Fugue is inspired by a 2017 addition to the TMA permanent collection, Judit Reigel’s 1982 painting also called Art of the Fugue (Art de la Fugue). Reigl views the painter’s body as a mechanism to translate vibrations and movement into a physical representation onto the canvas while listening to Bach and Mozart on the radio station French Musique. The ensemble features Merwin Siu and Cheryl Trace on violin, Kalindi Bellach on viola, and Renee Goubeaux on cello. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Friday, Feb. 8: 7 p.m., Throughout the Museum
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series, now in its fourth year, 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: Black History Month Celebration: Black Migrations
Sunday, Feb. 10: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Organized by soprano, educator, and community organizer Margaret Barron, this program features music performers in celebration of Black History Month and explores this year’s theme of Black Migrations. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Great Performances: University of Michigan Baroque Orchestra and Contemporary Directions Ensemble perform Psalms/Tehillim: Music of J.S. Bach and Steve Reich
Saturday, Feb. 16: 2 p.m., Great Gallery
Sacred texts from ancient times connect the 18
th-century music of Johann Sebastian Bach and the 20th-century music of Steve Reich. The University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance's Baroque Chamber Orchestra (BCO), and Contemporary Directions Ensemble (CDE) join forces to perform Bach's cantata Aus der Tiefe rufe ich, Herr, zu dir (1707) and Steve Reich's Tehillim (1981). Led by violinist Aaron Berofsky and keyboardist Joseph Gascho, BCO performs on baroque instruments. CDE is led by conductor Oriol Sans and will feature winds, strings, electric organs, and numerous percussion. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Great Performances: BGSU Faculty Recital
Sunday, Feb. 17: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features faculty from the BGSU College of Musical Arts. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Great Performances: Julia Siciliano, Piano, Variations on Mi Patria
Sunday, Feb. 24: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Pianist Julia Siciliano will play music from her two current homes (Ann Arbor, Michigan and Basque Country, Spain), performing works and arrangements by her former teacher, University of Michigan professor Logan Skelton, and works by the best-known Basque composer, Ravel, as well as other composers of the Basque region. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and paired hors d’oeuvres from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art. Tickets are $25 for Museum members and $40 for nonmembers, plus tax.

Feb: 8: Bubbles and Bordeaux: Our Annual Salute to Valentine’s Day
Feb. 15: The Grand Tour: European Wines
Feb. 22: The Wild, Wild West: West Coast Wines

Public Tours

Ask Me Hours

Look for docents wearing a red “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.

Saturdays: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays: noon-2 p.m. and 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion

Baby Tours

Friday, Feb. 1: 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.

The Art of Seeing Art™
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. All tours begin at 7 p.m.

Feb. 1: 7 p.m.
Feb. 8: 7 p.m.
Feb. 15: 7 p.m.

Flashlight Tours: The Look of Love
See the Toledo Museum of Art in a whole new Valentine light with your favorite someone on an adults-only, after-hours flashlight tour. Museum docents will uncover stories of love across the ages in works of art from the collection. Come early for drinks or dinner in the café, which will take dinner orders until 8:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. on Saturday). Each participant will receive a complimentary sparkling drink to toast the evening! Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers, and $10 for students and military personnel.

Thursday, Feb. 7: 9 p.m. tour (meet at 8:45 p.m. in Little Theater)
Friday, Feb. 8: 9 p.m. tour (meet at 8:45 p.m. in Little Theater)
Saturday, Feb. 9: 6 p.m. tour (meet at 5:45 p.m. in Little Theater)
Thursday, Feb. 14: 9 p.m. tour (meet at 8:45 p.m. in Little Theater)
Friday, Feb. 15: 9 p.m. tour (meet at 8:45 p.m. in Little Theater)

Localeyes Tour
Thursday, Feb. 14: 6 p.m., Meet in 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. Tour participants meet in Libbey Court at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted. February’s featured guest is filmmaker Dave Ayling.

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. February’s object is a heart. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers each (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

Feb. 1: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 2: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 8: noon and 4 p.m.
Feb. 15: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 16: noon and 4 p.m.
Feb. 22: 6 p.m.

Glass Art Workshop: Pick Your Project

Pick Your Project lets you decide which glass object to make during a 90-minute session at the Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older 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.

Feb. 3: 3 p.m.
Feb. 7: 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 10: 3 p.m.
Feb. 14: 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 17: 3 p.m.
Feb. 21: 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 28: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Feb. 1: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 2: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 5: 2 p.m.
Feb. 6: 2 p.m.
Feb. 7: 2 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 8: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 9: 1 p.m. (Special 3 p.m. glassblowing demonstration with artist Katherine Gray)
Feb. 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 12: 2 p.m.
Feb. 13: 2 p.m.
Feb. 14: 2 and 8p.m.
Feb. 15: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 16: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 17: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 19: 2 p.m.
Feb. 20: 2 p.m.
Feb. 21: 2 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 22: 2 and 8p.m.
Feb. 23: 2 p.m.
Feb. 24: 2 p.m.
Feb. 26: 2 p.m.
Feb. 27: 2 p.m.
Feb. 28: 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 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30 to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Let it Snow!

Friday, Feb. 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 2: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by the weather outside your window and works of art in the collection, create a wintery work of art.


Tangram Mosaic!

Sunday, Feb. 3: noon-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5 and Thursday, Feb. 7: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday Feb. 8: 3:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 9: noon-5 p.m.
Explore the Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses, and create a tangram mosaic puzzle using geometric shapes.


Love Letters!

Sunday, Feb. 10: noon-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 14: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 15: 3:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 16: noon-5 p.m.
Create a watercolor postcard that you can send through the mail to someone you love.

Fabric Fun!

Sunday, Feb. 17: noon-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 19 and Thursday, Feb. 21: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 22: 3:30-8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 23: noon-5 p.m.
Search the galleries for fiber art and create a work of art using fabric.

Family Center Guest Artist: Kathie Pertcheck

Friday, Feb. 22: 6-7 p.m.
Meet guest artist Kathie Pertcheck who loves sewing and will help you create an easy, fun project.


Sunday, Feb. 24: noon-5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 and Thursday, Feb. 28: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Create your own inventions inspired by the book Hedy and Her Amazing Invention by local author Jan Wahl. Join us Saturday, March 2 for a parade through the Museum and special book reading and signing.