Toledo Museum of Art July 2019 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  06/09/2019 9:00 am

July 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Continuing Exhibitions

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue
Through March 8, 2020: Levis Gallery
Over the past several years, the Toledo Museum of Art has been working to grow and broaden its holdings of global contemporary art. In the spring of 2019, Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue will debut in the Museum’s recently refurbished Levis Gallery. The exhibition will feature dozens of contemporary works of art that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. Presented together, these works will offer visitors the chance explore the many powerful ways that artists engage with issues facing the world in the 21st century, such as identity, migration, and the digital revolution. Free admission. Global Conversations is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

“Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music
Through Feb. 23, 2020: New Media Gallery
Following on the success of Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses (July 21, 2018-Feb. 24, 2019), the next installation of the New Media gallery once again highlights a multisensory experience, this time focused on an exploration of the relationship between art and music. Jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement, the exhibition features a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings, each paired with a carefully curated musical composition that resonates with it in some way. Presented together, the art and music engage visitors in a multisensory way that simultaneously engenders close looking, contemplation, and a consideration of the connection between visual and auditory art forms. Free admission. “Everything is Rhythm” is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill.

Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture
Through Sept. 15, 2019: Canaday Gallery
The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture 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 car culture as a visual icon of American identity. With works spanning the 20th-century, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility, and renewal is explored. Organized through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental, and industrial dimensions of car culture’s legacy, this exhibition includes a range of visual media. Admission is free for Museum members and $12 for nonmembers, with discounts for seniors, college students, and military personnel ($10) and youth ages 5-17 ($7). Admission for children four years of age and under is free. Life Is a Highway is presented by BP America with additional support from Taylor Cadillac, the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Special Events and Presentations

TMA Community Block Party
Saturday, July 13: 6-10 p.m., TMA Grounds
Celebrate summer with thousands of party-goers and enjoy entertainment, food, and music purveyors during the Museum’s sixth annual block party. Admission to the Block Party is free. Parking is free for Museum members, $8 for nonmembers (cash only). The Community Block Party will be held rain or shine.

Circle Presents: Impact & Inspire
Thursday, July 18: 5:30-7:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion
ProMedica IMpact and INspire (I’m In) is an event series geared toward young professionals interested in making an impact in their community. In this event presented by I’m In and Circle, attendees will learn about the art therapy services offered through ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital’s Cullen Center and participate in hands-on activities that encourage emotional intelligence and open collaboration at any age. RSVP is required; details will be posted soon at

Art Book Club
: Tuesday, July 23: 5:30 p.m.
: Thursday, July 25: 5:30 p.m.
Delve into a classic of 20th century literature by joining fellow book lovers us as we discuss The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. We will continue the discussion with a focus on art and car culture with a docent tour of Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture.

National Geographic Live Speakers Series: Standing at the Water’s Edge
Saturday, July 27: 7 p.m., Peristyle
$18 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers
Cristina Mittermeier learned the concept of responsible earth stewardship from her indigenous nanny as a child growing up in Mexico, and she explores that calling through the ways of life of four communities and their individual relationships with water—the Kayapó in the Amazon, the Inuit of Greenland, the First Nations people of British Columbia, and native Hawaiians.

Standing at the Water’s Edge is the final event in the inaugural, three-part Nat Geo Live speaker series taking place at the Toledo Museum of Art in 2019. A variety of discounts are available for Museum members, seniors, students, military, and children.

Museum members (13+): $18

Museum members (12 and younger): $5

Nonmember adult: $25

Nonmember senior (62+): $20

Nonmember student (13+ and college): $20

Nonmember military (with ID): $20

Nonmember child (12 and younger): $10

National Geographic Live is sponsored locally in part by Taylor Cadillac and The Boeschenstein Family Foundation with additional support from community partners Metroparks Toledo and Toledo Lucas County Public Library.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in a variety of cities around the world, including Seattle, Tampa, Los Angeles, and Calgary. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration onstage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage. For more information, visit


Film: Road Film Series
Thursdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 2 p.m.
$5 for Museum members, $7 for non-members, $4 for students & military personnel
The movies and the automobile share a common history—both born at the end of the 19th century and becoming ubiquitous across the 20th. This series explores the impact and central role of the car in American culture. Some screenings will be accompanied by short films, previews, and occasional surprises!

Thursday, July 11              Duel (1971, PG, 1 hour, 30 minutes)

Thursday, July 18              Two-Lane Blacktop (1971, R, 1 hour, 42 minutes)

Saturday, July 20               The Crowd Roars (1932, not rated, 1 hour, 25 minutes)

Thursday, July 25              Vanishing Point (1971, R, 1 hour, 39 minutes)

Saturday, July 27               The Grapes of Wrath (1940, not rated, 2 hours, 9 minutes)


Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music Outdoor Summer Series
Friday, July 19 and Friday, July 26: 6:30-8:30 p.m., TMA Grounds

Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles, and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t cancelled but simply move inside!


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 Museum members and $40 nonmembers, plus tax.

July 12: Journeying from Bordeaux to Provence: French Wines
July 19: Roaming Through Italy: Tuscany to Lombardy
July 26: Exploring South America: Argentina & Chile

Public Tours

Public Tours
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. All tours start at 7 p.m. and in Libbey Court.

July 5, 12, 19, 26

Special Workshops

Art Crawl
Friday, July 19: 6-7 p.m., Classroom 137
Explore the galleries and watch your child respond to large colorful paintings, then get messy in the studio with baby-friendly art materials. Parents and caregivers with infants up to 18 months are welcome. Registration is required; Art Crawls are facilitated by an art instructor. Tickets are $10 for nonmembers and $7 for members.

Drawing Landscapes with Charcoal
Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21: 1-4 p.m.
$60 Museum members / $70 nonmembers
Join us on the lawn to create a landscape using charcoal. Students in this two-day workshop will learn about charcoal as a medium and practice drawing techniques to create expressive compositions inspired by the Museum’s campus. Pending weather, class time will be spent outside. No experience necessary. The instructor is Paul Brand.

Glass Discovery Workshops
Saturday, July 20:
9 a.m.–noon, Labino-Inspired Sculpture
Saturday, July 27: 9 a.m.–noon, Libbey-Inspired Vessel
[$65 members / $75 nonmembers per workshop]
Discover the art of glassmaking by taking one of these short, project-focused workshops. Create a finished piece of glass inspired by the collection with the help of our experienced instructors. Sign up for one or all of these fun workshops. No experience necessary.

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. July’s object is a mud hen. 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.

July 5: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 6: noon and 4 p.m.
July 12: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 13: noon and 4 p.m.
July 19: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 20: noon and 4 p.m.
July 26: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 27: noon and 4 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 each (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Options for Pick Your Project include creating an apple, donut, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit for availability and purchase tickets.

July 7: 3 p.m.
July 11: 6:30 p.m.
July 14: 3 p.m.
July 18: 6:30 p.m.
July 21: 3 p.m.
July 25: 6:30 p.m.
July 28: 3 p.m.

Glass Master Classes

Forward Momentum
Instructors: Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz
July 15-19: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The goals of this class are to refine skills, work more efficiently, establish an understanding of how working on a small scale can translate into larger works, and to build a solid foundation. Students will work in clear glass, focusing on forms such as the tumbler, cylinder, bowl, bottle, and forms with waists; moving methodically from one shape to the next. Instruction will be personalized to build on individual skills, and one–on–one time will be given to help find simple solutions to common struggles.

Core Cast Glass Methods

Instructor: Joanna Manousis
July 15-19: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
This class will explore the use of ‘hanging-core’ and ‘surface-core’ refractory molds as a means to create residual details within solid kiln cast glass. Through daily lectures and demonstrations, the instructor will cover basic to advanced kiln casting strategies. Students will create original structures from found objects and hand-sculpted clay, acquiring the skills necessary to assemble finished models for refractory-core and lost wax casting investment. Within the course of this five-day class students will be introduced to polyurethane mother molds, hand-built refractory molds, hot wax construction, wax finishing, sprueing and firing techniques, along with de-investment tips for core molds. Various cold-working methods will also be explored to polish and reveal the internal cavities within finished glass castings. Some glass working experience is preferred but not required. Advanced students are also welcome.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

July 2: 1 p.m.
July 3: 2 p.m.
July 5: 7 and 8 p.m.
July 6: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 7: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 9: 2 p.m.
July 10: 2 p.m.
July 11: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 12: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
July 13: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 14: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 18: 8 p.m.
July 19: 7 and 8 p.m.
July 20: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 21: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 23: 2 p.m.
July 24: 2 p.m.
July 25: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 26: 2 and 8 p.m.
July 27: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
July 28: 1 and 2 p.m.
July 30: 2 p.m.
July 31: 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.-3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-8 p.m. on Friday and noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Bursts of Color!

June 30: noon-5 p.m.
July 2: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 4: Closed
July 5:  3:30-8 p.m.
July 6: noon-5 p.m.

Create bursts of color using red, white, and blue paint on large sheets of paper inspired by works of art found in the exhibition “Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music.

Mini Fairy Gardens!

July 7: noon-5 p.m.
July 9 and 11: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 12:  3:30-8 p.m.
July 13: noon-5 p.m.

Go for a stroll in the Museum’s Welles Sculpture Garden and create your own mini garden using a wide variety of supplies.

On Your Mark! Get set! GO!

July 14: noon-5 p.m.
July 16 and 18: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 19: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 20: noon-5 p.m.

Inspired by the exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, make your own racing flag for your race car adventures!

Visiting Artist
Friday, July 26: 6-7 p.m.
Meet local artist Kay Weprin, president of Athena Art Society, who enjoys experimenting in oil pastel, mixed-media, and handmade paper.

Torn Paper Collage!

July 21: noon-5 p.m.
July 23 and 25: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
July 26: 3:30-8 p.m.
July 27: noon-5 p.m.

Using torn paper create a collage inspired by works of art in our collection.

Road Trip! Are We There Yet?

July 28: noon–5 p.m.
July 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Getting there is half the fun! Inspired by the exhibition Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, create a road map and plot out your summer vacation.