Toledo Museum of Art September 2019 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  08/13/2019 9:00 am

September 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Closing Exhibitions

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.
Tickets are free for members; $12 for nonmembers; $10 for military, college students, and seniors; $7 for youth ages 5-17, free for children four years of age or younger. Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture is presented by BP America with additional support from Taylor Cadillac, the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Current Exhibitions

“Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music
Through Feb. 23, 2020: New Media Gallery
Jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, Director of Curatorial Affairs, and Scott Boberg, Manager of Programs and Audience Engagement, Everything Is Rhythm” 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”: Mid-Century Art & Music is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council, additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill.

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. Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue features dozens of these acquisitions 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 twenty-first century, such as identity, migration, and the digital revolution.

Special Events and Presentations

Masters Series: Jonathan Calm and Alvin Hall, The Green Book Project
Thursday, Sept. 5: 6 p.m., Peristyle

Join journalist Alvin Hall and photographer Jonathan Calm for a discussion of their 2016 BBC Radio 4 documentary project The Green Book. A guide published annually between 1936 and 1967, The Negro Motorist Green Book helped black travelers find safe and welcoming businesses during an era of virulent racism and segregation. Inspired by this guide, Hall and Calm undertook a road trip from Tallahassee, Florida (near Hall’s hometown), to Ferguson, Missouri, recording in both photographs and sounds the histories and experiences of black Americans as they navigated the cultural, political and physical landscape of the American South. Calm continues to make work related to this project, and he is included in the exhibition with photo-based works documenting Green Book sites. The Masters Series is supported in part by the TMA Ambassadors.

Lecture: Matthew Donahue, The Art Car in Popular Culture and Experience
Saturday, Sept. 14: 10:30 a.m., Little Theater

Dr. Matthew Donahue examines the history of the art car, from hot rods in the 1950s to the psychedelic art car in the 1960s to the modern art car of today. Donahue is a lecturer in the Department of Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University, specializing in topics related to popular culture, popular music, film, media and culture and popular culture and the arts.

Car Shows at TMA
Saturday, Sept. 14: noon-3 p.m., TMA Grounds
Inspired by the Life is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture exhibition, art and car enthusiasts alike are invited to view unique vehicles, enjoy live music, and participate in kid-friendly art making experiences. The Car Shows at TMA are fueled by BP America, Taylor Cadillac, Hylant, the Ohio Arts Council, and ProMedica.

Art Book Club: Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art by Michael Shnayerson
Book Discussion: Tuesday, Sept. 24: 5:30 p.m., Art Reference Library
Gallery Tour: Thursday, Sept. 26: 5:30 p.m., Libbey Court
On Tuesday, Sept. 24, join fellow art and book lovers for a discussion of Boom: Mad Money, Mega Dealers, and the Rise of Contemporary Art and learn about the history of the contemporary art market from the 1940s to the present. A tour of contemporary works in the collection will take place Thursday, Sept. 26.

GAPP Artist Lecture: Robert Zollweg
Thursday, Sept. 26: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Robert Zollweg, Global Design & Creative Director for Libbey, Inc., will take part in a Guest Artist Pavilion Project (GAPP) residency at the Glass Pavilion from Sept. 18 through Sept. 27.. During this lecture he will discuss his residency and his relationship with glass, art, and design. Zollweg is a renowned designer and was featured in the Museum’s recent exhibition Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018 (May 4–Nov. 25, 2018).


Road Film Series: Green Book (2018, PG13, 130 minutes)
Saturday, Sept. 7: 2 p.m., Little Theater
$5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers, $4 for students & military personnel

The movies and the automobile share a common history, born at the end of the 19th–century and becoming ubiquitous across the 20th. This film series explores the impact and central role of the car in American culture. The recipient of the 2018 Academy Award for Best Picture, Green Book tells the story of a working-class Italian-American bouncer who become the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music: Violent Bloom
Friday, Sept. 6: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Museum Grounds

Violent Bloom is a female-lead chamber pop trio from Toledo, Ohio, influenced by indie female powerhouses like Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey, and Tori Amos.

Great Performances: Soprano Jenny Cresswell and Pianist Kathleen Kelly
Sunday, Sept. 8: 2 p.m., Great Gallery

Soprano Jenny Cresswell and recital partner Kathleen Kelly perform a program of songs by living female composers. They will perform Juliana Hall's song cycle, "Through the Guarded Gate," which is being performed nationally throughout 2019 as a type of “women's march” with one performance in each of the fifty states (commissioned by the Seattle Art Song Society). The program also includes music by Laura Kaminsky, Leslie Uyeda, and Libby Larsen. Great Performances are supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, Hartmann and Associates, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, and Geraldine Mowery. 

EAR | EYE – Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Friday, Sept. 20: 7 p.m., TMA Galleries

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: BGSU Faculty Recital
Monday, Sept. 23: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features faculty members from the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances are supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, Hartmann and Associates, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, and Geraldine Mowery. 

Public Tours

Localeyes: Dani Fuller
Thursday, Sept. 19: 6 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court

Dani Fuller is a muralist and illustrator, the owner of Fuller Art House in Sylvania, and a trustee of the Sylvania Community Arts Commission.

Special Workshops

More class offerings can be found at

Art Crawl
Friday, Sept. 6: 6-7 p.m., Classroom 137
$5 Museum member child, $10 nonmember child
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. Art Crawls are facilitated by an art instructor and participants should bring closes that can be stained. Registration is required.

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. September’s object is a glass apple. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, 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.

Sept. 6: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 7: noon and 4 p.m.
Sept. 13: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 14: noon and 4 p.m.
Sept. 20: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 27: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 28: 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. Open to Museum members and nonmembers alike, 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, bird, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

Sept. 1: 3 p.m.
Sept. 5: 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 8: 3 p.m.
Sept. 12: 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 15: 3 p.m.
Sept. 19: 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 22: 3 p.m.
Sept. 26: 6:30 p.m.
Sept. 29: 3 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Sept. 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 3: 2 p.m.
Sept. 4: 2 p.m.
Sept. 5: 2 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 6: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 7: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Sept. 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 10: 2 p.m.
Sept. 11: 2 p.m.
Sept. 12: 2 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 13: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 14: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Sept. 15: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 17: 2 p.m.
Sept. 18: 2 p.m.
Sept. 19: 2 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 20: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 21: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Sept. 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
Sept. 24: 2 p.m.
Sept. 25: 2 p.m.
Sept. 26: 2 and 8 p.m.
Sept. 27: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Sept. 28: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Sept. 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.–3 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30–8 p.m. on Friday and noon–5 p.m. on Saturday.

Beads and Baubles!
Sept. 1: noon–5p.m.
Sept. 3 and 5: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sept. 6: 3:30–8 p.m.
Sept. 7: noon–5 p.m.
Celebrate the first days of school and create a work of art using beads and a wide variety of other materials.

License to Drive!
Sept. 8: noon–5 p.m.
Sept. 10 and 12: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sept. 13: 3:30–8 p.m.
Sept. 14: noon–5 p.m.
Catch the last days of the exhibition Life Is a Highway: American Car Culture and create your own personalized license plates and bumper stickers.

Finger Paint!
Sept. 15: noon–5 p.m.
Sept. 17 and 19: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sept. 20: 3:30–8 p.m.
Sept. 21: noon–5 p.m.
Create a work of art using this multi-sensory painting technique.

First Days of Fall!
Sept. 22: noon–5p.m.
Sept. 24 and 26: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Sept. 27: 3:30–8 p.m.
Sept. 28: noon–5 p.m.
Search the TMA galleries and Sculpture Garden for fall foliage and create a work of art celebrating this new season using a wide variety of supplies.

Family Center Visiting Artist: Dani Butler
Friday, Sept. 27: 6–7 p.m.
Meet Dani Butler of Butler Baby and Co. and see how she uses fabric and felt to create beautiful bows and baby items.