Toledo Museum of Art November 2019 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  10/08/2019 9:00 am

November 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Continuing Exhibitions

Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow
Through Feb. 9, 2020: Galleries 4, 5, and 9
The Toledo Museum of Art presents three gallery-sized installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha that create awe-inspiring spaces from intricate patterns of light and shadow, evoking the sacred, while also raising questions of exclusion and belonging. Taking the form of a small house, This is NOT a Refuge! 2 provokes conversation about the loss of family and land due to displacement and resettlement. Based on the octahedron and tetrahedron geometric shapes, The Greys in Between is inspired by Islamic architectural motifs found in communal spaces like mosques and historic sites. Agha, who was born in Lahore, Pakistan, won top honors at ArtPrize 2014, the international art competition held in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her ArtPrize entry, Intersections, is the first work to capture both the Public and Juried Grand Prizes and will complete the presentation of Agha’s work in Toledo. Admission to the exhibition is free for Museum members and $12 for nonmembers, with discounts for seniors, military, and college students ($10) and youth ages 5 to 17 ($7). Children 4 and younger receive free admission.

Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow is supported in part by KeyBank, the TMA Ambassadors, the Ohio Arts Council, Lathrop, and Gross Electric 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 current 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”: Mid-Century Art & Music is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill.

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue
Through Apr. 26, 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 debuted in the Museum’s recently refurbished Levis Gallery. The exhibition features dozens of contemporary works of art that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. Presented together, these works offer visitors the chance to 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. Free admission.

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Member Appreciation Day
Sunday, Nov. 3: noon-5 p.m., Libbey Court and throughout the Museum
Enjoy seasonal hands-on activities for everyone in the family. Members can enter a raffle to win glassblowing demonstration pieces, wine tasting tickets, and special event tickets. Want to learn more about your membership benefits? Stop by a booth and learn how to take full advantage of Museum membership through Circle, Library League, and Museum art classes. A concert by Lisa Moore will take place in the Great Gallery at 3 p.m. No registration required to participate in general activities. To participate in the guided tour, pre-register by visiting 

FREE Curator Lecture: Lawrence W. Nichols, INSTITUTIONAL LIFEBLOOD! – On New Acquisitions

Thursday, Nov. 7: 7 p.m., Little Theater and TMA Galleries

The experience of the TMA’s collection is a dynamic one for a vital and thrilling reason – new acquisitions. Join Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton Senior Curator, European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900, for a twofold presentation about recently acquired paintings and sculpture. Part I, in the Little Theater, will provide context about the artists and their work.  Part II, in the galleries, will focus on the resonance a new purchase or gift brings to our understanding of the Museum’s holdings.

Annual Art Book Sale
Friday, Nov. 8: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Art Library
Saturday, Nov. 9: noon-3 p.m., Art Library
Stock your shelves with reasonably priced new and used art books, posters, magazines, and exhibition and auction catalogs. The Library League member preview is Friday, Nov. 8 from noon to 1 p.m. Not a Library League member? Contact the Art Library to join for as little as $10.

FREE GAPP Artist Talk: Tina Aufiero

Thursday, Nov. 14: 7 p.m., GlasSalon
Artist Tina Aufiero will provide a free artist talk about her inspiration, process and residency at the Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion. Aufiero has exhibited and lectured internationally and her works are included in the collections of the Pilchuck Print Collection, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, the Heinneman Collection at the Corning Museum of Glass and Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Switzerland. Tina Aufiero will be participating in the TMA GAPP residency between Nov. 6-15.

FREE (Y)our Night
Friday, Nov. 15: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
This is not your average Friday. Toledo teens are invited to come to TMA and explore the galleries. Play some games, eat some snacks and see some art.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Steve Kosiba: The Weight of a Mountain: Time and Its Place Among the Ancient Inka
Friday, Nov. 15: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Steve Kosiba will discuss the cultural meaning and political role of historical narrative in the Inka Empire. The Inkas were similar to other ancient empires in that they saw their expansionary project as an extension of a series of pivotal and primordial events by which their ancestors overcame adversity and then began to reshape the world. But in contrast to other imperial regimes, the Inkas did not propagate their claims to history through some form of writing, pictorial representation, or canonical text.  How did Inkas come to know the stories about their past? What were the mechanisms by which they disseminated their stories throughout the empire? Did the Inkas define history and time itself in a manner distinct from Western theology and ontology? Prof. Kosiba presents recent findings from his archaeological and ethnohistorical research in Cuzco, the capital of the Inka Empire, to attend to these questions and assembling a theory of Inka history.

FREE Art Book Club: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith
Book Discussion: Tuesday, Nov. 19: 5:30 p.m., Art Library
Gallery Tour: Thursday, Nov. 21: 5:30 p.m., Art Library
Join fellow art and book lovers as we delve into this intriguing and complex novel that takes the reader from 17th-century Amsterdam to 20th-century New York. Also join us for a gallery tour of works of Dutch art in the collection.


Tales of Mystery and Adventure

Thursday, Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 2: Peristyle

Embrace your adventurous side with these four action-packed silent movies. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military and can be purchased in advance at

Sound of Silents Film: The Phantom of the Opera (1925, 78 minutes, not rated)
Thursday, Oct. 31: 7 p.m., Peristyle

A forerunner of the American horror film, and one of the most lavish productions of the silent cinema, The Phantom of the Opera has inspired countless remakes and imitations. But none of its successors can rival the mesmerizing blend of romance and mystery that haunts every frame of the Lon Chaney original. This program features Stephen Warner playing TMA’s historic Skinner organ.

Sound of Silents Film: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
(1920, 74 minutes, not rated)
Friday, Nov. 1: 7 p.m., Peristyle

In 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari jolted the postwar masses and catapulted the movement known as German Expressionism into film history. Director Robert Wiene and a visionary team of designers crafted a nightmare realm in which light, shadow, and substance are abstracted, a world in which a demented doctor and a carnival sleepwalker perpetrate a series of ghastly murders in a small community.

Sound of Silents Film: Häxan (1922, 105 minutes, not rated)
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019: 9 p.m., Peristyle

Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious—instead it's a witches’ brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous.

Sound of Silents Film: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
(1920, 82 minutes, not rated)
Saturday, Nov. 2: 2 p.m., Peristyle

John Barrymore's extraordinary performance in the silent classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) is the first real evidence that a great stage actor could transfer that talent to the screen. In the film, Dr. Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Art House Film: Elevator to the Gallows
(1958, 1hr 32m, not rated)
Friday, Nov. 22: 7 p.m., Little Theater

With his debut feature, the crime thriller Elevator to the Gallows (1958), Louis Malle helped pave the way for the French New Wave. One of the most remarkable elements of the film is its jazz score by Miles Davis, which accentuates the haunting and seductive mood of a tale of two lovers whose murder plot goes off the rails. It’s not just the evocative soundtrack but the circumstances surrounding its recording that have long since become the stuff of legend. Over the course of a single night, in a rented Parisian studio, Davis and his accompanying musicians (including French pianist René Urtreger and American drummer Kenny Clarke) completed their work on the fly. An excerpt of the soundtrack is featured in the exhibition “Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military and can be purchased in advance at

Music Performances

FREE Great Performances: Lisa Moore
Sunday, Nov. 3: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Pianist Lisa Moore performs a program of contemporary solo works, including Metamorphosis III by Philip Glass. This concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music, in which Moore’s performance of Glass’s work for solo piano is paired with a painting by Julian Stanczak. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, Hartmann & Associates, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, and an anonymous donor.

FREE EAR | EYE – Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Friday, Nov. 8: 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 fifth 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.

Saturday Family Concert
Saturday, Nov. 9: 10 a.m.-noon, GlasSalon
Create music-inspired artwork, then enjoy live music by Americana singer Vester Frey with special guests Peter Karchenko and Larry Meyer at 11 a.m. in the GlasSalon. This informal concert for all ages is sure to be fun and memorable. Tickets are $10 for Museum member adults, $15 for nonmember adults, and $5 for children and can be purchased in advance at


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 Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for Museum members, $40 for nonmembers, and $12 for a single glass plus tax.

Nov. 8: Iconic Italy: Beloved Italian Wines 
Nov. 15: Uncommon Up & Comers: Meet Your New Favorites
Nov. 22: A Taste for Turkey: Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Public Tours

FREE Public Tour

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 meet in Libbey Court.
Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29


After-Hours Flashlight Tours
Little Theater and Museum Galleries
Explore the mysteries of the Museum in this one-hour tour through TMA’s darkened galleries and secret spaces and places. Meet in the Little Theater for orientation (by 9:15 on and Friday and by 5:15 on Saturday). Tickets are $20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers, and $10 for students and military and can be purchased in advance at
Nov. 1 and 2

FREE Localeyes Tour: Fil Kaplan
Thursday, Nov. 21: 6 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Fil Kaplan is a journalist, graphic designer, illustrator, and podcaster at the Toledo Blade and the host of the storytelling event series Spoken Toledo.


Special Workshops

More class offerings can be found at

Art Crawl
Friday, Nov. 1: 6-7 p.m., Classroom 137
$5 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 clothes 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. November’s object is a glass bowl. 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.

Nov. 1: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 2: noon and 4 p.m.
Nov. 8: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 15: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 16: noon and 4 p.m.
Nov. 22: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 23: noon and 4 p.m.
Nov. 29: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 30: 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 $42 for members and $52 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 for availability and tickets.

Nov. 3: 3 p.m.
Nov. 7: 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 10: 3 p.m.
Nov. 14: 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 17: 3 p.m.
Nov. 21: 6:30 p.m.
Nov. 24: 3 p.m.
Nov. 28: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Nov. 1: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 2: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Nov. 3: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 5: 2 p.m.
Nov. 6: 2 p.m.
Nov. 7: 2 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 8: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 9: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Nov. 10: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 12: 2 p.m.
Nov. 13: 2 p.m.
Nov. 14: 2 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 15: 2, 7, and 8 p.m..
Nov. 16: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Nov. 17: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 19: 2 p.m.
Nov. 20: 2 p.m.
Nov. 21: 2 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 22: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 23: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Nov. 24: 1 and 2 p.m.
Nov. 26: 2 p.m.
Nov. 27: 2 p.m.
Nov. 28: 2 and 8 p.m.
Nov. 29: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Nov. 30: 1, 2, and 3 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.

Wearable Art!
Oct. 27: noon-5 p.m.
Oct. 29 and 31: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nov. 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
Nov. 2: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by the TMA collection, create your own work of art that you can wear.

Music Collages!
Nov. 3: noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 5 and 7: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nov. 8: 3:30-8 p.m.
Nov. 9: noon-5 p.m.
Check out the multisensory experiences in the exhibition “Everything Is Rhythm”: Mid-Century Art & Music and create a collage using sheet music.

Clay Play!
Nov. 10: noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 12 and 14: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nov. 15: 3:30-8 p.m.
Nov. 16: noon-5 p.m.
Experiment with clay and make your own work of art to take home.

Nov. 17: noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 19 and 21: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nov. 22:  3:30-8 p.m.
Nov. 23: noon-5 p.m.
Check out the installations in the exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow in Galleries 4, 5, and 9, and then pose for your own silhouette using light and shadow.

Nov. 24: noon-5 p.m.
Nov. 26: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Nov. 29: 3:30-8 p.m.
Nov. 30: noon-5 p.m.
Create your own still life painting using a wide variety of supplies.

Family Center: Visiting Artist: Imani Lateef
Friday, Nov. 29: 6-7 p.m.
Meet Imani Lateef, graphic designer, cartoonist and creator of -an online magazine for creative kids.