Toledo Museum of Art December 2019 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  11/11/2019 9:00 am

December 2019 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Holiday Hours

OPEN: Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019
CLOSED: Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019
OPEN: Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019
OPEN: Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Opening Exhibitions

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water
Dec. 14, 2019-April 26, 2020: Canaday Gallery
Over the past several years the Toledo Museum of Art has cultivated an exhibition program that strives to embody a celebration of singular masterworks, a demonstrated commitment to global contemporary art, the promotion of diverse perspectives, and an emphasis placed on multisensory artist projects and installations. All of these elements will be brought together in the Toledo Museum of Art’s special presentation of Yayoi Kusama’s site-specific installation, Fireflies on the Water, made possible through a generous loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Yayoi Kusama’s artistic practice spans seven decades, and her paintings, sculpture, and installations have left an indelible mark on both the art world and 20th and 21st century popular culture at large. The unbound creativity and complexity of Kusama’s own psyche has exerted a strong influence on the artist and her practice throughout her life. Fireflies on the Water speaks to Kusama’s ongoing investigation into the relationship between ourselves, the space that we occupy, and the ungraspable concept of infinity. Visitors will be allowed to take part in this site-specific installation that utilizes lights and mirrors to transport viewers to a space that seems endlessly expansive. The Toledo Museum of Art’s presentation of Fireflies on the Water will allow audiences the opportunity to experience Kusama’s unique and singular vision first-hand and afford them the chance to partake in a work that stands as an icon of contemporary visual art, created by one of the most significant contemporary artists of our time.

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water is presented by ProMedica with additional support from Shumaker, Loop, & Kendrick, LLC and the Ohio Arts Council. For information about timed tickets for the installation, please visit toledomuseum.org/kusama.

Continuing Exhibitions

An Inspired Age: Selections of 18th-Century European Art from the Collection
Through Jan. 5, 2020: Gallery 18
Under the guidance of University of Toledo Department of Art Professor Thor Mednick, the students of his art museum practices course have organized An Inspired Age: Selections of 18th-Century European Art from the Collection, an exhibition featuring objects from the Museum’s European collection that have been previously off view. The students have selected sixteen works of art for the installation, including three examples of sculpture. The class has been working with Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton Senior Curator, European and American Painting and Sculpture before 1900, to learn best practices in exhibition development. An Inspired Age: Selections of 18th-Century Art from the Collection is supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Free admission.


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.

Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow is sponsored by KeyBank, the TMA Ambassadors, the Ohio Arts Council, Lathrop, and Gross Electric with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Admission is free for Museum members and $12 for nonmembers, with discounts for seniors, college students, and military ($10) and youth ages 5-17 ($7). Children four and younger receive free admission to the exhibition.


“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. “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. Free admission.

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue
Through April 26, 2020: Levis Gallery
In  the past decade, 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. These works offer visitors the chance explore the many powerful ways that global artists
engage with issues facing the world in the twenty-first century, such as identity, migration, and the digital revolution. Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Lecture: John Stanley: “Creating a 21st Century Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art”
Thursday, Dec. 5: 7 p.m., Little Theater

John Stanley, TMA’s interim director and former chief operating officer for the Whitney Museum of American Art, explores the history of a decade long effort to expand the Whitney’s New York City Upper East Side Marcel Breuer designed building. Through many failed attempts the process led to relocating the museum entirely to a new Renzo Piano designed building in the city’s Meat Packing District. The talk will reveal an insider’s look at how such a bespoke building comes into being from idea to design to realization.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Ann Steiner, “Archeological Excavations at the Ancient Etruscan Site of Poggio Colla in Italy”
Friday, Dec. 13: 7 p.m., Little Theater
The ancient Etruscans are among the least understood people in the ancient Mediterranean. Their civilization flourished in central Italy between the eighth and third centuries BC. We know they influenced Roman religion a great deal, and their control of metal resources brought them enormous wealth. But they left very few written records, and scholars still struggle to translate their language. Archaeological excavation has helped enormously to develop a fuller picture of this enigmatic culture, and this presentation will focus on results of the speaker’s excavations from 1995 to 2015 at the Etruscan religious site of Poggio Colla. The event is co-presented by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

The Great Art Escape
The Toledo Museum of Art comes alive during its annual winter celebration, The Great Art Escape. Bring family and friends to celebrate the season with a diverse array of events, activities and performance groups from the Toledo area that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion and Peristyle. The Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.

FREE Dutch Cabinet Organ Performances
Dec. 26-29 and 31, Jan. 1: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Gallery 24
Dutch Organ concerts will take place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Gallery 24 each day of the Great Art Escape and feature a variety of organists.

FREE Peristyle Performances

Dec. 26-29 and 31: 2 p.m., Peristyle

Peristyle performances include Aha! Indian Dance, El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folkorico, the Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, and the Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra.

Thursday, Dec. 26: JP Dynasty

Friday, Dec. 27: El Corazon de Mexico Ballet Folklorico

Saturday, Dec. 28: Dancers of Aha! Indian Dance

Sunday, Dec. 29: Greater Toledo International Youth Orchestra

Tuesday, Dec. 31: Ardan Academy of Irish Dance

All-Ages Glass Art Workshops: Frosty Glass
Work with the Museum’s glass instructors to create your very own frosty glass. Apply stickers and decals to a clear glass or mug that will be frosted to reveal your own unique designs, then take your creation over to the Glass Pavilion Café for a special treat. Register online at toledomuseum.org or by phone by calling (419) 255-8000 ext. 7448 during Museum hours. Each workshop is $20 for Museum members, $25 for nonmembers, and includes one child and an accompanying adult.

Saturday, Dec. 28: noon, 1 and 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 29: noon, 1 and 2 p.m.

FREE Music Performance: The AntiVillains
Jan. 1: 2 p.m., GlasSalon
Join local favorites The AntiVillains for their sixth annual celebration of the New Year.

 

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music: Sarah D’Angelo
Friday, Dec. 6: 6:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Jazz vocalist Sarah D’Angelo celebrates the season with an extraordinary ensemble of players from the region.

FREE Great Performances: Rejoice Handbell Choir
Friday, Dec. 13: 7 p.m., Peristyle
The Rejoice Handbell Choir of Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania returns for its popular performance of holiday favorites. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, the Victoria Majure Souder Program Fund, Hartmann & Associates, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar, and an anonymous donor.

FREE Great Performances: Dominick Gray, Telesonic 9000
Thursday, Dec. 19: 7 p.m., GlasSalon,
Originally from Toledo, Dominick Gray is a drummer now living in Berlin. Gray’s performance incorporates live drumming, electronic music, and video projection, blending the experience of seeing a live concert and film screening. In the performance, original music interplays with re-edited public domain footage that explores progress, connection, and the human experience. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, the Victoria Majure Souder Program Fund, Hartmann & Associates, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar, and an anonymous donor.

Public Tours

FREE Public Tour
Select Fridays in December: 7-8 p.m.
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.
Dec. 6, 13, 20


FREE Localeyes
Thursday, Dec. 12: 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.


FREE Baby Tour
Friday, Dec. 13: 6-7 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. No advanced 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. December’s object is ornaments. 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 tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.

Dec. 6: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 7: noon and 4 p.m.
Dec. 13: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 14: noon and 4 p.m.
Dec. 20: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 21: noon and 4 p.m.
Dec. 27: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 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 $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, confetti paperweight, flower, blown ornament, fortune cookie, mushroom or pumpkin. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.

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

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Dec. 1: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 3: 2 p.m.
Dec. 4: 2 p.m.
Dec. 5: 2 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 6: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 7: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Dec. 8: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 10: 2 p.m.
Dec. 11: 2 p.m.
Dec. 12: 2 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 13: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 14: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Dec. 15: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 17: 2 p.m.
Dec. 18: 2 p.m.
Dec. 19: 2 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 20: 2, 7, and 8 p.m..
Dec. 21: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Dec. 22: 1 and 2 p.m.
Dec. 24: 2 p.m.
Dec. 26: 1, 2, 3 and 8 p.m.
Dec. 27: 1, 2, 3, 7, and 8 p.m.
Dec. 28: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Dec. 29: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Dec. 31: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities

Paper People!
Dec. 1: noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 3 and 5:  10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 6: 3:30–8 p.m.
Dec. 7: noon–5 p.m.
Look at works on paper in the collection, then create your whole family using paper.

Suminagashi!
Dec. 8: noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 10 and 12:  10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 13: 3:30–8 p.m.
Dec. 14: noon–5 p.m.
Discover the ancient Japanese art of Suminagashi (
? ? ?) or “floating ink,” the process of marbling plain paper with water and ink to transform it into something vibrant and colorful.

Shapes and Patterns!
Dec. 15: noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 17 and 19: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 20: 3:30–8 p.m.
Dec. 21: noon–5 p.m.
Create a work of art using shapes and patterns as seen in the installation in Galleries 4, 5, and 9 by artist Anila Agha.

First Days of Winter!
Dec. 22: noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 24 and 26: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Dec. 26: Special Holiday Extended Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 27: Special Holiday Extended Hours 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
Celebrate the first days of winter by creating a wintery scene inspired by the works of art in the Museum.

Family Center Visiting Artist: Amy Sweeney
Friday, Dec. 27: 6-7 p.m.
Learn the art of scrapbooking with visiting artist Amy Sweeney and start to document special occasions in a fun and creative way.


Memory Books!
Dec. 29: noon–5 p.m.
Dec. 31-January 2: Special Holiday Extended Hours10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Jan. 3: 3:30–8 p.m.
Jan. 4: noon–5 p.m.
Make a memory book full of your holiday memories that you can treasure for years to come.



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