Toledo Museum of Art January 2020 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  12/02/2019 9:00 am

January 2020 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Opening Exhibitions

ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends
Jan. 18-April 12, 2020: Gallery 18

With its solemnity and spontaneity, Camille Pissarro’s Still Life of 1867 is one of the most rewarding and mesmerizing compositions in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends is a one-gallery focus exhibition that places this masterpiece in context. The exhibition will feature still lifes by six French painters, all created in a single decade – the 1860s. Included are sterling examples from the hand of Édouard Manet, regarded as the ‘father of modern painting’, and Paul Cézanne, considered to have been the driving precursor of Cubism, the early 20th-century’s major art movement. Rounding out the group are superb paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Gustave Courbet. ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends is sponsored by 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and Galerie Coatalem. Free admission.

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 professor Thor Mednick, the students of his art museum practices course and new media design 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 16 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. 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 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica with additional support from KeyBank, the TMA Ambassadors, the Ohio Arts Council, Lathrop and Gross Electric. Admission is free for Museum members and $12 for nonmembers, with discounts for seniors, college students, military and youth.

“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, former 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 2020 exhibition program sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill. Free admission.

Global Conversations: Art in Dialogue
Through April 26, 2020: Levis Gallery

For 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 to explore the many powerful ways that global artists engage with issues facing the world in the 21st-century, such as identity, migration and the digital revolution. Free admission.

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water
Through 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

Expanded Views II: Native American Art in Focus
Through Dec. 6, 2020: Gallery 29A

In recent years, the Toledo Museum of Art has sought to actively broaden its collecting efforts and exhibition programs to more inclusively and holistically represent a variety of cultural perspectives and traditions not included in the established art historical canon. At the forefront of this effort is an emphasis placed on expanding the Museum's collection of art made by indigenous peoples throughout the world, with a particular focus on Native American art. The Museum’s collection of Native American art – both historical and contemporary – has grown in number and quality in the past five years. Continued expansion of this area of the collection is anticipated in the years to come.

To acknowledge this growing area of the collection, the Museum has recently installed a gallery dedicated to Native American art, which opened in Fall of 2018 with the first iteration of the exhibition Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus. The next installation in this gallery builds upon the precedent established in the inaugural display and continues its intention of positioning Native American art as a fundamental area of a reimagined American art history.

Highlights of this new installation include a rotating selection of Navajo textile masterworks, on special loan from the Crane Collection at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. These works have been selected for their incredible beauty, exquisite craftsmanship and ability to powerfully demonstrate the importance of Navajo textiles as a significant art tradition that warrants inclusion in a broadened understanding of what constitutes American art. Other highlights include a woven basket, a beaded bag and pottery as well as several works of art from the previous installation, including a large-scale work by artist James Lavadour. Expanded Views II: Native American Art in Focus is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council with additional support from 2019 exhibition program sponsor ProMedica. Admission to the exhibition is free.


FREE Special Events and Presentations

(Re)New Year’s Day

Wednesday, Jan. 1: noon-2 p.m.
As part of the annual Great Art Escape, celebrate (Re)New Year’s Day by participating in a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by art, reflection and movement. Registration is required. (Re)New Year’s Day is presented by Circle, a Toledo Museum of Art affinity group dedicated to inclusive and innovative programming that engages new audiences with the Museum, and is supported by HCR ManorCare and ProMedica.


Lecture: Sayed Amjad Hussain, “From Attock to Peshawar: A Journey of 80 Kilometers Through 5,000 Years of History”
Saturday, Jan. 11: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In Pakistan, the distance between Attock and Peshawar is merely 80 kilometers, but the area is embedded with ancient and recent history. From the Vedic age (1500 BCE) to the arrival of Alexander (the Great) of Macedonia; from Hindu Shahi kingdoms to the travel of Afghans back and forth across the Khyber Pass; from the invasion of Sikhs to the arrival of the British, all those who passed through the region left an indelible mark on the land and on the people. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow. Dr. S. Amjad Hussain is Op-Ed columnist for the Toledo Blade and University of Toledo Emeritus Professor of both Humanities and Thoracic/Cardiovascular Surgery.

Art Book Club: Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama
Book Discussion: Tuesday, Jan. 14: 5:30 p.m., Art Library
Join fellow art and book lovers for a discussion of Infinity Net: The Autobiography of Yayoi Kusama. This book club coincides with the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water. We will discuss the life and art of Japanese avant-garde artist, Yayoi Kusama.

Curator Talk: Larry Nichols, “The Oxymoronic Genre - Still Life Painting”
Saturday, Jan. 18: at 2 p.m., Little Theater
Fish flap and flowers flutter, yet such images are curiously labeled “Still Lifes”. On the occasion of the opening of the Museum’s focus exhibition, ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends, join Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton senior curator, European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, for an exploration of this beguiling and deceptively complex subject matter.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Jeb Card, “Spooky Archaeology: Myth and the Science of the Past”
Friday, Jan. 24: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Archaeologists are depicted as searching for lost cities and mystical artifacts in news reports, television, video games and movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Mummy. This fantastical image has little to do with day-to-day science, yet it is deeply connected to why people are fascinated by the ancient past. Exploring the development of archaeology helps us understand what archaeology is and why it matters. Dr. Jeb Card is Assistant Teaching Professor of Anthropology at Miami University. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

Curator Talk: Lauren Applebaum on Yayoi Kusama
Saturday, Jan. 25: 2 p.m., Little Theater
On the occasion of TMA’s presentation of Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water, Brian P. Kennedy Leadership Fellow Lauren Applebaum discusses the artist’s work.


Art House Film: Kusama: Infinity (2018, 1hr 20m, not rated)
Friday, Jan. 10: 7 p.m., Little Theater ($)
Kusama: Infinity explores artist Yayoi Kusama’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in America during the 1960s (where she rivaled Andy Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international fame she has finally achieved within the art world.

FREE Music Performances

Great Art Escape: Performances

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 and regional performance groups from Toledo that fill the galleries, Glass Pavilion, and Peristyle from Dec. 26 to 29, Dec. 31, and Jan. 1. The Great Art Escape is sponsored in part by Taylor Cadillac.

       Dutch Organ Concert: Ed Duling
       Wednesday, Jan. 1: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Gallery 24

       The AntiVillains
       Wednesday, Jan. 1: 2 p.m., GlasSalon

It’s Friday! Music: Rela Percussion
Friday, Jan. 3: 6:30 p.m., GlasSalon

Detroit-based Rela Percussion combines music from around the world with jazz and art music sensibilities. In 2017, Rela Percussion created glass instruments as part of TMA’s Guest Artist Pavilion Project with some of these instruments used for this performance.

Great Performances: Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle
Sunday, Jan. 12: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Sunday, Jan. 26: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

These performances begin a year-long recital series featuring Dr. Robert Satterlee, professor of piano at Bowling Green State University, and other pianists from the region playing the complete cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas leading up to Beethoven’s 250th birthday in December 2020. 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.

EAR | EYE – Listening and Looking, Contemporary Music and Art
Friday, Jan. 31: 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 between contemporary music and visual art through music performances in response to specific works of art. EAR | EYE 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 Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $35 Museum members and $55 nonmembers, plus tax.

Jan. 10: Winter Wines: Cool Whites, Toasty Reds
Jan. 17: Food Friendly: Dinner Wines
Jan. 24: Luxurious Layers: Blended Wines
Jan. 31: Sinful Sips: Wines to Warm Your Soul

FREE Public Tours

Public Tours

Select Fridays: 7-8 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
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.
Jan. 3, 10, 17, and 24

Baby Tour
Friday, Jan. 10: 6-7 p.m., Meet in the 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.

Localeyes Tour: Chrys Peterson
Thursday, Jan. 16: 6 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Former WTOL anchor and leadership consultant Chrys Peterson leads a Localeyes Tour through the TMA galleries with the assistance of a docent. Tour participants meet in Libbey Court at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Special Workshops

More class offerings can be found at

Art Crawl
Friday, Jan. 3: 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; $10/member child, $15/nonmember child. Art Crawls are facilitated by an art instructor and participants should bring clothes that can be stained.

Drawing in the Galleries
Saturday, Jan. 25: 2-3 p.m.
View mesmerizing compositions in the special exhibition, ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends, then spend time close-looking and sketching your own still life. Drawing in the Galleries is facilitated by an art instructor, and all supplies are provided. No experience or registration 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. December’s object is ornaments. Tickets are $30 for members and $40 for nonmembers (no refunds). Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Visit to see availability and purchase tickets.

Jan. 17: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Jan. 18: noon and 4 p.m.
Jan. 24: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Jan. 25: 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 (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 to see availability and purchase tickets.

Jan. 16: 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 19: 3 p.m.
Jan. 23: 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 26: 3 p.m.
Jan. 30: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Jan. 14: 2 p.m.
Jan. 15: 2 p.m.
Jan. 16: 2 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 17: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Jan. 18: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Jan. 19: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 21: 2 p.m.
Jan. 22: 2 p.m.
Jan. 23: 2 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 24: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Jan. 25: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

Jan. 26: 1 and 2 p.m.
Jan. 28: 2 p.m.
Jan. 29: 2 p.m.
Jan. 30: 2 and 8 p.m.
Jan. 31: 2, 7, and 8 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 and Sunday.


Memory Books!
10 a.m.-3 p.m.*Special Holiday Hours* Jan. 1: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 2: 10 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.

Make your own Easel!
Jan. 5: noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 7 and 9: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 10: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 11: noon-5 p.m.

Using a cardboard box, create your own portable easel that you can take wherever you go!

Shadow Puppets!
Jan. 12: noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 14 and 16: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 17: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 18: noon-5 p.m.
Experiment with light and shadow as seen in the installation Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow in Galleries 4, 5, and 9 and create your own shadow puppet.

MLK Day Mural!
Jan. 19: noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 21 and 23: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 24: 3:30-8 p.m.
Jan. 25: noon-5 p.m.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and add your piece to our MLK Community Mural.

Jan. 26: Noon-5 p.m.
Jan. 28 and 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 31: 3:30-8 p.m.
Feb. 1: Noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by sculptures in the TMA collection, create a sculpture of your own using wood, clay or a wide variety of other materials.

Family Center Visiting Artist: Shawne Camp
Friday, Jan. 31: 6-7 p.m.
Meet artist Shawne Camp, who started taking art classes at TMA as a young child in the early 70s and is now a professional artist. See how his stone sculptures are a reflection of nature and his life experiences and create your own sculpture inspired by his story.