Toledo Museum of Art February 2020 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  01/06/2020 9:00 am

February 2020 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Closing 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. 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 the Ohio Arts Council, additional support from 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica, and a gift from the estate of Rachel Merrill. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends
Through 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, Paris, France. 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. This exhibition is sponsored by 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council. 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 toledomuseum.org/kusama.

Expanded Views II: Native American Art in Focus
Through Dec. 6, 2020: Gallery 29A
The Toledo Museum of Art has recently installed a gallery dedicated to its growing collection of Native American art, both historical and contemporary. The gallery opened in Fall of 2018 with the first iteration of the exhibition Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus. The new installation builds upon the precedent established in the inaugural display and continues its intention of positioning Native American art as a fundamental area of a re-examined 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 pottery, plus a beaded bag and a handwoven basket by contemporary artists, 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 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Library & Archives Unshelved – Exhibitions
Thursday, Feb. 13: 6–7:30 p.m., Art Reference Library
In February’s event, Head Librarian Alison Huftalen and Archivist Julie McMaster will host a display of material from the library’s collections of books and archival materials that explore the history of exhibitions at TMA and beyond.

Yoga at TMA: Monroga
Saturday, Feb. 15: 10:30 a.m., GlasSalon ($)
Monroga returns to the GlasSalon for a one-hour class with Melany Gladieux of Kids Yoga Toledo.

FREE (Y)our Night

Friday, Feb. 21: 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 win some prizes.

FREE Masters Series: Ivan Gaskell, “Still Life, Trompe l'oeil, and Vanity”
Thursday, Feb. 27: 6 p.m., Peristyle
"Is that thing before me a painting, or is it really there?" In this lecture, Ivan Gaskell, professor of cultural history at the Bard Graduate Center in New York City, looks at some of the ways in which artists have depicted ordinary things—including those that constitute still life—so as to trick the beholder's eyes into thinking that those very items are present. Contrary to earlier discussions of trompe l'oeil (fooling the eye), this lecture suggests that if the beholder remains unaware that the illusion is just that, an illusion, the painter has failed. Drawing on examples from centuries of European and North American art, this lecture demonstrates that if trompe l'oeil painters are to receive credit for their artistry and skill, what at first seems to be a painterly deception must be seen for what it is: an artwork, not reality. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends. The Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Eric Cline, “1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed”
Friday, Feb. 28: 7 p.m., Green Room
For more than three hundred years during the Late Bronze Age, from about 1500 BC to 1200 BC, the Mediterranean region played host to a complex international world in which many cultures interacted, creating a cosmopolitan and globalized world-system such as has only rarely been seen before the current day. In this illustrated lecture, based on his book of the same title (1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed; Princeton University Press, 2014) Professor Eric H. Cline of The George Washington University will explore why the Bronze Age came to an end and whether the collapse of those ancient civilizations might hold some warnings for our current society. The lecture is co–sponsored by the Archaeological Society of America-Toledo Society.

FREE Talk and Book Signing: Kenn Kaufman, A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration
Saturday, Feb. 29: 2 p.m., GlasSalon
Leap into spring with this illustrated program by renowned naturalist and author Kenn Kaufman, who will read from his 2019 book A Season on the Wind, which takes a close look at one season in Northwest Ohio that reveals the amazing science and magic of spring bird migration as well as the perils of human encroachment. A book signing will follow.


Films

Film with Live Music: Marc Ribot and Anthony Coleman, Aelita Queen of Mars (1924, 90 minutes)
Thursday, Feb. 6: 7 p.m., Peristyle ($)
Said to be the first full-length science fiction movie ever made, this influential film about space travel by the Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov is presented with a live score composed and performed by acclaimed avant-garde guitarist Marc Ribot and New York-based keyboardist Anthony Coleman. This performance is presented as part of The Sound of Silents, TMA’s silent movie series that features performances on the Museum’s historic 1927 Skinner organ and other instruments. Tickets are $7 for nonmembers, $5 Museum members, and $4 students and military.


Art House Film: Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am (2019, 2 hours, PG-13)
Friday, Feb. 21: 7 p.m., Green Room ($)
This film is an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of legendary storyteller and Nobel prize-winner Toni Morrison. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio and 1970s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali to the front lines with Angela Davis and her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history, and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature. Directed by photographer and filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, the film features many works by African American visual artists who are represented in TMA’s permanent collection.

Music Performances

FREE Great Performances: Michael Boyd, Piano
Sunday, Feb. 2: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features Michael Boyd (Professor of Piano, University of Toledo Department of Music). 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 It’s Friday! Music
Friday, Feb. 7: 6:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
Toledo-based guitarist Hector Mendoza will perform Latin, classical, and jazz music in the GlasSalon for It’s Friday! Music.

FREE Great Performances: BGSU Faculty Recital
Saturday, Feb. 9: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features faculty members from the College of Musical Arts at Bowling Green State University. 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: Julia Siciliano & Paul Dwyer, Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Sunday, Feb. 16: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features cellist Paul Dwyer with pianist Julia Siciliano as they present a concert of Beethoven cello sonatas. 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.

Music: Jlin
Thursday, Feb. 20: 8 p.m., GlasSalon ($)
Jlin grew up in Gary, Indiana, and is one of the most prominent electronic musicians and producers of the current generation. Though previously using samples in her work, she now refuses to, and her tracks are composed of all original material. With her albums Dark Energy (2015) and Black Origami (2017) widely acclaimed on their release, Jlin will be sharing her startlingly original approach to making music in the intimate setting of TMA’s GlasSalon. Tickets can be purchased at tickets.toledomuseum.org and are $15 for nonmembers, $12 for Museum members, and $10 for students and military.

FREE Conversation and Music: Black History Month Celebration

Conversation: African Americans and the Vote
Saturday, Feb. 22: 2 p.m., Great Gallery

Great Performance
Sunday, Feb. 23: 3 p.m., Great Gallery

Organized by soprano, educator, and community organizer Margaret Barron and visual artist and educator Yusuf Lateef, this two-part program features conversation and spoken word on Saturday and music on Sunday in celebration of Black History Month and explores this year’s theme of African Americans and the Vote. 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.

 

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.

Feb. 14: Bubbles and Bordeaux: Our Annual Valentine’s Event
Feb. 21: Classically Complex: Great Estate Wines

Public Tours

Flashlight Tours: The Look of Love ($)
$25 Museum members, $30 nonmembers, $15 students/military
See the Toledo Museum of Art in a whole new Valentine light with your favorite someone. TMA docents uncover stories of love across the ages in TMA works of art on these adults-only, after-hours tours. Each participant will receive a complimentary sparkling drink to toast the evening. Advanced registration is required.
Check in at Herrick Lobby Information Desk by 9 p.m. Tours begin at 9:15 p.m. in the Cloister Gallery. Visit tickets.toledomuseum.org to sign up.

Feb. 6, 7, 13, and 14

FREE 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. All tours start at 7 p.m. and meet in Libbey Court.

February 7, 14, 21, 28

FREE Baby Tour
Friday, Feb. 14: 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.

FREE Localeyes Tour: Christie M. Weininger
Thursday, Feb. 20: 6 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Christie M. Weininger, executive director of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library and Museums, 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 toledomuseum.org/education/classes.

Art Crawl
Friday, Feb. 7: 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 Museum 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
Select Saturdays: 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.

Feb. 8
Feb. 22

 

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. February’s object is hearts. Tickets are $30 for Museum 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.

Feb. 1: noon and 4 p.m.
Feb. 7: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 8: noon and 4 p.m.
Feb. 14: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 15: noon and 4 p.m.
Feb. 21: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 22: noon and 4 p.m.
Feb. 28: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 29: 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 Museum 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 tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.

Feb. 6: 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 9: 3 p.m.
Feb. 13: 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 16: 3 p.m.
Feb. 20: 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 23: 3 p.m.
Feb. 27: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Feb. 1: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 2: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 3: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 4: 2 p.m.
Feb. 5: 2 p.m.
Feb. 6: 8 p.m.
Feb. 7: 7 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 8: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 9: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 13: 8 p.m.
Feb. 14: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 15: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 16: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 18: 2 p.m.
Feb. 19: 2 p.m.
Feb. 20: 2 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 21: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 22: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
Feb. 23: 1 and 2 p.m.
Feb. 25: 2 p.m.
Feb. 26: 2 p.m.
Feb. 27: 2 and 8 p.m.
Feb. 28: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
Feb. 29: 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 and Sunday.

Shadow Shapes!
Feb. 2: noon–5 p.m.
Feb. 4 and 6: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Feb. 7: 3:30–8 p.m.
Feb. 8: noon–5 p.m.
Catch the last days of exhibition Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow and create a work of art using light and shadow as seen in the installation in Galleries 4, 5, and 9.

Love Notes!
Feb. 9: noon–5 p.m.
Feb. 11 and 13: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Feb. 14: 3:30–8 p.m.
Feb. 15: noon–5 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition “Everything is Rhythm”: Mid -Century Art and Music, create a special work of art for someone you love using a wide variety of supplies.

Fluorescent Fireflies!
Feb. 16: noon–5 p.m.
Feb. 18 and 20: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Feb. 21: 3:30–8 p.m.
Feb. 22: noon–5 p.m.
Create your own flickering fireflies inspired by the exhibition Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water.

Healthy Foods Collage!
Feb. 23: noon–5 p.m.
Feb. 25 and 27:10 a.m. –3 p.m.
Feb. 28: 3:30–8 p.m.
Feb. 29: noon–5 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends create a collage of your favorite foods using a wide variety of supplies.

Visiting Artist: Mary Gaynier
Friday, Feb. 28: 6-7 p.m., Family Center
Meet local artist Mary Gaynier and discover the art of paper cutting. Create your own paper cut snowflake under her direction.



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