Toledo Museum of Art April 2020 Program Highlights

Eye On Art  |  03/09/2020 9:00 am

Opening Exhibitions and Installations

Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar
April 4-July 5, 2020: New Media Gallery
The retrospective exhibition Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar features more than 30 prints and six sculptures showcasing Alison Saar’s extraordinary 35-year career as a printmaker. Consistent with Saar’s sculptures that often incorporate found objects, the artist’s vibrant graphic work centers upon a strong, single female figure portrayed in a manner reminiscent of African deities and woodcarvings to address racial identity and related issues of gender, heritage and spirituality. Employing a visual strategy informed by her sculptural practice, Saar’s unconventional printmaking approach combines historical references and methods offered by her materials in association with every day, personal experience. These highly inventive images combine larger, collective narratives – including African art and ritual, Greek mythology and the sculptural tradition of German Expressionism – with individual memories, demonstrating how Saar’s rich artistic practice across media challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes. Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar is sponsored by 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council. Free admission.

 

Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop
April 4-July 5, 2020: New Media Gallery

Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop is a single-work installation of a monumental sculpture by the artist Thornton Dial. His work, entitled Trip to the Mountaintop, will be on display in anticipation of a future landmark exhibition that will celebrate a significant addition of works by African American artists from the southern United States to the collection at the Toledo Museum of Art. These artworks, which range in size from the monumental to the intimately scaled, include paintings, sculpture and mixed media works by Dial, Thornton Dial, Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley and Leroy Alman, in addition to a selection of quilts by several generations of women from Gee’s Bend, Alabama, including members of the Pettway family, as well as works by Louisiana Bendolph and Elizabeth Kennedy. The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting the works of African American artists from the South and their cultural traditions. Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop is sponsored by 2020 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council. Free admission.

Closing 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 features still lifes by six French painters, all created in a single decade – the 1860s. Included are 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 paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Gustave Courbet. ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends is organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Cincinnati Art Museum and 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.

Continuing Exhibitions

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water
Through June 28, 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 come together in the Toledo Museum of Art’s special presentation of Yayoi Kusama’s 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 immersed in this 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 offer 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, 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, 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

Curator Tour: Robin Reisenfeld, Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar
Saturday, April 4: 2 p.m., New Media Gallery
Exhibition curator Robin Reisenfeld leads a walkthrough of Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar in the New Media Gallery.

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Nicola Barham, “Carving the Body Politic: Portrait Faces in the Roman East”
Friday, April 17: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Nicola Barham, assistant curator in ancient art at the University of Michigan Kelsey Museum, explores the wonderful variety of images of individuals that survive from the Eastern provinces of the ancient Roman world. From women decked in gold and gladiators brandishing weapons, to traders leading camels and scholars clutching scrolls, the surviving portraiture of the Roman East provides a window onto a wide breadth of Roman society. These works raise the question: how did each of these people understand their life and identity within the Roman state? And what drove so many to have their portraits carved as a testament to these social roles? The lecture is co-sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.

Member Appreciation Day

Saturday, April 18: noon-4 p.m.
Save the date! Join us as we celebrate TMA’s 119th birthday. This fun member celebration will include talks and tours, presents and surprises.


Yoga at TMA: Monroga

Saturday, April 18: 10:30 a.m., Peristyle
Monroga returns to the Peristyle Theater stage for a one-hour class with instructor Jenn McCullough with live music performed by Sono Novo. Tickets are $10 for Museum members, $15 for nonmembers, and $7.50 for military and students and can be purchased at tickets.toledomuseum.org.

(Y)our Night
Friday, April 24: 6:30-8:30 p.m., TMA Galleries
This is not your average Friday. Toledo teens are invited to come to TMA and explore the galleries, Play some games, listen to music and eat some snacks.

Masters Series: Alison Saar
Thursday, April 30: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Los Angeles-based visual artist Alison Saar will give a Masters Series talk in connection with the exhibition Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar. Saar’s work focuses on the African diaspora and black female identity and is influenced by African, Caribbean and Latin American folk art and spirituality. The Masters Series is supported in part by the TMA Ambassadors.


Films

Art House Film: Alice Neel
Friday, April 24: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Alice Neel reinvented the genre of portraiture by expressing the inner landscape of her varied sitters. This documentary tells the story of Neel's life, exploring the struggles she faced as a woman artist, a single mother and a painter who defied convention. Tickets are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers and $4 for students and military and can be purchased at tickets.toledomuseum.org.

 

Music Performances

It’s Friday! Music: Estar Cohen Quintet
Friday, April 3: 6:30 p.m., Cloister
Award-winning composer and vocalist Estar Cohen performs an array of jazz standards and original compositions.

Great Performances: University of Toledo Spring Festival Chamber Recital
Sunday, April 5: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features performances by faculty members from the University of Toledo Department of Music. Great Performances is supported by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, the Victoria Majure Souder Program Fund, Hartmann Bogan financial planning, 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, April 10: 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.


Great Performances: BGSU Chamber Music Competition Winners
Sunday, April 19: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features the student ensemble winners of the annual Douglas Wayland Chamber Music Competition at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances is supported by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, the Victoria Majure Souder Program Fund, Hartmann Bogan financial planning, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar and an anonymous donor.


Music: TERRY RILEY with Gyan Riley: Live at 85!
Thursday, April 23: 8 p.m., GlasSalon
California Composer Terry Riley launched what is now known as the Minimalist movement with his revolutionary classic IN C in 1964. This seminal work provided a new concept in musical form based on interlocking repetitive patterns. It’s impact was to change the course of 20th
century music and its influence has been heard in the works of prominent composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams and in the music of rock groups such as The Who, The Soft Machine, Tangerine Dream and many others. TMA’s intimate GlasSalon becomes the perfect space for Riley’s hypnotic, multi-layered, polymetric and eastern-flavored improvisations with his son Gyan Riley on guitar. Tickets are $25 for Museum members and $35 for nonmembers and can be purchased at tickets.toledomuseum.org.


Great Performances: BGSU Conrad Art Song Competition Winners Recital
Sunday, April 26: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This recital features the undergraduate student ensemble winners of the 21st annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song competition at Bowling Green State University. Great Performances is supported by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund, the Victoria Majure Souder Program Fund, Hartmann Bogan financial planning, Joseph and Judith Conda, Shaun Coughlan, Carlos A. de Carvalho, Geraldine Mowery, Nancy K. Phlegar and an anonymous donor.

 

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

April 3, 17, 24

Baby Tour
Friday, April 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: Tina Skeldon Wozniak

Thursday, April 16: 6 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Lucas County Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak leads a Localeyes Tour through the TMA galleries with the assistance of a docent.

 

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. April’s object is a glass snail. 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.

April 3: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 4: noon and 4 p.m.
April 10: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 11: noon and 4 p.m.
April 17: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 18: noon and 4 p.m.
April 24: 6, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 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 tickets.toledomuseum.org to see availability and purchase tickets.

April 2: 6:30 p.m.
April 5: 3 p.m.
April 9: 6:30 p.m.
April 12: 3 p.m.
April 16: 6:30 p.m.
April 19: 3 p.m.
April 23: 6:30 p.m.
April 26: 3 p.m.
April 30: 6:30 p.m.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion. Glassblowing demonstrations are sponsored by O-I.

April 2: 8 p.m.
April 3: 7 and 8 p.m.
April 4: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
April 5: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 7: 2 p.m.
April 8: 2 p.m.
April 9: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 10: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 11: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
April 12: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 14: 2 p.m.
April 15: 2 p.m.
April 16: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 17: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 18: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
April 19: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 21: 2 p.m.
April 22: 2 p.m.
April 23: 2 and 8 p.m.
April 24: 2, 7, and 8 p.m.
April 25: 1, 2, and 3 p.m.
April 26: 1 and 2 p.m.
April 28: 2 p.m.
April 29: 2 p.m.
April 30: 2 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. The Family Center is supported in part by Mercy Health, the TMA Ambassadors, and The Andersons, Inc.

3-D Still Lifes!
April 5: noon-5 p.m.
April 7 and 9: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 10: 3:30-8 p.m.
April 11: noon-5 p.m.
Catch the last days of the exhibition, ONE EACH: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet & Friends, and create a 3-dimensional still life painting using a wide variety of materials.

Make your own Kaleidoscope!
April 12: noon-5 p.m.
April 14 and 16: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
April 17: 3:30-8 p.m.
April 18: noon-5 p.m.
Inspired by the special installation Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water, make your own kaleidoscope using found objects and create an infinite number of patterns using light, mirrors and reflection.

Celebrate Earth Day!
April 19: noon-5 p.m.
April 21 and 23: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
April 24: 3:30-8 p.m.
April 25: noon-5 p.m.
Reduce, re-use, recycle! Celebrate Earth Day and create a work of art using a wide variety of recycled material.

Tissue Paper Transparencies!
April 26: noon-5 p.m.
April 28 and April 30: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
May 1: 3:30-8 p.m.
May 2: noon-5 p.m.
Discover the differences between transparent and translucent as you create a work of art using tissue paper and colored cellophane.


Family Center Visiting Artist: Mo’Nay Ervin
Friday, April 24: 6-7 p.m.

Meet Mo’Nay Ervin who has discovered her love of glassblowing through taking classes at TMA. See how something new opened her mind to new possibilities and creative ways of expressing her individuality. Tap into your creativity and create a glass-inspired work of art.



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