The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb
Lower Level Egyptian Gallery, Main Museum
The Toledo Museum of Art’s popular mummies return to public view for this exploration of ancient Egyptian beliefs about life and the afterlife. More than 150 objects spanning 3,000 years of history are on display, including objects from the Museum’s antiquities collection and from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Field Museum, Indiana University Art Museum, and the Oriental Museum Institute of the University of Chicago. Admission is free for TMA members and children under 6 years of age; admission for nonmembers is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors over 65 and $5 for students ages 6 to 22. Reduced prices are available to school and other groups that book tours in advance. There is a $1 handling fee for tickets purchased online. The exhibition is made possible by the generosity of TMA members and with support in part from Taylor Cadillac and Buckeye CableSystem.
Travelers Through Ancient Lands
Through Feb. 6, 2011, Works on Paper Galleries
A set of 103 watercolors by Charles Hamilton Smith (1776–1859) and a selection of 19th century photographs by Francis Frith, Félix Bonfils and Antonio Beato, among others, are shown in this exhibition of historical images of Northern Africa, primarily Egypt. Some images are the first to document locations in the Middle East from a European perspective. Half of the Smith watercolors were exhibited in the opening weeks of the exhibition; the second half are now on display. Free admission.
Inspired Giving: The Apollo Society 25th Anniversary Exhibition
Through Feb. 13, 2011, Canaday Gallery
This exhibition celebrates contributions of the Apollo Society donor group to the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection, paying tribute to their gifts as a whole as well as to the individual works of art. Inspired Giving offers an exquisite breadth of art from antiquity to the present, from ancient Egypt to contemporary China. Works purchased by the Apollo Society include Alex, a 1987 oil painting by American artist Chuck Close; Greek gold and gold leaf jewelry from about 350-325 BC, and two 19th-century chandeliers, one French and made of gilded bronze and malachite, and one English, made of cut glass and silvered brass by Perry & Company of London. Twenty additional objects considered by Apollo members and subsequently acquired outside of the selection process also are on display. A companion publication is available. Free admission.
Aminah Robinson: Voices That Taught Me How to Sing
Through Feb. 27, 2011, Gallery 4 in the Glass Pavilion
Aminah Robinson combines traditional art materials with everyday objects to create enchanting two- and three-dimensional works of art. The Ragmud Collection, purchased from Robinson by the Toledo Museum of Art, is a set of the artist’s one-of-a-kind books containing sculptural pieces, drawings, poems and stories, books-within-books and extended pullouts. Each of the 10 books, which are being shown publicly for the first time, is a visual feast and covers a different theme. The body of work covers the artist’s entire career. A companion book to the exhibition is available. The exhibition is made possible in part by Libbey, Inc. Free admission.
Life in Miniature: Ceramic Netsuke from the Silverman Collection
Through Feb. 27, 2011, Gallery 18
Artists of Japan created opulent personal accessories during the Edo Period (1615-1868) in order to attach inro (cases) to their elaborate silk clothing. Japanese artists invented miniature sculptures known as netsuke (pronounced NET-skeh) as fasteners for luxury-loving citizens. The tiny treasures, worn primarily by men, are collected for their wit, whimsy and craftsmanship. On view are 226 rare ceramic netsuke given to the Museum by Richard R. Silverman, one of the most prominent collectors of netsuke in the world. Also shown are Japanese screens depicting Kyoto, where many of the objects were made, and a kimono with netsuke illustrating how these delightful fashion accessories were worn. A companion book to the exhibition is available. Free admission.
Venice: Light and Landscape
Through March 11, 2011, Hitchcock and Stevens Galleries
In this exhibition, art history students from the University of Toledo use works of art in the Toledo Museum of Art collections to explore Venetian artists, architecture and cityscapes. Free admission.
On View in the Community Galleries
TMA Student Exhibition
Through Jan. 4, 2011, Community Galleries
On view are works created by students enrolled in Fall 2010 art classes at the Toledo Museum of Art. Enjoy the diverse works on display in this exhibition and let them inspire you to take a class. Punch and cookie reception from 7–8 p.m. Dec. 3. Free admission.
Toledo Artists’ Club
Jan. 21–March 13, Community Galleries
The Toledo Artists’ Club originated in 1943 and is one of the oldest continuously running artists’ clubs in the country. This exhibition features work in a variety of media by some of the club’s 400 members. Free admission.
MADD Poets Society
Jan. 28–March 13, 2011 Community Galleries
The MADD (Making a Direct Difference) Poets Society is a literary arts organization designed to develop creativity and foster character and leadership in teens. This exhibition features the students’ poems and their visual artwork. Free admission.
FREE Special Events & Presentations
Winter Legacies Performances
United Jewish Council
Jan. 2: 1–1:45 p.m., Great Gallery
Learn how Jewish traditions are passed on through song and dance.
Jan. 2: 2–3 p.m., Great Gallery
Greek traditions are translated through dance.
Tales of the Storyteller
Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum reminisces about her quarter century friendship with Aminah Robinson and discusses the growth and change in the artist’s work during that period at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Little Theater. Tannenbaum, director of curatorial affairs at the Akron Art Museum, organized Robinson’s first solo museum show held there in 1987. She also is the author of essays for The Ragmud Collection: Books by Aminah Robinson, a publication issued by TMA in conjunction with the exhibition and available for purchase at the Museum Store.
Lecture and Demonstration by Glass Artist in Residence Kait Rhoads
Kait Rhoads, an artist in residence from Jan. 7–16 at the Toledo Museum of Art, will give a free public lecture at 6 p.m. and a demonstration from 7–10 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Glass Pavilion. After earning degrees at the Rhode Island School of Design and Alfred University, Rhoads received a Fulbright grant to study sculpture in Murano, Italy. She uses traditional Italian techniques to create stunning glass sculpture and vessels. Her work can be found in private and public collections, including the Seattle Art Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Corning Museum of Glass. Her work includes prints, drawings, paintings and digital images.
From the Lagoon: Venetian Painting in the TMA Collection
In a gallery tour, Lawrence W. Nichols, William Hutton curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, discusses Venetian highlights in the Museum's collection, including works by Veronese, Bassano and Pellegrini, at 7 p.m. Jan. 14. Meet in Libbey Court for the free presentation, which is part of the series Venice, The Floating City.
Weightless, Whimsical and World-Famous: The Story of Venetian Glass
Jutta-Annette Page, curator of glass and decorative arts, explores the history and lore of Venetian luxury glass during a free presentation at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Glass Pavilion. Her talk is part of the series Venice, The Floating City.
Featured Local Glass Artist Demonstration
Darren Goodman will give a free glass making demonstration from 7–10 p.m. Jan. 28 in the Glass Pavilion Hot Shop.
Presentation: A Minoan Girl in Cleveland
Cleveland Museum of Art curator Michael Bennett discusses the newly installed and reopened galleries of ancient art at CMA, during an illustrated presentation at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 in the Little Theater. His talk focuses on a recent acquisition of a rare Minoan bronze statuette of a girl worshipping a deity. The girl wears a flounced skirt over a sleeved robe open in the front. Her shaved hairstyle, not found on any other Minoan bronze statuette, matches that of painted figures in contemporary frescoes uncovered on the island of Thera. The free presentation is part of a series of presented by the Toledo Society, a chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, and co-sponsored by the Toledo Museum of Art.
Wine by the Glass Pavilion
Stop in for four wines, light snacks and a view of the Hot Shop ($15 for Toledo Museum of Art members/$20 for nonmembers)
Jan. 14: 7–9:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 21: 7–9:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 28: 7–9:30 p.m., Glass Pavilion
The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra offer TSO Classics Series subscribers dinner prior to the performance on Jan. 15. A three-course meal prepared by TMA Chef Erika Rapp will be served at 6 p.m., and a Museum docent will discuss objects from the Museum’s collection that share the theme of the concert. Tickets ($55 each, including tax, gratuity and wine) are available by calling the TSO box office at 419-246-8000 or 800-348-1253. Seating is limited. Concert tickets are sold separately.
Meet Me at TMA
FREE Special Tour: Aminah Robinson’s Visual Feast
At this month’s tour for those with mild memory loss and their companions on Jan. 8, see the visual feast offered in the exhibition Aminah Robinson: Voices That Taught Me How to Sing. The tour starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Glass Pavilion. Reservations recommended but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999.
FREE Hands-on Activities
Jan. 9: Apollo Panoply
Recreate your favorite Apollo Society selection—such as Chuck Close's painting Alex or the Japanese sculpture, Bishamonten: Guardian of the North—using a variety of materials between 2–4 p.m. in Libbey Court.
Jan. 28: Write it in Kanji
Kanji are the characters used in the modern Japanese writing system. Write your name or a special message using these characters from 7–9 p.m. in Libbey Court. FREE Performances
Club Friday Music
Tapestry (guitar and harp)
6:30–9:30 p.m., Cloister
Great Performances in the Great Gallery
3 p.m. in the Great Gallery
Jan. 16: Piano Trios of Shostakovich and Ravel
Merwin Siu, violin, Damon Coleman, cello, and Michael Boyd, piano, will perform.
Jan. 23: BGSU’s William Mathis and Friends
Jan. 30: Shakuhachi (Japanese Zen flute)
Michael Chikuzen Gould, a grand master of the shakuhachi, performs various musical styles on the bamboo flute. Selections include Zen Honkyoku music created by the monks of the Fuke Sect in the Middle Ages, minyo (folk music), and modern solos. Explanations of the music will be offered in this educational concert presentation.
FREE Family Center Activities
The Family Center, located in the education wing near the school tour entrance to the Museum, is the perfect place for children to make and take memories with their parents and caregivers. Drop in for themed activities that enliven the world of art for children ages 1-10. Family Center activities for children, made possible in part with support from The Andersons, are free.
Happy New Year!
Jan. 2: Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 and Jan. 6: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate the New Year by decorating your own 2011 calendar with your favorite postcard of a TMA work of art.
Jan. 9: Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 11 and Jan. 13: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Look for signs of snow in the galleries, then return to the Family Center to make your own snowflake using recycled material.
Jan. 16: Noon to 5: 30 p.m.
Jan. 18 and 20: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. And add your piece to our MLK Dream Mural.
Jan. 23: Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Jan. 25 and Jan. 27: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit the exhibition Travelers Through Ancient Lands and create a treasure map of your travels.
Celebrate Black History!
Jan. 30: Noon to 5:30 p.m.
Get inspired by the Aminah Robinson exhibition and make and decorate your own drums and musical instruments to tell your story through music.
FREE Docent-led Public Tours
Highlights From Around the World
Jan. 2: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Inside Stories: Inside the Collection
Jan. 7: 6:30 and 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Inspired Giving Exhibition
Jan. 8: 2 and 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 16: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Tour and Tea: Life in Miniature Exhibition
Jan. 9: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 15: 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Greatest Hits of the Collection
Jan. 30: 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Family Time Tours
Jan. 2: 2 p.m., meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
Jan. 9: 2 p.m., meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
Jan. 16: 2 p.m., meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
Jan. 23: 2 p.m., meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
Jan. 30: 2 p.m., meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
Inside Stories: Ancient Civilizations
Jan. 21: 6:30 and 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Life in Miniature Exhibition
Jan. 14: 6:30 and 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 22: 2 and 3 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Jan. 28: 6:30 and 7 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Aminah Robinson: Voices that Taught Me How to Sing Exhibition
Jan. 23: 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 29: 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Discover your creative side and sign up for an Art Hour at the Glass Pavilion. Purchase tickets ($15 members/$25 nonmembers; no refunds) in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before each session. Adults and children 14 and older accompanied by an adult are welcome. Call 419-254-5771, ext. 7448.
Create a Glass Heart
Jan. 16: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 21: 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 22: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 28: 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 29: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Jan. 30: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Flameworked Glass Swizzlesticks
Jan. 21: 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations at the Glass Pavilion
Jan. 2: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 4, 5 and 6: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 7: 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 8, 9, 11, 12, 13: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 14 and 15: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 16: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 18, 19 and 20: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 21: 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 22 and 23: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 25, 26, 27 and 28: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Jan. 29 and Jan. 30: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Please Note: The Museum is closed on New Year’s Day.
The Toledo Museum of Art is a nonprofit arts institution funded through individual donations, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, and investments. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund programs at the Toledo Museum of Art through a sustainable grant program that encourages economic growth, educational excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
Admission to the Museum is free. The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon to 6 p.m.; closed Mondays and major holidays. Friday evening hours are made possible by Fifth Third Bank.
The Museum is located at 2445 Monroe Street at Scottwood Avenue, just west of the downtown business district and one block off I-75 with exit designations posted. For general information, visitors can call 419-255-8000 or 800-644-6862, or visit www.toledomuseum.org.