Toledo Museum of Art May 2011 Program Highlights
The Baroque World of Fernando Botero
Through June 12, 2011, Galleries 28 A–C
Known for the larger-than-life scale of his work and his use of vibrant colors, Colombian painter, sculptor and draftsman Fernando Botero (b. 1932) has a style instantly recognized as his alone. Art Service International organized this traveling exhibition of 100 of Botero’s paintings, sculptures and drawings. Admission is free for TMA members and children under 6 years of age; admission for nonmembers is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors age 65 and over, and $5 for students ages 6 to 22. Reduced rates are available for student and other groups. A companion catalog is available for purchase in the Museum Store.
Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons
Through July 24, 2011, Canaday Gallery
An American master of minimalism, Frank Stella (b. 1936) is a consistent innovator at the forefront of abstract art. The exhibition presents one of each of the artist’s 11 monumental compositions for the Irregular Polygons series (1965-66), along with preparatory drawings and the 1974 print series Eccentric Polygons based on the Irregular Polygons. Stella is the first artist in history to deliberately create a set of paintings shaped as irregular polygons. This exhibition marks the first time the series has been shown in one room. This exhibition, organized and originally shown at Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art, is made possible by members of the Toledo Museum of Art and support from KeyBank and the sustainable grant program of the Ohio Arts Council. A companion book is available for purchase in the Museum Store. Admission is free.
The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb
Through May 31, 2012, Lower Level Egyptian Gallery, Main Museum
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. The exhibition is made possible by the generosity of TMA members and with support in part from Taylor Cadillac, Buckeye CableSystem and the sustainable grant program of the Ohio Arts Council.
The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century
Through July 31, 2011, Works on Paper Galleries
Prints from the Baroque period (1600–1750) convey strong emotions through subjects filled with dynamic movement and dramatic architecture. The impressive works in this exhibition are conceived in a wide range of styles and techniques by leading European artists of the period. Admission is free.
What’s Wrong with Me? Art and Disease
Through Aug.7, 2011, Hitchcock Gallery
As part of an art history class, University of Toledo students selected 31 works to design an exhibition that explores the relationships between art, disease and human civilization. Most of the works are prints from the TMA collection. Admission is free.
On View in the Community Galleries
Insider Art: A TMA Staff Exhibition
Through May 8, 2011, Community Gallery
What kind of creative people work in an art museum? Toledo Museum of Art staff, inspired by a world-class collection every day, show their eclectic talents in producing their own works of art. Admission is free.
It’s in the Bag
Through May 15, 2011, Community Gallery
Students from the Toledo Museum of Art High School Art Council were each given a plastic sealable bag and asked to fill it with art. The students could choose any medium or method of producing art that can be contained in a quart-sized bag. See how diverse “bag art” can be when dozens of artists are given the same challenge and achieve widely varied results. Admission is free.
All Things Asian
May 27–July 3, 2011, Community Gallery
Asian artists from the University of Michigan, University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University come together for an exhibition of works of art in a variety of media and styles. A number of Asian nations are represented. A public reception for the artists takes place from 6:30–8:30 p.m. May 27. Admission is free to both the exhibition and reception.
Special Events & Presentations
FREE Presentation: Fernando Botero and the Art of Radical Stylization
May 6: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
Fernando Botero’s international appeal rests largely with his immediately recognized style. He has applied his “inflated” stylization to subjects ranging from art historical precedents to scenes of political turmoil in contemporary life. Don Bacigalupi, executive director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas and former director of the Toledo Museum of Art, explores the ways in which Botero’s stylizations borrow from and resonate with other artists’ uniquely exaggerated styles, from old masters to cutting-edge contemporary artists.
Kentucky Derby Race Simulcast Live in Peristyle
May 7: 4–8 p.m., Peristyle and Museum Grounds
The public is invited to come to the Toledo Museum of Art for an afternoon of Kentucky Derby fun. This year’s race will be simulcast live onto a screen that fills the majestic Peristyle stage. Other events taking place throughout the Peristyle, outdoor terraces and Welles Sculpture Garden include a Derby hat contest, raffles, a 50/50 drawing and live music by area bands. Local restaurants as well as TMA Chef Erika Rapp will offer a tempting variety of traditional Derby foods. A cash bar will feature beer, wine and mint juleps. Hosted by the Museum’s Cultivation Committee, the Kentucky Derby Party is a community outreach and fundraising event to support school tours of The Egypt Experience exhibition. Tickets ($25 members/$35 nonmembers) can be purchased online at toledomuseum.org/events/derbyparty or by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7432. The live race simulcast is being provided by NBC24 WNWO Toledo.
FREE Presentation: Myths and Mummies
May 13: 7:30 p.m., Peristyle
The ancient Egyptians were masters at mummy making. The secrets of mummification were passed from generation to generation but never written down. Dr. Bob Brier, a senior research fellow at Long Island University, will discuss his research in the ancient Egyptian methods of mummification, and Patricia Remler will discuss why the Egyptians’ mythology and religion led them to preserve their bodies. Known as “Mr. Mummy,” Brier is one of the world's foremost experts on mummies. As part of his pioneering research in mummification practices, he has investigated some of the world’s most famous mummies, including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin and Ramses the Great. He was the first person to mummify a human cadaver using the exact techniques of the ancient Egyptians. Remler is an author, photographer and art historian. She has been a researcher for numerous documentaries on Egypt and mummies, and is the author of Egyptian Mythology A–Z. She teaches ancient Egyptian art and mythology at Long Island University.
FREE Masters Series Lecture: Museums and Memory
May 18: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Founded at the turn of the last century, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts are three of the most prestigious museums in the country today. All three, however, have dealt with the challenges of economic downturn and changing demographics. And, notably, now all three American museums are led by international directors. On International Museum Day, Irish-born Brian Kennedy, director of the Toledo Museum of Art, has invited the DIA’s Graham Beal, a native of Great Britain, and Cleveland’s David Franklin, originally from Canada, to join him on the Peristyle stage for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of these grand “temples of art.”
FREE Presentation: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt: A Fresh Look
May 20: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
William H. Peck, author of the new book Egypt in Toledo, published by the Toledo Museum of Art, is a retired curator of ancient art at the Detroit Institute of Arts and an active archaeologist. He will discuss the artistic, literary and archaeological sources that provide clues into the daily life of ancient Egyptians. Peck has participated in excavations at the site of ancient Mendes in the Eastern Nile Delta and in the Precinct of the Goddess Mut at Karnak. He also is the author of a number of works on Egyptian art, including Drawings from Ancient Egypt and Splendors of Ancient Egypt. This Kurt Luckner Annual Lecture is co-sponsored with the Archaeological Institute of America-Toledo Society.
Mother’s Day Activities
The Toledo Museum of Art is a popular destination on Mothers’ Day. The following activities take place this year on Mother’s Day:
FREE Family Center Activities: Monet Water Lilies!
May 8: Noon–5:30 p.m.
Find inspiration in Claude Monet’s painting of water lilies, and create your own version with foam paint. Activities are geared for children 10 and younger and their adult companions.
FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations
May 8: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
FREE Family Time Tour
May 8: 2 p.m., meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
FREE Hands-on Activity: Make a Mummy with Your Mommy
May 8: 2–4 p.m., Libbey Court
Bring your Mom to the Museum on her special day. See mummies in The Egypt Experience exhibition (tickets required), then create a mini version complete with sarcophagus.
FREE Public Tour: A Mother’s Love
May 8: 3 p.m., Libbey Court
Art Hours: Create a Glass Flower
May 8: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Give glassworking a try at an Art Hour studio session. Buy tickets ($15 members/$25 nonmembers, no refunds) in person or by phone during Museum hours starting the Tuesday before the session. Adults and children ages 14 and above with an adult are welcome.
Glass Artists Lectures/Demonstrations
FREE Lecture: Visiting Glass Artist Shane Fero
May 13: 6 p.m. Lecture, Little Theater
May 13: 7–10 p.m. Demonstration, Glass Pavilion®
Shane Fero has been in glass flameworking for 40 years. His intricate work can be found in more than 20 museums worldwide. He has had dozens of solo exhibitions and more than 400 group exhibitions during his career.
FREE Featured Local Glass Artist Demonstration: Andrew Madvin
May 27: 7–10 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
FREE Dutch Organ Concert
May 1: 2 p.m., Gallery 24
Organist Joan Holder McConnell gives a concert commemorating the exhibition of Rembrandt Laughing on the last day it is on display at the Toledo Museum of Art. The small oil-on-copper portrait is on loan from a private collection, courtesy of Hazlitt Gooden & Fox, London.
Club Friday Music
May 6: 6:30–9:30 p.m., Cloister
Quick Trio (jazz/grooves). Cash bar available.
FREE Guitar and Flute Concert
May 22: 3 p.m., Cloister
Guitarist Bob Baratta and flutist Desra Dadney, who perform widely and teach in Findlay, perform works spanning several time periods and styles by such composers as Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Gabriel Faure, Johann Sebastian Bach, Heiter Villa-Lobos and Claude Debussy.
Celebrate Asian Cultures
May 27: 7–9:30 p.m., Museum Galleries
Enjoy the rich cultures of Asia through performances, music and hands-on activities.
FREE Botero/Colombian Film Series: Love in the Time of Cholera
May 27: 7:30 p.m., Little Theater
How long would you wait for love? Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera traces the vigil of Florentino Ariza, who waits for more than half a century to claim the hand of Fermina Daza, the woman he loves. English. 138 minutes. 2007.
Free Glassblowing Demonstrations
May 1: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 3: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 4: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 5: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 6: 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 7: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 8: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 10: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 11: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 12: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 13: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop (Also see listing for guest artist demonstration.)
May 14: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 15: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 17: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 18: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 19: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 20: 2, 7, 8 and 9 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 21: 1 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 22: 1 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 24: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 25: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 26: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 27: 2 p.m. Glass Pavilion Hot Shop (Also see listing for guest artist demonstration)
May 28: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 29: 1, 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
May 31: 2 p.m., Glass Pavilion Hot Shop
Learn to create objects in glass during a one-hour session at the Glass Pavilion®. Buy tickets ($15 TMA 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 Flower
May 1: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 6: 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 7: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 8: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 15: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 20: 6, 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 27: 7 and 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 28: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
May 29: 4 and 5 p.m., Glass Pavilion
FREE Family Time Tours
May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22 and May 29: 2 p.m., Meet in Family Center or Libbey Court
FREE Greatest Hits of the Collection
May 1, May 22 and May 29: 3 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
FREE Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons Exhibition
May 6 and May 27: 6:30 and 7 p.m., Canaday Gallery
May 15: 3 p.m., Canaday Gallery
FREE OurGlass Tour
May 7: 2 and 3 p.m., Glass Pavilion
FREE Special Tour: Meet Me at TMA: Bon Appetit
May 7: 1:30 p.m.
At this month’s tour for those with mild memory loss and their companions, see artists’ visual feasts, then enjoy coffee, tea and cookies at the Museum. Reservations recommended but not required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 419-537-1999.
FREE Public Tour: A Mothers Love
May 8: 3 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
FREE Inside Stories: The Art of Ancient Egypt
May 13: 6:30 and 7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
FREE ArtSpeaks Series: Travel Log
May 14: 2 and 3 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
Guided Tours for Ticketholders: The Baroque World of Fernando Botero Exhibition
May 20: 6:30 and 7 p.m., Libbey Court (Note: Exhibition tickets available for purchase at Visitors Desk in Herrick Lobby at the Museum or online at www.toledomuseum.org.)
FREE Public Tour: The Lost Painting: The Quest for a Caravaggio
May 20: 7 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
FREE ArtSpeaks Series: The Grand Tour
May 21: 2 and 3 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
FREE ArtSpeaks Series: Cities and Seasides
May 28: 2 and 3 p.m., Meet in Libbey Court
FREE Family Center Activities
For children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult, art activities in the Family Center are made possible in part with support from The Andersons.
Mother’s Day Portraits
In the style of artist Mary Cassatt, create a portrait to give to mom or another special person.
May 1: Noon–5:30 p.m., Family Center
May 3and 5: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Family Center
Monet Water Lilies
Find inspiration in Claude Monet’s painting of water lilies and create your own version with foam paint.
May 8: Noon–5:30 p.m., Family Center
May 10 and 12: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Family Center
Cut and create your own shapes inspired by the colorful mural, Apollo, by Henri Matisse.
May 17: Noon–5:30 p.m., Family Center
May 19 and 21: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Family Center
Learn a variety of printmaking techniques that you can do at home.
May 22: Noon–5:30 p.m., Family Center
May 24 and 26: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Family Center
Catch the last days of the Fernando Botero exhibition (tickets required) and make your own Botero-inspired work.
May 29: Noon–5:30 p.m., Family Center
May 31: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Family Center
Note: Events are subject to change. Check the Museum’s online calendar at www.toledomuseum.org for the latest updates. For images, contact Teri Sharp, public relations manager, at 419-254-5082 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kelly Fritz Garrow, director of communications, at 419-255-8000, ext. 7408, or email@example.com.
About the Toledo Museum of Art
The Toledo Museum of Art believes in the power of art to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought and provide enjoyment. Through our collection and programs, we strive to integrate art into the lives of people.
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.