October 2015 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted Sep 2nd, 2015  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Exhibition Openings

Degas and the Dance
Oct. 15, 2015-Jan. 10, 2016, Canaday Gallery
“People call me the painter of dancing girls,” Edgar Degas once told Paris art dealer Ambroise Vollard. “It has never occurred to them that my chief interest in dancers lies in rendering movement and painting pretty clothes.” Indeed, in ballerinas Degas (1834-1917) found a subject that would make him one of the most famous artists of the twentieth century. Fifteen of his depictions, both in painting and sculpture, are part of the focus exhibition Degas and the Dance, which features works from the Museum’s own collection as well as the Musée d’Orsay, the Clark Art Institute, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the National Gallery of Art and The Phillips Collection, both in Washington, D.C. The show not only celebrates the prolific painter, but dance itself, with a display of costumes and archival material from the Toledo Ballet in honor of the 75th anniversary of their Nutcracker performance. A portion of the exhibition will be the recreation of a rehearsal studio, where Museum visitors can watch dance performances or try a ballet pose themselves. Sponsored in part by Health Care REIT, Christie’s and Taylor Cadillac. Free admission.

Continuing Exhibitions

In Motion: Dance and Performance in Art
Sept. 18, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016, Works on Paper Gallery
Since the dawn of human culture, dancing has been a powerful expression of movement and emotion. It can be part of celebration, formal performance or even religion, and has always been a natural subject for art. Spontaneous or choreographed, private or public, always evolving and ever popular, dance has been a vehicle for artists to study the human body in motion, to lampoon human foibles and to express joy or romance. These and other aspects of dance can be seen in this exhibition, assembled mainly from the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art.

From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting
July 17-Oct. 11, 2015, Gallery 18
Drawn entirely from the holdings of the Toledo Museum of Art, From the Collection: 300 Years of French Landscape Painting contains a single, stunning example selected from each of the many styles that define the French tradition of depicting scenes in nature. This one-gallery focus show begins with Claude Lorrain’s 17th-century classicism and concludes in the early 20th century with the Fauvism of Derain. Free admission.

Community Gallery

T Meme A
Sept. 25–Dec. 4, 2015, Community Gallery
The T Meme A exhibition plays upon the pop culture phenomena of the “internet meme,” which basically captures a cultural reference that can be manipulated in some way; perhaps politically, philosophically, comically or creatively. For this exhibition, local artists take on the challenge of using the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) as a subject for an artistic meme. Free admission.

Special Events and Presentations

FREE Masters Series Lecture: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art Director
Johnnetta Cole
Oct. 8: 6 p.m., Peristyle
Scholar, author and activist Dr. Johnnetta Cole has broken ground with a host of history-making firsts: the first African-American woman to lead Spelman College; the first woman elected to the board of Coca-Cola; and the first African-American to chair the board of the United Way. More recently, she was awarded the 2015 “BET Honors” Education Award for her work on diversity and inclusion. In addition to Dr. Cole’s role as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, she is the president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Masters Series is sponsored in part by the TMA Ambassadors and Yark Automotive Group.

FREE AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Carrie Sowden, Shipwrecks and Archaeology in Lake Erie
Oct. 9: 7 p.m., Little Theater
Shipwrecks are a moment in time – not a stratum of decades or centuries of habitation, as life on land is. Because of this, the methods and tools employed by nautical archaeologists are different than what is used on land. Carrie Sowden, resident archaeologist at the National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, will discuss shipwreck archaeology and highlight a few of Lake Erie’s 2,000 known shipwrecks.

GAPP Visiting Artist: Fritz Dreisbach
Oct. 10-18: Times vary, Glass Pavilion
American studio glass pioneer Fritz Dreisbach has traveled the world teaching workshops, presenting lectures and consulting for glass factories. The artist, who now lives on Whidbey Island in Washington, comes to the Toledo Museum of Art as a Guest Artist Pavilion Project resident to create new works of art in front of Hot Shop audiences and teach a four-day glassblowing workshop. The visit will be Dreisbach’s second GAPP residency; he was the first glassblower to participate in the program when the Glass Pavilion opened in 2006. For more information about the workshop or to register, visit

FREE Parade and Children’s Book Reading: “The Long Tall Journey” with Author Jan Wahl
Oct. 11: Noon to 2:30 p.m., Family Center and Little Theater
This family event celebrates the publication of a new children’s book by acclaimed Toledo author Jan Wahl. Titled “The Long Tall Journey,” the book tells the true tale of a giraffe taken from Africa and transported to France in 1825. Participants should meet at the Museum’s Family Center at noon to create giraffe-inspired artwork, musical instruments and ornaments. At 2 p.m. everyone joins the music parade to the Little Theater for Wahl’s reading, which includes projections of the book’s spectacular illustrations.

FREE Exhibition Opening Party: Degas and the Dance
Oct. 15: 6-9 p.m., Canaday Gallery
Ballet became the subject that made painter Edgar Degas one of the most popular artists of the Impressionist movement. Celebrate his inspirations and work in the Degas and the Dance exhibition opening party, with live music and dance performances on the show’s specially-built rehearsal stage.

Curator Talk: Lawrence Nichols, Degas and the Dance
Oct. 17: 2 p.m., meet in Libbey Court
Lawrence Nichols, the Toledo Museum of Art’s William Hutton senior curator of European and American painting and sculpture before 1900, will guide a tour of the exhibition Degas and the Dance. Nichols curated the exhibition, which features 15 depictions of the ballet by the artist Edgar Degas, Toledo Ballet archival material and costumes, and the recreation of a dance studio.

Family Program: Tales of Mystery and Art
Oct. 30: 5-9 p.m. & Oct. 31: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Peristyle & Museum Galleries
Discover tales and mysteries of the Museum in hidden spaces and galleries transformed by music, lights and the spirits of the season. Costumes encouraged.

FREE Films

Dance on Film: “The Dying Swan”
Oct. 18: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In conjunction with the exhibition Degas and the Dance, the Toledo Museum of Art explores the world of dance through the lens of the motion picture camera. In the strikingly visual 1916 silent film “The Dying Swan,”directed by Russian filmmaker Evgeni Bauer (whose work was later suppressed by the Soviet government), an artist becomes obsessed with capturing death on canvas, nursing a growing fixation with a mute ballerina. The film stars Vera Karalli, the legendary ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet and Serge Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo. Karalli’s colleague, the great Alexander Gorsky, choreographed the dances. (49 minutes.)

Art House Film Series: “Mr. Turner”
Oct. 23: 7 p.m., Little Theater
In this award-winning 2014 feature film by Mike Leigh, Timothy Spall plays 19th-century British artist J.M.W. Turner, whose work is featured in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. (144 minutes.)

Dance on Film: Tales of Hoffman
Oct. 24: 2 p.m., Little Theater
In conjunction with the exhibition Degas and the Dance, the Toledo Museum of Art explores the world of dance through the lens of the motion picture camera. From Paris to Rio to New York City and Chicago, these films explore both classical stories of the imagination as well as the pressures and joys experienced by dancers. In the 1951 film adaptation of the opera “Tales of Hoffman,” the spectacle of ’50s musicals meets the drama of great theater and dance performances. Starring many of the cast members of the classic “The Red Shoes,” the movie tells the tale of a poet who dreams of three different women, each breaking his heart in different ways. (93 minutes.)

Film + Live Music
The Sound of Silents: “Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror”
Oct. 29: 7 p.m., Peristyle
F.W. Murnau’s 1922 “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” remains one of the most beautiful and haunting vampire films of all time. Based on Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula, the film was nearly lost following a lawsuit filed by the author’s widow. The film will be presented in the Peristyle with a live score by Detroit organist Stephen Warner. (95 minutes.)

Music Performances

FREE It’s Friday! Music: Soar Trio
Oct. 2: 6:30–8:30 p.m., Cloister Gallery
The Soar Trio, featuring composer-piano improviser Thollem McDonas, saxophonist Skeeter Shelton and composer-bassist Joel Peterson, explores the boundaries of improvisation and jazz.

FREE Great Performances in the Great Gallery
This classical music series features regional, national and international performers in the Toledo Museum of Art’s Great Gallery every Sunday in October.

Nermis Mieses and Robert Satterlee
Oct. 4: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This performance features oboist Nermis Mieses accompanied by pianist Robert Satterlee, both members of the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts faculty.

Garth Simmons and Michael Boyd
Oct. 11: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Trombonist Garth Simmons and pianist Michael Boyd perform.

Robert Ballinger
Oct. 18: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
This University of Toledo faculty recital features pianist Robert Ballinger in a solo performance.

Salutaris, Music of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Oct. 25: 3 p.m., Great Gallery
Salutaris, an early music ensemble from Michigan, provides the perfect soundtrack for the Museum’s Great Gallery with selections by composers in their thirties. Composers Scarlatti, Handel and Bach, all featured in this concert, are celebrating their 330th birthdays in 2015. Members of Salutaris include MeeAe Nam, soprano; Daniel Foster, violin; Arne Spohr, recorders; Diane L. Winder, cello; and Francis Yun, harpsichord.

FREE EAR | EYE: Listening and Looking: Contemporary Music and Art
Oct. 9: 7 p.m., Gallery 7
In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, the Museum presents a new performance and discussion series that explores the relationship between contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art. Performing musicians, TMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Halona Norton-Westbrook and staff will lead a discussion of the paired music and art with an emphasis on the intertwining elements of visual and musical literacy. This Friday evening series is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank. The Oct. 9 performance will respond to art on view in Gallery 7, including works by El Anatsui, Louis Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi and Sol LeWitt.

Jazz Under Glass with the Art Tatum Jazz Society
Oct. 22: 6:30-8:30 p.m., GlasSalon
The popular Jazz Under Glass series returns with monthly performances put on in partnership with the Art Tatum Jazz Society. For program details and to purchase tickets, visit

Art Hours: Flameworking

Flameworking Art Hours are a Friday evening, hands-on glassmaking activity where participants create beads using a torch. This month, make candy corn shapes under the guidance of a Toledo Museum of Art instructor. Sessions are $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person. No experience necessary. It’s Friday! is supported in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Candy Corn
Oct. 2: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 9: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 16: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 23: 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 30: 7 and 8 p.m.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines and light snacks from 6:30-8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Oct. 9: Fall’s Finest: Autumn Evening Sips
Oct. 16: Celebrating Degas and the Dance: French Wines
Oct. 23: Fall’s Bounty: Big, Bold and Fruity
Oct. 30: Spooktacular Hallowines

FREE Public Tours

Tour participants meet in Libbey Court unless otherwise noted.

Meet in Libbey Court
Toledo community members, including artists, musicians and educators, partner with a TMA docent to guide a tour of art that has personally inspired them. Participant names are to be posted to
Oct. 1: 6 p.m.
Oct. 15: 6 p.m.
Oct. 22: 6 p.m.
Oct. 29: 6 p.m.

Collection Highlights
Oct. 2: 7 p.m.
Oct. 9: 6 p.m.
Oct. 16: 7 p.m.
Oct. 23: 6 p.m.

The Art of Seeing Art™
Oct. 2: 6 p.m.
Oct. 9: 7 p.m.
Oct. 16: 6 p.m.
Oct. 23: 7 p.m.

Ask Me Hours
Saturdays, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24: 2-4 p.m., Main Museum
Sundays, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25: 2-4 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Look for docents wearing an “Ask Me” button as they travel the galleries answering questions and engaging visitors in discussion about the art on view.

Meet Me at TMA: The Mysterious Etruscans
Oct. 3: 1 p.m.
Learn about the ancient civilization that occupied what is now the Italian region of Tuscany through their artistic creations. Pre-registration is encouraged but not required. The program is co-sponsored by the Museum, HCR Manor Care, Susan L. Conda and the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter. Call 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

Family Time Tour
Oct. 4: 3 p.m.

A Brush with Art: Studio Glass at TMA
Oct. 9: 1 p.m.
Take a docent-led tour of the Toledo Museum of Art’s glass collection. Following the tour, participants are invited to a classroom for a hands-on art experience. A Brush with Art is a 90-minute program designed for those with mild memory loss and their companions. Pre-registration is required. Call the Alzheimer’s Association, Northwest Ohio Chapter at 1-800-272-3900 for more information or to register.

ToddlerTime Tour
Oct. 10: 10:30 a.m., meet outside Family Center
ToddlerTime Tours, a collaboration between the Museum and the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, serve as a sequel to the popular Baby Tours. Children ages 18 to 36 months and their caregivers can attend a Library story time themed to connect with a Museum painting; the next week, they’ll get to see it during a hands-on tour at the Museum. Pre-registration is required, but parents can choose to attend one or both programs. Visit to sign up.

Baby Tour
Oct. 16: 6 p.m., meet outside 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 strollers please.

FREE Glassblowing Demonstrations

All demonstrations are in the Glass Pavilion.

Oct. 1: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 2: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 4: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 6: 2 p.m.
Oct. 7: 2 p.m.
Oct. 8: 2 p.m.
Oct. 9: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 10: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 11: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 13: 2 p.m.
Oct. 14: 2 p.m.
Oct. 15: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 16: 2 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 17: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 18: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 20: 2 p.m.
Oct. 21: 2 p.m.
Oct. 22: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 23: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 24: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.
Oct. 25: 1 and 2 p.m.
Oct. 27: 2 p.m.
Oct. 28: 2 p.m.
Oct. 29: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 30: 2, 7 and 8 p.m.
Oct. 31: 1, 2 and 3 p.m.

FREE Family Center Activities

Activities at the Family Center are designed for children 10 years of age and younger accompanied by an adult. The Family Center is sponsored in part by The Andersons.

Clay Play!
Oct. 1: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 2: 3:30-8 p.m.
Explore air-dry clay and create your own work of art to take home.

Ancient Architecture!
Oct. 4: Noon-5 p.m.
Oct. 6 and 8: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 9: 3:30-8 p.m.
Get inspired by marvelous structures like Egyptian pyramids, Greek arches and Gothic cathedrals and create architectural masterpieces using a variety of different materials.

Animal Journeys!
Oct. 11: Noon-5 p.m.
Oct. 13 and 15: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 16: 3:30-8 p.m.
Using special animal print paper, fabric and collage materials, dress up as your favorite animal. This week’s activity theme is in honor of the Museum’s special family event “The Long Tall Journey” on Oct. 11 with local author Jan Wahl.

Music and Movement!
Oct. 18: Noon-5 p.m.
Oct. 20 and 22: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 23: 3:30-8 p.m.
Celebrate the opening of our new exhibition Degas and the Dance and explore the many ways music and movement can inspire you to make a masterpiece.

Mythological Creatures!
Oct. 25: Noon-5 p.m.
Oct. 27 and 29: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Oct. 30: 3:30-8 p.m.
Explore the galleries in search of dragons and other mythological creatures, and then create your own in the Family Center using a wide variety of materials.

Visiting Artist in the Family Center: Ryan Roth
Oct. 30: 6-7 p.m.
Ice sculptor and master pumpkin carver Ryan Roth demonstrates pumpkin carving.

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