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Mar. 12 Art Minute: Élisabeth-Louise Vigée-Le Brun, The Comtesse de Cérès

Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2018

Hints of a lively personality shine through in this portrait of Anne-Marie-Thérèse de Rabudy Montoussin, contesse deo Cérès (1759-1834). The young countess, fashionably dressed in black lace-trimmed shawl, ostrich-plumed hat, and powdered hair, has just finished writing a letter and is folding it to send. By placing her subject in a domestic interior engaged in […]

Toledo Museum of Art announces two curatorial staff promotions

Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has promoted two long-serving staff members to new positions in the collections and curatorial departments. In December 2017 Andrea Gardner was named director of collections, and Halona Norton Westbrook was appointed director of curatorial affairs in January 2018. “Andrea Gardner and Halona Norton-Westbrook have proven themselves to be essential […]

Mar. 5 Art Minute: Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Kitchen

Posted on Monday, March 5th, 2018

At first glance you may assume this work is paint on canvas or board. But look carefully—most of the image is composed of inlayed wood. Alison Taylor has become well-known for reinvigorating the Renaissance craft of marquetry or intarsia wood inlay, which she combines with painting. Describing this synthesis, Taylor explains, “What interests me is […]

Toledo Museum of Art Announces the Launch of the Center of Visual Expertise

Posted on Friday, March 2nd, 2018

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) announced today the launch of a dedicated enterprise focused on the delivery of its visual literacy curriculum for industrial applications. The Center of Visual Expertise (COVE) is born from a core competency of TMA: using its collection to teach visual literacy. TMA has demonstrated success in expanding the application […]

Feb. 26 Art Minute: Henry Ossawa Tanner, The Disciples on the Sea

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2018

“[M]y effort has been not only to put the Biblical incident in the original setting…but at the same time give the human touch…to convey to my public the reverence and elevation these subjects impart to me…”                                                                                                 Henry Ossawa Tanner The thickness of the paint cleverly imitates the swelling of the waves in this […]

Feb. 19 Art Minute: El Anatsui, When I last wrote to you

Posted on Monday, February 19th, 2018

El Anatsui has become well known for his wall-sized tapestries made out of metal strips, milk can lids, and bottle caps. This work represents important earlier explorations for the artist. These wood pieces are made of repurposed wooden slats, playing with ideas of death and rebirth, which are recurrent themes in Anatsui’s work. The carved […]

Mummies in the Movies Matinee Film Series Begins Feb. 17

Posted on Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Coinciding with its exhibition The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) presents a themed Saturday matinee film series called “He Went for a Little Walk: Mummies in the Movies” from Feb. 17 through May 5, 2018. Each film screening begins at 2 p.m. in the Little Theater. The first film […]

March 2018 Toledo Museum of Art Program Highlights

Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018

  Continuing Exhibitions Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists Through March 18, 2018, Glass Pavilion Galleries 2 and 3 The discovery of glass as a serious artistic medium in the 1960s – sparked during the Studio Glass Movement that originated at the Toledo Museum of Art – was monumental. Yet in its earliest decades, […]

Feb. 12 Art Minute: Elizabeth Catlett, A Second Generation

Posted on Monday, February 12th, 2018

In 1992 Elizabeth Catlett published a portfolio of six color lithographs based on the 1937 poem For My People by Margaret Walker (1915-1998). Walker was a talented, powerful voice of America whose writing emphasized the rich heritage of African American culture. “When she speaks of and for her people, older voices are mixed with hers—the voices […]

Toledo Museum of Art Announces Master Plan to Unify its Campus and Increase Accessibility, Sustainability and Greenspace

Posted on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) announces today a comprehensive Master Plan for the institution, its buildings and surrounding campus, to be carried out over approximately 20 years. The first phase of the Master Plan, which developed out of TMA’s recent, long-range strategic planning process, focuses on TMA’s grounds as an urban park and oasis […]