The Toledo Museum of Art has announced the following calendar of events. Visitors may call (419) 255-8000 or visit www.toledomuseum.org for more information.
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, Canaday Gallery, through May 14. Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic offers an overview of the artist’s prolific 14-year career. His signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on paintings by Old Masters, replacing European aristocrats in those paintings with contemporary black subjects and drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The exhibition also features a selection from the artist’s ongoing World Stage project, which he started in 2006 by establishing a satellite studio in Beijing; several bronze portrait busts and new stained glass “paintings.”
Framing Fame: 19th- & 20th-Century Celebrity Photography, Gallery 18, through June 4. Through approximately 55 works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s extensive collection of works on paper, this exhibition charts the increasing proliferation of celebrity portrait photography and its popularity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with the 1860s when photography was invented and a carte de visite portrait of Abraham Lincoln, up through Andy Warhol’s 1970 Little Red Book polaroid, the exhibition provides an overview of celebrity portrait photography’s expansive reach throughout the 20th century along with its prominent role in shaping today’s attitude toward celebrity. Free admission.
The Berlin Painter and His World, Canaday Gallery, July 7 through October 1. This touring exhibition of ancient Athenian vase-painting, organized by the Princeton University Art Museum, focuses on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. Eighty-four vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta from the early fifth century B.C. will be shown, including dozens of the finest vases attributed to the Berlin Painter along with works by other extraordinary artists of the period. The masterpieces are on loan from 15 museums and two private collections, including the British Museum; Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the J. Paul Getty Museum; the Vatican’s Museo Gregoriano Etrusco and the Musée du Louvre. The painted subjects range from athletics and musical performances to the rich body of Greek myth and epic. The exhibition will be shown at Princeton University from March 4 through June 11 before coming to TMA.
Glorious Splendor: Treasures of Early Christian Art, Gallery 18, November 18 through February 18, 2018. This exhibition will dazzle the eye with objects of the Late Roman period, most of which have never been exhibited before in a museum. Drawing on private collections and the Toledo Museum of Art’s own holdings, visitors will be captivated by glittering gold and silver and carved garnets and rubies, blending exquisite beauty with historical significance. Early Christian art borrowed heavily from non-Christian traditions in terms of techniques and choice of media, style and iconography. Glorious Splendor traces these continuities through the most remarkable objects of the period: precious stones and metals.