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.
• Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture, Canaday Gallery through September 15. The first large-scale domestic exhibition to provide a historical overview of this topic with an emphasis upon the Midwest, Life Is a Highway: Art and American Car Culture will bring together a diverse selection of artists to showcase the automobile’s reshaping of the 20th-century American landscape and cultural attitudes of self-expression. Featuring more than 100 works, from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection and both private and public loans, this exhibition will chart the rise of car culture as a visual icon of American identity. With works spanning the 20th-century, the car’s image as a symbol of newness, freedom and independence, mobility and renewal is explored. Organized through four themes that call attention to the social, aesthetic, environmental and industrial dimensions of car culture’s legacy, this exhibition includes a range of visual media. Admission is free for museum members and $12.00 for nonmembers, with discounts for seniors, college students and military personnel ($10.00) and youth ages 5-17 ($7.00). Admission for children four years of age and under is free. Life is a Highway is presented by BP America with additional support from Taylor Cadillac, the Ohio Arts Council and 2019 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica.
• Everything Is Rhythm: Mid-Century Art and Music, New Media Gallery, through November 3. Following on the success of Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses, the next installation of the New Media gallery will once again feature a multisensory display, this time focused on an exploration of the relationship between art and music. Jointly curated by Halona Norton-Westbrook, director of curatorial affairs, and Scott Boberg, manager of programs and audience engagement, the exhibition will feature a selection of 20th-century abstract paintings, each paired with a carefully curated musical composition. Presented together in this manner, the art and music engage visitors in a multisensory experience that simultaneously engenders close looking, contemplation and a consideration of the connection between visual and auditory art forms. Free admission.
• Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue, Levis Gallery, through March 8, 2020. Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue features dozens of contemporary works of art that encompass a broad range of media and geographic regions. Presented together, these works offer visitors the chance to explore the many powerful ways that artists are seeking to consider the state of the world in the 21st century as they engage with issues of urgency facing the world today. Identity, migration and the digital revolution are amongst the rich topics brought forth for exploration. Free admission.
• Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow, Galleries 4, 5 and 9, October 19 through February 9, 2020. The Toledo Museum of Art presents three gallery-sized installations by Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha that create awe-inspiring spaces from intricate patterns of light and shadow that evoke the sacred while also raising questions of exclusion and belonging.
• One Each: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet and Friends, Gallery 18, January 18 through April 12, 2020. With its solemnity and spontaneity, Camille Pissarro’s “Still Life of 1867” is one of the most rewarding and mesmerizing compositions in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. One Each: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet and Friends is a one-gallery focus exhibition that places this masterpiece in context. The exhibition will feature still lifes by seven French painters, all created in a single decade – the 1860s. Included are sterling examples from the hand of Édouard Manet, regarded as the “father of modern painting,” and Paul Cézanne, considered to have been the driving precursor of Cubism, the early 20th century’s major art movement. Rounding out the group are superb paintings by Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Gustave Courbet.