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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.


Kara Walker, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War, Gallery 18, June 17 through October 22. Widely known for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender and sexuality, Kara Walker is one of the most successful and celebrated artists today. Her print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2005), was recently acquired by TMA. It features 15 of the artist’s signature black silhouette figures in silkscreen layered over enlarged wood engravings of Civil War scenes taken from Harper’s Pictorial History, first published in 1866. By uniting her contemporary re-imagining of events from an African-American perspective with the historical record, Walker creates a powerful visual statement that challenges the conventional one-sided textbook account of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. This exhibition is supported in part by the H. L. Thompson Jr. Family Fund and the Ohio Arts Council.

Color Across the Spectrum, Wolfe Mezzanine, through July 30. Pioneering artists since the 19th century have explored the singular power of color and its astonishing ability to produce a range of psychological and perceptual optical effects. This exhibition looks at color through a selection of modern and contemporary graphic portfolios drawn from the collection and created by various artists, including Joan Miró, Barnett Newman and Josef Albers.

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.