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.
Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Senses, New Media Gallery through February 24. A multisensory art installation of video, new media and works on paper by artists from around the world launches a recently renovated gallery dedicated to contemporary art at the Toledo Museum of Art. Sights & Sounds: Art, Nature, and the Sensespresents modern and contemporary works of art in a variety of media that explore and relate to the natural world. Many of the works are recent acquisitions installed for the first time, while others from TMA’s acclaimed collection have only been shown occasionally.
Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue, Levis Gallery, March 9 through March 8, 2020. Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialoguefeatures 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.
Expanded Views: Native American Art in Focus, Gallery 29A through April 28. Works as diverse as a traditional Acoma manta and Cherokee tipi cover will be shown together with contemporary works by artists James Lavadour, Wendy Red Star and Marie Watt. In addition, the exhibition includes two significant Crow Ledger drawings, acquired through the generosity of the Joseph and Kathleen Magliochetti Fund, and three gifts from the Georgia Welles Apollo Society – a Cheyenne model tipi, an Acoma manta and a Santo Domingo polychrome pottery jar. Additionally, a select number of paintings from the museum’s established American paintings collection will be shown as part of the installation.
Different Trains, Canaday Gallery, through May 5. A large-scale video installation that spans more than 20 feet and is 29 minutes in duration, Different Trainsfeatures a 1988 musical composition by American minimalist composer Steve Reich, recorded by the Kronos Quartet and reinterpreted in 2016 by Spanish filmmaker Beatriz Caravaggio. Reich’s 1988 piece for string quartet and recorded voice is a powerful, emotionally charged rumination on the train journeys of his youth and of the horrific deportation trains of the Holocaust. The work was awarded the 1989 Grammy for the Best Contemporary Classical Composition. Created by Caravaggio in 2016, Different Trainssets Reich’s music to an archival film montage that lends new depths and insights to the original composition. The work is at once historically important and aesthetically impressive. Both the music and video are beautifully composed; Reich’s music is fragmented and modern, with Caravaggio’s editing swiftly leading the audience through the work. This presentation of Different Trainsis supported in part by the Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo, Mr. and Mrs. Harley J. Kripke, the Ruth Fajerman Markowicz Holocaust Resource Center, and Dr. Allen and Hindea Markowicz. Free admission.
Katherine Gray: (Being) in a Hotshop, Gallery 18, through May 12. In this solo exhibition of her work, Katherine Gray presents glassmaking as something that is experiential rather than strictly visual. Gray immerses the audience in the sights, sounds and smells of the glassmaking studio. Using primarily glass (and cleverly defining the material with itself), she invites the audience to experience glassmaking through multiple senses. With Gray’s immersive and sensory installation of the hotshop experience, visitors will be able to grasp a greater understanding of the process of glassblowing. The viewer will experience many of the sensations the artist encountered while creating the objects seen in the exhibition. Free admission.