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.
Before Audubon: Alexander Wilson’s Birds of the United States, Gallery 18, through July 15. In 1808, Scottish-born poet and amateur naturalist Alexander Wilson (1766-1813) began publishing American Ornithology, or The Natural History of the Birds of the United States. Wilson’s impressive achievement inspired John James Audubon to publish his much better-known Birds of America(1827-38). Though Wilson had no background as an artist, he taught himself printmaking and illustrated his nine volumes of careful observations of the birds of the northeastern U.S. with 79 hand-colored engraved and etched plates of 262 species – 39 of which he was the first to describe. Fourth in the Toledo Museum of Art’s biennial exhibitions focused on bird-themed art, the exhibition coincides with local birding festival, the Biggest Week in American Birding, which brings tens of thousands of birders to the area to observe the spring migration of songbirds. It will be the first time the Toledo Museum of Art’s first edition of Wilson’s pioneering multi-volume publication has been exhibited.
Frans Hals Portraits: A Family Reunion, Canaday Gallery, October 13, 2018 through January 6, 2019. This exhibition is the first devoted to the family portraiture of Frans Hals (1582/83-1666), one of the foremost painters of the Dutch Golden Age. Organized by the Toledo Museum of Art and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium in Brussels, the exhibition was prompted by the Toledo Museum of Art’s acquisition in 2011 of Frans Hals’ “Van Campen Family Portrait in a Landscape,” as well as the recent conservation of Brussels’ “Three Children of the Van Campen Family.” These two works originally formed one composition, separated for unknown reasons likely in the late 18th century or early 19th century. The exhibition reunites the sections of the Toledo/Brussels painting, where it will be shown with the three other family portraits painted by the artist, and includes loans from the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, the Cincinnati Art Museum and other distinguished collections. The exhibition will travel to Brussels and Madrid following its Toledo debut. A scholarly publication accompanies the exhibition.
Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018, Glass Pavilion, through November 25. Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018 presents more than 175 outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s renowned collection as well as objects and materials from the Libbey Inc. archives, including pressed glass tableware, Amberina art glass, Libbey’s world-renowned “brilliant” cut glass (such as TMA’s glorious Libbey Punch Bowl), mid-century modern barware and examples of more recent “premium giveaway” glasses for companies like Pizza Hut and McDonald’s. Throughout its history, Libbey Glass Company has created a great variety of decorative and useful blown and pressed objects in both colorless and richly colored glass, at times decorated with cutting and engraving.
Rebecca Louise Law: Community, Canaday Gallery, through January 13, 2019. British artist Rebecca Louise Law will design and create an impressive site-specific installation using both dried and fresh plant materials to create an immersive experience that involves sourcing thousands of local plants and flowers from northwest Ohio and coordinating 1,000 volunteer hours with residents. A proponent of sustainability, Law also plans to reuse flowers that were previously used in her other installations from around the world. Admission is free for members and $10.00 for nonmembers, with discounted tickets available for seniors, college students and military personnel ($7.00) and youths ages 5-17 ($5.00).