Art Museum

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.

Exhibitions:

Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined, ongoing in the Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine. Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined brings together historical and contemporary works from the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection to explore the spectrum of technical and formal possibilities of glass. One of the oldest human-made substances, glass is neither a true solid nor a liquid and belies conventional understandings of how materials work. For more than 4,000 years, artists have exploited the inherent mutability of glass, transforming the molten material into an impressive range of forms, colors and textures, often blurring the lines between one medium and another. More recently, artists have turned to newer materials and techniques, such as plastic and photography, to engage with historic glass and draw connections with the past. Looking at the relationship between glass, precious stones, metalwork, ceramics, photography and performance, Chameleon Effects demonstrates the longstanding history of glass’s interaction with other materials, while challenging traditional art historical categories of separate media and defined materials.

Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey, ongoing online only at https://www.toledomuseum.org/art/out-of-the-dark/the-collection. Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey is a digital exhibition in recognition of Juneteenth, an observance acknowledging the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Juneteenth (a combination of the words June and nineteenth) is recognized in most states and the District of Columbia as a local holiday or ceremonial observance and was established as a federal holiday in 2021. TMA invited eight members of the Toledo Black Artist Coalition (TBAC) to curate an online exhibition featuring works by influential Black artists from the museum’s collection, including those by sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012) and photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006), among others. TBAC guest curators are noted local artists James Dickerson, Dustin Hostetler, Audrey Johnson, Imani Lateef, Yusuf Lateef, Lydia Myrick, Simone Spruce and Paul Verdell. The online exhibition launched on TMA’s website on June 19. While the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, the U.S. Congress did not pass the 13th Amendment of the Constitution that legally ended slavery until January 31, 1865. It was not until June 19, 1865, that enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, would learn of their freedom. Celebrations observing this significant milestone in U.S. history date back to 1866. TMA and TBAC seek to bring more awareness through this partnership. Founded in the summer of 2020, TBAC’s mission is focused on creating avenues of artistic agency through advocacy, education and activism. “As artists of color and allies, we are investing in our collective value. Our hope is that our work will benefit future generations,” said Yusuf Lateef, a TBAC member. Lateef added that the coalition is a new wave formed within the context of the current national and international movement to heal a nation traumatized by the effects of white supremacy. He said their goal is “to create pathways for artists of color and work with Toledo cultural institutions to collectively combat racial inequality.” TMA is committed to implementing a culture of belonging with TBAC and other community organizations. For those without digital devices to access Out of the Dark: A Historic Journey, please contact TMA via phone at (419) 255-8000 for alternative viewing options.

The Age of Armor: Treasures From the Higgins Armory Collection at the Worcester Art Museum, Levis Gallery, Saturday, through February 27, 2022. From the warriors of ancient Greek legends and the knights of the Middle Ages to the superheroes of today’s popular culture, the idea of personal body armor has an enduring hold on the human imagination. Armor is as old as human civilization and has been used in various forms in societies around the globe, but full suits of articulated steel plates were made only in Europe, and only for a brief time in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. This exhibition explores the story of armor in its golden age. Suits of armor are among the most popular objects with museumgoers, but there are few significant collections of armor in the Americas. In 2014, the Worcester Art Museum acquired the Higgins Armory Collection. While most of this rare collection is in storage awaiting the creation of a dedicated arms and armor gallery, there is a unique opportunity to share these objects with a national and international public. Visitors will discover the diverse and often surprising stories embedded in these powerful objects. Far from the ungainly exoskeleton we often imagine today, the suit of armor was made to be sleek and stylish – painstakingly engineered, elegantly designed and treasured as the expression of its owner’s taste, sophistication and prowess.

Doppelgänger, through May 15, 2022, Canaday Gallery. Doppelgänger is the science fiction-inspired film by prominent artist Stan Douglas, on view at Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), its first North American museum presentation. The film centers around an astronaut named Alice, embarking on a solitary outer space mission. Her clone is also teleported to a distant planet. When Alice’s ship unexpectedly turns around, she presumes she has returned to Earth, but instead she arrives at another realm, the exact reverse of her true home. In one version, Alice is welcomed and provided support upon her return, while in another narrative, Alice is received as a potential hostile threat. The work comprises two translucent screens, which can be viewed from either side and display parallel narratives that unfold simultaneously.