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:

Living Legacies: Art of the African American South, New Media Gallery: through May 1. This landmark exhibition will celebrate a significant addition of works by African American artists from the southern United States to the collection at the Toledo Museum of Art. This selection of works of art ranges from large-scale assemblages and mixed-media sculptures to paintings, textiles and works on paper. Artists represented include Thornton Dial, Thornton Dial Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley, Leroy Almon and several generations of women quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Ala., including Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, Jessie T. Pettway, Lucy T. Pettway and Martha Pettway. The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting the artistic production and cultural traditions of African American artists from the rural South. In 2014, the foundation began a multiyear program to transfer works to the permanent collections of leading American and international art museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and more. Living Legacies will support TMA’s initiative to broaden the narrative of its collection and exhibition programs to include artists whose cultural perspectives and traditions have historically been underrepresented in museum institutions. These works contribute to a richer and more complex story of American art that includes the voices of Black artists who cultivated artistic practices outside the mainstream art academy. Many of these artists have cultural roots in creative expressions of the African diaspora, passed down through familial and communal traditions. Their work explores ever-present issues of violence, oppression and racial inequality while revealing an artmaking tradition based upon the creative reinvention of everyday objects. The acquisition will also highlight their contributions to the broader visual and material culture of the 20th century, situating them within the canon of American Modernism.

Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces From Persian Lands, New Media Gallery: April 23 through July 17. Celebrating the rich artistic and cultural heritage of Persian civilization, Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces From Persian Lands features more than 100 works from the sixth to the 19th century drawn from the preeminent Persian art collection of Hossein Afshar. Persia refers to the historical lands in southwestern Asia where the Persian culture and language flourished – a region now associated with the Islamic Republic of Iran, but previously extending beyond its modern-day borders. Through the collector’s eyes, we see a portrait of Iran that manifests a strong sense of identity reflected and affirmed by the visual arts, as well as an artistic sensibility that has permeated across time, space and medium. The exhibition showcases textiles, manuscripts, ceramics, paintings, metalwork, scientific instruments, woodwork and jeweled objects. Highlights include exquisite miniature paintings from the Shahnama (Book of Kings), the Persian national epic; an array of historically significant ceramics; rare Qur’an leaves and a monumental silk carpet from the height of Safavid carpet production. Bestowing Beautyrepresents a dedication to preserving Iranian artistic heritage for future generations and desire to make it accessible for study and enjoyment. Woven throughout the tales of these extraordinary artworks are experiences, ideas and emotions shared by all peoples. By evoking universal themes of faith and piety, love and longing, kingship and authority, banquets and battles, and earth and nature, the exhibition brings alive the rich heritage and enduring beauty of Persian art. The artworks also explore the role and fascinating history of trade, migration and cultural exchange in the development of Persian art, demonstrating its important legacy in artistic and technological advancement within Islamic lands and beyond. This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

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.

Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined, ongoing in the Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine. Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined through March 31, 2023, 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.