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.
Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saar, New Media Gallery, April 4 through July 5.The retrospective exhibition Mirror, Mirror: The Prints of Alison Saarfeatures more than 30 prints and six sculptures showcasing Alison Saar’s extraordinary 35-year career as a printmaker. Consistent with Saar’s sculptures that often incorporate found objects, the artist’s vibrant graphic work centers upon a strong, single female figure portrayed in a manner reminiscent of African deities and woodcarvings to address racial identity and related issues of gender, heritage and spirituality. Employing a visual strategy informed by her sculptural practice, Saar’s unconventional printmaking approach combines historical references and methods offered by her materials in association with everyday, personal experience. These highly inventive images combine larger, collective narratives – including African art and ritual, Greek mythology and the sculptural tradition of German Expressionism – with individual memories, demonstrating how Saar’s rich artistic practice across media challenges cultural and historic references and stereotypes.
Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintop, New Media Gallery, April 4 through July 5.Thornton Dial: Trip to the Mountaintopis a single-work installation of a monumental sculpture by the artist Thornton Dial. His work, entitled “Trip to the Mountaintop,” will be on display in anticipation of a future landmark exhibition that 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. These artworks, which range in size from the monumental to the intimately scaled, include paintings, sculpture and mixed media works by Dial, Thornton Dial Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley and Leroy Alman, in addition to a selection of quilts by several generations of women from Gee’s Bend, Ala., including members of the Pettway family, as well as works by Louisiana Bendolph and Elizabeth Kennedy. The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to documenting, preserving and promoting the works of African-American artists from the South and their cultural traditions.
One Each: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet and Friends, Gallery 18, through April 12. With its solemnity and spontaneity, Camille Pissarro’s “Still Life of 1867” is one of the most rewarding and mesmerizing compositions in the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. One Each: Still Lifes by Pissarro, Cézanne, Manet and Friendsis a one-gallery focus exhibition that places this masterpiece in context. The exhibition will feature still lifes by seven French painters, all created in a single decade – the 1860s. Included are sterling examples from the hand of Édouard Manet, regarded as the “father of modern painting,” and Paul Cézanne, considered to have been the driving precursor of Cubism, the early 20th century’s major art movement. Rounding out the group are superb paintings by Frédéric Bazille, Claude Monet, Henri Fantin-Latour and Gustave Courbet.
Global Conversations: Contemporary World Art in Dialogue, Levis Gallery, through April 26. 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.
Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water, Canaday Gallery, through June 28.Over the past several years, the Toledo Museum of Art has cultivated an exhibition program that strives to embody a celebration of singular masterworks, a demonstrated commitment to global contemporary art, the promotion of diverse perspectives and an emphasis placed on multisensory artist projects and installations. All of these elements will be brought together in the Toledo Museum of Art’s special presentation of Yayoi Kusama’s site-specific installation, Fireflies on the Water, made possible through a generous loan from the Whitney Museum of American Art.