Updated March 18, 2021
Art Of Conservation On View At TMA
Museums go to impressive lengths to keep the valuable objects in their care in superb condition, but the process is often hidden from public view.
Visitors will have a chance to see the work for themselves this spring and summer at the Toledo Museum of Art through August 29. The Art of Conservation, a new visible conservation lab in TMA’s Canaday Gallery, will allow audiences to observe the conservation of several works from the museum’s collection and to pose questions to the conservation team. Conservation work can include tasks such as repairing damaged textiles with thread smaller than a single human hair, recreating damaged gold surfaces and reassembling ancient ceramics.
TMA conservators will be treating a range of TMA objects that have been affected by time, artist techniques, human use and previous repair, including iconic works from the African American quilting community of Gee’s Bend, ancient Greek ceramics, sculpture by the 20th-century American sculptor Marisol, an ancient Egyptian stele and many more.
Thanks to magnifier cameras, visitors will be able to witness detailed conservation and repair work on a large monitor installed in the gallery. The public will have the opportunity to ask questions about the current treatment projects, as well as the broader field of conservation and museum collections care. Safety protocols, such as a large clear plastic window dividing the conservators from visitors and enhanced ventilation, will be in place.
The Art of Conservation will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Designated times to ask questions of the conservators will be from noon to 2:00 p.m. daily. The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. in Toledo.
Supernatural America Opens In June At TMA
The supernatural has long held both a popular and scientific fascination in American culture. America’s artists have also grappled with the existence of beings, places and ideas that push the boundaries of science and psychology. Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art,on view from June 12 through September 5 at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA), is the first museum exhibition to broadly examine this relationship between American artists and the supernatural.
Organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art and featuring works from the early 19th century through the present, Supernatural America has a wide scope, including more than 150 objects. It features painting and sculpture, but also includes drawings, sketchbooks and journals, prints, photographs, furniture, clothing and textiles, video and other objects such as scientific instruments and mediumistic/occult paraphernalia, including Ouija boards and planchettes.
Supernatural America is organized by themes exploring America as a haunted place, apparitions, channeling spirits through rituals and the potential for plural universes. Featuring well-known artists together with many who have been overlooked, the exhibition is interdisciplinary, multicultural and multimedia. It includes generations of artists active in the United States from diverse faith traditions working with a wide range of topics and approaches. Living and contemporary American artists – like Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Howardena Pindell and Betye Saar – are featured, along with familiar names such as Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Grant Wood and Andrew Wyeth. In addition, lesser-known and underrepresented artists whose work is newer to art historical consideration are included in the scope of the exhibition.
Admission is free for museum members and $12.00 for nonmembers. Discounts for military, college students and seniors ($10.00); youths ages 5-17 ($7.00); and children 4 and younger (free) are available. The museum is located at 2445 Monroe St. in Toledo.