Updated February 12, 2021

Narrative Drawing Exhibit Comes To TMA

Three internationally renowned artists who represent the extraordinary vitality of contemporary drawing will be featured in a special exhibition beginning in November at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA).

Telling Stories: Resilience and Struggle in Contemporary Narrative Drawing will be on view at TMA through February 14, 2021. Twenty-five large- and small-scale works and an animated film, drawn from TMA’s holdings and public and private collections across North America, will be featured in the exhibition.

Telling Stories displays the work of the third-generation Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook of Cape Dorset, Canada, and two American artists, Amy Cutler and Robyn O’Neil. These artists showcase the power of drawing as a distinctive form of expression, creating open-ended narratives within natural landscape settings that chronicle the complexities of modern human relationships. Their remarkable compositions – which rely upon inventive mark-making systems and singular approaches to rendering space – incorporate the surface of the paper to call attention to the medium’s distinct properties.

“Drawing has seen a remarkable resurgence as a preferred means of art-making over the last 35 years by young artists who have discovered exciting new possibilities for the medium,” said Robin Reisenfeld, TMA’s senior curator of works on paper. “The exhibition offers a lens into this accessible and ever-evolving form of expression by bringing together three artists whose central practice utilizes graphite and paper. Telling Stories also supports the museum’s mission to provide a diversity of exhibitions for a broad array of audiences.”

Told primarily through pencil and paper, the theme of human resilience in the face of pressing societal and ecological concerns is a central focus for each artist. Their tales offer the viewer varying modes of human engagement with one another and the natural world – whether in collective harmony or through self-destructive impulses and shifting alliances – and the struggles that ensue. At the same time, the works draw on a range of cultural and stylistic sources, characteristic of the global nature of contemporary artmaking.

The Toledo Museum of Art is located at 2445 Monroe St., Toledo.

Fireflies On The Water Reopens At TMA

The Toledo Museum of Art Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water is again on view.

Yayoi Kusama: Fireflies on the Water is an immersive installation that showcases the unique vision of one of the world’s most influential contemporary artists. Yayoi Kusama, who experienced hallucinations as a child, uses her artwork to express and communicate her particular psychological world. Visitors experience up to 60 seconds alone in the room, which uses lights, mirrors and water to transport viewers to a space that seems endlessly expansive.

Tickets are $5.00 for nonmembers. Museum members receive a limited number of free installation tickets based on their level of membership. After they have claimed their free tickets, members can purchase additional tickets at $5.00 each.

To purchase tickets, visit tickets.toledomuseum.org or call (419) 255-8000, ext. 7448. Each ticket includes a free museum pass that allows entry to TMA.

Previous ticket holders who were unable to visit Fireflies on the Water due to the closure of the museum should contact TMA at (419) 255-8000, ext. 7448 to reschedule their visits.

Several changes have been made to the Fireflies on the Water experience to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. A face covering is required to enter the installation. Because of this requirement, children age 2 and younger are unable to enter Fireflies on the Water.

Floor markers and other signage will be in place to encourage visitors to remain socially distant as they wait to enter the installation.

For additional information about hours, face-covering requirements, distancing procedures, parking and current exhibitions, please visit TMA’s extensive Q&A about reopening at toledomuseum.org/reopen. In addition, visitor services staff may be reached by phone at (419) 255-8000, ext. 7448. The Toledo Museum of Art is located at 2445 Monroe St., Toledo.

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