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Upcoming events in Toledo

The Toledo Museum of Art has just opened Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of ArtThis is the first exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art to be held in the Midwest in 25 years, it is not to be missed!  The show is beautiful.

To make your trip to Toledo even more exciting, starting on May 24, you can also visit the Toledo Zoo to check out Wild Walkabout: Wonders from Down Under including the Zoo’s newest member, a 17 foot saltwater crocodile.

So, start planning your trip to both Toledo and Australia this summer!

Toledo Art Museum contributes to the Internet Archive

The Toledo Museum of Art has become a contributor to the Internet Archive. To date, the Toledo Museum of Art Reference Library has had 160 Museum publications digitized and submitted to the Archive, ranging from early exhibition catalogs to more recent publications.  More digitization projects are in the works.

Check out TMA publications here: https://archive.org/details/toledomuseumofart

Exhibition: Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art

Glass in Ohio!

Book: Color Ignited

This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Studio Glass Movement, which started in Toledo in 1962.  The Toledo Museum of Art and the city of Toledo just finished up hosting the 2012 Glass Arts Society Conference, and it was an incredible week!

To coincide with the conference the museum has reinstalled its Glass Pavilion galleries and opened the exhibition Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012.  “The exhibition focuses on the role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression. More than 80 objects from private collections, galleries, other museums and TMA’s own collection are shown, including works by Littleton, Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Judith Schaechter, Ginny Ruffner, Fritz Driesbach and Klaus Moje.” The show has opened in TMA’s brand new Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art, a beautiful new space, and will be open until September 9. Click here to find out more about the exhibition.



Also, in the Ohio Valley, the Huntington Museum of Art has a focused exhibition on the father of the Studio Glass Movement, Harvey Littleton.

Harvey Littleton: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Glass Studio Movement is on view through November 18.

Toledo Museum of Art partners with the Google Art Project

The Toledo Museum of Art is partnering with Google to give people around the globe an opportunity to view some of the world’s finest works of art. Announced on April 4, Toledo is among 29 partners in 16 U.S. cities invited to participate in the second phase of Google’s Art Project, and the only one in Ohio. Check it out!

Gothic Ivories Project

Check out the Gothic Ivories Project, an online database of ivory sculptures made in Western Europe ca. 1200-ca. 1530.  The project was launched in 2008 and has been adding ivories from museums around the world since then.  Both the Toledo Museum of Art and the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin are new additions to the database and other Ohio

Diptych, 3 registers, bands of rosettes (décor de roses) from the Palais des Beaux-Arts, Lille

Valley contributors are the Taft Museum in Cincinnati and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

A great resource for anyone doing research about ivory sculptures, the database is full of images, is browsable by subject and has an advanced search.

The website also includes a bibliography on gothic ivories as well as other useful online resources.

Midwest Museum Directors to Speak

Celebrate International Museum Day on May 18 at the Toledo Museum of Art

“The Midwest is rich with legacy museums founded around the turn of the last century by wealthy patrons. The Toledo Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts are three of the most prestigious museums in the country; however, all three have dealt with the challenges of economic downturn and changing demographics. And, notably, all three are now led by international directors.”

“For this year’s International Museum Day, Irish-born Brian Kennedy has invited the DIA’s Graham Beal (Great Britain) and Cleveland’s David Franklin (Canada) to join him on the Peristyle stage for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of these grand “temples of art.””  .. See the TMA calendar for more

New TMA online exhibition catalog

The Toledo Museum of Art has entered the world of online publications with its first online exhibition catalog.

The catalog accompanies the current exhibition:  The Dramatic Image: Baroque Prints of the 17th Century

“The free exhibition includes prints by such notable artists as Annibale Carracci, Agostino Carracci, Salvator Rosa, Jusepe de Ribera, Claude Lorrain, Christoffel Jegher, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione and Jacques Callot. Many are the same individuals who inspired contemporary Colombian artist Fernando Botero (born 1932), whose work is the focus of the touring exhibition The Baroque World of Fernando Botero that opens March 19, 2011 at the Museum.”more

New Aminah Robinson Book

Ragmud Collection book coverThe Toledo Museum of Art recently published a unique book to coincide with the exhibition, Aminah Robinson: Voices that Taught Me to Sing, currently on view in the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art.

The book, The Ragmud Collection: Books by Aminah Robinson, “with its lively mix of formats and intricate design, evokes the experience of paging through Robinson’s ten one-of-a-kind artist’s books, The Ragmud Collection, now in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection.”

Experience Egypt at the Toledo Museum of Art

Last night was the official opening for the Toledo Museum of Arts new exhibition!

The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb

“Discover an ancient civilization’s fascinating approach to life and the afterlife at The Egypt Experience: Secrets of the Tomb, a new exhibition opening Oct. 29 at the Toledo Museum of Art. The installation of more than 150 objects spanning 3,000 years of history will be on temporary view in a specially designed Lower Level Egyptian Gallery in the Main Museum…”  Read more at toledomuseum.org

This exhibition will be on view for an extended period of time so start planning that trip to NW Ohio!

Trip to the Cleveland Public Library

This past May, members of the Toledo Museum of Art Museum Library League went on their annual spring trip.  Trips organized by League Board members try to visit regional art institutions, libraries, architecture, and collections.   This year we went to Cleveland to visit the Federal Reserve Bank (Money Muse

Entrance to the Cleveland Public Library

um) and the Cleveland Public Library.

Our guide at the Cleveland Public Library was Pam Eyerdam, Fine Arts & Special Collections Manager.  Pam gave us a fabulous and thorough tour of library architecture and their wonderful special collections.  League

members had a great time and learned a lot about a gem of a library and its unique collections.   Please check out the arlis Flickr page for some photos of the trip.

Do other arlis-ov member libraries have a friends group?  What kinds of activities or programming does the group provide or participate in?  If you have any great ideas or stories please share!