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.