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!

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.

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

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!