Summer at the Museum

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Summer fun is here. It's free. And it's for the whole family.

Explore a world of wonder this summer at the Toledo Museum of Art! Don't forget to share your Museum memories on Instagram and tag them with #SummeratTMA.

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The Berlin Painter and His World:

Athenian Vase–Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C.

"2,500 years later, an anonymous artist gets his due on a continent he didn’t know existed"

Clay vessels and statuettes of bronze and terracotta focus on the art and career of the anonymous artist known as the Berlin Painter. The masterpieces are on loan from 15 museum and two private collections.

Organized by the Princeton Universty Art Museum, with major support provided by the Leon Levy Foundation. The Toledo showing is made possible in part by 2017 Exhibition Program Sponsor ProMedica and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Christie’s, Jim and Gregory Demirjian, and Taylor Cadillac, as well as generous gifts in memory of Kurt Luckner.

Admission to the exhibition is free for members and students and $10 for non-members.

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The Berlin Painter and His World

Exhibition Catalog

This lavishly illustrated publication features nine essays by leading scholars who explore the artist’s work, milieu, influence, and legacy, as well as the role of connoisseurship in art-historical scholarship. It is the definitive book on this seminal artist.

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A Printed Catalog, entitled The Berlin Painter and His World: Athenian Vase-Painting in the Early Fifth Century B.C.

Meet TMApp

TMA's Smartphone Application

Our smartphones enhance our fitness, travel, and dining experiences — why not our art viewing ones, too? TMApp, the Museum’s recently-launched smartphone application, provides audio commentary, scavenger hunts, multimedia guides, and other tools to take visitors beyond a work of art’s label. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Those who are smartphone-free but still want to use the app can borrow a device from the TMA info desk in Herrick Lobby.

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Other Exhibitions

A complex, tessalated depiction of a myriad of colorful birds.

Kara Walker

Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)


June 17–Oct. 22, 2017
Gallery 18

Widely known for her radical engagement with issues of race, gender and sexuality, Kara Walker is one of the most successful and celebrated artists today. Her print series,  Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) features 15 of the artist’s signature black silhouette figures in silkscreen layered over enlarged wood-engravings of Civil War scenes taken from Harper’s  Pictorial History, first published in 1866. By uniting her contemporary re-imagining of events from an African-American perspective with the historical record, Walker creates a powerful visual statement that challenges the conventional one-sided textbook account of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery. This exhibition is supported in part by the H. L. Thompson, Jr. Family Fund and the Ohio Arts Council. Free admission.

Play at TMA

Why PLAY?
Recent research has shown that play at any age can have a positive impact on how we approach the world. Indeed, play has the potential to benefit us on any number of levels:

  • Icon of Relaxed FaceStress Reducer
  • Icon of Puzzle Pieces Fitting TogetherCritical Thinking
  • Icon of Pencil and WrenchCreative Thinking
  • Icon of Shaking HandsRelationships
    & Social Skills

Play in the Play Space can take many forms, including:

  • Icon of Heart RatePhysical
  • Icon of Gears in BrainCognitive
  • Icon of One PersonIndividual
  • Icon of Team of PeopleCooperative
  • Icon of Ear, Eye, and HandMultisensory

Play at TMA is the summer theme for fun-filled activities and programs at the Museum—both indoors and outdoors. Look for Games in the Galleries to play inside, stop by the Family Center for art making activities, or enjoy a photobooth near the Plough entrance. Also in that location is TMA Play Space, featuring blocks that promote fun and free play, imaginative games designed by youth, and interactive musical instruments.

Designed by Youth
This summer, TMA’s Teen Apprentices and The Arts Commission YAAW Alumni, participated in design thinking workshops with Detroit based artist, Laura Amtower to create their own interactive games inspired by play. The games they created are located along the sidewalk leading to and from the Play Space on the TMA campus.

Programs and Events

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Outdoor Pleasers: Wines for the Peristyle or Pergola

Aug. 11: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from 6:30–8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Free | It's Friday! Music

It’s Essential

Aug. 11: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Museum Grounds

Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! It’s Essential performs a mix of pop, soul, jazz, and standards.

Twilight Tours

Garden Party

Aug. 11: 6:30 p.m.
Meet at Café

Take an adults-only guided tour of the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden. All visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art and the TMA campus in a new light! The tour will kick off with a complimentary drink in the café beginning at 6:30 p.m., tour embarks at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person for members, $25 for non-members, one drink ticket is included and space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by purchasing tickets here.


Music Marathon

Lou Harrison

Aug. 12: 12–10 p.m.
Museum and Museum Grounds

The Toledo Museum of Art and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra present the music of Lou Harrison to celebrate his centenary year. The 7:30 p.m. Peristyle concert features Grammy Award-winning Third Coast Percussion performing two concertos: The Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra featuring Grammy Award-winning soloist Paul Jacobs and the Concerto for Violin and Percussion Orchestra with soloist Todd Reynolds. Chamber Music, a film documentary about Harrison, and a Gamelan demonstration are also featured.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

And Now for Something Completely Different: New Introductions

Aug. 18: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from 6:30–8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.

Free | It's Friday! Music

Howlin’ Mercy

Aug. 18: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Museum Grounds

Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! Howlin’ Mercy performs blues.


Free | Film in the Great Outdoors

Clash of the Titans (1981)

Aug. 18: 9 p.m.
TMA Grounds

In conjunction with the exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World , the Museum’s Film in the Great Outdoors series presents cinematic interpretations of ancient Greece.

Free | Exhibition Tour

Kara Walker
with Curator Robin Reisenfeld

Aug. 19: 2 p.m.
Little Theater and Gallery 18

Exhibition Curator Robin Reisenfeld talks about the work of artist Kara Walker in the Little Theater. After the presentation, Reisenfeld will lead a tour of an installation of Walker’s work.

Wine by the Glass Pavilion

Best Barbeque Bets: Our Annual Cook-out Event

Aug. 25: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Glass Pavilion

Enjoy four wines paired with hors d’oeuvres from 6:30–8:30 p.m. during It’s Friday! at the Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion. Tickets are $25 for members, $35 for nonmembers, plus tax, and are available for purchase during Museum hours by phone at 419-255-8000 ext. 7448 or in person at the information desks. It’s Friday! is sponsored in part by Fifth Third Bank.


Free | It's Friday! Music

Skip Turner Band

Aug. 25: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Museum Grounds

Pull up a chair (or bring your own) and enjoy the summer evening with a cool drink, delicious small plate edibles and an eclectic array of music. In case of rain, concerts aren’t canceled but simply move inside! The Skip Turner Band performs jazz.

Twilight Tours

Garden Party

Aug. 25: 6:30 p.m.
Meet at the Café

Take an adults-only guided tour of the Georgia and David K. Welles Sculpture Garden. All visitors will be given a flashlight to see works of art and the TMA campus in a new light! The tour will kick off with a complimentary drink in the café beginning at 6:30 p.m., tour embarks at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person for members, $25 for non-members, one drink ticket is included and space is limited; reserve your spot in advance by purchasing tickets here.

Free | GAPP Artist Talk

John Kiley

Aug. 25: 7 p.m.
GlasSalon

GAPP artist John Kiley discusses his work and participation in the Museum’s glass residency program.


Special Admission Opportunity

Greek American Festival

Sept. 8, 9, 10
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

With a ticket stub from The Berlin Painter, dated Sept. 1–9, exhibition visitors will also receive free admission to the Greek American Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Sept. 8, 9 and 10. Present the TMA ticket stub at the Festival entrance.

Free | It's Friday! Music

Galen Bundy's Project 206

Sept. 1: 6:30 p.m.
GlasSalon

Galen Bundy is a pianist, organist, composer, and arranger based in southern Michigan. This performance is the record release celebration of his Project 206 album Struggle is Joy, which places an avant-garde jazz ensemble into the world of electronics. Performers on the album include Bundy (Rhodes and synthesizers), Ben Wolkins (trumpet), David Mirarchi (alto and bari saxophones), Johannes Ronquillo (bass), and Travis Aukerman and Jon Taylor (drums).

Free | Film in the Great Outdoors

Time Bandits (1981)

Sept. 1: 9 p.m.
Glass Pavilion Grounds

In conjunction with the exhibition The Berlin Painter and His World, the Museum’s Film in the Great Outdoors series presents cinematic interpretations of ancient Greece. Time Bandits (1981) is a darkly playful British fantasy that follows a young boy who joins a band of dwarfs as they travel through time and space plundering treasure.


Free | AIA-Toledo Society Lecture

Alan Shapiro, The Berlin Painter and the Origins of Portraiture in Greece

Sept. 8: 7 p.m.
Little Theater

Dr. Alan Shapiro, Professor of Classics, Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University and national Archaeological Institute of America lecturer, will discuss the ancient Greek artist known as the Berlin Painter.

Color Wheels Community Bike Ride

Glass Pavilion, Parkwood Entrance

Sept. 9: 2 p.m.
GlasSalon

After exploring The Berlin Painter and His World exhibition (ticketed) at TMA, join this ride, which includes free admission to the annual Greek American Festival in downtown Toledo.

Yoga at TMA

Monroga

Sept. 9: 10 a.m.
Peristyle

Monroga moves to the stage of the Peristyle for a one-hour Yin yoga class with live music performed by a Toledo Symphony Orchestra string quartet. Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga in which students hold postures for an extended length of time (5 minutes). There will be a maximum of 50 participants for this unique event. Tickets ($15 TMA members, $20 non-members) will be available here. Monroga is supported in part by Circle 2445.


The Sound of Silents

The Dumb Girl of Portici

Sept. 14: 7 p.m.
Peristyle

In the early 20th century, no woman had greater worldwide fame than ballet dancer and choreographer Anna Pavlova. In The Dumb Girl of Portici (1916, 112 minutes), she plays Fenella, a wordless fisher-girl living during the Spanish occupation of Naples in the mid-17th century who is seduced and abandoned by a Spanish nobleman. Pavlova is directed by Lois Weber who was the outstanding woman filmmaker, writer and producer of the silent era. Long overdue for recognition as one of Weber’s finest creations and a landmark in women’s cinema, The Dumb Girl of Portici was the first blockbuster ever directed by a woman — and arguably the only epic shot by a woman in the 20th century. Tickets are available for purchase in advance here, or in the Peristyle box office or Herrick Lobby the day of the event.

Free | EAR-EYE: Listening and Looking

Contemporary Music and Art

Sept. 15: 7 p.m.
TMA Gallery One

In partnership with the doctoral program at Bowling Green State University’s College of Musical Arts, TMA presents an ongoing performance and discussion series that explores the relationship of contemporary music and art through music performances in response to specific works of art. EAR-EYE is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Free Lecture | Eftychia Papanikolaou

When Music is Silent: ‘Listening’ to the Music of Ancient Greece through Its Pottery

Sept. 16: 2 p.m.
Little Theater

In this multi-sensory presentation, musicologist Eftychia Papanikolaou of Bowling Green State University will discuss the music of ancient Greece through an exploration of the roles, functions and symbolism of the musical instruments depicted in the work of the Berlin Painter.


Free | Great Performances

Michael Boyd, piano

Sept. 17: 3 p.m.
Great Gallery

This recital features Michael Boyd (Professor of Piano, University of Toledo Department of Music) with Kristin Clark (mezzo soprano), Merwin Siu (violin), and Damon Coleman (cello), playing the music of Beethoven, Strauss, Shostakovich, and Mahler. Great Performances is supported in part by the Dorothy MacKenzie Price Fund.

Free | Art House Film Series

The Mystery of Picasso

Sept. 22: 7 p.m.
Little Theater

Winner of a special jury prize at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, this documentary by Henri-Georges Clouzot (director of two of the most suspenseful films of the 1950s, The Wages of Fear and Les Diaboliques) captures Picasso creating a series of paintings on clear glass panels, most of which were subsequently destroyed so that the paintings would only exist in the film. The Art House Film Series is sponsored in part by Ann and Joseph Pilkington.

Free Lecture | Sanchita Balachandran

CSI (Ceramics Scene Investigation), Ancient Athens: Investigating Greek Potters and Painters

Sept. 23: 2 p.m.
Little Theater

Sanchita Balachandran, Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum, discusses the 2,500-year-old enigma of how ancient Greek potters and painters developed the artistically and technologically superior corpus of objects known as red-figure ceramics.


Great Performances

Oracle Hysterical: Hecuba

Sept. 23: 8 p.m.
Peristyle

Self-described “part band, part book club,” the music ensemble Oracle Hysterical combines classical musicianship with pop-rock sensibility. They will perform their psychedelic, electro-acoustic adaptation of Hecuba, Euripides’ blood-soaked tale of love, loss, murder, revenge, and the Trojan War. Tickets are $10 or $5 for Museum members and available here.


For a complete list of this summer’s programs and events, visit the Museum’s Event Calendar for daily, weekly, and monthly views of Museum activities.