Toledo Museum of Art (Ohio). Major Exhibitions in 2014: Varujan Boghosian, A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard, Tuileries Garden, Paper Roses, In Fine Feather, The Art of Video Games, The Great War, Global Local and Toledo Area Artists Exhibition.
Varujan Boghosian. Dec. 13, 2013–May 25, 2014, Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine.
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works use objects such as children’s toys, vintage paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. A representation of the artist’s studio, where visitors can try their hand at creating their own assemblages and share the results on social media, is installed in Gallery 18 (through April 13). Free admission.
Love and Play: A Pair of Paintings by Fragonard–Toledo Museum of Art and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid, Works Reunited. Jan. 24–May 4, Gallery 28.
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. This one-room focus exhibition also includes engravings and a small selection of 18th-century French decorative arts. Free admission.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Feb. 13–May 11, Canaday Gallery.
The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden will present 100 paintings, photographs, drawings, prints and sculptures by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 16th to the late 20th century. This glorious major exhibition explores the art, design and evolution of Paris’ famed Tuileries Garden and its impact on such artists as Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, Childe Hassam and many others. It also pays tribute to the celebrated garden designer André Le Nôtre (1613–1700), who designed for King Louis XIV the magnificent and highly influential gardens for the Tuileries Palace and the Palace of Versailles. The Tuileries, which stretches several thousand feet from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde in central Paris, was originally created in 1564 and has for centuries been a key Parisian venue for art. This special exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Portland Art Museum, Oregon and the Toledo Museum of Art in partnership with the Musée du Louvre. The showing in Toledo is presented in part by The Andersons, Brooks Insurance and Taylor Cadillac. Admission is free for Museum members; nonmembers pay $8.50 for adults and $5.50 for students and seniors.
Paper Roses: Garden-Inspired Works on Paper. Feb. 21–May 18, Works on Paper Gallery.
Paper Roses looks at human interaction with nature, landscape and garden design. Assembled entirely from the Toledo Museum of Art’s own collection, the show presents more than 100 prints, drawings, books and photographs by some of the most acclaimed European and American artists from the 17th to the 20th centuries. Paper Roses complements the major international exhibition The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Free admission.
In Fine Feather: Birds, Art & Science. April 25–July 6, Gallery 18.
Coinciding with the Biggest Week in American Birding festival, In Fine Feather highlights the intersection of natural science and art in the pursuit of describing and identifying birds, from a medieval treatise on falconry to John James Audubon’s Birds of America to the modern field guide. The exhibition features works by noted bird artists and illustrators including Audubon, John Gould and Roger Tory Peterson. Free admission.
The Art of Video Games. June 19–Sept. 28, Canaday Gallery.
The Art of Video Games shows the striking visual effects, player interactivity and creative use of new technologies in games. By focusing on four game types—action, adventure, target and combat/strategy—the exhibition reveals the emergence of video games as a means of storytelling and audience engagement. Visitors will be able to connect with the content of the show across generations, from those who remember classics such as Pac-Man and Super Mario Brothers to those playing more recent games like Flower and Super Mario Galaxy 2. The Art of Video Games is organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum with generous support from Entertainment Software Association Foundation, Sheila Duignan and Mike Wilkins, Shelby and Frederick Gans, Mark Lamia, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk, Rose Family Foundation, Betty and Lloyd Schermer, and Neil Young. The C.F. Foundation in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling exhibition program, Treasures to Go. The showing in Toledo is made possible through the generous support of Toledo Museum of Art members. Free admission.
The Great War: Art on the Front Line. July 25–Oct. 19, Gallery 18.
July 28, 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I (1914–1918), a global conflict that resulted in more than 17-million deaths and another 20-million wounded. Its widespread deployment of mechanized and chemical warfare represented an application of science and technology that brought an end to what many had seen as the promise of industrialization to promote a peaceful and prosperous future. The art world reacted strongly to this unprecedented carnage. Many artists were involved in the fighting, their experiences profoundly affecting their worldview and their art. Whether they fought in the war or not, artists in Europe and America sought new styles and new philosophies to express their views of a society now forever changed. The Great War includes paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Max Beckmann, Otto Dix, George Grosz, Childe Hassam, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Käthe Kollwitz and others. Free admission.
Global ¦Local. Oct. 30, 2014–Jan. 25, 2015, Canaday Gallery.
Although “globalization” is often thought of as a modern-day phenomenon, in truth it is as old as human civilization. Globalization literally means the process of becoming global, and this show looks at three processes—travel (including pilgrimage), trade and conquest—that contribute to the spread of ideas and technologies across the world. The exhibition examines how those activities have operated throughout human history and pays particular attention to the way local identity is represented in the face of globalization: the more interconnected our world becomes, the more the “local” tends to assert itself. Drawing exclusively from TMA’s collection, Global | Local explores how artists have expressed these and other continuities of globalization over several millennia. Free admission.
95th Toledo Area Artists Exhibition. Nov. 21, 2014–Jan. 3, 2015.
The juried, multi-media Toledo Area Artists Exhibition celebrates the best work being done by artists within a 150-mile radius of the Toledo Museum of Art. Free admission.