Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Art Notes: April 2023

New views on America

The American art collection has been reinstalled at the Toledo Museum of Art in the New Media Gallery. As part of the museum’s Belonging Plan instituted last year, curators reconsidered the TMA’s holdings of American art and added to its collection to more effectively represent themes, styles and perspectives of artists of the United States. More than 80 objects are in conversation in Expanding Horizons: The Evolving Character of a Nation, which opened March 18. 

Rather than organizing the galleries by time periods or styles, themes of mythmaking and religion lend structure and interplay to the works on display. Movements that foreground women’s voices, migrant experiences and perspectives from communities of color will be centered. 

 “TMA aims to spark curiosity among visitors and encourage them to be more deliberate and conscious in their assessment of the art on view, casting aside familiar artistic and historical narratives to develop a new and broader understanding about the works,” said Erin Corrales-Diaz, TMA’s curator of American art. Visitors are encouraged to share their thoughts on the exhibition, its themes and featured objects. 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. 419-255-8000. toledomuseum.org

The Mix 2023 – Arts Commission Fundraiser

The Mix, the largest fundraiser of the year for the Arts Commission, has often been referred to as “THE party of the year.” It’s the sort of event where you might run into a fire-eater, belly dancer and a legendary vocalist, all in the same room. This year, The Mix will take place on Friday, May 19 at The Gateway in Vistula, located on N. Summit St. at Locust. The venue may look familiar to those who attended the 2013 iteration of the Artomatic419 Festival that was held in the same space. Those interested in volunteering to work the event should call 419-254-2787. Tickets are on sale at artscommission.org.

The Victory Center survivor art show 

The 11th annual Victory Center Cancer Survivor Art Show will be held on Friday, April 21 from 4-6pm, and Saturday, April 22 from noon-2pm. All types and varieties of art expression are included in this event, from fine art to folk art and crafts. Many cancer survivors will be present to share the stories behind their artwork. Since art expression is an individual process, the scope of the collection includes items such as bead & wire, jewelry, knitting, collage, watercolor, ink, canvas painting and acrylics.  Pieces range in mood from contemplative to joyful and inspirational. The Victory Center hosts a free art therapy program for area cancer patients, survivors and the children and grandchildren of participants.

The Victory Center, 3166 N. Republic Blvd., Toledo. 419-531-7600. thevictorycenter.org.

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