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    MAY 22ND TO SEPT 6TH 2015


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Fun—is it frivolity or necessity?

The contemporary art show Play Time poses a serious question about a seemingly unserious topic: Is play—the spontaneous, unstructured time found to foster creativity and problem-solving skills—strictly for kids?

“As we grow up we tend to trivialize play and relegate it to childhood, but it’s an important element of life that we wanted to explore in this exhibition,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, the Museum’s Mellon fellow and associate curator of contemporary art. “This show is not only about play in the traditional sense, but also the idea of being in the moment, of inspiring wonder, of invoking your natural curiosity.”

Co-curated by Dr. Norton-Westbrook and Associate Director Amy Gilman, Play Time is a more experimental exhibition format for the Museum that aims to defy traditional ideas of art viewing with “pop-ups that aren’t confined to one space and one time or one medium,” said Dr. Norton-Westbrook. “We wanted to challenge ourselves to find ways to even extend the experience into the community.”

Works on view and experiences will change throughout June, July and August. Some will even move locations.

“Being ‘in the moment,’ that can be a challenge in adulthood, and these works really demand that of their viewers,” said Dr. Gilman. “They physically and mentally engage you in a way that’s very lighthearted, and that’s the aim, to show that art doesn’t have to be serious. It can have serious intent without feeling pedantic.”

RedBall Project locations announced.




Short Address

Friday, August 14, 2015

11-6 pm

TMA Glass Pavilion

2444 Monroe Street

Saturday, August 15, 2015

8-3 pm

Toledo Farmers Market

155 S. Superior

Sunday, August 16, 2015

1-8 pm

Across from Fifth Third Field

Corner of Huron and Washington

Monday, August 17, 2015

11-6 pm

Toledo Edison Building

300 Madison Ave.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

11-6 pm

ProMedica Steam Plant

Corner of Madison Ave. and Water St.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

11-6 pm

Roulet Jewelers

Alley between 405 Madison Ave. and 413 Madison Ave.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

11-6 pm

N. Erie St. & Adams St.

Alley between 338 N. Erie St. and 340 N. Erie St.

Friday, August 21, 2015

11-6 pm

Boyd’s Retro Candy Store

954 Phillips Avenue

Saturday, August 22, 2015

11-6 pm

Side Cut Metropark

Located in Lock #1

Sunday, August 23, 2015

11-6 pm

TMA Peristyle Terrace

2445 Monroe Street

The Artworks


Harmonic Motion

by Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam and Charles Richard MacAdam
Canaday Gallery | May 22–Sept. 6


Redmoon Theater Performances

June 11 – 13, Monroe Street Terrace


Anything Can Break

by Pinaree Sanpitak
Back of Canaday | May 22–Sept. 6


Masking Tape Installation

by Cameron Fuller
Glass Pavilion
July 15–20


Glass Mountain

by Kim Harty
Created Live at Glass Pavilion
May 22

On display through Sept. 6


Assorted Chess Sets from the World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis

Main Museum building & Glass Pavilion | May 22–Sept. 6



by Stina Köhnke

Canaday Gallery
May 22–Sept. 6


RedBall Project Toledo

by Kurt Perschke
for locations visit

Aug. 14–23 | #redballproject


Beuys Voice

by Nam June Paik
Gallery 1 | May 22–Sept. 6


Ground Control

by Edith Dekyndt
Main Museum Gallery
May 22–Sept. 6


Swing Space

by Jillian Mayer
Off of Gallery 22 | May 22–Sept. 6

Originally commissioned by Locust Projects with support from the Harpo Foundation

Play Time Map

Download a pdf version of the Play Time exhibition map to find out more.

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May 2015


Friday, May 22

  • Play Time Live Artist Presentation: Kim Harty, Glass Mountain
    10 a.m.–10 p.m.
  • FREE Artist Talk: Kim Harty, 7 p.m. | GlasSalon

Saturday, May 23

  • Play Time Live Artist Presentation: Kim Harty, Glass Mountain,
    10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • FREE Gallery Talk | Halona Norton Westbrook on Play Time,  2 p.m. | Libbey Court

Sunday, May 24

  • Play Time Live Artist Presentation: Kim Harty, Glass Mountain,
    10 a.m.–5 p.m.

June 2015


Saturday, June 13

  • Faesthetic Artists Panel moderated by Dustin Hostetler, 2 p.m. | Little Theater
  • Booksigning for Feasthetic Artists Panel, 3:30 p.m. | Little Theater Gallery
  • Exhibition Celebration featuring Redmoon Theater: Play Time, 6-10 p.m. | Museum & Grounds

Sunday, June 14

  • FREE Sunday Family Film Club | The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T (1953), 2 p.m. | Little Theater [89 minutes]

June 16 – June 21

  • FREE Marathon Reading | James Joyce’s Ulysses, June 16, 17, 20 and 21: Noon–4 p.m., June 18 & 19: Noon–8 p.m. | Museum Galleries and Grounds [32 hours total]

Saturday, June 20

  • FREE Color Wheels Community Bike Ride | Bicycle Music, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Meet in the Community Garden

Sunday, June 21

  • SOLD-OUT Hands-On Workshop with Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, June 21: 2–4 p.m. | Monroe St. Terrace (Workshop for ages 8 and older) Registration is required for this event. Programs@toledomuseum.org or x 7453. There will be four 30 minute worshops.

July 2015


Thursday, July 16

  • FREE Film + Live Music | The Sound of Silents: Safety Last (1923), 7 p.m. | Peristyle  [70 minutes]

Saturday, July 18

  • Artist Talk with Cameron Fuller, Saturday, July 18: 2 p.m. | GlasSalon & GP Courtyard

Sunday, July 19

  • Sunday Family Film Club: Classic Shorts,  2 p.m. | Little Theater

Saturday, July 25

  • FREE Color Wheels Community Bike Ride | Wheels of History, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Terrace

Thursday, July 30

  • FREE Family Performance | The Golden Rod Puppets of Hobey Ford, Migration, 7 p.m. | Peristyle

August 2015


Thursday, August 6

  • Films of Jacque Tati: Play Time (1967), 7 p.m. | Peristyle [115 minutes]

Friday, August 7

    • Films of Jacque Tati: M. Hulot’s Holiday (1953), 7 p.m. | Little Theater [87minutes]

Saturday, August 8

  • Films of Jacque Tati: Trafic (1971), 9 p.m. | Parking Lot 3 [87minutes]

Sunday, August 9

  • Films of Jacque Tati: Mon Oncle (1958), 7 p.m. | Little Theater [87minutes]

Sunday, August 15

  • Music Marathon: The Complete String Quartets of Dmitri Shostakovich ($15) | Noon–9:30 p.m. | GlasSalon

Tuesday, August 18

  • Artist Panel with Kurt Perschke, Noon | Promenade Park

Thursday, August 20

  • FREE Films: The Horse’s Mouth (1958), 7 p.m. | Little Theater

Saturday, August 22

  • Color Wheels Community Bike Ride: Neighborhoods,  10 a.m. | Meet in the Community Garden
  • TMA’s Historic Skinner Organ Performed by Members of the American Guild of Organists Toledo, 2 p.m. | Peristyle

Related Merchandise

For more Play Time-inspired fun, visit tmastore.org.

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Toys! Toys! Toys!

Through Sept. 17, 2016
Community Gallery
Toys are capable of provoking powerful memories – of our childhoods, of by-gone eras, of our collective cultural history. In this Community Gallery exhibition, local artists celebrate the fun and nostalgia of toys in a variety of mediums, from 3D to installation work.