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Literati! party celebrates new fall exhibits at TMA

The Toledo Museum of Art is inviting everyone to “party off the page” at Literati! Friday, Oct. 9 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. in the museum’s former Art in Glass Gallery.

The social event will celebrate the museum’s fall exhibitions, three of which highlight the powerful connection between art and literature, imagery and words. Partygoers are encouraged to come as their favorite fictional character and be part of bringing “lit” to life.

Throughout the evening, there will be hands-on activities, photo booths by photoboothlive.com, food and a cash bar. The event is free for members of the museum. Non-members can purchase tickets for $20 by calling 419-255-8000 ext. 7448.

 

Exhibitions now on display or opening soon at the Museum include:

Chihuly Toledo! through Nov. 29, Glass Pavilion. In 1970, Dale Chihuly was invited to the Toledo Museum of Art to showcase his creations in a study of contemporary art glass. The Seattle native’s contributions have been part of Toledo’s studio glass tradition ever since. Rarely seen sketches and early works by the famed glass artist drawn from the Museum’s own collection make up this special exhibit. Free admission.

LitGraphic: The World of the Graphic Novel, Oct. 2¬¬¬¬- Jan. 3, 2010, Canaday Gallery. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., LitGraphic features more than 146 artworks by 24 contemporary graphic novelists and historic practitioners of this ever-evolving art form. Free admission.

Storybook Stars: Award-Winning Illustrations from the Mazza Collection, Oct. 9-Jan. 31, 2010, Works on Paper Galleries. What’s a storybook without pictures? See 75 enchanting illustrations from artists who have won major awards for their work in children’s books. Most works, which include illustrations by Maurice Sendak, Eric Carle, Arnold Lobel and Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), are from the Dr. Jerry J. Mallett Institute’s Mazza Museum at the University of Findlay. Free admission.

Word Play, Oct. 16-Feb. 7, 2010, Gallery 18. Many visual artists look to activate viewers’ imaginations not by depicting the recognizable, but by incorporating language to invoke imagery in the viewer’s mind. Word Play draws from throughout the Toledo Museum of Art’s permanent collection—focusing on works produced in the last 50 years—to examine the stimulating linkage between text and contemporary art. Free admission.

The exhibitions are made possible through the support of museum members and by the Ohio Arts Council, which helps to fund programs with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.

The Toledo Museum of Art is located at 2445 Monroe St. at Scottwood Avenue, Toledo. For more information, visit www.toledomuseum.org or call 419-255-8000.

What’s a storybook without pictures? See “Frog and Toad Together,” (Arnold Lobel)  in “Storybook Stars: Award-Winning Illustrations from the Mazza Collection,  on display at TMA Oct. 9 through Jan. 31, 2010. The illustration is from the collection of Dr. Jerry J. Mallett Institute's Mazza Museum, The University of Findlay.

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