Can't-miss exhibits

Roberta Gedert / The Blade / Photo by Kevin Todora
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:36:19 GMT

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Here are five upcoming exhibits local art lovers should mark on their calendars.


• Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow

Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St.

The Toledo Museum of Art this fall is hosting a major exhibition by a Pakistani-American artist that addresses the concepts of sacred spaces and cultural exclusion through three, room-sized installations.

Anila Quayyum Agha: Between Light and Shadow, will transform three rooms at the museum with large-scale, pierced metal sculptures that will create intricate patterns and shadows across the galleries.

Agha’s piece, Intersections, which is one of the three installations that will come to Toledo, was the first work to win both the Public and Juried grand prizes at the 2014 international art competition ArtPrize in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The other two works also raise questions about Agha’s sense of exclusion as an immigrant to the United States. The artist was born in Lahore, Pakistan.

“Based on the octahedron and tetrahedron geometric shapes, The Greys in Between is inspired by Islamic architectural motifs found in communal spaces like mosques and historic sites,” a description of the pieces states. “Taking the form of a small house, This is Not a Refuge! 2 invites conversation about the loss of family and land due to displacement and resettlement.”

The show opens Oct. 19 and runs through Feb. 9. Agha will speak at the museum at 2 p.m., opening day, in the Little Theater.


Michelangelo: Mind of the Master

The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., Cleveland, 216-421-7350,

The Italian Renaissance painter Michelangelo was an artistic genius of the 15th and 16th centuries, and his intricate and detailed frescoes painted on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, the sculptures for the tomb of Giuliano de’ Medici and the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica are known as some of his most important works.

The exhibition, Michelangelo: Mind of the Master, displays more than two dozen of the Renaissance painter’s original drawings to demonstrate how he prepared for master commissions. The drawings will be in the United States for the first time, and come from the collection at the Teylers Museum in Haarlem, The Netherlands.

“These working sketches invite us to look over the shoulder of one of Western art history’s most influential masters and to experience firsthand his boundless creativity and extraordinary mastery of the human form,” states the show’s mission statement.

The show, organized by the Teylers Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, has opened and will be on display at the Cleveland museum through Jan. 5.


• Athena Exhibition: 116 Years Celebrating Women in the Arts

Dual exhibition at Fuller Art House, 5679 Main St., Sylvania, 882-8949,; and Hudson Gallery, 5645 Main St., Sylvania, 885-8381,

This exhibition, split between two galleries in the burgeoning arts district in downtown Sylvania, celebrates one of the nation’s oldest, continuous women’s art organizations.

Athena Exhibition: 116 Years Celebrating Women in the Arts, will be a juried show featuring about 50 works from about 40 local artists, in a variety of mediums, said Hudson Gallery owner Scott Hudson.

The Athena Art Society was started on Nov. 7, 1903, by a group of 18 women in Toledo. The exhibition will kick off with a reception during the downtown Sylvania Red Bird Arts District First Friday Art Walk on Nov. 1, and remain open through the month.


AIDS Memorial Quilt

University of Toledo Center for Visual Arts, 620 Art Museum Drive, 530-8300,

The University of Toledo’s Department of Art and the University of Toledo Medical Center, have partnered to bring the iconic AIDS Memorial Quilt to Toledo for three weeks this year.

The university is inviting the public to view the exhibition of the 15 panels that will be installed from Nov. 15 through Dec. 6 at UT’s Center for Visual Arts next to the Toledo Museum of Art. At its opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m., Nov. 15, Toledoans have the chance to hear from guest speaker Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of AIDS victim Ryan White, who along with her teenage son, waged a battle to get him back into school without discrimination after he was infected with a dirty needle during a blood transfusion in 1984.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt started in 1987 when a group of friends and family gathered in a store in San Francisco to talk about creating a way to remember those lost to HIV and AIDS. Now with more than 49,000 commemorative panels and weighing 54 tons, the quilt is preserved under the non-profit The NAMES Project Foundation Inc.

Additional programming during the quilt’s stay includes a lecture series that will be announced at a later date, and a screening on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, of seven newly commissioned artist videos through a collaboration with the New York City organization Visual AIDS.


• Dia de los Muertos altar exhibitions

Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center, 1222 Broadway St., Toledo, 241-1655,, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit, 313-833-7900,

Every year in Mexico, residents welcome back the souls of those loved ones who have died by building altars adorned with sugar skulls, candles, flowers, photos, clay, and more.

The tradition dates back 3,000 years, and many Americans of Mexican descent continue the ritual here. Translated, the Day of the Dead is celebrated from Oct. 31 to Nov. 2.

At the Sofia Quintero Art & Cultural Center in South Toledo, community members can view some of these commemorative altars at a display at the Jose Martinez Galeria, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 15. A Day of the Dead art exhibition will be installed to run concurrently with the altar displays.

On Nov. 2, the cultural center will have its 23rd annual Dia de los Muertos celebration, that includes a night of latin cuisine, beverages, altar displays, art, and music.

Similarly, the Detroit Institute of Arts is hosting an exhibition of decorated altars. Ofrendas: Celebrating el Dia de Muertos opened this weekend and will be installed through Nov. 10. It displays 16 altars, four of which are tributes to refugees held at the border.

The Detroit museum show is a collaboration with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit.