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Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art

Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620–1820

The Art of Conservation

Chameleon Effects: Glass (Un)Defined


Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art
June 12-Sept. 5, 2021

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art brings together a diverse cohort of established and emerging artists active in the United States since the late 18th century, whose work has approached this mysterious and compelling subject through a wide variety of styles and media. The exhibition presents approximately 160 objects, including painting, drawings, sketchbooks and printed books, photographs, video and other objects such as scientific instruments and Spiritualist ritual objects.

Interdisciplinary, multicultural and multimedia in nature, Supernatural America is divided into sections that examine America as a haunted place, apparitions, channeling spirits through rituals and the potential for plural universes. Among the many remarkable artists whose work explores the paranormal and supernatural in the exhibition are Gertrude Abercrombie, Charles Burchfield, Marvin Cone, Minnie Evans, John Jota Leaños, Norman Lewis, Whitfield Lovell, Helen Lundeberg, Tony Oursler, Agnes Pelton, Howardena Pindell, Rachel Rose, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Carolee Schneemann, Renée Stout, Dorothea Tanning, Alma Thomas, Bill Viola, Grant Wood and Andrew Wyeth.

Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art is the first museum exhibition to explore more than 200 years of American art through the lens of the spectral and supernatural. The "supernatural" and "paranormal" refer to encounters and phenomena beyond scientific explanation that suggest an order of existence beyond the visible and observable universe and that appear to transcend the laws of nature. A broad range of artists in the U.S. has engaged this subject matter, which often grew out of their personal experiences, faith traditions and scientific pursuits.

The exhibition premieres in Toledo before traveling to the Speed Art Museum Oct. 7, 2021, through Jan. 2, 2022, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art Feb. 19 through May 15, 2022.

Publication: Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art is accompanied by a 320-page fully illustrated publication that includes contributions from the exhibition curator, Robert Cozzolino, and a diverse array of scholars and artists.

Credits: Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art is organized by the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The exhibition has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

The exhibition is sponsored locally by 2021 Exhibition Program Sponsors Taylor Cadillac and ProMedica, presenting sponsors Susan and Tom Palmer, and with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council.

Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620–1820
April 24-July 25, 2021
Gallery 18

Corresponding with an age of exploration, colonialism, and the rise of the great European trading companies – including the West African slave trade – intense interest in natural history and attempts to classify and categorize it grew as specimens of plants, insects, shells, mammals and birds were collected from around the world and brought back to Europe. Ornithology, the study of birds and their classification, made especially great strides in the 1700s with many lavishly illustrated studies of birds being published during the century. But naturalists were not the only ones fascinated by these "exotic" birds. Monarchs and aristocrats collected them in cabinets of curiosities and aviaries, artists painted them, moralizers found symbolic meaning in them and women wore their feathers as accessories. This exhibition highlights images of exotic birds in European art primarily from the 17th and 18th centuries that show how they became the objects of scientific inquiry, of popular interest, of status, and even of household decoration and personal adornment.

The exhibition will showcase the Museum's recent acquisition of the important six-volume Ornithologie written by Mathurin-Jacques Brisson and illustrated by François-Nicolas Martinet, published 1760. It will also feature paintings, prints and decorative arts from TMA's collection, as well as select loans of significant prints and illustrated books from the Yale Center for British Art, the University of Michigan Museums Library and Special Collections, and the Bowling Green State University Libraries Center for Archival Collections.

Rare and Wondrous: Birds in Art and Culture 1620–1820 is sponsored by 2021 Exhibition Program sponsors Taylor Cadillac and ProMedica, with support from the McLoughlin Family Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Free admission.

The Art of Conservation
Through Aug. 29, 2021
Canaday Gallery

The conservators at the Toledo Museum of Art cordially invite you to view the fascinating work they do to preserve artworks for future generations to enjoy. TMA conservators Suzanne Hargrove (Head of Conservation),Marissa Stevenson (Kress Fellow, Multi-Media Textiles), and Emily Cummins (Mellon Fellow, Objects) are responsible for the direct care of artworks with the use of technical research, scientific analysis, and fine hand skills. Their work involves detailed examination, analytical testing, the treatment of artwork, and much more. Their activities can include anything from repairing damaged textiles with thread smaller than a single human hair and recreating damaged gold surfaces, to reassembling ancient ceramics.

Often conservators’ work is done behind closed doors, hidden from public view as they treat artworks to ready them for display or loan. Now you will have the chance to see them working in a visible conservation lab in Canaday Gallery, where they will be treating works that have been affected by time, artist technique, human use, and previous repair. Visitors will have the opportunity to ask questions about current treatment projects, the field of conservation, and collections care. Join them as they conserve and repair Marisol’s multi-figure sculpture The Party, an ancient Greek ceramic piece, quilts by the African American quilting community of Gee’s Bend, and many other artworks from the TMA collection.

The Art of Conservation is sponsored in part by 2021 Exhibition Program Sponsors Taylor Cadillac and ProMedica, with additional support from the Ohio Arts Council and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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