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Published: Thursday, 2/26/2009

1980s-style party will kick off exhibit at the museum

Look What's New! The Second Century of Collecting at the Toledo Museum of Art opens tomorrow. A 1980s-style party, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., will be March 6, featuring a gallery-type street scene with "street" entertainers, munchies, a cash bar, and a look at renovations under way in the future gallery for modern and contemporary art (the former Art in Glass Gallery, closed since 2004). The exhibit will continue through May 31. The exhibit is free but admission to the March 6 party is $15 for museum nonmembers. Information: 419-255-8000.

Sunday is the last day to see Radiant Ensemble: Jewelry from the Nancy & Gilbert Levine Collection in the museum's Glass Pavilion.

The annual Toledo Area Children's Art Exhibit opens with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception March 6 at Space 237, 237 North Michigan Ave. It continues through March 25. Information: 419-255-5117.

The large, colorful paintings of Debra Malinovsky are hung on the walls of the Perrysburg Municipal Building, 201 West Indiana Ave., through March 31. Also through the end of March, Jennifer Solon's abstract textile collages are displayed on the second floor of the Perrysburg Municipal Courthouse, 300 Walnut St. Both exhibits are coordinated by the Perrysburg Area Arts Council. Information: 419-873-2787 and perrysburgarts.org.

An all-media juried show is at the Toledo Artists' Club through March 27. Visitors are invited to vote for their favorite piece. The club is at Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive.

Eighteen mixed-media works by Britney McIntire, a senior at the University of Toledo, will be displayed through March 12 in the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women in Tucker Hall on UT's Main Campus. Each piece in Conversational Dust represents a bit of conversation the artist heard such as "If that kid does one more cannon ball..." Information: 419-530-8570.

The Detroit Institute of Arts will eliminate 56 full-time and seven part-time positions as part of a $6 million cut in its $34 million annual operating budget. The cuts are not expected to affect hours, but will result in fewer exhibitions. In the Prints, Drawings, and Photography department, for example, exhibitions will be halved from 12 to six every two years, and exhibits will include more works from the DIA's own collection.

After extensive expansion and renovation, the DIA had a successful grand opening in November, 2007, followed by strong attendance. But Detroit's and Michigan's economies have had an inevitable impact, a museum press release noted, adding "the museum is now giving high priority to building its operating endowment."

The Cleveland Museum of Art will open an exhibit of 360 photographs by Lee Friedlander, Sunday. It continues through May 31. Information: 800-262-0033 and www.clevelandart.org.



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