November E-Newsletter

In This Issue:

Museum Book Club

Thursday, November 4,
6 pm

Join Akron Art Museum staff members for a discussion of "Just Kids" by Patti Smith. Complementing the Who Shot Rock exhibition, the memoir recalls how Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe found each other on the streets of New York in the late 1960s, making a pact to stay together until they both became famous. A guided tour of the exhibition will also be included in the evening.

"Just Kids" is for sale in the Museum Store for $27. This program is FREE but registration is required - please call 330.376.9186 x230 to register.

Film Club Presented by Akron Film

Thursday, November 4,
7 pm

Like a book club but faster, Akron Film's Film Club lets attendees watch several rock related shorts and music videos and then discuss them together. This event is FREE and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. For more information visit

Sunday Sampler / Free First Sunday

Sunday, November 7,
11 am - 5 pm

Enjoy free admission into the galleries on the first Sunday of every month, including entrance to the recently opened exhibitions Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present and Culture Revolution: Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, as part of Sunday Sampler (a joint initiative between the museum, downtown library and Summit Artspace).

Also, enjoy two free film screenings in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium as part of the 2010 Global Lens Film Series. At 12:30 pm, The Shaft (Dixia De Tiankong), a Chinese film by Zhang Chi, will be shown and at 3:30 pm Leo’s Room (El Cuarto De Leo), a film by Enrique Buchichio of Uruguay. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information call 330.376.9186 x230.

For information on the library's activities, visit or call 330.643.9000. For Summit Artspace activities, visit or call 330.376.8480.

The University of Akron Art History Student Symposium

Thursday, November 18,
4 - 6 pm

Students enrolled in Methods of Art History at The University of Akron's Mary Schiller Myers School of Art will present academic papers based on objects in the museum's collection. A short reception will follow preceeding a lecture by visiting art critic Shana Nys Dambrot at 6:30 pm. For more information call 330.376.9186 x230.

Free Lecture: Shana Nys Dambrot

Thursday, November 18,
6:30 pm

In conjunction with The University of Akron's Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, Shana Nys Dambrot will present "High Notes," an examination of Lari Pittman's major work, Thankfully, I will have learned to break glass with sound. Dambrot is an art critic, curator and author based in Venice, CA. Her writing has appeared in many publications, including Modern Painters, ARTnews, TimeOut and Juxtapoz. She is currently the L.A. managing editor at This program is FREE with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

5th Annual Island of Misfit Toys Workshop

Saturday, November 20

Bring the family down to the museum to break, bash and build during the annual Island of Misfit Toys Workshop. You'll use bits and pieces from all different kinds of toys to create a one-of-a-kind sculpture. This event is FREE but you must register for a time online at The time slots this year are: 11:30 am - 1 pm, 1:30 - 3 pm or 3:30 - 5 pm. While there is no charge for the event, we ask that each family brings one new, unwrapped toy to donate to children in need. For more information call 330.376.9186 x247.

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Past Issues


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Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

On View through January 23, 2011

For the first time ever as a major museum exhibition, the story of rock and roll is being told from the perspective of the men and women who not only chronicled the genre, but defined it comprehensively – the photographers.

Acknowledging both their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music, Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present features 163 photos and eight videos by over 100 photographers and videographers, including Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijin, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz and many more. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art with guest curator Gail Buckland, the exhibition has already toured nationally to outstanding reviews.

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Lecture: Photographer Bob Gruen

Thursday, November 11,
6:30 pm

One of the most well-known and respected photographers in rock and roll, Bob Gruen has gained worldwide recognition for his photos of everyone from Madonna to Bob Marley over the past 40 years. He also became John Lennon and Yoko Ono's personal photographer and friend after they settled in New York in 1971, all experiences that will undoubtedly make for an unforgettable lecture on his work. This lecture is FREE and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the museum's auditorium. For more information call 330.376.9186 x230.

This lecture is sponsored by the Ohio Arts Council in recognition of National Arts and Humanities month.

Western Reserve PBS Documentary

Don't miss Who Shot Rock & Roll, a documentary produced by Western Reserve PBS on the exhibition of the same name. Featuring artist and curator interviews, the documentary takes you behind the scenes, allowing the viewer a glimpse into the world of rock and roll through the eyes and lens' of those closest to it. Who Shot Rock & Roll will air on the following days and times:

Western Reserve PBS – Time Warner cable position 10
Tuesday, 11/2 @ 9 pm & 9:30 pm
Saturday, 11/6 @ 6:30 pm
Thursday, 11/18 @ 4:30 am
Sunday, 11/21 @ 1:30 pm

Fusion – Time Warner cable position 993
Thursday, 11/4 @ 8 and 10 pm
Saturday, 11/6 @ 7 pm
Sunday, 11/14 @ 1:30 pm
Sunday, 11/28 @ 4:30 pm

Buy Your "Who Shot Rock" Catalogue Today!

Accompanying the exhibition is a 320-page hardcover book authored by Gail Buckland, titled "Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present." The book contains 298 color and black and white photographs, along with commentary about each image's photographer, their influences and relationships with the musicians and how they "saw what they saw and captured what they captured." Buy in-store or online below!

Exhibition Catalogue -$40.00 + 9.95S&H

Community Related Programming

97.5 WONE Online Photo Contest
Don't let your rock concert photos waste away in a Facebook album - show them to the world with the 97.5 WONE, Akron Art Museum-Who Shot Rock and Roll Photo Contest. Click HERE for more information!

Visual Music: Northeast Ohio Photographers Look at Rock and Roll
Sunday, November 7 - December 6, 2010

Curated by local rock photographer and Cleveland Scene Magazine staff writer Anastasia Pantsios, the exhibition, on view at the WE Gallery, 20 N. High Street (diagonal from the museum), features the work of 11 photographers who documented the Cleveland/Akron music scene from the 1960s to present. Click HERE for more information.

Threadbangers Ball: Craft Akron Presents "Craftstock,"
a Series of Rock-Inspired Crafts
This fall, Craft Akron will offer a number of Who Shot Rock & Roll inspired classes. Click HERE for more information.

Create Your Own Rock and Roll Fantasy

You can have your own holiday rock and roll bash at the museum! The specially themed Who Shot Rock & Roll holiday party includes fabulous food, a hip bar, groovy music and other fun, rock-inspired extras for you and your guests to enjoy. To hear more about all the available party packages, call Special Events Manager Sue Parker at 330.376.9186 x212 or e-mail her at

Culture Revolution: Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum

On View through February 27, 2011

Culture Revolution offers a sampling of the issues and styles that Chinese artists have addressed in post-Mao China through the work of four internationally renowned artists: Zheng Fanzhi, Wang Guangyi, Shen Jiawei and Hung Lui. Political Pop meets expressionism, realism, history and nostalgia in these lush, poetic paintings on loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College.

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2011 Global Lens Film Series

The museum is proud to once again present screenings of four films from the 2011 Global Lens Film Series on Sunday, November 7 & 14. All screenings are FREE and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the museum's auditorium.

Sunday, November 7

12:30 pm - The Shaft (Dixia De Tiankong), a 2008 film by Zhang Chi, CHINA
In three intertwined stories, a father, son and daughter fight to hold on to hope and family as they face the harsh realities of life in a poor western Chinese mining town. 98 minutes, in Chinese with English subtitles.

3:30 pm - Leo's Room (El Cuarto De Leo), a 2009 film by Enrique Buchichio, URUGUAY
Shaken by a recent breakup, a troubled but handsome young man dreams of the future and cautiously explores his sexuality with the encouragement of an old friend and a sympathetic therapist. 92 minutes, in Spanish with English subtitles.

Sunday, November 14

12:30 pm - Ocean of An Old Man, a 2008 film by Rajesh Shera, INDIA
In the devastating aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, an elderly British schoolteacher  comes to grips with his own loss as he searches for missing students on the remote Indian islands of Andaman and Nicobar. 84 minutes, in Hindi with English subtitles.

3 pm - My Tehran For Sale, a 2009 film by Granaz Moussavi, IRAN
An ailing actress fighting for political asylum, and waiting to clear Australian immigration, recounts her attempts to live, work and love in Tehran's thriving yet turbulant arts subculture. 97 minutes, in Farsi and English with English subtitles.

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