December E-Newsletter

In This Issue:

Extended Holiday Hours

Due to the popularity of Who Shot Rock & Roll, the museum will offer extended hours during the holiday season opening on Monday, December 27 and Tuesday, December 28 from 11 am - 5 pm. For a complete listing of holiday hours, click HERE.

Sunday Sampler

Sunday, December 5,
11 am - 5 pm

Enjoy free admission into the galleries on the first Sunday of every month, including entrance to the 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).

*Special Bonus Attraction*
WE Gallery, 20 N. High Street, is featuring the exhibition Visual Music: Northeast Ohio Photographers Look at Rock and Roll. Curated by local rock photographer and Cleveland Scene Magazine staff writer Anastasia Pantsios, the exhibition features the work of 11 photographers who documented the Cleveland/Akron music scene from the 1960s until today. Participating photographers include Ken Blaze, Jay Brown, Bob Ferrell, Neal Hamilton, Janet Macoska, Keith Marlowe, Karen Novak, Anastasia Pantsios, Stephanie Saniga, George Shuba and Linda Woods. For more information call 330.252.0988.

The Akron-Summit County Public Library will be open from 1 – 5 pm. In the Special Collections Department, the Getting Started in Family History exhibit will be on display. There will also be Crafts to Go in the 3rd floor Teen Division, as well as Story Time Sampler in the Children’s Library at 2 pm. For more information visit or call 330.643.9000.

Summit Artspace will be open from 1 – 5 pm and will feature the exhibition Kaleidoscope 2010 in the Box Gallery on the 3rd floor (featuring the works of The Alliance for the Visual Arts in Akron) as well as an exhibition of paintings and artwork by Akron Society of Artists members. Artist demonstrations will also take place between 1 – 3 pm. For more information visit or call 330.376.8480.

Concert: The ReBeats: A Beatles Tribute

Thursday, December 16,
7 - 9 pm

Get ready to scream and shout as The ReBeats recreate all of the magic of your favorite fab four songs. This mop top group performs songs in full Sgt. Pepper uniforms and have earned a reputation for entertaining audiences of all ages with their swinging '60s style. Cash bar.

Also during the concert, finish up your holiday shopping at the museum's annual Holiday mART featuring unique hand-crafted items from local artists.

First Night at the Akron Art Museum

Friday, December 31,
5 - 11:30 pm

Ring in the New Year with the Akron Art Museum! Enjoy the festive atmosphere and a variety of musical performances. For information on purchasing admission to First Night events and a schedule of events and performances visit

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Thursday, December 16,
5 - 9 pm

The museum's annual holiday shopping event returns with a variety of hand-crafted items from nine area artists. This year's artisans and merchandise include:

1. Gwen Waight – Found Object Assemblages
2. Dave Repicky – Ceramic Art
3. Annette Boncek – Textile Jewelry
4. LiLu Designs – Unique necklaces from old scrabble tiles using a wide variety of images
5. Jordan Elise – Horrible Adorables – Fiber Art
6. Cari Miller – Sunthing Special – Wall Art
7. Donna Fuchs – The Penguin’s Nest – Hand Beaded Jewelry
8. Dana Hervey – Wire and Glass Jewelry
9. Jack Baker – Glassware

Also, The ReBeats: A Beatles Tribute will be performing live during the event from 7 - 9 pm. Cash bar.

For more information call 330.376.9186 x280.

Photo: Glassware by Jack Baker

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.

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Who Shot Rock Related Programming

Free Film Screenings

Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields
A film by Kerthy Fix and Gail O'Hara
Thursday, December 2, 7 pm

Ten years in the making, Strange Powers is an intimate documentary portrait of indie rock icon and songwriter Stephin Merritt and his band the Magnetic Fields. Strange Powers explores Merritt's songwriting and recording process, and focuses on his relationships with his band mates, revealing an artist who has produced one of the most engaging and confounding bodies of work in the contemporary American songbook. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Lehner Auditorium.

No One Knows About Persian Cats
A film by Bahman Ghobadi
Thursday, December 9, 7 pm

Shot in secret and featuring extraordinary performances by real underground bands, No One Knows About Persian Cats follows a pair of young Iranian musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to flee the country and take their rock band to Europe. This takes them on a free-wheeling journey through Iran's vibrant and diverse underground scene, home to an estimated 2,000 illegal independent bands. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Lehner Auditorium.

Western Reserve PBS Documentary

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In the Community

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
On View through December 5, 2010

On view at the WE Gallery, 20 N. High Street (diagonal from the museum) only through December 5, 2010. 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: Zeng Fanzhi, Wang Guangyi, Shen Jiawei and Hung Liu. 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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