February E-Newsletter

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Free lecture: Dr. Aileen Wang - "Transcending Borders in Contemporary Chinese Art"

Thursday, February 3,
6:30 pm

Dr. Wang, art history lecturer at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will give a free lecture on contemporary Chinese art, in conjunction with the exhibition Culture Revolution: Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art Museum. This lecture is presented by the Myers School of Art at The University of Akron, and is co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute at the University. Free to the public with first-come, first-served seating available in the Auditorium.


Sunday Sampler

Sunday, February 6,
11 am - 5 pm

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

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 www.akronlibrary.org or call 330.643.9000.

Summit Artspace will be open from 12 – 5 pm and will feature an exhibition of paintings and artwork by Artists of Rubber City members. Artist demonstrations will also take place between 12 – 3 pm. For more information visit www.summitartspace.org or call 330.376.8480.


FUZE! concert featuring Tracy Silverman and Three Part Invention

Friday, February 11,
6:30 pm (doors open at 6)

In re-defining contemporary chamber music, three of the most original instrumentalists to ever emerge out of the classical gene pool join forces to breathe new life into the time-honored piano trio tradition, featuring violinist Tracy Silverman, pianist Philip Aaberg and cellist Eugene Friesen.

Click HERE to buy tickets online or call 330.376.9186 x268 to purchase over the phone.


Museum Book Club: "Mr. Peanut"

Thursday, February 24,
6 pm

Nashville author Adam Ross creates a mystery as complex as the multi-faceted worlds of M.C. Escher in "Mr. Peanut."

"The most riveting look at the dark side of marriage since 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf'...it induced nightmares, at least in this reader. No mean feat," comments author Stephen King. This installment of the museum's book club will include a discussion of the book and tour of M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities. While the program is free, registration is required - please call 330.376.9186 x230 or e-mail aCaplan@AkronArtMuseum.org to register.


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M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities


On View February 12 -
May 29, 2011

You’ve seen the posters, now see the originals. As the last of only two venues in the United States to show this once-in-a-lifetime loan from Athens, Greece, M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities, on view at the museum February 12 – May 29, 2011, presents the rare and thrilling privilege of examining first-hand the masterworks of Maurits Cornelis Escher.

Impossible Realities provides the opportunity to survey the breadth of Escher’s career from the 1920s to the 1960s. The exhibition showcases 130 of the artist’s finest works, starting with his early book plates, moving on to landscapes, tessellations and impossible worlds, and concluding with his very last print, Snakes (1969). Featured in the exhibition are seminal and instantly recognizable works such as Drawing Hands and Reptiles, as well as the extremely rare lithographic stone for the making of Flatworms and wood blocks, study drawings and single-color prints that illustrate Escher’s artistic process from concept to finished print.

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Impossible Realities
Opening Party

Friday, February 11,
7 - 10 pm

Be one of the first to see this amazing exhibition before it officially opens to the public on Saturday, February 12. Music by jazz pianist Joe Leaman from The University of Akron, food and cash bar. Free for FUZE! concert attendees and members, $10 for non-members. Tickets available at the door only.

Members Only! Gallery Tour
Members have the exclusive opportunity to participate in a gallery tour with AAM Curator of Exhibitions Ellen Rudolph and Herakleidon Museum founders Paul and Belinda Firos at 7 pm. If you're not already a member, join now!


Sarah Kabot: Unfolding Space

On View February 12 -
June 11, 2011

Cleveland artist Sarah Kabot creates installations that toy with human perception. “[My work] encourages the viewer to question his or her own perceptions,” says Kabot. “The meaning, significance and even location of objects are not fixed. Potentially, everything could be different.”

And different is exactly what the Isroff Gallery will be when the museum presents Sarah Kabot: Unfolding Space from February 12 – June 11, 2011. To achieve what she refers to as an “intervention,” Kabot will use foamcore to replicate the lights, floorboards and wall surfaces of the gallery for the exhibition. She will then use the paper replicas to reconfigure the space in an attempt to alter the viewer’s perception…“By design, the objects I choose to recreate are intended to go unnoticed,” says Kabot. “Through re-creation, I draw viewers’ attention to the size and contour of the object and to details like buttons and screws. The things I create become almost like caricatures of the manufactured object—exaggerations or simplifications occur inadvertently, and they create a provocative relationship between the original and the reproduction.”

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Last Chance to See Monet's Wisteria in Akron!

Museum visitors have the rare privilege of viewing Claude Monet’s Wisteria in the C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Gallery through February 13, 2011.

On loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, the painting hangs amongst other Impressionist masterpieces, including two Frederick Frieseke works located on the adjoining wall.

Don't miss your chance to see Monet in Akron!

Image Credit: Claude Monet, Wisteria (Glycines), ca. 1919-20, oil on canvas, 59 x 78 7/8 in., R. T. Miller, Jr. Fund, 1960 AMAM 1960.5


Last Chance to See 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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Nick Cave at the Cleveland Institute of Art

Tuesday, February 15,
7 pm

Nick Cave, the "Soundsuit" artist featured in Pattern ID, will give a free public lecture on Tuesday, February 15 at 7 pm in the Cleveland Institute of Art's Aitken Auditorium.

For more information visit www.cia.edu.


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