March E-Newsletter

In This Issue:

Free lecture: James E. Cutting - "Escher and Ambiguity: A Vision Scientist's Perspective"

 Thursday, March 3, 6:30 pm

A professor of psychology at Cornell University, James E. Cutting has published over 100 scientific articles. For 30 years he studied the perception of visual space and motion in the laboratory, and used computer graphics to present possible and impossible environments for people to observe. Seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.

FUZE! concert featuring Alfredo Rodriguez Jazz Trio

Friday, March 4,
6:30 pm (doors open at 6)

Music critic Richard Scheinin describes 25-year-old Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez as "the way (Thelonious) Monk might have sounded if he had been born in Chick Corea's body and raised on a diet of Bach, Chopin and Stravinsky in a Havana conservatory." His debut CD is set to be released early this year on Qwest Records.

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

Sunday Sampler

Sunday, March 6,
11 am - 5 pm

Enjoy free admission into the collection galleries on the first Sunday of every month, including entrance to the exhibitions Sarah Kabot: Unfolding Space and All-Star Jazz: The Photographs of Herman Leonard, as part of Sunday Sampler (a joint initiative between the museum, downtown library and Summit Artspace). Admission is required to view M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities.

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 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 or call 330.376.8480.

M.C. Escher: "How Did He Do That?" Family Drop-In Day

 Saturday, March 12, 12 - 4 pm

Are you mystified by the work of M.C. Escher? From endless staircases to morphing animals, Escher's work can be positively puzzling. If you're wondering "how did he do that?" join us for this drop-in day to find the answers. Activities are free and take place in the museum's lobby. Please register online HERE. Gallery admission not included. For more information call 330.376.9186 x247.

Free Film: "Achieving the Unachievable"

 Thursday, March 24, 6:30 pm

Jean Bergeron's documentary addresses one of the great mysteries of Escher's work - a strange blank space that Escher left in the middle of his famous piece, Print Gallery. First-come, first-served seating available.

Harris Stanton Gallery's Absolute Art Auction 2011

 Opens March 25 - Closes April 1, 2011

Works by 75 international and regional artists will be silently auctioned throughout the week, concluding in a vodka tasting party on Friday, April 1. Proceeds benefit the Akron Art Museum.

Items up for auction can be previewed on the gallery's website beginning March 25.

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M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities

On View through May 29, 2011

The museum has already welcomed nearly 5,000 visitors to the M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities exhibition since it opened several weeks ago - our biggest numbers since Rockwell!

To accommodate the exhibition's popularity, the museum will remain open until 9 pm on Friday, March 4 for an Extra Escher Evening. Regular gallery admission charges apply.

Impossible Realities provides the opportunity to survey the breadth of Escher’s career from the 1920s to the 1960s, showcasing 130 of the artist’s finest works. The show begins with his early book plates, then moves on to landscapes, tessellations and impossible worlds, concluding with his very last print, Snakes (1969).

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Sarah Kabot: Unfolding Space

On View through
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.”

To achieve what she refers to as an “intervention,” Kabot used foamcore to replicate the lights, floorboards and wall surfaces of the Isroff Gallery. “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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All Star Jazz: The Photographs of Herman Leonard

On View March 5 - July 10, 2011

Often credited with creating the visual archetype of the jazz musician, Herman Leonard photographed his subjects during performances, rehearsals, recording sessions and backstage gatherings to create a visual diary of post-war jazz. All Star Jazz presents some of Leonard's finest photographs and offers an intimate view of countless jazz legends and the nocturnal world in which they thrived.

Leonard's aim was always to preserve the image and lives of the musicians he so admired. Capturing the essence of jazz music and culture, his photographs offer generations to come a unique opportunity to explore this now historic world. When asked to reflect on his photographs, Leonard stated, "It is amazing how an image can revive the feeling of the moment. The thrill of actually being there has never left me."

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Art and Ale

Friday, March 11, 6 - 9 pm

Art and Ale returns to the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby on Friday, March 11, offering guests the opportunity to enjoy delicious, handcrafted brews from local Ohio brew makers, scrumptious snacks and access to a world-renowned collection of artwork.

Brew makers include:
* Elevator Brewery & Draught Haus
* Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
* House of LaRose
* Indigo Imp Brewery Ltd
* Main Street Grille & Brewing Company
* Ohio Brewing Company
* Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

The evening will also feature food tastings from regional producers, like cheeses from the Lucky Penny Farm Creamery and Mayfield Road creameries, and offerings from Devitis Italian Market & Deli, Or Derv Foods, Posh Perogies and Sandridge Foods.

Prizes will be awarded and beer-making demonstrations will take place. $25 for members, $50 non-members (one year "green" membership included). Click HERE to buy your tickets online or call 330.376.9186 x222.

Monet Extended!

If you haven't had a chance to come see Monet's Wisteria in the C. Blake McDowell, Jr. Gallery, it's not too late - its time on view has been extended to March 20!

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

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