September E-Newsletter

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Sunday Sampler / Free First Sunday

Sunday, September 5, 11 am - 5 pm

Enjoy free admission into the galleries on the first Sunday of every month, including entrance to the current exhibitions Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore and Arctic Re-visions: Isaac Julien's True North, as part of Sunday Sampler (a joint initiative between the museum, downtown library and Summit Artspace).

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


Akron Film Fest

September 23 - 26

Don't miss out on one of the museum's most highly attended events - The Akron Film Fest! Visit the Film Fest's website for film listings and ticket purchasing information at www.akronfilm.com.


2010 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, September 28, 5 - 7 pm

This yearly event is exclusive to members and will include: the election of new Board of Trustee members, refreshments, an exclusive preview of upcoming exhibitions and a viewing of the current exhibitions Detroit Disassembled and True North. Free for members. Please RSVP to the membership office at 330.376.9186 x222.


Film Screening: Five Days to Change the World (An Akron Peace Week event)

Thursday, September 30, 7 pm

Can college students make a difference in issues of war, peace and human rights? In May 1999, 10,000 people from 100 countries gathered for the Hague Appeal for Peace and Justice, the largest peace conference in history. Five Days to Change the World follows students from several countries who took part in the gathering, as they create plans for their own future. This event is free with first-come, first-served seating available.


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Isaac Julien Documentary Screenings

In conjunction with the True North exhibition, two Isaac Julien documentaries will be screened at the museum on September 2 and 9 in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. The screenings are free and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Derek - September 2, 6:30 pm
Derek follows the life of Derek Jarman, perhaps the single most important figure of British independent cinema through the 1970s, '80s and '90s. The documentary includes clips from Jarman's own films, as well as personal interviews with the filmmaker. Also included is a letter written to Derek by actress Tilda Swinton, read by her via voice over throughout the film.

BaadAsssss Cinema - September 9, 6:30 pm
BaadAsssss Cinema examines the short-lived, but deeply influential, flourishing of commercial black independent film making in the early 1970s, which became known as "blaxploitation." Filled with fragments and contributions from luminaries of the time, including actors Pam Grier and Fred Williamson, directors Melvin Van Peebles and Gordon Parks Jr., contemporary fans Quentin Tarantino and Samuel L. Jackson, and critics like bell hooks, the documentary sets the films of the period in context.

For more information call 330.376.9186 x230.


Arctic Re-visions: Isaac Julien's True North

On View through October 10, 2010

The sound and video installation True North (2004) is a journey into the beautiful yet terrifying midst of a sublime continent. Internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien immerses viewers in the haunting landscape of the North Pole, which has seduced scientists, explorers, writers and visual artists since the 19th century. This presentation of the three-screen multi-media installation marks the debut of this important work from the museum’s collection.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by support from the Gay Community Endowment  Fund of Akron Community Foundation, The Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the Harris Stanton Gallery and the Welty Family Foundation.

Photo by Andrew McAllister


Andrew Moore Lecture

Thursday, September 16, 6:30 pm

Photographer Andrew Moore will give a FREE lecture on his work and recent Detroit photographs, currently on view in Detroit Disassembled through October 10.

The artist’s prints are represented in museum collections internationally, and have been featured in numerous publications including Time, Aperture, Harpers Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and many more. Moore is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, The New York State Council on the Arts and several private foundations. He is currently a professor of photography at Princeton University and lives in New York.

Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. A book signing will follow the lecture - exhibition catalogues can be purchased in the Museum Store. For more information call 330.376.9186 x230.


Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew Moore

On View through October 10, 2010

Andrew Moore’s photographs of the Motor City are sublime—beautiful, operatic in scale and drama, tragic yet offering a glimmer of hope. They are the subject of Detroit Disassembled, an exhibition organized by the Akron Art Museum making its debut here before touring nationally. Detroit, once the epitome of our nation’s industrial wealth and might, has been in decline for almost a half-century. The city is now one-third empty land—more abandoned property than any American city except post-Katrina New Orleans.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a major gift from Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell with additional support from the John A. McAlonan Fund of Akron Community Foundation.

Image Credit: Andrew Moore, Waiting room with snowdrift, Michigan Central Station, digital C-print scanned from film negative, Collection of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell.


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