Language in ArtApril 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Language in Art looks at innovative ways contemporary artists utilize text as a key component in their work. Sophie Calle’s evocative narrative accompanies photographs of items she assembled when she gained access to hotel rooms while working as a chambermaid in Venice. And unsettling questions What Was I Thinking? How Can I Get a Do-Over?—adorn Kristen Cliffel’s outsized chocolate-frosted pink cupcakes, The Dirty Dozen.
Working ArtistsJuly 17, 2014 - September 7, 2014
A selection of work by Akron Art Museum staff, juried by Massillon Museum Executive Director Alexandra Nicholis Coon, showcases the talents of artists working in a variety of styles.
Tony FeherApril 12, 2014 - August 17, 2014
The Akron Art Museum is delighted to present the first comprehensive, in-depth exploration of the career of American sculptor Tony Feher. Covering 25 years of Feher’s art, the exhibition will feature the range of everyday materials Feher employs, from bottles filled with colored water to marbles and pennies, Styrofoam blocks, soft drink crates, plastic bags, paper cups and various packing materials
The Talking CureMay 15, 2014 - July 6, 2014
The focus of artist Melissa Stern’s project, The Talking Cure, is a group of twelve sculptures made of clay, wood, found objects and other materials. The simplified human figures suggest individual, ambiguous personalities.
Invitation to Stare: Photographic PortraitsFebruary 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Photographers have used their cameras to explore the faces of friends, loved ones, passing strangers, cultural icons and themselves since the nineteenth-century beginnings of photography.
In The Corbin Gallery: The Big Draw and Big TopJanuary 16, 2014 - May 4, 2014
The Corbin Gallery has been transformed into an interactive space.
Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli's OrdersNovember 23, 2013 - April 13, 2014
Kent State University graduate Diana Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders intermingles landscape, architecture and the human figure. Hovering between architectural ruin and figurative sculpture, the thirteen-foot high sculpture is constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint.
Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumNovember 23, 2013 - March 16, 2014
Multiplicity showcases more than 80 prints by modern and contemporary American artists working in an exciting variety of media. Drawn from the outstanding collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition demonstrates how artists today engage with the unique qualities of printmaking processes.
With a Trace: Photographs of AbsenceJuly 27, 2013 - January 26, 2014
With a Trace: Photographs of Absence features photographers spanning several generations who do not merely capture scenes but create distinct moments in time. Their images bear traces of human presence, the transmission of energy, atmospheric phenomena and experiments with light. Among the artists, Christopher Bucklow, Margaret De Patta, Adam Fuss, Alison Rossiter, Minor White and Hiroshi Sugimoto use a wide range of processes to render their enigmatic subjects.
Envisioning an Outdoor Sculpture Space: A Project with Kent State UniversityAugust 10, 2013 - January 5, 2014
In collaboration with Kent State University School of Architecture faculty, Akron Art Museum staff charged third-year architecture students with their first assignment based on a real-world project: create a design for the museum’s proposed outdoor sculpture gallery. This complex challenge involved conceiving of an outdoor space to showcase contemporary sculpture, installation and multimedia work that can also accommodate concerts, parties and possibly even a café. The flexibility the museum seeks for the area reflects its embrace of the museum’s role as a cultural hub.