Upcoming Events

April 2015

50 Ways to Wear a Scarf

April 26, 2015, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

NOTO and the Shop at the Akron Art Museum are delighted to offer you a special shopping opportunity just in time for Mother’s Day.

50 Ways to Wear a Scarf

April 26, 2015, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

NOTO and the Shop at the Akron Art Museum are delighted to offer you a special shopping opportunity just in time for Mother’s Day. On Sunday April 26, 2015 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Lauren from NOTO will be at the Akron Art Museum selling a variety of lovely items from her boutique.

Also on April 26 purchase a Rex Ray silk scarf (regularly $98) together with 50 Ways to Wear a Scarf (regularly $14.95) for only $75.00 in the Museum Shop.

Lauren from NOTO is an expert on accessorizing and is happy to help you discover a new way to wear a scarf. Enjoy complimentary pastries while the Shop wraps your gift purchases for free. 

Night at the Museum

April 30, 2015

Featured School: Akron Public Schools
Art & Math Program

One-night-only art shows featuring the work of students and clients from local schools and organizations. 

Night at the Museum

April 30, 2015

Featured School: Akron Public Schools
Art & Math Program

No, Ben Stiller has not taken up residency here at the museum, waiting for the paintings and sculptures to spring to life. The Akron Art Museum’s Night at the Museum program invites schools and community organizations to hold one-night-only art shows at the Akron Art Museum, featuring the work of their students or clients. This year’s line-up is the biggest yet and began this summer with an exhibition of artwork by local veterans, hosted by the Vet Art Project. Night at the Museum exhibitions are open to the public and occur on Free Thursdays. So, mark your calendars and come down to see what the talented artists in your community are creating!

Night at the Museum is made possible with support by the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.

Free Thursday

April 30, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

April 30, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Happy Hour in the iQcafé from 4:00 – 7:00 pm every Thursday: Drinks specials, Appetizers, Art, Atmosphere.

Night at the Museum: Featured School: Akron Public Schools Art & Math Program
4:00 – 7:00 pm

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  

Film: Approaching the Elephant

April 30, 2015, 7:00 pm

Approaching the Elephant is a rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood. Presented by the Nightlight Cinema.

Film: Approaching the Elephant

April 30, 2015, 7:00 pm

Tickets: Free, open to the public.

Director: Amanda Rose Wilder
Running Time: 89 minutes

Approaching the Elephant dives head first into the inaugural year of the Teddy McArdle Free School in New Jersey, where all classes are voluntary and rules are determined by vote – adults and children have an equal say. Wilder is there from the beginning to end of the school year, documenting and observing founder Alex Khost and an indelible cast of outspoken young personalities as they form relationships, explore their surroundings and intensely debate rule violations, until it all comes to a head. Approaching the Elephant is a rare, inspired portrait of unfettered childhood. 

Presented by The Nightlight Cinema.

May 2015

Kids Studio Class: Comic Android Lab: Where Drawings Come Alive!

May 2, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Recommended for ages 7-12 

Kids Studio Class: Comic Android Lab: Where Drawings Come Alive!

May 2, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Recommended for ages 7-12

Who says drawings have to be flat? Take your cartooning skills to the next level by building a model based on your drawing, then use simple tools and gadgets to make your android bend, flex and defend the universe.

STUDIO CLASS FAQs:

  • Kids Studio Class emphasizes meeting a real-life working artist, viewing actual work of the guest artist, viewing related art from the museum’s collection, and experimenting with unique creative processes and media to make a personal work of art.
  • At Check-in, please complete emergency medical form and photography consent form for each student.
  • Max class size: 15
  • A museum educator will greet all students in the Lobby, guide them on a tour through the galleries and remain with the group in the studio classroom until class ends.
  • Activities are recommended for school-aged children (typically 7-12). Children age 5 or 6 may register for a studio class if accompanied by an adult.
  • Parents of school-aged children are welcome to stay, but not required. 

Venture beyond the ordinary classroom and explore real art up close, investigate why art is made and decode the ideas behind imagery. Guided by artist educators, students create with unique materials, experimental processes and concepts that build their creative confidence.

Inside|Out Launch Party

May 7, 2015, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a free block party in celebration of the launch of Inside|Out, a new community activated art project that brings art into the neighborhoods and outdoor spaces of Akron.

Inside|Out Launch Party

May 7, 2015, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a free block party in celebration of the launch of Inside|Out, a new community activated art project that brings art into the neighborhoods and outdoor spaces of Akron.

The celebration will include live music, local food, art activities for all ages, guided tours of the museum galleries, trolley tours of selected Inside|Out artworks throughout the city, and the opportunity to meet the community partners the art museum has been working with during the Inside|Out project.

Find out more about Inside|Out. 

Creative Playdate: Namaste, Ladybug: Yoga in the Garden (AM Session)

May 7, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

For 0-5 year olds and their grown-ups

Creative Playdate: Namaste, Ladybug: Yoga in the Garden (AM Session)

May 7, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Join guest yoga instructor, Melissa Cugini (Nirvana Yoga Studio), as she guides your young yogi on a reflective journey through an imaginary garden.

FREE but registration is requested. Register online using the link below, or call 330.376.9186.

PLAYDATE FAQs:

  • Yoga playdates are guided by local, certified yoga instructors.
  • Yoga mats are provided.
  • Free Thursday = Free Admission.
  • All ages are welcome, but most activities are appropriate for ages 5 and younger with their adult caregiver.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing. 

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annaemae Orr Family Foundation.

Creative Playdate: Namaste, Ladybug: Yoga in the Garden (PM Session)

May 7, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 pm

For 0-5 year olds and their grown ups 

Creative Playdate: Namaste, Ladybug: Yoga in the Garden (PM Session)

May 7, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Join guest yoga instructor, Melissa Cugini (Nirvana Yoga Studio), as she guides your young yogi on a reflective journey through an imaginary garden.

FREE but registration is requested. Register online using the link below, or call 330.376.9186.

PLAYDATE FAQs:

  • Yoga playdates are guided by local, certified yoga instructors.
  • Yoga mats are provided.
  • Free Thursday = Free Admission.
  • All ages are welcome, but most activities are appropriate for ages 5 and younger with their adult caregiver.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing.

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annaemae Orr Family Foundation. 

Gallery Talk: Liz Carney, Curator

May 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

Join Akron Art Museum Assistant Curator Liz Carney for a gallery talk about the imagined scenes and narratives brought to photographic life in the Staged exhibition.

Gallery Talk: Liz Carney, Curator

May 7, 2015, 6:30 pm

About Staged:

Just as theater directors orchestrate the stage, many photographers carefully construct scenes in front of their cameras. The resulting images are often as theatrical in their presentation as a Broadway play or a Hollywood film. Drawn primarily from the Akron Art Museum collection, Staged highlights the work of artists whose directorial involvement in the set-up of their photographs is essential to their practice. While some photographers utilize darkroom or digital manipulation to achieve their desired effects, others have planned every detail of their chosen environment prior to the snap of the shutter. Without using any digital technology throughout her arduous process, Sandy Skoglund captures dreamlike scenes with deeply saturated color palettes. To create Revenge of the Goldfish, Skoglund built a blue set in front of a large format camera, crafted and arranged 120 painted terracotta goldfish and directed live human models. The staged photographs of Skoglund, Cindy Sherman, Spencer Tunick, Carrie Mae Weems and others bring imagined scenes and narratives to life, often speaking to broader truths about the human experience.

Part of Free Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

Free Thursday

May 7, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 7, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Happy Hour in the iQcafé from 4:00 – 7:00 pm every Thursday: Drinks specials, Appetizers, Art, Atmosphere.

Creative Playdate: Namaste, Ladybug: Yoga in the Garden (AM Session)
11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Creative Playdate: Namaste, Ladybug: Yoga in the Garden (PM Session)
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Staged Gallery Talk: Liz Carney, Curator
6:30 pm

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  

Story Time: Magic, Invention and Wonder

May 14, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

For all ages and their grown-ups. Get inspired to live your dreams by reading some fabulous tales about young inventors and artists who feed their curiosity in peculiar ways!

Story Time: Magic, Invention and Wonder

May 14, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

What do you do with an idea? Get inspired to live your dreams by reading some fabulous tales about young inventors and artists who feed their curiosity in peculiar ways!

STORY TIME FAQs:

  • Story Time emphasizes audience participation, listening to an adult story teller, games, songs and rhymes, and a related art activity.
  • Free Thursday = Free Admission.
  • All ages welcome with adult caregiver.

Registration is requested. Register online using the link below, or call 330.376.9186.

Story Time is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Health: Yoga in the Galleries

May 14, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Combine breath, flow and art in a beginner friendly series taught by a certified Nirvana Yoga instructor. 

Health: Yoga in the Galleries

May 14, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The transformational power of yoga for individuals, relationships, and communities comes alive in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Combine breath, flow and art in a beginner friendly series taught by a certified Nirvana Yoga instructor. Bring your own mat. No water bottles allowed in the galleries.

Free, registration is requested. Please use the link below to reserve a space. 

Free Thursday

May 14, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 14, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Happy Hour in the iQcafé from 4:00 – 7:00 pm every Thursday: Drinks specials, Appetizers, Art, Atmosphere.

Story Time: Magic, Invention and Wonder
11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Health: Yoga in the Galleries
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  

Neos Dance Theatre Premier

May 16, 2015, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Neos Dance Theatre will perform four company premieres at the Akron Art Museum, taking the audience on a tour through the galleries to view each dance work. 

Neos Dance Theatre Premier

May 16, 2015, 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Neos Dance Theatre will perform four company premieres at the Akron Art Museum on Saturday, May 16. The evening will take the audience on a tour through the museum to view each dance work, just as they would walk through to view the art.

This event is FREE for Akron Art Museum Members. Please RSVP through the link below to reserve your ticket.

For non-members: Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10 for students and are available at www.neosdancetheatre.org until noon on May 16 and at the door.

Purchase tickets online.

About the new works:
Sung Yong Kim created BACHDANCE on seven Neos dancers. Kim, a South Korean choreographer, came to northeast Ohio for a three week residency. His creation process explored Bach as a person, how he created music, his use of notes, and what music was to him. This work is a continuation of the project funded by a grant that Neos received last year from the Knight Foundation to acquire new works by upcoming and renowned contemporary choreographers.

Wen-Jen Huang, a New York choreographer originally from Taiwan, created an untitled work on three Neos dancers while in residence at the Averitt Center for the Arts and Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Neos has a strong relationship with the Averitt Center through former Neos dancer and current director of the Statesboro Youth Ballet at the Averitt Center for the Arts, Jurjis Safonovs and his wife Jennifer Safonovs, current Neos dancer and northeast Ohio native.

Penny Saunders set Berceuse on Neos. Saunders created this duet for one man and one woman while dancing at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and Neos will present it as a company premiere at the Akron Art Museum. Last season, Saunders created Flight on Neos as the first stage of the Knight Foundation new work acquisition project.

The fourth work to premiere, VinagerTwo, was created on the full company by artistic director, Bobby Wesner. Wesner says, “This work combines different ideas about movement and musical concepts in the body and structure of the choreography. It is music driven, allowing the Schubert Sonata to lead. Decisions to move through musical phrases are present and intentionally develop an arch of visual energy from one musical selection to the next”.

For more information on Neos Dance Theatre, visit www.neosdancetheatre.org

Members Trip: Detroit Institute of Arts

May 16, 2015

Join us for a Members visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts special exhibition, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit.

Members Trip: Detroit Institute of Arts

May 16, 2015

***Sold Out*** Thank you!

Join us for a Members visit to the Detroit Institute of Arts special exhibition, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit. 

The exhibition explores the tumultuous and highly productive year that Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo spent in Detroit, a pivotal turning point in each artist's career.

Later in the day we will visit nearby Cranbrook Gardens. Tended by hundreds of volunteers throughout the year, the gardens are filled with colorful scented blooms and a tapestry of greenery, side by side with exquisite fountains, sculptures, shaded dells and mossy logs.

Cost: $120 per member
Includes:

  • Chartered bus to and from Detroit
  • Admission to both venues
  • Lunch at the Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Catered box dinner on the ride home
  • Snacks throughout the day

Image: Nickolas Muray, Frida with Diego and gas mask, Coyoacán, 1938 (printed 1992 or later)

Free Thursday

May 21, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 21, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Happy Hour in the iQcafé from 4:00 – 7:00 pm every Thursday: Drinks specials, Appetizers, Art, Atmosphere.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  

Art Babes: Reach, Breathe, Embrace
Baby Yoga, A.M. Session

May 21, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Find time to be mindful with baby while striking a pose in the galleries with Jennifer Miklus of Nirvana Yoga Studio.

Art Babes: Reach, Breathe, Embrace
Baby Yoga, A.M. Session

May 21, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Find time to be mindful with baby while striking a pose in the galleries with Jennifer Miklus of Nirvana Yoga Studio.

YOGA ART BABES FAQs:
• Yoga for infants and babies, up to 18 months- is guided by local, certified yoga instructors.
• Yoga mats are provided.
• Please wear comfortable clothing. 

Cost is $10/member child, $15/non-member child. Parents are required to stay. Registration is required: use the link below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Art Babes: Reach, Breathe, Embrace
Baby Yoga

May 21, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Find time to be mindful with baby while striking a pose in the galleries with Jennifer Miklus of Nirvana Yoga Studio. 

Art Babes: Reach, Breathe, Embrace
Baby Yoga

May 21, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Find time to be mindful with baby while striking a pose in the galleries with Jennifer Miklus of Nirvana Yoga Studio.

YOGA ART BABES FAQs:
• Yoga for infants and babies, up to 18 months- is guided by local, certified yoga instructors.
• Yoga mats are provided.
• Please wear comfortable clothing.

Cost is $10/member child, $15/non-member child. Parents are required to stay. Registration is required: use the link below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

Book Club: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

May 28, 2015, 6:00 pm

Join the museum's Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club for a discussion about Marisa Silver's Mary Coin, as well as a tour of the documentary photographs on view in the museum.

Book Club: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver

May 28, 2015, 6:00 pm

Reading Under the Roof Cloud Book Club •  Mary Coin • 6:00 PM
Join the museum’s Reading Under the Roof Cloud’s book club in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a discussion of bestselling author Marisa Silver’s Mary Coin. Silver takes Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother photograph as inspiration for a story of two women—one famous and one forgotten—and their remarkable chance encounter. Silver creates an extraordinary tale from a brief event in history and its repercussions throughout the decades that follow—a reminder that a great photograph captures the essence of a moment yet only scratches the surface of a life. Discussion will include a tour of documentary photographs on view in the museum.

Copies of Mary Coin are available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

Registration is requested: use the link below to register online.
 

Free Thursday

May 28, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Gallery admission is FREE all day.

Free Thursday

May 28, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Happy Hour in the iQcafé from 4:00 – 7:00 pm every Thursday: Drinks specials, Appetizers, Art, Atmosphere.

Book Club: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
6:00 pm

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  

June 2015

Health: Yoga in the Galleries

June 11, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Combine breath, flow and art in a beginner friendly series taught by a certified Nirvana Yoga instructor. 

Health: Yoga in the Galleries

June 11, 2015, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The transformational power of yoga for individuals, relationships, and communities comes alive in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Combine breath, flow and art in a beginner friendly series taught by a certified Nirvana Yoga instructor. Bring your own mat. No water bottles allowed in the galleries.

Free, registration is requested. Please use the link below to reserve a space.  

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