Upcoming Events

Events for Month of September 2015

Creative Playdate: Build a City

September 3, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Build it, and knock it down, and re-build it! What kind of city will you make? Come explore different building materials and let's see what you create!

Creative Playdate: Build a City

September 3, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

For 0 - 5 year olds and their grown-ups.

Build it, and knock it down, and re-build it! What kind of city will you make? Come explore different building materials and let's see what you create!

Registration is required: Click the button below to register online, or call 330.376.9186.
Non-member child: $10
Member child: FREE (Must verify membership status by presenting membership card at check-in) 

Not a member? A household membership pays for itself in just a handful of visits.

PLAYDATE FAQs:
Adults/caregivers required to stay with child.
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 often messy- please dress accordingly.  

Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Family Foundation.

Selfie Workshop presented by the Cleveland Print Room

September 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

In the age of the digital selfie, this workshop will explore the history of the self-portrait. 

Selfie Workshop presented by the Cleveland Print Room

September 3, 2015, 6:30 pm

In the age of the digital selfie, this workshop will explore the history of the self-portrait. Participants will create their own unique works using instant film with mixed media such as paint, markers, and ink.

$10 non-members, free to members. Register online using the button below.

Image: Kálmán Kubinyi, Self Portrait, 1930s. Intaglio on paper. 8 1/2 in. x 5 3/4 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Bequest of Robert Bordner.

Teacher Workshop: Island of Misfit Toys

September 10, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Get ready for the Island of Misfit Toys student exhibition by learning how to create your very own oddball figurine. 

Teacher Workshop: Island of Misfit Toys

September 10, 2015, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Get ready for the Island of Misfit Toys student exhibition by learning how to create your very own oddball figurine.

Munny toys are played with and designed by people of all ages. Created by KidRobot, “MUNNY, BUB, TRIKKY, RAFFY, and ROOZ are the soft, super smooth vinyl figures that make up MUNNYWORLD. Each one is a blank canvas, and all ready for scribbling, piercing, painting, posing, piling, dressing up, and sculpting into forms straight from your imagination”

Led by artist Carissa Russell, this workshop will help you explore the possibilities this cult DIY toy holds for students and adults alike. Take your expertise back to your classroom, scout group, after school club, and create artworks to submit to the Island of Misfit Toys exhibition.

$10 supply fee to cover cost of MUNNY figure. Registration required. Register online using the button below.

All participants will receive professional development documentation to submit to their local professional development committee (LPDC). 

Yoga in the Galleries: With Charles Beneke

September 10, 2015, 6:30 pm

The transformational power of yoga for individuals, relationships, and communities comes alive in the Akron Art Museum’s galleries. 

Yoga in the Galleries: With Charles Beneke

September 10, 2015, 6:30 pm

The transformational power of yoga for individuals, relationships, and communities comes alive in the Akron Art Museum’s galleries. Bring your own mat. No water bottles permitted in the galleries.

Renaissance man, Charles Beneke, whose work Specter is currently featured in the museum’s Isroff Gallery, is a certified yoga instructor. Charles will lead September’s session of yoga in the galleries.

Yoga in the Galleries is $10 for non-members and free for members. Registration is required. Register online using the button below.

Not a member? An individual membership is just $50 and pays for itself in a handful of visits: https://akronartmuseum.org/memberships/ 

Free Thursday

September 10, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum – it’s free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm! 

Free Thursday

September 10, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum – it’s free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Inside|Out Block Party: The University of Akron & University Park • 6:00–8:00 pm

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

Inside|Out Block Party: The University of Akron & University Park

September 10, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Join us for a free celebration of the Inside|Out artwork installed at the University of Akron and University Park at the Akron Art Museum! 

Inside|Out Block Party: The University of Akron & University Park

September 10, 2015, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Bring the whole family out to the Akron Art Museum for a FREE celebration of the Inside|Out artwork installed at The University of Akron & University Park!

A curator-led gallery tour of the Inside|Out artwork that is installed at The University of Akron & University Park will start at 6:00 pm.

Live Music by Time Cat starts at 6:00 pm!

Enjoy art activities and refreshments provided by Chipotle throughout the evening.

Inside|Out is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Our community partner for Inside|Out at the University of Akron and University Park is The University of Akron.

Image: Brinsley Tyrrell, Flooding, 2011. Inside|Out reproduction installed at Infocision Stadium - Summa Field, Gate 2 (north endzone); Vine St., Akron OH 44304.

Kids Studio Class: Op Art Craziness

September 12, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Come and get a little dizzy while we make some art! We are going to look at art that creates an optical experience! 

Kids Studio Class: Op Art Craziness

September 12, 2015, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Recommended for ages 7 – 12.

Come and get a little dizzy while we make some art! We are going to look at art that creates an optical experience!

Free for members. $10/non-member child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay.

Registration is required: Click the button below to register online, or call 330.376.9186.

Not a member? A household membership pays for itself in just a handful of visits.

Kids Studio Classes are made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation. 

Opening Reception: Choice at Transformer Station

September 12, 2015, 5:00 pm

Join us at Transformer Station for an Opening Party celebrating Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum! 

Opening Reception: Choice at Transformer Station

September 12, 2015, 5:00 pm

Join us at Transformer Station for an OPENING PARTY celebrating Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum!

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
Member Preview • 5:00 pm
Doors open to the public • 7:00 pm 

Artist's Talk: Charles Beneke

September 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Join us for an artist's talk by Charles Beneke, who will present his installation, Specter, which speaks to our proclivity for excessive consumption and the impact of that excess on our environment.  

Artist's Talk: Charles Beneke

September 13, 2015, 2:00 pm

Join us for an artist's talk by Charles Beneke, a Professor and Printmaking Area Coordinator at the University of Akron’s Mary Schiller Myers School of Art. Beneke will present the ideas that went into his installation, Specter, which addresses our penchant for excessive or unsustainable consumption and the impact of that excess on our environment. 

Printed surfaces accumulate in the Isroff Gallery as a figurative parallel to the human-made accumulation of carbon and greenhouse gas that endangers our planet. Beginning as conventional botanically-patterned wallpaper, Specter morphs into a linear graphic as it climbs an upward slope. Irregularity yields to ordered repetition and forms reference both the direction of the prevailing winds in Northeast Ohio and diagrams that chart rising levels of atmospheric carbon. As the form reaches a visual crescendo, it spirals onto its self with cyclonic, vortex-like force, snaking across the gallery. Visitors to Specter are encouraged to reflect upon and modify their actions by being asked to Trade Your Carbon for Art, exchanging a behavior that harms the earth for a take-away print that reminds them of their promise and the magnificent installation.

Directors at the Dog

September 16, 2015, 7:30 pm

Join us at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern for the first of what we hope will be a series of conversations with directors and curators of the many incredible art museums in our region!  

Directors at the Dog

September 16, 2015, 7:30 pm

This event will take place at Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern

11625 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106 • Get Directions

Join us at the Happy Dog at the Euclid Tavern for the first of what we hope will be a series of conversations with Directors and Curators of the many incredible art museums in our region! First up, The Akron Art Museum. Fred Bidwell, former Director at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Co-Founder of The Transformer Station, will moderate a discussion with Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka and Chief Curator Jan Driesbach.

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This fall the Akron Art Museum shares highlights from its collection with Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum at Transformer Station in Cleveland. Works on view testify to the role that groundbreaking exhibitions for artists, among them Cleveland’s Julian Stanczak, and prescient purchases, including El Anatsui’s Dzesi II in 2006, have played in the Akron Art Museum’s commitment to assembling an outstanding collection with modest resources.

Artworks in Choice speak to the impact of visionary directors and curators as well as generous donors in the community and beyond the immediate region. George Segal’s Girl Sitting against a Wall II was acquired in 1972 with funds from the Museum’s 50th anniversary gala, while two years later another signature sculpture, Lee Bontecou’s untitled relief, entered the collection as a gift from New York gallery owner Leo Castelli.

The Akron Art Museum is notable for showcasing the accomplishments of regional artists alongside recognized artists working throughout the country and the world in its contemporary art galleries. Stanczak’s Dual Glare and Matthew Kolodziej’s Good Neighbors, installed alongside canvases by Al Held and David Salle in the Transformer galleries, attest to the museum’s role in celebrating Northeast Ohio artists and contributing to a vibrant region.

The rewards of collecting photography from an early era of the museum’s development, advanced by an endowment from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, are evident by the medium’s prominence in the museum’s collection. A self-portrait by John Coplans, who was instrumental in bringing attention to photography when he was the museum’s director (1978-79), joins signature examples by Sophie Calle, Adam Fuss, Lorna Simpson and Hiroshi Sujimoto, providing an indication of the international range and ambition of the collection.

Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum is part of an expansive outreach initiative that invites the public to enjoy the works in the collection of the Akron Art Museum, visit Akron’s masterpiece art museum building, and engage in activities in an adjoining public garden and in new spaces in Northeast Ohio.  

Art Tales: Punk Farm

September 17, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Engage your tiny book lover in an interactive storytelling experience where art and story become one through song, rhyme, and pictures. 

Art Tales: Punk Farm

September 17, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Art Tales are recommended for all ages and their grown-ups.

Engage your tiny book lover in an interactive storytelling experience where art and story become one through song, rhyme, and pictures. After the book ends, stretch your imagination with hands-on art activities and play.

Free for members. $10/non-member child.

Registration is required. Click the button below to register, or call 330.376.9186.

Not a member? A household membership pays for itself in just a handful of visits.

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

Teacher Tour: Proof

September 17, 2015, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Head down to the museum to get a special, VIP, teacher-only tour of the latest exhibition: Proof: Photographs from the Collection. 

Teacher Tour: Proof

September 17, 2015, 4:30 – 6:00 pm

Head down to the museum to get a special, VIP, teacher-only tour of the latest exhibition: Proof: Photographs from the Collection.

Proof features photographs from the Civil War to the present. The exhibition highlights familiar favorites, including classic documentary photographs, commissioned series, and contemporary stunners. The artworks cover all subjects from social studies to science.

See the photos in person and then schedule a FREE field trip (including transportation costs) for your students.

Leave inspired, with plenty of material for lesson plans and class discussions

All participants will receive professional development documentation to submit to their local professional development committee (LPDC). 

Photography Panel: Reality and Fiction

September 17, 2015, 6:30 pm

The discussion will feature artists Josh Azzarella and Barry Underwood as well as photojournalist Peggy Turbett. 

Photography Panel: Reality and Fiction

September 17, 2015, 6:30 pm

Photography has always been awarded a special status for truthfully recording the world, but how truthful is it? In the digital age, we’ve become accustomed to photographs manipulated through Photoshop, but photographers have been altering images, through cropping, dodging and burning, and manipulating subject matter since the Civil War era. The exhibitions Staged and Proof have explored issues of documentation and manipulation in photography. This panel seeks to dig deeper into issues of truth and fiction in photography. The discussion will feature artists Josh Azzarella and Barry Underwood as well as photojournalist Peggy Turbett. Moderated by Akron Art Museum Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney, the panel will take place in the museum’s Arnstein galleries, allowing the artwork on view to further enrich the discussion.

Free and open to the public.

Free Thursday

September 17, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum – it’s free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm! 

Free Thursday

September 17, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum – it’s free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

The music of George and Ira Gershwin, performed by Susan Covey in the McDowell Grand Lobby • 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Photography Panel: Reality and Fiction (w/Josh Azzarella, Barry Underwood, Peggy Turbett and Assistant Curator Liz Carney) • 6:30 pm

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

Music: Susan Covey

September 24, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us on Free Thursday at the Akron Art Museum for an after work piano/vocal series from acclaimed performer (and Akron Art Museum member) Susan Covey. 

Music: Susan Covey

September 24, 2015, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us on Free Thursday at the Akron Art Museum for an after work piano/vocal series from acclaimed performer (and Akron Art Museum member) Susan Covey.

September 24 Theme: Jazz to Disney and songs to make you laugh

Disney songwriters adapted Tchaikovsky music for cartoons and it was only a matter of time until musicians like Miles Davis and Louis Prima lifted it off the screen and into the jazz clubs. Join Susan Covey as she takes our visitors of all ages to “Never, Never land” from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Thursday September 24. Stay for the Coloring Book Party for adults and enjoy a Crayon Box Crush at 7:00 pm.

An accomplished artist, Susan also co-created (with Colin Dees) the Northside District public piano located at the Akron Symphony Headquarters. Click here to find out more about the public pianos.

Members making purchases at the gift shop while Susan is playing will receive a copy of her own compositions “Where my Heart’s been all this time”. 

Coloring Book Party

September 24, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

For Adults. Relax, have fun and tap into your creative energy while sipping on a Crayon Box Crush and exploring a great selection of coloring books and coloring media from the Museum Shop.

Coloring Book Party

September 24, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 pm

For adults
Relax, have fun and tap into your creative energy while sipping on a Crayon Box Crush. We’ll have coloring pages and some supplies available, but you are welcome to bring your own favorite coloring book or work in progress and your preferred coloring media.

Coloring books in the Shop will be available for 20% off during this event. Registration is required and entitles you to one drink ticket. Snacks will be available for purchase in the iQcafe.

Registration is required: Click the button below to register online, or call 330.376.9186.
Non-member adult: $10 • Member adult: $5 (Must verify membership status by presenting membership card at check-in)

Not a member? A household membership pays for itself in just a handful of visits.

Your purchase in the Museum Shop supports the mission of the museum, “to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art.”

Image: from Chronicle Books. Learn more about Chronicle coloring books: "How To Throw A Coloring Party"
 

Art Babes: Sound Exploration A.M. Session

September 24, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Explore sensory activities related to color, texture, light and sound that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and give you both a one-of-a-kind bonding experience. 

Art Babes: Sound Exploration A.M. Session

September 24, 2015, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

For 0 – 18 month olds and their grown-ups.

Join baby friends for tummy time play and a pint-sized stroll through the galleries. Explore sensory activities related to color, texture, light and sound that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and give you both a one-of-a-kind bonding experience.

Free for members. $10/non-member child, or call 330.376.9186.

Not a member? A household membership pays for itself in just a handful of visits.

Registration is required: Click the button below to register online.

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

Art Babes: Sound Exploration P.M. Session

September 24, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 pm

Explore sensory activities related to color, texture, light, and sound that will awaken your baby's curiosity and give you both a one-of-a-kind bonding experience. 

Art Babes: Sound Exploration P.M. Session

September 24, 2015, 1:00 – 1:45 pm

For 0-18 month olds and thier grown-ups.

Join baby friends for tummy time play and a pint-sized stroll through the galleries. Explore sensory activities related to color, texture, light, and sound that will awaken your baby's curiosity and give you both a one-of-a-kind bonding experience.

Free for members. $10/non-member child, or call 330.376.9186.

Not a member? A household membership pays for itself in just a handful of visits.

Registration is required: Click the button below to register online.

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

Film: Guest of Cindy Sherman

September 24, 2015, 7:00 pm

Guest of Cindy Sherman takes an eye-opening look at what happens when a skeptical outsider finds himself romantically involved with the ultimate insider.

Film: Guest of Cindy Sherman

September 24, 2015, 7:00 pm

FREE Screening.

In 1993, artist Paul H-O discovered a new passion when he melded his two great loves: the art world and the video camera, creating the quirky, handmade public-access show, GalleryBeat. Years later and flying high, Paul discovers one of his biggest fans is the reclusive, art world superstar Cindy Sherman. During a series of exclusive interviews, Paul and Cindy fall in love and begin a romance. Unexpectedly, the relationship forces Paul to confront issues of ego, gender and identity as he gets caught up in the aura of Cindy’s celebrity. 

Free Thursday

September 24, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum – it’s free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm! 

Free Thursday

September 24, 2015, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum – it’s free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Music: Susan Covey plays Jazz to Disney and songs to make you laugh • 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Film: Guest of Cindy Sherman • 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: Women of '69 Unboxed

September 27, 2015, 2:00 pm

The 370 women who graduated from Skidmore College in 1969 skipped a traditional yearbook for something innovative—a Yearbox. 

Film: Women of '69 Unboxed

September 27, 2015, 2:00 pm

The Chagrin Documentary Film Fest presents Women of '69 Unboxed

The 370 women who graduated from Skidmore College in 1969 skipped a traditional yearbook for something innovative—a Yearbox. The Yearbox was a portfolio, consisting of unbound, oversized poster style pages in a box. The box featured unusual portraits that evoke the spirit of the times, celebrating creativity, free choice, and collaboration. Focusing on 19 of the women, this film explores the tumultuous times of their college days and their lives as mature women through the lens of this unique photography project.

Tickets available at http://chagrinfilmfest.org/  Or purchase / reserve tickets online using the button below.

  • $10 non-members
  • $5.00 + $1.17 service charge for Akron Art Museum Members
  • Free to CDFF Lanyard Holders

 

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