Upcoming Events

Events for Month of October 2017

Apollo's Fire: Israel & Egypt – A Multicultural Celebration

October 1, 2017, 3:00 pm

Apollo’s Fire sets the stage for its upcoming performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with a celebration of Jewish and Arabic folk music and cultural traditions. 

Apollo's Fire: Israel & Egypt – A Multicultural Celebration

October 1, 2017, 3:00 pm

Apollo’s Fire sets the stage for its upcoming performances of Handel’s Israel in Egypt with a celebration of Jewish and Arabic folk music and cultural traditions—as well as a few highlights from Handel’s masterpiece. Soprano Amanda Powell is joined by a colorful ensemble of medieval harp, shawm, flute, violin, cello, and harpsichord.

Q&A discussion with the musicians follows the 45-minute performance. 

Free, but Registration is requested. Click the link / button below to register online.

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A MusicAlive! event, sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
 

Building a New Vision for Downtown Akron

October 2, 2017, 5:30 pm

HuffPost, in partnership with WKSU, presents a conversation with community leaders and experts about future plans for the decommissioned Inner-Belt Highway.  

Building a New Vision for Downtown Akron

October 2, 2017, 5:30 pm

Free and Open to All

HuffPost, in partnership with WKSU, presents a conversation with community leaders and experts about future plans for the decommissioned Inner-Belt Highway. The event will begin at 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) and is free and open to the public. The event is part of HuffPost's "Listen to America" bus tour—a 25-city tour devoted to listening to the concerns of people across the country. Learn more about the tour and what's happening on the route.

Program Description:
Topic: "Building a New Vision for Downtown Akron"

Moderator:
Andrew Meyer, WKSU News Director

Panelists:
Jason Segedy- City of Akron Planning Director
Laura Ruhi- Senior Community Resource Specialist, Cascade Village
Kyle Kutuchief- Knight Foundation Akron Program Director
Cheryl Powell- Akron Beacon-Journal Metro Editor
Marco Sommerville- Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Mayor 

On the Table: Creative Conversations

October 3, 2017, 11:00 am & 5:30 pm

What can our creative community do to make Akron a stronger city? 

On the Table: Creative Conversations

October 3, 2017, 11:00 am & 5:30 pm

What can our creative community do to make Akron a stronger city?

The Akron Community Foundation has launched On the Table, a first-of-its-kind initiative that will bring together thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community.

On Tuesday October 3, the Akron Art Museum will serve as a super host, hosting several On the Table conversations throughout the day. Want to contribute to the creative exchange? Join us in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden for a morning cup of coffee and conversation at 11:30 am or connect up for a nightcap in the museum’s café at 5:30 pm and let the ideas flow.

Free and open to all. Register online by clicking the button / link below.
 

The Art of Love Wedding Show

October 4, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Join us to experience the perfect collaboration of Robert J. Events & Catering and the Akron Art Museum, and see how we can help you realize your dream wedding. 

The Art of Love Wedding Show

October 4, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

This Wedding Show is FREE to attend.

This intimate wedding show is produced by Robert J. Events & Catering, together with the Akron Art Museum. It is meant to showcase the venue as well as a perfect dining experience along with the skills and talents of our many trusted partners in Northeast Ohio's Wedding Industry.

We lovingly picked one vendor for each wedding genre that we believe meets the same high customer service and execution standards that we live by.

If you choose to join us on October 4th, you can expect to experience a full buffet dinner (by Robert J.  Events and Catering as well as show promotions for a free Hors D' Oeuvre or Late night Snack. Cocktails, soft drinks and a signature cocktail will also be available.

The Akron Art Museum will be (partially) set up just like a real wedding reception. You will get to stroll through the new gardens and understand exactly how a wedding is beautifully managed at this modern and dramatic venue.

Please join us on October 4, 2017 to experience the perfect collaboration of Robert J. Events & Catering and the Akron Art Museum and see how we can help you realize your dream wedding.

All attendees must have a reserved ticket.

image: Frank Graziano Photography

Koresh Dance Company Performance

October 5, 2017, 5:30 and 6:30 pm

Join us for a new, site-specific dance performance by the Koresh Dance Company. 

Koresh Dance Company Performance

October 5, 2017, 5:30 and 6:30 pm

DANCECleveland is proud to partner with The Akron Art Museum for the first time to present an exclusive Site Specific Dance performance choreographed and to be performed by the dancers of Koresh Dance Company.

Koresh Dance Company, the Philadelphia based contemporary dance company, will spend one week in Akron, OH at The University Of Akron working on a site specific work inspired by the architecture, spaces and galleries of The Akron Art Museum. This never before seen dance piece will exude creativity and artistic inspiration as it blends the influence of visual art and contemporary dance movement.

Free Thursday

October 5, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 5, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Creative Playdate

October 5, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process.

Creative Playdate

October 5, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Please dress for experimentation with messy mediums and prepare to be inspired by your child’s creative collaborations and concoctions!

Upcoming Creative Playdates:
Thursday, November 2

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

Time to Shine! Alchemy Opening Party

October 6, 2017, 6:00 pm

All that glitters is gold, well at least at the Akron Art Museum. You are invited to the celebration of the dazzling works of Alchemy!  

Time to Shine! Alchemy Opening Party

October 6, 2017, 6:00 pm

Doors Open To All on Friday, October 6 at 6:00 pm for The Glitziest Party Of The Season

Director’s Circle PREVIEW • 5:00 pm (by invitation only)

Members-only PREVIEW • 6:30 pm

EXHIBITION OPEN TO ALL • 7:00 pm

Members receive special offers and discounts throughout the night.
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All that glitters is gold, well at least at the Akron Art Museum. You are invited to the celebration of the dazzling works of Alchemy! Transform into your shiniest attire for the glitziest party of the season; black, gold, metallic
fashions and jewels galore are the order of the night! While the artists and media presented in Alchemy vary greatly, the thematic material along with the universal love for all things gold, makes this a must-see exhibition for everyone!

Party with us in our specially gilded museum Crystal, and treat yourself to a night filled with art, drinks, snacks and music. Make sure you enjoy all of the luxuries of the night, like strutting down our gold carpet and posing for photos in front of our flashy paparazzi wall! 

Image: Lalla Essaydi (Moroccan, born 1956), Bullets Revisited #3, 2012, three Chromogenic prints mounted to aluminum with a UV protective laminate, Each Panel 88 x 71 in., Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery

High Arts Festival Finale Celebration

October 7, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

After voting for the High Arts Festival closes at 4 pm, head over to the Akron Art Museum for the finale celebration. 

High Arts Festival Finale Celebration

October 7, 2017, 4:00 – 7:00 pm

After voting for the High Arts Festival closes at 4 pm, head over to the Akron Art Museum for the finale celebration.

Free food and a cash bar will be available.

The Akron Art Museum galleries will be open and free to High Arts Festival attendees from 4:00 – 5:45 pm. Don't miss the works on view in Alchemy: Transformations in Gold.

Winners announcements will start at 6 pm.

REMINDER
In order to receive a prize, winners, or a representative for them, must be present at the finale celebration on Saturday, October 7, 2017. 

FRONT Info Session

October 10, 2017, 10:00 am

Join Fred Bidwell, Executive Director, and Lisa Kurzner, Associate Curator, for a public forum to learn about FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

FRONT Info Session

October 10, 2017, 10:00 am

Free Admission • Space is limited, registration information below

The Akron Art Museum is proud to be a Presenting Partner for FRONT and you’re invited! Join Fred Bidwell, Executive Director, and Lisa Kurzner, Associate Curator, for a public forum at 10 am on October 10 to learn about FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Hear about the background, purpose and planning for this ambitious exhibition project opening July 14 - September 30, 2018 and bringing national and international attention and tourism to Akron and Northeast Ohio.

Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, early registration is recommended.
Please rsvp to Annmarie.Suglio@frontart.org

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Facebook, Twitter, Instagram: @FRONTtriennial
 

Free Thursday

October 12, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 12, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Moves

October 12, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. 

Art Moves

October 12, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 3+ and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

We’re taking a journey and our suitcase is packed with poetry, color scarves, magic paintbrushes and razzmatazz. Journey through the galleries and discover the inspiration behind great art as we bring it to life through storytelling, dance, dramatic play and learning to interpret what we see. Then tie on your apron in the studio for a closer look at how art is made and experiment with a creative process or two.

Requested attire: Colorful socks!

Upcoming Art Moves:
Thursday, November 9

Free for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. & AnnaMae Orr Family Foundation. 

Campbell Lecture: From Art Objects to Art Subjects, Lane Relyea

October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

Is it time to rethink the institution of art? Artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. 

Campbell Lecture: From Art Objects to Art Subjects, Lane Relyea

October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all

Campbell Lecture: Lane Relyea, professor and chair, Department of Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University

Is it time to rethink the institution of art? Artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. The old “white cube” system is today being replaced by a new system that aims to produce and distribute not so much art objects but rather artists themselves and their audiences. In other words, this system increasingly tends to develop art subjects. Lane Relyea chairs the Department of Art Theory & Practice
at Northwestern University and is a former editor of Art Journal. He has written widely on contemporary art since 1983, and his book Your Everyday Art World, on the effects of communication networks on artistic practice and its contexts, was published by MIT Press in 2013.

This free lecture is part of The University of Akron’s Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture Series, which brings prominent art historians to Akron each year for public lectures and to work closely with UA art students. 

Art, Yoga and Meditation

October 12, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum.  

Art, Yoga and Meditation

October 12, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Yoga in the galleries begins in September. Each month an all-levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Led by certified and local Akron Yoga Instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind.

Free for Members, $10 non-members. Registration is required. Click the link / button below to register online.

Upcoming Art, Yoga and Meditation Sessions
October 12 • Micro/Macro
November 9 • Alchemy 

Photo courtesy of @kcjenk42

Tots Create

October 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity.

Tots Create

October 14, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Best for ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

If you can wiggle on a line, smell the color orange and touch soft pink clouds you’re ready for our wonder-filled art adventure. Wander with us in the galleries for fun looking and listening games, songs and rainbow play. After class, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some inventing time together using familiar, everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s self-expression, imagination and creativity. Preferred attire: Your messy best.

Upcoming Tots Create Classes:
Saturday, November 11

$5/members • $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Kids Studio Class

October 14, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! 

Kids Studio Class

October 14, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom your kids will love! No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for art-making. Along their journey, students learn how to express ideas, solve problems constructively and transform imaginative concept into design. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

Upcoming Kids Studio Classes:
Saturday, November 11

$5/members, $10/non-member child. 
Registration required. Click the link / button below to register online or call 330.376.9186.

Kids Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.

Educator Open House

October 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Educators, experience the new Alchemy exhibition, preview upcoming gallery changes, schedule free field trips for your students and much more at our open house.

Educator Open House

October 14, 2017, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Calling all teachers! Head down to the museum to experience the new Alchemy exhibition, preview upcoming gallery changes, schedule (FREE!) field trips for your students, watch an artist demonstration, enjoy refreshments, and network with your fellow educators. If you have little ones in tow, send them off to create with a museum instructor while you gather inspiration for your classroom. All activities will occur throughout the event time.

Free, but Registration is required. Use the link / button below to register online.

This event is designed for educators of all kinds (including scout leaders and homeschoolers) and all subject areas. Each participant will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.

Contact Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee at 330.376.9186 x247 or gthomas@akronartmuseum.org with questions. 

Photo by Fitzwater Photography.

Curator Tour: Heavy Metal

October 14, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking to learn a little more than what’s on the label? 

Curator Tour: Heavy Metal

October 14, 2017, 2:00 pm

Looking to learn a little more than what’s on the label? Get the information at upcoming second Saturday curator tours.

Heavy Metal with Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator 

Sometimes weighty, other times lighthearted, the themes expressed in Heavy Metal are articulated both through abstraction and realistic representation. Share this tour on Facebook.

Members: FREE; Non-members: Free with gallery admission.

Support the Akron Art Museum and programs like Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talks, become a member of the museum.

image: Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still, courtesy of the artist. On view in Heavy Metal through February 18, 2018.

Artist Talk: Michelle Droll

October 19, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Akron Soul Train fellow Michelle Droll at the Akron Art Museum for an artist talk. 

Artist Talk: Michelle Droll

October 19, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Join Akron Soul Train fellow Michelle Droll at the Akron Art Museum for an artist talk. This is an exciting opportunity to gain some insights into Michelle's artistic practice! She will explain the unique role of ‘chance narrative’ in her fantastical landscapes.

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Michelle Droll moved to Akron from upstate New York in 1995 with her husband as newlyweds. After working as an architect for some years, she decided to go to art school to help fulfill her more creative side. After graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA and Kent State University with an MFA, she was employed by Dominion Energy in 2006, where she is currently a Senior Business Analyst. Her work has been exhibited throughout Northeast Ohio, including at SPACES Gallery, MOCA Cleveland, and in 2011-12, a solo show at the Akron Art Museum. Michelle will be an Akron Soul Train fellow from October 1-30, 2017.

As a response to the environment, Droll’s work transforms recycled and unwanted materials into 3D landscape ‘paintings’. Some of the materials she works with include hardware cloth, chicken wire, tulle netting, packing and bubble wrap, which are then layered with acrylic paint. Her extravagant use of material and color make for fantastical, lush, and dreamlike forms that can be read like paintings. 

image: Michelle Droll, Carnival forest Collage 11 x 15, 2015, courtesy of the artist

Free Thursday

October 19, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 19, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Art Babes

October 19, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch.

Art Babes

October 19, 2017, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Best for ages 0-12 months and their grown-ups

Calling all rollers, sitters, dribblers and gigglers for a pint-sized playdate where we’ll explore blobs of color, fuzzy edges, shapes and shadows, scents and touch. Park the stroller and crawl on up for bouncy rhymes, singing, puppets and sensory play that will awaken your baby’s curiosity and create a page for the baby book. Crying and cooing welcome. And don’t let the art disrupt feeding, sleeping or changing schedules; We have a designated, quiet family-friendly classroom for stretching out your visit.

Upcoming Art Babes:
Thursday, November 16

$5 for members. $10/non-member child.
Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

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

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer.

Book Club The Lady In Gold by Anne-Marie O'Connor

October 19, 2017, 6:00 pm

Free and open to all! • The book is available for purchase in the Museum Shop for $17.95

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of Lady in Gold: The Extraordinary Tale of Gustav Klimt’s Masterpiece, Portrait of Adele Block-Bauer, a book that brilliantly tells the galvanizing story of Gustav Klimt’s 1907 masterpiece—the breathtaking portrait of a Viennese Jewish socialite, Adele Bloch-Bauer. The
celebrated painting, stolen by Nazis during World War II, subsequently became the subject of a decade-long dispute between her heirs and the Austrian government.

When the U.S. Supreme Court became involved in the case, its decision had profound ramifications in the art world. Expertly researched, masterfully told, The Lady in Gold is at once a stunning depiction of fin-de siècle Vienna, a riveting tale of Nazi war crimes, and a fascinating glimpse into the high-stakes
workings of the contemporary art world.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. 

Free Thursday

October 26, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. 

Free Thursday

October 26, 2017, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—admission to the galleries is free all day and all evening, from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm.

Free Thursdays are generously supported by The J.M. Smucker Company.

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Trick or Treat on South High St.

October 26, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways.  

Trick or Treat on South High St.

October 26, 2017, 5:00 – 9:00 pm

For all ages and their grown-ups

There's nothing to fear, there’s only amazing art here! Break out your costume early for a family-friendly Halloween party where you can explore the museum in surprising ways. Families can hunt for artsy treats in the galleries, build-a-giant emoji face with loose parts, creep through an outdoor glow maze in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and shimmy down at our kid-approved heavy metal dance party. The fun will be nonstop throughout the evening and our costume parade is not to be missed!

5 – 8:30 pm • Self-guided trick-or-treating in the galleries, maker stations, outdoor maze and games

7 pm • Costume parade and dance party

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

Registration required. Register online using the link / button below, or call 330.376.9186.

Photo by Shane Wynn

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Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

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