Upcoming Events

Events for Month of September 2018

Tots Create - Slant, Smoosh, Reshape

September 1, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Wander the galleries and experience games, songs, and storytelling, then roll up your sleeves for some creative discovery time together.

Tots Create - Slant, Smoosh, Reshape

September 1, 2018, 10:30 am – 12 pm

Slant, Smoosh, Reshape

Best for kids ages 3-5 and their grown-ups

Kids and their caregivers can join us in the galleries to enjoy playful looking and listening games, songs and colorful storytelling. Then, roll up your sleeves and enjoy some creative discovery time with your child, using everyday materials to nurture your young artist’s individualism, dreams and vision. Art smocks provided, please dress for an inspirational mess.

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

Not a member? Join today!

Tots Create is made possible with support from the Robert O. & Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

Kids Studio Class - Tech Scrap Sculpture

September 1, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio.

Kids Studio Class - Tech Scrap Sculpture

September 1, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Best for ages 6 – 10

Aspiring artists need opportunities to question, make mistakes and test ideas. Guided by an artist-educator, students engage with contemporary art up close then funnel personal responses into inspiring oops, wows and what-ifs in the studio. Inventiveness using unique materials is a key component to our studio experience. Caregivers welcome. Dress for messy fun.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

Free Thursday

September 6, 2018, 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

September 6, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippin in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community. 

Panel Discussion: Disappeared in America

September 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippin in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.

Joshua Gippin

Panel Moderator Joshua Gippin
Josh is an Akron area documentarian whose most recent film The Chosen People? focuses on the divisive aspects of religion, especially among Christians, Muslims, and Jews. He hopes to help bring about peace and unity through better understanding of that which divides us.


Panelists

Aminah Fogarty

Aminah Fogarty
Aminah is a Cuyahoga Falls native who spent twenty-five years as an expatriate in Saudi Arabia. While there, she travelled extensively throughout the Middle East, Far East and Europe. As an American Muslim convert, she has a unique, interesting, and remarkably discriminatory set of experiences that followed her around the globe.

Shammas Malik, Esq.

Shammas Malik, Esq.
Shammas is a local government attorney, serving as an Assistant Director of Law with the City of Akron. His work covers a wide variety of areas, including contracts and legislation. In his free time, he enjoys hoping for the best while expecting the worst for the Cavs.


Ghulam Mir, MD
Ghulam emigrated from Kashmir to the U.S. in 1974. He is a gastroenterologist at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Hospital. Over the years, Ghulam has served as President, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and currently Director of the Public Relations Committee at the Islamic Society of Akron and Kent.

image: Visible Collective, Disappeared in America III: Lingering Twenty (still), 2005, video, 4 min 47 sec, Courtesy of Visible Collective, disappearedinamerica.org

Creative Playdate - Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

September 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side. 

Creative Playdate - Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

September 6, 2018, 11:15 am – 12:30 pm

Creative Playdate - Jams and Jazz Traffic Painting

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

Art meets play every first Thursday! Meaningful messes and inventive play are the foundation for big ideas. Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s creative side where, with a little imagination, everyday materials have infinite potential and “doing work” involves testing out unconventional methods for making a single object of wonder or collaboration with friends. This program is a sensory-rich, open-ended experience. Art smocks provided.

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

Not a member? Join here!

Photo: Shane Wynn

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

Akron Art Library: Community Conversation

September 12, 2018, 5 – 7 pm

We want to hear from you! Stop by between 5 - 7 pm and join us for a conversation about the Akron Art Library as we move into year two of the program.

Akron Art Library: Community Conversation

September 12, 2018, 5 – 7 pm

Akron Art Library: Community Conversation

This program will be held at Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library in Meeting Room 2 AB near the High Street Entrance.

We want to hear from you! Stop by between 5 - 7 pm and join us for a conversation about the Akron Art Library as we move into year two of the program. This is an opportunity for you to provide feedback and recommendations that will inform future additions to the collection and programs to engage the public. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Unable to attend? Share your thoughts about Akron Art Library in our survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/art-library-community-responses

Image: Amy Casey, Tilt, 2016, aquatint etching on paper, Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

September 13, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

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.

Art, Yoga and Meditation

September 13, 2018, 6:30 - 7:45 pm

Art, Yoga and Meditation

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 to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.

Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

Free Thursday

September 13, 2018, 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

September 13, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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Synapse Lecture: Eric Gjerde

September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

See reknowned paper artist Eric Gjerde discuss his work focused on the development of new biological paper processes and the geometry of origami tessellations.

Synapse Lecture: Eric Gjerde

September 13, 2018, 6:30 pm

Held in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium

When asked by his parents what he wanted to be when he grew up, five-year-old Gjerde replied, “a paperologist.” Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he enjoyed paper crafts and origami. As an adult, Gjerde discovered a deeper appreciation for the beauty of origami by exploring and researching new areas of folding. He is currently focused on the development of new biological paper processes and the geometry of origami tessellations.

Free and open to all

The Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. This initiative at The University of Akron probes the ideas, images, and mutual interests connecting art and science professionals and disciplines. The Synapse series is funded through the generous support of the Knight Foundation.

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby. 

Poetry Reading

September 13, 2018, 6:00 pm

Poetry Reading

Free and Open to All.

Join us for a poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.
 

After School Mind Unwind

September 13, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind after school. 

After School Mind Unwind

September 13, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

After School Mind Unwind

Best for ages 5-12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to decompress and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-together guarantee! Join an artist educator and learn how to encourage lifelong positive habits of the mind including creative journaling, deconstructive doodling and expressive story-sharing. Young visionaries meet up every 2nd Free Thursday.

Free and open to all. Registration required. Register using the link / button below.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo: Shane Wynn

After School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum. 

FRONT Tour: Consume or Consumed: Exploring Themes of Mass Production, Labor and Consumption

September 15, 2018, 2:00 pm

Join us for a curator-led, themed tour of FRONT at the Akron Art Museum.

Free for members. Free with the price of regular admission for nonmembers.

Registration is required. Register online using the button / link below.  

image: Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby (detail), 2015, framed texts, photographs, objects. Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea

Art Babes - Baby Drivers on the Roll

September 20, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

Art Babes - Baby Drivers on the Roll

September 20, 2018, 10:30 – 11:30 am

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

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in the gallery for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes, catchy tunes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Crying babies welcome! Stretch out your visit with a wee-art project accompanied by feeding, changing and dozing in our family-friendly classroom studio.

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

Not a member? Join today!

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

Free Thursday

September 20, 2018, 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

September 20, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Artist Nicholas Buffon will talk about his work, including works on view in FRONT that highlight LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron.

Artist Talk: Nicholas Buffon

September 20, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

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Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph said, “By depicting queer spaces in Akron and inserting himself in those scenes, Buffon is showing connection and solidarity with the gay community in Akron.”

“I’ve been thinking of subtle ways to portray resistance in this fractious political moment,” states Buffon. “How I see it, strength and resilience are where community exists. So I’ve started painting slices of my community, starting with gay bars closest to me, both historic and contemporary.”

Buffon creates his imagery from “a soup of online resources” including Google Maps and Street View, Google image searches, Yelp reviews and public Facebook pages, intermingling imagery and details from different periods in his compositions.

Rudolph said, “Because Buffon sources images of locations he hasn’t visited from various online platforms, he is aware that some images are outdated and intentionally combines past and present in his images as a way of embracing the history of a place.”

Buffon often places himself in the drawings, interacting with other people outside the iconic locations or alone, as a humorous observer or visitor. He says, “The figures in the paintings are also a mix of my experiences and a random sampling of strangers that happen to be walking by in source photographs. I used a cartoon of myself to populate many of the paintings. The cartoon self implies an ownership or even assumed affiliation with the building.”


image: Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization. 

FRONT International Tour: The Urban Fabric

September 22, 2018, 10:30 am

Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization—how does it affect the social and economic dynamics of a city? Artists reflect on how public infrastructure and social spaces divide and unite us.

This tour is FREE for Akron Art Museum members but registration is required. Please click the button / link below to reserve your space. Space is limited! Only 20 spots per tour.

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Find out more about FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art at the Akron Art Museum.

image: Willie Doherty, Dreams of Longing Dreams of Regret I-V, 2017, 4 framed pigment prints mounted on dibond, dimensions variable, photo: Joerg Lohse, image courtesy of the artist, of Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 

2018 Annual Meeting

September 25, 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm

Join Board President Bruce Rowland, the Board of Directors, and John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for our Annual Meeting at the Akron Art Museum. We will recap the past year's programs and events, and elect newly nominated board members.

2018 Annual Meeting

September 25, 2018, 5:30 - 8 pm

2018 Annual Meeting

Join Board President Bruce Rowland, the Board of Directors, and John S. Knight Director and CEO Mark Masuoka for our Annual Meeting at the Akron Art Museum. We will recap the past year's programs and events, and elect newly nominated board members.

We will offer our heartfelt thanks to departing board member Alita Rogers for her service and dedication to the Akron Art Museum. 

The Governance Committee recommends the election of the following individuals for one, four-year term (2018-2022):

Teresa LeGrair
Jenny Frantz
David Sands

This is a members event.

Free Thursday

September 27, 2018, 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

September 27, 2018, 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Connect to your creative life. 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.

Become a New Member of the Akron Art Museum on Thursday (in-person or online) for 25% off the regular price. Join today!

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

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Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron

September 27, 2018, 6:30 pm

Witness an original play by Josy Jones and Katie Beck based on interviews with residents from all 24 Akron neighborhoods.

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron

September 27, 2018, 6:30 pm

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron

Akron Art Museum, Bud and Susie Rogers Garden

Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron is an original play by Josy Jones and Katie Beck based on interviews with residents from all 24 Akron neighborhoods. Made up of 75% direct quotes from Akronites, the play explores a wide range of subjects, from a neighborhood dating game to immigration, addiction, racism and Facebook.

This program is presented by @PLAY, a Knight Cities project to foster civic engagement and increase neighborhood vibrancy with a series of interactive art challenges and playful activities in Akron neighborhoods.

Film: Kusama-Infinity

September 29, 2018, 1:00 pm

Join Filmmaker Heather Lenz for an exclusive screening of her documentary KUSAMA-INFINITY followed by a Q&A with Emily Davis Gallery Director and former Akron Art Museum Collections Manger Arnold Tunstall

Film: Kusama-Infinity

September 29, 2018, 1:00 pm

Northeast Ohio is consumed with Kusamamania as Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors have taken Cleveland by storm, but Akron isn’t a newcomer to the Kusama craze. Filmmaker Heather Lenz became familiar with Kusama’s work while interning at the Akron Art Museum. Following her experience in Akron, Lenz began a long journey to create a documentary about the artist. She will introduce her film KUSAMA-INFINITY at this exclusive Akron screening of the film and participate in a Q&A with Emily Davis Gallery Director and former Akron Art Museum Collections Manager Arnold Tunstall, who Lenz interned for.

$5/member, $10/nonmember. Registration required. Register online using the link / button below.

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