Exhibition Related Events

Film: Burden

September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Burden explores the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art. 

Film: Burden

September 21, 2017, 7:00 pm

Free and open to the public • Share this Screening on Facebook

Best known for his extreme performances, like Shoot, where a friend shot him in the arm with a rifle, Chris Burden is a heavy metal artist. Illustrated with performances, private videos and recollections from those who knew him, Burden explores the life of the always provocative artist Chris Burden, whose work consistently challenged ideas about the limits and nature of modern art, from his notorious performances in the 1970s to his later assemblages, installations, kinetic and static sculptures and scientific models.

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Synapse Lecture: Charles Lindsay

September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Charles Lindsay as he discusses his evolving hybrid installation FIELD STATION, on view in Alchemy, along with other current projects. 

Synapse Lecture: Charles Lindsay

September 28, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all • Share this artist talk on Facebook

Charles Lindsay is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work synthesizes ideas about technology, ecosystems, semiotics and humor. He creates immersive environments, sound installations, sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and bio-tech equipment, photographs and videos. His career trajectory has been diverse, ranging from exploration geology in the Arctic to photojournalism in the jungles of southeast Asia. He invented a carbon-based imaging process and merged that with sound and sensors to create immersive installations.

Lindsay serves as the SETI Artist in Residence Program Director. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Residency, Artist in Residence at Imagine Science Films, and the innovator behind OSA EARS – a project designed to deliver real-time sound from one of the world’s most bio-diverse rain forests to anyone anywhere via Internet. His work has been profiled by WIRED, Motherboard, ARTonAIR.org, Viralnet, NPR, and CNN International.

Works from the FIELD STATION, an evolving hybrid installation, are on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018.

image: Charles Lindsay, Sputterer, from FIELD STATION, 2016-17, courtesy of the artist

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.
 

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman

November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join artist Rachel Sussman as she discusses her series The Oldest Living Things in the World, as well as her Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series.

Synapse Lecture: Rachel Sussman

November 2, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all

Rachel Sussman is a contemporary artist based in Brooklyn. Her critically acclaimed, decade-long project The Oldest Living Things in the World combines art, science and philosophy into a traveling exhibition and New York Times bestselling book. After conducting research and consulting with biologists, the artist traveled the world to photograph continuously living organisms 2,000 years old and older. Sussman’s series Sidewalk Kintsukuroi expands the traditional Japanese art of kintsukuroi—the practice of repairing cracks in ceramics by filling them with gold—by taking it, literally, out into the streets. In 2014, she began developing new installation work deepening her explorations of personal and cosmic time, the universe, nature, philosophy, and beauty.

Sussman is a Guggenheim, NYFA, and MacDowell Colony Fellow, and two-time TED speaker. She is currently an artist in residence with the SETI Institute. Her exhibition record spans more than a decade in museums and galleries in the US, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With the support of the LACMA Lab, and working with SpaceX, NASA, and CERN, and her new work can be found at MASS MoCA, the New Museum Los Gatos, and the Des Moines Art Center.

Photographs from Sussman’s Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series are on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold, Oct. 7, 2017 – Jan. 21, 2018. In early November, Sussman will install a Sidewalk Kintsukuroi in the museum’s lobby by filling a crack in the concrete with gold.

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.
 

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 2017, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

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

Art, Yoga and Meditation

November 9, 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. Use the link / button below to register online.

Upcoming Art, Yoga and Meditation Sessions

November 9 • Alchemy 

Photo courtesy of @kcjenk42

Curator Tour: Micro/Macro

November 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

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

Curator Tour: Micro/Macro

November 11, 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.

Micro/Macro with Elizabeth Carney, Assistant Curator 

Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute both chose Earth’s natural and human-touched terrain as their subject matter. Micro/Macro illustrates how photographs of the Earth on both an intimate and aerial scale can be disorienting as well as familiar, and the inherent compositional parallels between the work of two very different artists.

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.

images: Exterior: Jeannette Klute, Tide Pool, c. 1952-55, dye transfer print, 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mark Reichman. Interior: Marilyn Bridges, Swimmers, Gulf of Nauplia, Greece, 1984, gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Dr. George Thomsen

Artist Talk: Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image: Mahwish Chishty, MQ-9/ PREDATOR (detail), gouache and tea stain on paper, 2011, 24 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, December 7 • Corrie Slawson 
Thursday, January 4 • Kathy Buszkiewicz 
Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art. 

Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Repurpose vintage toys into a glamorous golden necklace. Learn about the history and value of gold and experiment with basic jewelry making techniques as you create a glamorous faux-gold animal necklace. Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art.

$15 members, $20 non-members (registration coming soon)

image: Alicia Ross, Prick (Un petit somme d'Après-midi), 2008, cotton, needles, 12 x 14 x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist. On view in Heavy Metal through February 18, 2018. Photography by Joe Levack/Studio Akron

Artist Talk: Corrie Slawson

December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Corrie Slawson

December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image: Corrie Slawson, “The sun rises over the canyon mixing with ocean air. It lifts a crimson haze on a succulent studded hillside. Palm trees shudder. The ocean hammers the rocks below.” (detail), 2017, photo lithography, screenprint, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on paper, 23 x 63.75 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, January 4 • Kathy Buszkiewicz 
Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them.  

Artist Talk: Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Kathy Buszkiewicz, Double Dutch: Skip the Rhetoric, 2016, United States currency, wood, 24K yellow gold 46 x 8 x 1.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Sherry Simms

January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Sherry Simms

January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Sherry Simms, 1009 Roses, 2001, pendant, Nickel-plated copper, copper and enamel paint, 4 x 3 in. Full length of necklace: 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Sarah Paul

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. 

Artist Talk: Sarah Paul

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

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