Exhibition Related Events

Peace Circle with The W.O.M.B.

August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. 

Peace Circle with The W.O.M.B.

August 16, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All.

Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. This exercise will take place in the galleries with a tour of works related to urban life and social justice following the activity.

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

FRONT Tour: The Future Is Now: Technology in Art

August 18, 2018, 2:00 pm

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

FRONT Tour: The Future Is Now: Technology in Art

August 18, 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: Walead Beshty, Office Work (Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402), 2017, Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402, 71 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 28 3/8 in., Courtesy of the artsit and Petzel, New York

TMT Trio Performs in Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

August 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield.  

TMT Trio Performs in Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust

August 23, 2018, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Free and Open to All

TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield. Listeners can join at any time and view art during the performance. 

Last Look Frameworks Tour

August 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a tour of abstract art by the Northeast Ohio artists in Frameworks. 

Last Look Frameworks Tour

August 25, 2018, 10:30 am

Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a journey through space and time experiencing the work of three Northeast Ohio artists who use painting as a process of exploring the intersections of memory, time, place and the digital realm. Find out more about Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej.

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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Photo: Shane Wynn

Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work. 

Artist Talks: Curated Storefront & Akron Soul Train

August 30, 2018, 6:30 pm

This is a Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train Event

Free and Open to All

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists.

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

Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron, including Akron Soul Train artist fellows, will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists. Artist talks will be from Stephen Tomasko and Gabe Gott from AKron Soul Train, and those from Curated Storefront will be announced soon!

Stephen Tomasko is represented in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, including the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum. His work has been exhibited widely in regional group exhibitions and the subject of solo gallery exhibitions in Los Angeles, Australia, and France. Since the mid-1980s, Tomasko has made images of America, including bodies of photographs with diverse subjects ranging from jubilant celebrations of flowering gardens to the dynamic, strange beauty of county fairs. Today, he makes art full time in Bath, Ohio. Stephen was an Akron Soul Train fellow in September 2017.

Gabe Gott lives in Akron, Ohio, with his wife, Sarah, the unwitting caretakers of a home for retired house pets. During the day, he works as a team lead/trainer for a market intelligence company based out of Chicago, but during his free time writes fiction and poetry. He has published a novel, Escapes (2014), two flash fiction chapbooks, The Ever-Present Moment (2016) and Dispatches from the Information Age (2017), and a poetry collection, Live Organ Transplants (2017). Gabe was an AST fellow in March 2018.

image: Joe Levack/Studio Akron

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.

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

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

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.
 

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

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.

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.

Not a member? Join here!

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 

Jeff Donaldson: Dig

October 27, 2018

This fall the Akron Art Museum will host an exhibition of work by AfriCOBRA artist Jeff Donaldson, and we're seeking feedback from the community on how you'd like to engage the exhibition. 

Jeff Donaldson: Dig

October 27, 2018

This fall the Akron Art Museum will host an exhibition of work by AfriCOBRA artist Jeff Donaldson. In order to design programs and interpretive materials that best serve its visitors, the museum is currently seeking feedback from the community. 

On Thursday July 19 at 6:00 PM, the museum hosted a community meeting about the exhibition. We will share the results of that conversation soon.

If you were unable to make it to the July 19 meeting, you can still share your ideas via our online survey.


About the Exhibition
In 1968, artist Jeff Donaldson co-founded the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). In response to political and social unrest in an arts world that privileged white artists and audiences, AfriCOBRA sought to create a new kind of art that was not only politically engaged but reflected contemporary Black culture and appealed specifically to a Black audience.

Jeff Donaldson: Dig, the artist’s first museum retrospective, sheds light on Donaldson’s contribution to art history by exploring his four-decade career. Spanning the artist’s activist roots in Chicago to his influence on future generations as a professor at Howard University and Vice President of the Barnes Foundation, this major exhibition presents new scholarship and features works never before seen in public.

Interested in learning more about AfriCOBRA? Check out this video link:

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