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Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis. The book chronicles a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art.

In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back.

With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, The Trip captures Warhol’s interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Serial Intent. 

Free and open to all. Copies of The Trip are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

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LEGO Family Movie Night

July 27, 2017, 9:00 – 10:30 pm

Pack up your sleeping bags, dress as your favorite LEGO superhero and join us under the stars for the 2016 adventure-comedy film, The Lego Batman Movie. 

LEGO Family Movie Night

July 27, 2017, 9:00 – 10:30 pm

Free museum admission and activities.
Registration is requested. Click the button / link below to register.

Everything is awesome! Pack up your sleeping bags, dress as your favorite LEGO superhero and join us under the stars for the 2016 adventure-comedy film, The Lego Batman Movie. Make it a family night to remember by joining us for Downtown@Dusk from 6 – 8:30 pm in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, glow-build your own “Piece of Resistance” from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, then cuddle up and stay late for the movie on the Sandra Haslinger and Family Green at 9:00 pm. 

Photography 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.

Additional support for Lego Family Movie Night is provided by the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation

John Brown Tour

July 27, 2017, 5:00 pm

Explore Akron’s role in the life of abolitionist John Brown and its relation to the exhibition, Serial Intent. 

John Brown Tour

July 27, 2017, 5:00 pm

5:00 pm at Akron Art Museum:

Explore Akron’s role in the life of abolitionist John Brown. Tour Jacob Lawrence’s screenprint series The Legend of John Brown with Assistant Curator Liz Carney in the exhibition Serial Intent.

6:00 pm at John Brown House:

Then, venture over to the John Brown House to see the small cottage Brown once called home as you experience the Summit County Historical Society’s Open House and Community Forum. The John Brown House is located at 550 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320.

This program is free, but registration is recommended. (coming soon!) 

Photograph: John Brown House with the Inside|Out reproduction of William L. Hawkins' painting Perkins Mansion. On view at John Brown House through October 2017 as part of Inside|Out.

Artist Talk & Demonstration: Bruce Checefsky

August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Bruce Checefsky to learn about the unique process behind his Garden series. 

Artist Talk & Demonstration: Bruce Checefsky

August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Bruce Checefsky to learn about the unique process behind his Garden series and enjoy a demonstration in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden (rain or shine). 

Free and open to all!

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Image: Bruce Checefsky, Dahlia Nenekazi, 2010, archival pigment print, 22 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2013.16

Artist Talk: Michael Loderstedt

September 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Michael Loderstedt to learn about Bestiary, the portfolio he created in collaboration with fellow Northeast Ohio artist Craig Lucas, alongside the artworks in-gallery. 

Artist Talk: Michael Loderstedt

September 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Michael Loderstedt to learn about Bestiary, the portfolio he created in collaboration with fellow Northeast Ohio artist Craig Lucas, alongside the artworks in-gallery.

Free and open to all!

Click here to become a member. Your membership helps to support Free programming like this and much for everyone who visits the Akron Art Museum.

Image: Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, F from Bestiary, 1999-2000, screenprint and relief on paper, 20 x 26 in., Collection of Akron Art Museum, Gift of Artists Image Resource 2013.5

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