Lectures & Performances

If you have questions about modern and contemporary art, or just want to learn more about it, consider attending one of our lectures or symposiums. Throughout the year, scholars, experts, and other arts professionals give informative and entertaining presentations about the museum's collection, special exhibitions and other hot art topics.

Synapse Lecture by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg -Founders of Nervous Systems

April 4, 2019, 6:30 PM

Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry and housewares.

Synapse Lecture by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg -Founders of Nervous Systems

April 4, 2019, 6:30 PM

Synapse Lecture by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg -Founders of Nervous Systems

A generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art and technology, Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry and housewares.

https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com

Free and open to the public.

Funded by the Knight Foundation, the University of Akron Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science.

Artist Talk: Mernet Larsen

April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join Mernet Larsen in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph at this free Artist's Talk. 

Artist Talk: Mernet Larsen

April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

Join Mernet Larsen in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about how the artist plays with perspective to turn ordinary situations upside down, in turn illuminating the psychology of our everyday interactions.

Free and open to all. Seating is limited. Registration is required. 

image: Mernet Larsen, Seminar, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 40 in., Courtesy of David Howe

Find out more about Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented at the Akron Art Museum. 

Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON

April 27, 2019, 12:00 pm

Join us as world-renowned artist Nick Cave stages dazzling presentations of HEARD•AKRON on April 27 in the Summit Lake community and on April 28 at the Akron Art Museum. 

Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON

April 27, 2019, 12:00 pm

Nick Cave: HEARD•AKRON

Saturday, April 27 • 12 pm • Performance at Summit Lake Community Center

Sunday, April 28 • 2 pm • Performance at the Akron Art Museum

Join us as world-renowned artist Nick Cave stages dazzling presentations of HEARD•AKRON on April 27 in the Summit Lake community and on April 28 at the Akron Art Museum. Please check back for more details or sign up for the museum’s email newsletter.

Performances are free and open to all. Seating is first come, first served. Registration is recommended.

HEARD•AKRON is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons.

Knight Foundation Ohio Arts Council

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