Lectures

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.

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Buffon sources images of locations he hasn’t visited from various online platforms, he is aware that some images are outdated and intentionally combines past and present in his images as a way of embracing the history of a place.”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

Synapse Lecture: Peter Galison

October 11, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join Peter Galison, Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and Physics at Harvard University, author, and filmmaker for a lecture on his work combining science and the arts. 

Synapse Lecture: Peter Galison

October 11, 2018, 6:30 pm

Synapse Lecture: Peter Galison

The Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium

Peter Galison is the Pellegrino University Professor of the History of Science and Physics at Harvard University. His achievements include a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1997); a Pfizer Award for Image and Logic (1998), the Max Planck and Humboldt Stiftung Prize (1999) and the Abraham Pais Award in the History of Physics (2018). He is an author and filmmaker. His films include Secrecy (2008) and Containment (2015). Galison has collaborated with artist William Kentridge on a multi-screen installation, The Refusal of Time (2012) and an associated chamber opera, Refuse the Hour.

Free and open to all.

View the Trailer to Containment

Containment Trailer 1 from Robb Moss & Peter Galison on Vimeo.

See Containment at the University of Akron's Myers School of Art on Friday, September, 28 at 6 pm. Click here for more information.

Funded by the Knight Foundation, 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.

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting

October 18, 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Designed for all levels of collecting experience, this panel discussion will offer several perspectives on collecting art.

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting

October 18, 2018, 6 – 8 pm

Panel Discussion: The Art of Collecting

The Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium

Designed for all levels of collecting experience, this panel discussion will offer several perspectives on collecting art. Panelists include Ellen Rudolph, Akron Art Museum chief curator, Rick Rogers, owner of Hieronymus art gallery and executive director of Curated Storefront and Jason Rulnick, senior specialist of post-war and contemporary art at artnet Auctions. The event will be moderated by art library program coordinator Jessica Fijalkovich.

Free and open to all

Image: Butch Anthony, Birds of the world, 2016, mixed media, collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

November 8, 2018, 6:30 pm

 Art Talk: Tuliza Fleming

Dr. Tuliza Fleming is the Curator of American Art at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. She has been instrumental in building the museum's American art collection, has served as the lead curator for Visual Art and the American Experience and co-curated Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment.

Free and open to all

Art Talk: Allison Zuckerman

November 17, 2018, 2:00 PM

Join Zuckerman in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph as they discuss how the artist pillages art history in order to rescue and re-present its muses.

Art Talk: Allison Zuckerman

November 17, 2018, 2:00 PM

Art Talk: Allison Zuckerman

Join Zuckerman in conversation with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph as they discuss how the artist pillages art history in order to rescue and re-present its muses. Zuckerman talks about adopting other artists' imagery into her own visual vocabulary, how she deals with the chaotic onslaught of images online and how her paintings suggest new standards of beauty.

Allison Zuckerman Photo by Chi Lam, Rubell Family Collection

Art Talk: Brian Bress

November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Learn about Bress' unique process including character development, costume creation, performance and film-production as the artist illustrates how he arrived at making his hybrid painting-videos.

Art Talk: Brian Bress

November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Art Talk: Brian Bress

Learn about Bress' unique process including character development, costume creation, performance and film-production as the artist illustrates how he arrived at making his hybrid painting-videos.

Free and open to all.

Image: Brian Bress, Organizing The Physical Evidence (Gradients on Gradients), 2018, high definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 49 x 39.5 x 3.25 in., TRT: 16 min., 36 sec., loop, Courtesy Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

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