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.

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

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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.
 

Campbell Lecture: From Art Objects to Art Subjects, Lane Relyea

October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

Is it time to rethink the institution of art? Artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. 

Campbell Lecture: From Art Objects to Art Subjects, Lane Relyea

October 12, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and open to all

Campbell Lecture: Lane Relyea, professor and chair, Department of Art Theory & Practice, Northwestern University

Is it time to rethink the institution of art? Artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. The old “white cube” system is today being replaced by a new system that aims to produce and distribute not so much art objects but rather artists themselves and their audiences. In other words, this system increasingly tends to develop art subjects. Lane Relyea chairs the Department of Art Theory & Practice
at Northwestern University and is a former editor of Art Journal. He has written widely on contemporary art since 1983, and his book Your Everyday Art World, on the effects of communication networks on artistic practice and its contexts, was published by MIT Press in 2013.

This free lecture is part of The University of Akron’s Catherine H. Campbell Memorial Art History Lecture Series, which brings prominent art historians to Akron each year for public lectures and to work closely with UA art students. 

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.

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image: Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still, courtesy of the artist. On view in Heavy Metal through February 18, 2018.

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.
 

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 

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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