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.

Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talks

March 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

Look closely at the rich layers of Radcliffe Bailey’s JRed House with Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney.  

Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talks

March 11, 2017, 2:00 pm

Radcliffe Bailey, JRed House

Look closely at the rich layers of Radcliffe Bailey’s JRed House with Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney. Bailey weaves personal and shared histories in this monumental painting that includes a found photograph, various objects, symbols and text.

Get an insider's look at artworks in the museum's collection on the second Saturday of every month, with curator-led tours.

Members: FREE; Non-members: Free with gallery admission.

Support the Akron Art Museum and programs like Second Saturday Curator Gallery Talks, become a member of the museum.

Radcliffe Bailey, JRed House, 1996, mixed media and found objects on wood, 96 x 96 x 24 in.,Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Bruce and Barbara Berger 2012.28 

Member Event: Q&A with Tara McPherson

March 12, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney for a members-only Q&A with Turn the Page artist Tara McPherson! 

Member Event: Q&A with Tara McPherson

March 12, 2017, 4:00 pm

Join Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney for a members-only Q&A with Turn the Page artist Tara McPherson.
Find out more about the artist and her work, which has been exhibited in fine art galleries worldwide and featured in numerous publications from The New York Times, Hi-Fructose, and Punk Planet to the Oscar award-winning film Juno.

This Free event is exclusive for Akron Art Museum members! Registration is required. Click the button / link below to register.

Click here to become a member, or call 330.376.9186 x225 or inquire at the museum’s front desk.

And, Don't Miss the Pop-Up Shop: Tara McPherson
Sunday, March 12 • 2 – 4 pm (BEFORE THE MEMBERS-ONLY Q&A)

Visit Tara McPherson’s one-day-only Pop-Up Shop at the Akron Art Museum to shop prints and merchandise and meet the artist. In her signature style and palette of teals, pinks and black, Tara McPherson creates paintings and drawings of women that reference nature, science and mythology. She is also known for gig poster designs for musical artists including Beck, Modest Mouse and Death Cab for Cutie. Be sure to visit Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose to see her painting Wandering Luminations.

The Pop-Up Shop is Free and Open to All • The Q&A is a Members-Only Event 

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

LaToya Ruby Frazier, a contemporary Chicago-based photographer will present the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture at the Akron Art Museum. 

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture: LaToya Ruby Frazier

March 23, 2017, 6:00 pm

FREE • Seating is limited

LaToya Ruby Frazier, a contemporary Chicago-based photographer and the 2017 recipient of the Akron Art Museum’s Knight Purchase Award, will visit Akron to present the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture at the Akron Art Museum.

For Frazier, art is a catalyst for social justice. Her photographs and videos document America today: post-industrial cities riven by poverty, racism, healthcare inequality and environmental toxicity. Bridging personal realities with broader social issues, her haunting artworks amplify the voices of the most vulnerable and transform our sense of place and self. Frazier’s first book, The Notion of Family, received the International Center for Photography Infinity Award. Frazier has received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Her work has been exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally.

Born in Braddock, Pennsylvania, Frazier holds a BFA in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and an MFA in art photography from Syracuse University. She has studied under the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program and is Associate Professor of Photography, at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Lecture is an annual guest lectureship in photography and photographic media that includes significant time to workshop with or critique work of University of Akron Mary Schiller Myers School of Art students. The lecture is held at the Akron Art Museum and is free and open to the public. 

Artist's Talk: Beth Cavener

April 27, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join artist Beth Cavener for an artist talk and Q & A in conjunction with Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. 

Artist's Talk: Beth Cavener

April 27, 2017, 6:30 pm

FREE

Join artist Beth Cavener for an artist talk and Q & A in conjunction with Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. Ceramicist Beth Cavener is known for her dynamic, emotionally charged animal and human figures. Cavener will discuss how she tackles elements of gesture and expression with subtle shifts in line and form.

Image: Beth Cavener, Unrequited (Variation in Pink) (detail), 2015, 14.5 x 15 x 43 in., resin infused refractory material, paint. Courtesy of the Artist and Corey Helford Gallery, Los Angeles

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