Knight Purchase Award: Helen Levitt
June 6, 2009 - October 4, 2009 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
The Knight Purchase Award: Helen Levitt comprises pictures from the Akron Art Museum's collection including works donated by the artist's colleagues, friends and admirers over the past decade, as well as the recent Knight Award purchases.
William Wegman: Fay
May 16, 2009 - August 16, 2009 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
The Akron Art Museum is deeply honored to be one of only two venues to present William Wegman: Fay, a wonderfully witty and moving exhibition about the artistic collaboration between William Wegman (b. 1943) and his celebrated Weimaraner Fay (1984 - 1995).
Lee Friedlander’s Factory Valleys
| Judith Bear Isroff & Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Galleries
Lee Friedlander's Factory Valleys series, conceived 30 years ago, has come to be recognized as a milestone both in the artist's career and in the history of documentary photography. The Akron Art Museum, which commissioned the work, revisits the project by exhibiting around 60 vintage photographs, all from the museum's collection.
Edward Weston: Life Work
| Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Edward Weston: Life Work surveys the five-decade career of this American master through an outstanding grouping of 115 vintage photographs. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Most of the works were acquired from members of the Weston family. These include a large collection from his daughter-in-law, Dody Weston Thompson, as well as a Weston family album incorporating rare early self-portraits and landscapes.
Along Water Street: New Work by Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
| Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Columbus, Ohio, artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (b. 1940) has been creating sumptuous mixed media paintings and sculptures for more than half a century. These document the stories she has gleaned from her elders, her travels throughout the world and her study of African and African American history. Included in this exhibition are twelve rag paintings, a watercolor of her Uncle Alvin and a sixty-foot-long, cloth and mixed media RagGonNon.
At One South High: Collaborative Works by Miller South Students Inspired by the Art of Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson
| Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
During the 2007-2008 school year, art teachers Julienne Hogarth and Susan Yingling from Akron's Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts brought their fourth and eighth-grade students to the museum for several field trips. The classes' resulting art projects, modeled after Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson's "RagGonNons," will be on display in the Corbin Gallery, concurrent with Robinson's own exhibition, Along Water Street.
Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro Meyer
| Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Since contemporary Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer has produced groundbreaking images over the last four decades, why should his retrospective exhibition be ordinary? The Akron Art Museum joins with fifty-eight other museums in twenty-five countries to simultaneously present diverse aspects of Meyer’s art this fall and winter.
Dreamland: Recent Paintings by Neil MacDonald
| Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Neil MacDonald’s hauntingly beautiful paintings touch on expansive themes of modern-day life such as the desire for connectedness, the need to explain the unexplainable and the wish to understand our place in the cosmos. His art examines the ways in which modern-day myths are often fabricated out of thin air and then evolve and spread within our society.
Toying With Imagination: A Plastic Camera Exhibition
| The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Some of the most popular cameras today are plastic models. These cameras are making quite a splash in the world of photography, allowing anyone to create fun, breathtaking and experimental images. The Akron Art Museum is inviting locals to submit photographs taken in and around northeast Ohio using these plastic cameras. Selected works will be on view in the Toying With Imagination: A Plastic Camera Exhibition October 18, 2008 - January 11, 2009.