The Distance of the Moon
November 9, 2019 - March 15, 2020 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, "The Distance of the Moon" examines the moon through the lens of photography and video. From Georges Méliès early film "Le voyage dans la lune" (1902) to Robert Longo's striking study "Untitled (Moon in Shadow)" (2006), the moon has served as an important touchstone and inspired countless works of art and imagined lunar voyages.
Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art
October 19, 2019 - February 2, 2020 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Visual artists are gamers too, yet video games are rarely examined as a major influence on contemporary art. Open World draws attention to this phenomenon through the presentation of artworks including painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications and game-based performances and interventions by makers who self-identify as artists.
Joe Vitone: Family Records
April 27, 2019 - October 27, 2019 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Joe Vitone: Family Records is an ongoing series of portraits of photographer Joe Vitone’s relatives living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, this body of work documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations within working class communities of the Rust Belt region.
Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World
June 29, 2019 - September 22, 2019 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World brings together the work of contemporary artists who use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of our lives today. While some embrace the stories’ promises of transformation and happy endings, others plumb the stories’ more troubling elements—poverty, addiction, and exploitations of power.
Nick Cave: Feat.
February 23, 2019 - June 2, 2019 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Nick Cave: Feat. showcases the artist's work in a wide range of mediums, including sculpture, installation, video, and performance. His creations, bursting with color and texture, are optical delights that can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Through this immersive installation, Cave hopes to provide a transformative place where your narrative can be featured and your dreams soar.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
July 26, 2018 - May 5, 2019 | Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Whether it's revving up your engine to head out on a cross-country road trip or jumping on your bicycle to pick up a gallon of milk across town, transportation is an important part of life. We're kicking off a year-long celebration of all the things that get us from point A to point B this summer. Experience transportation as muse in Planes, Trains & Automobiles with prints, paintings, and photographs from the museum's collection including works by Ralph Steiner, O. Winston Link, Christine Chagnoux, Charles Orloff, NASA, and Roger Brown.
Brian Bress: Pictures Become You
October 13, 2018 - April 14, 2019 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Brian Bress' complex art enterprise combines character development, costume design and creation, as well as performance and film production. Figures that draw, cut, saw, arrange and pose slowly reveal invented worlds that form, unfurl and disappear again w3ithin the wind of flat-screen television monitors. Humor and playfulness are contained within the slow, deliberate movements of Bress' figures, which feel familiar-a combination of cartoon- and puppet-like beings. Describing his work as existing somewhere between painting and video, Bress states "I enjoy imagining a world where the mot unlikely of things come to life."
September 22, 2018 - March 3, 2019 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
In the mid-twentieth century, abstract painters pushed back against the venerable tradition of easel painting, applying pigment to canvas sprawled directly on the studio floor. A generation of artists working in the late 1960s and 1970s went further, manipulating canvas or paper in ways that fabric is commonly handled; folding, scrunching or sewing. "The Fabricators" bring together the work of four abstract artists who treated traditional art supplies like one might treat cloth.
Jeff Donaldson: Dig
October 27, 2018 - January 21, 2019 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Jeff Donaldson: Dig, the artist’s first museum retrospective, explores Donaldson’s four-decade career. In 1968, Donaldson co-founded the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists (AfriCOBRA). AfriCOBRA sought to create a new kind of art that was not only politically engaged but reflected contemporary black culture and appealed specifically to a black audience. Featuring paintings, prints and mixed media works, "Dig" reflects on Donaldson's deep belief in the responsibility of an artists to create work that is both socially relevant and visually striking.