January 16, 2016 - October 1, 2017 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
We all need to eat. Food is essential to our survival, but it’s also a sign of celebration, a source of pleasure and a profitable industry. The universal nature of food makes it an appropriate subject to critically examine themes common to contemporary art, such as politics, commerce and the intersection of art and life. Snack is a (mostly) lighthearted look at works drawn primarily from the Akron Art Museum collection that depict food or the places we buy and consume it through humor, pop culture and nostalgia.
June 3, 2017 - September 10, 2017 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Artists sometimes create works of art that are meant to be viewed on their own as individual masterpieces. However, they sometimes create with Serial Intent, using multiple related artworks to address a bigger idea. With Pop Art prints, dramatic photographic series, evocative narratives, and more, the Akron Art Museum’s exhibition Serial Intent offers visitors the rare opportunity to experience multi-part artwork within the serial contexts intended by the artists who created them. With few exceptions, all artwork in Serial Intent comes from the collection of the Akron Art Museum.
February 25, 2017 - August 20, 2017 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Family is a fundamental social construct in every culture. Most basically, its definition references parents, their children and others related by blood or by law. As well, partners, close friends, neighbors, church members, mentors, colleagues and others special to us may assume the role of family in instilling values, offering protection and establishing and maintaining cherished traditions. While families afford a source of stability, births and marriages, dissolutions of relationships, aging and death recurrently alter their structures and dynamics. Many of these events are accompanied by formal rites of passage. Other, more subtle changes in family relationships occur from day to day, and may only be fully understood over the course of time.
February 4, 2017 - July 30, 2017 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
The bodies depicted in Gross Anatomies dissipate, morph and decompose. They may have piecemeal forms, assembled from disparate parts. They openly engage in bodily functions like defecating, giving birth or dying, universal acts essential to human existence that usually take place in private. The creatures’ grotesque bodies may make us laugh or recoil in disgust. They can confuse us, appearing as two opposite-seeming things at the same time, such as cute and creepy or ugly yet beautiful. The sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings on display in this exhibition feature grotesque representations of the human form. Drawn entirely from an Akron-based private collection, the artworks in Gross Anatomies transgress social norms, amuse, titillate and befuddle us, and in some cases, gross us out.
March 2, 2017 - July 16, 2017 | Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Whether you’re a young child on your first visit to the museum or an experienced art aficionado, the lure to run your hand across an amazingly smooth, cool sculpture or experience the texture of a thick impasto brush stroke never really goes away. Sometimes art creates a longing to touch, but most of us respect the museum rules, mind our manners, and hold our hands behind our backs and lean in for a closer look. The exhibition Please Touch shakes off all of the traditional museum-goer behavior and asks visitors to use their sense of touch to experience the exhibition.
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose
February 11, 2017 - May 7, 2017 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose highlights 51 remarkable contemporary artists who have been featured in the pages of the popular art magazine Hi-Fructose. Despite differing levels of recognition, all the artists have a distinctive voice and vision. They come from around the world with different perspectives and approaches to art-making. Turn the Page offers the opportunity to view their original works beyond the flat worlds of paper and digital screens, where they are most often seen.
| Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
The majestic views of unspoiled landscapes offered by our country’s national parks have inspired countless artists. This August marks the centennial of the National Park Service, established to conserve natural and historic scenery, leaving it “unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.” In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the Akron Art Museum exhibits photographs of our land—parks and historic sites belonging to all United States citizens—by artists including Ansel Adams, Carleton E. Watkins, Marilyn Bridges, Masumi Hayashi and Robert Glenn Ketchum, among others.
Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space
| Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space features recent work by six sculptors who also create significant work in two dimensions. With a gallery devoted to each artist, visitors have an opportunity to view works by Mark Fox, Anne Lindberg, Nathalie Miebach, John Newman, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard in depth.
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
| Akron Art Museum and MOCA Cleveland
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, a shared exhibition at the Akron Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, provided Northeast Ohio audiences the opportunity to see the creative output of a hometown hero. Visual artist, musician and composer Mark Mothersbaugh was raised in Cuyahoga Falls, attended Kent State University, lived in Akron and eventually moved to Los Angeles. But the artist maintains close ties to Northeast Ohio.
Animal As Muse
| Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Somewhere in the world (maybe even in your living room) a child is naming a pet turtle, a dog is tilting its head, listening for the word “walk,” and a cat is laying claim to a sun-saturated spot. Transcending language, animals mystify us, speaking volumes with their pensive eyes and expressive wags. They are some of our best teachers, showing us how to appreciate the wonders of nature and to live for the present moment.