Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute
September 2, 2017 - March 11, 2018 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute both chose Earth’s natural and human-touched terrain as their subject matter. Micro/Macro illustrates how photographs of the Earth on both an intimate and aerial scale can be disorienting as well as familiar, and the inherent compositional parallels between the work of two very different artists. Bridges photographs sites around the world that show signs of past or present human activities. Looking down from the open door of a small plane flying at an altitude between 300 and 1000 feet, her aerial photographs record a visual experience that is neither like standing on the ground, nor looking out the window of a commercial jet. Her black and white images flatten Earth’s terrain into patterns of light, dark and texture. Exact scale and orientation are not clear except through detailed examination.
August 12, 2017 - February 18, 2018 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Metal is ubiquitous. We wear it, dwell inside structures built of it, and cook and eat with it. The development of civilization itself depended on our ancestors’ ability to craft metal tools and weapons, paving the way for advancements in agriculture, warfare, transportation and architecture. This substance, whether in pure element, alloy or compound form, has served as a mother lode of ideas and materials for artists for centuries.
Alchemy: Transformations in Gold
October 7, 2017 - January 21, 2018 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Alchemy: Transformations in Gold brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold). In each case, this precious material not only imparts a sense of luxury, but also calls to mind connotations of the historic and cultural value various societies have placed upon the rare element. As glamorous and sought after as gold may be, it is capable of suggesting complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works in Alchemy embrace both dark and light readings of this glittering metal. Artists in Alchemy are an international group at the forefront of contemporary practice.
Find a Face
July 27, 2017 - December 31, 2017 | Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
Do you ever feel like your teapot is staring at you? Does your bathroom faucet look like a nose? Maybe that electrical outlook is winking at you. There are faces to be found in the most unexpected places. In Find a Face, the museum invites visitors to find friendly faces in photographs, drawings, prints, and paintings from the collection. There are window eyes peeking out from the side of a house, a snow-covered nose on the hood of a car, and a toothy grin from an autumn pumpkin hidden in the artworks on view
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.