Robert Stivers: Veiled Image
July 28, 2012 - January 20, 2013 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
The Akron Art Museum is once again pleased to organize a new photography exhibition of works drawn from our impressive collection. Comprised of nearly a dozen years’ worth of photographs, the gallery will be filled with images emanating emotion from Stivers’s shadowy world.
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
June 17, 2012 - October 7, 2012 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Since the Akron Art Museum’s expansion in 2007, El Anatsui’s Dzesi II, a dazzling metallic tapestry made from liquor bottle caps, has become one of the most popular works in the museum’s collection. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui invites visitors to surround themselves with works by this internationally celebrated artist as this exhibition tours the country.
String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles
March 10, 2012 - July 22, 2012 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
The photographs of Bea Nettles often depict the artist's intimate family life, yet they also speak to the broad ideas of what it means to be a mother, teacher and artist, which she describes as her greatest roles. The focus of this exhibition, a survey of the museum's collection of Nettles' photographs, is the artist's use of autobiographical imagery, animated by her experimental process.
Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster
February 25, 2012 - June 3, 2012 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Survey of the works and legacy of Reverend Howard Finster, self-proclaimed “Man of Visions,” in Stranger in Paradise. One of America’s most widely known and prolific self-taught artists, Finster produced over 46,000 works of art before his death in 2001.
Ray Turner: Population
March 3, 2012 - May 27, 2012 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Ray Turner: Population is a unique exhibition of nearly 200 portraits of a wide cross- section of people from across the country, including University Park and downtown Akron residents, executed with oil paint on glass. Population is an expanding series of portraits that invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. The portraits of Akronites will be intermixed with Turner’s ongoing series, and as the exhibition evolves with the addition of new portraits from different communities, the body of work will increasingly reflect the nation’s cultural makeup.
SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood
October 29, 2011 - March 4, 2012 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Cleveland artists Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood utilize the effects of atmospheric light in addition to outside light sources to create ephemeral moments in the landscape that give viewers the sense of discovering hidden worlds. Their inventive use of photography and light alters our perception of the landscape to reveal unseen aspects.
Michelle Droll: Landslide Between a Rock and a Place
October 29, 2011 - February 19, 2012 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Captivated by the idea of “building” a landscape painting out of the junk that’s found in the contemporary landscape, Kent area artist Michelle Droll questions, “What do we actually see when looking at landscape?”
Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism
October 29, 2011 - February 5, 2012 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
This exquisite exhibition of more than fifty paintings includes many of the finest examples of French and American impressionist landscapes from the collection of the Brooklyn Museum as well as American impressionist paintings from the Akron Art Museum collection. The exhibition offers an in-depth look at landscape painting as practiced by such leading French artists as Claude Monet and Gustave Courbet and their most significant American followers including John Singer Sargent and Frederick Childe Hassam.
Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula Nadelstern
June 18, 2011 - October 2, 2011 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
For internationally renowned quiltmaker Paula Nadelstern, the word kaleidoscope “promises surprise and magic, change and chance.” Nadelstern (born 1951) has spent over two decades capturing in cloth the excitement of the ever-changing relationships of color, pattern, light and texture of kaleidoscope images. This exhibition places the artist’s quilts within a historical context for the first time, exploring the kaleidoscope’s impact on the decorative arts.