Jeff Donaldson: DigKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesThrough January 21, 2019
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 artist to create work that is both socially relevant and visually striking.
Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and MuseKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesThrough January 21, 2019
Allison Zuckerman pillages Western art history, dismantling bodies and piecing together new ones that expose vulnerability and imperfection. Zuckerman’s figures are amalgams of body parts, clothing and background elements from artists [all male] throughout history, and Disney and other pop culture imagery. Paintings and sculptures made for Pirate and Muse evidence her embrace of the label “pirate” as a plunderer of art history who brazenly steals from other artists.
The FabricatorsJudith Bear Isroff GalleryThrough March 3, 2019
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 brings together the work of four abstract artists who treated traditional art supplies like one might treat cloth.
Brian Bress: Pictures Become YouFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryThrough April 14, 2019
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 within the window 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 most unlikely of things come to life.”
Planes, Trains & AutomobilesThrough May 5, 2019
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, Patrick Nagatani, Charles Orloff, Bea Nettles and Roger Brown, plus an interactive soft sculpture by Isla Hansen, specially commissioned for the exhibition.
Nick Cave: Feat.Karl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesComing February 23, 2019 - June 2, 2019
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 can soar.
The Museum Collection: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesC. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesThrough 2020
The art displayed in the McDowell Galleries features work from the Akron Art Museum collection from 1850 - 1950.
The Museum Collection: Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation GalleriesSandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation GalleriesThrough 2020
The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries showcase contemporary art in the Akron Art Museum collection.
Open World: Video Games and Contemporary ArtKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesComing October 2019 - February 2020
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.