PULPFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryThrough July 31, 2016
The photographs in PULP span several decades, styles and approaches to the medium, but they share a connection to the humble and ubiquitous piece of paper. When recycled, scrap paper is milled into a pulp and then pressed into fresh, blank sheets. PULP highlights another type of recycling, in which artists create new images from discarded or insignificant fragments of modern life.
Animal As MuseThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryThrough August 14, 2016
Animals in art appear throughout history, dutifully serving as background detail, faithful friends and even stepping forward as portrait-worthy subject matter in iconic paintings and many other works. Animal As Muse showcases artwork from the museum’s collection that features artists’ conceptions of animals in many of the roles they play in humans’ lives.
Mark Mothersbaugh: MyopiaAkron: Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Cleveland: Mueller Family Gallery and Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family GalleryThrough August 28, 2016
Myopia is the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh, spanning the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. Born in Akron, OH, and co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Mothersbaugh has been making art for more than forty years—since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music.
SnackJudith Bear Isroff GalleryThrough September 3, 2016
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.
The Museum Collection: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesC. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesThrough 2017
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 2017
The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries showcase contemporary art in the Akron Art Museum collection.
Intersections: Artists Master Line and SpaceKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesComing October 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space showcases recent work by six sculptors for whom working on paper is also an essential part of their practice. Each of the artists’ works in two and three dimensions relate in different ways, although all are distinguished by their mastery of both line and form.
Our LandFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryComing August 6, 2016 - February 12, 2017
This August marks the centennial of the National Park Service, established to conserve natural and historic scenery for future generations. In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the Akron Art Museum exhibits photographs of these lands belonging to all United States citizens.
Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, JiggleThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryComing August 25, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Jimmy Kuehnle’s sculptures, created from vinyl-coated polyester fabric, inflate and deflate, breathing like an organism, sometimes even pulsating with light. “When I work on projects, I always like to learn things and have new experiences. So I set up challenges, situations that require new techniques,” says Kuehnle, who will create a new site specific piece that will take over the Akron Art Museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery and extend out into Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, inviting visitors to engage with it.