Ed Emberley: Better You Than MeMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryThrough July 15, 2018
Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me includes an array of inventive artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand drawn sketches, woodblock prints, mockups, and first edition books. Better You Than Me is comprised of a specially-curated selection from the first retrospective of Emberley’s work that was presented by the Worcester Art Museum in 2016 and 2017, along with never-before-exhibited drawings and prints.
Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew KolodziejJudith Bear Isroff GalleryThrough September 9, 2018
Crnjak (Youngstown), Joki (Cleveland) and Kolodziej (Akron) each approach painting as a process of inquiry into the way we understand time and space. The artists are particularly interested in the concept of time being fluid rather than linear. That fluidity is easily illustrated in our digital age—time can be visually compressed, drawn out and even layered. Interwoven into that equation is how memory becomes clouded or fragmented over time.
Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the DustFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryThrough September 23, 2018
The multimedia work of Jerry Birchfield thoughtfully investigates photographic processes and concepts. Obscuring his camera-based images with layers of darkroom processes, Birchfield calls attention to the gap between his photographs’ original subjects and the abstracted printed image that you see.
FRONT International Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary ArtKarl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand LobbyComing July 14, 2018 - September 30, 2018
For the premiere edition of FRONT International, artists from the U.S. and around the globe will offer perspectives on aspects of “The American City” at the Akron Art Museum. Works by fifteen artists—several newly created for the Akron Art Museum—include a major video installation, sculpture, photography and mixed media objects that will occupy spaces throughout the museum. The exhibition examines how we as individuals move through the urban landscape. Artwork reflects on ways that technology, communications, advertising, industry and popular culture shape socio-economic and environmental conditions.
Planes, Trains & AutomobilesComing July 26, 2018 - July 14, 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 Lee Friedlander, O. Winston Link, Patrick Nagatani, Harry Callahan, Bea Nettles and Raphael Gleitsmann, plus an interactive soft sculpture by Isla Hansen, specially commissioned for the exhibition.
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.