Please TouchMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryThrough July 16, 2017
Sometimes really great 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. Please Touch shakes off all of the traditional museum goer behavior and asks visitors to use their sense of touch to experience the exhibition. For Please Touch, the museum has commissioned regional artists Jay Croft, Jordan Elise and Christopher Lees, and Erin Guido and John Paul Costello to create new works that engage audiences of all ages in new and unique ways. Inspired by childhood games, puzzles and lift the flap books, each artist created a touchable work that visitors can manipulate as they make meaning of it in their own way.
Gross AnatomiesJudith Bear Isroff GalleryThrough July 30, 2017
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.
FamilyFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryThrough August 20, 2017
Family shares an array of photographs, most drawn from the Akron Art Museum collection, that record the estranged as well as the fond exchanges that characterize “family.” They offer insights into the intimate, spontaneous, prescribed and strained interactions that distinguish the families we inherit, create and adopt.
Serial IntentKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesComing June 3, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Similar to the way we experience the world in motion and over time, serial artworks encourage viewing one after another. While they stand alone as works of art, individuals within a series also consciously relate to one another. Together they express additional meaning or concepts that are not apparent in any single component. Serial Intent offers opportunities to experience these multi-part artworks within the serial contexts intended by the artists who created them.
Find a FaceMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryComing July 27, 2017 - December 31, 2017
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.
The Museum Collection: C. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesC. Blake McDowell, Jr. GalleriesThrough 2018
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 2018
The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries showcase contemporary art in the Akron Art Museum collection.
Heavy MetalJudith Bear Isroff GalleryComing August 12, 2017 - February 10, 2018
Heavy Metal features artworks made of metal or materials disguised to resemble metal, as well as images of or about lustrous chemical elements. Exhibition artists exploit the key properties of their metal or metal-like materials, such as strength, ductility and plasticity, to develop innovative forms and imagery.