Philosophers and Bather

Allison Zuckerman, Philosophers and Bather, 2018, 84 x 71-1/2 in., acrylic and inkjet on canvas, Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery 

All Is Well

Allison Zuckerman, All is Well, 2018, 60 x 80 in., acrylic and inkjet on canvas, Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery 

Lover in the Garden

Allison Zuckerman, Lover in the Garden, 2018 , 68 x 45 in., acrylic and inkjet on aluminum, Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery 

By the Lake

Allison Zuckerman, By the Lake, 2018, 60 x 80 in., acrylic and inkjet on canvas, Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery 

What We Cannot See

Allison Zuckerman, What We Cannot See, 2018, 68 x 84 in., acrylic and inkjet on canvas, Courtesy the artist and Kravets Wehby Gallery 

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse

October 27, 2018 - January 21, 2019
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

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.

A Picasso head, Lucas Cranach torso, Richard Prince foot, Cezanne fruit, Lichtenstein paint brushes and Disney bluebirds comingle to create a grotesque, unapologetic encapsulation of the absurdity with which female figures have been depicted throughout art history. But Zuckerman is not just looking backward. She is proposing a way forward that is more honest, more embracing of the plurality of women’s identities. She states that her work represents a “marginalized perspective that’s been cast aside—one that’s emotional, unsure and vulnerable yet powerful in the conviction that [they] belong in the world.”

Technology and social media figure prominently in Zuckerman’s work. She creates her compositions digitally, freely grabbing passages and body parts from online sources or snapshots taken at museums, then printing them on canvas and painting on the surface. The artist likens that process to the carefully curated identities people present on social media. Her figures are cobbled together from disparate sources in a performance of a person that when examined closely—like her cut-out sculptures—only exist in a flattened reality. Meanwhile, pixelated areas illustrate the arbitrariness of censorship in our society—background passages, a portion of an arm or an innocent bird appear to be pixelated at random, giving the impression that you’re waiting for the painting to fully resolve itself.  

Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible with the generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, the Akron Community Foundation, Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, KeyBank Trustee, Katie and Mark Smucker and Kravets Wehby Gallery.

Knight Foundation logo    Ohio Arts Council logo    Akron Community Foundation logo    Katie & Mark Smucker

Related Links:

[ Felicity Carter, "Allison Zuckerman Rewrites Art History To Reclaim Famous Females," Forbes ] [ Anderson Turner, "Art review: Allison Zuckerman gives classical paintings a modern, feminist twist," Akron Beacon Journal ]

The Radical Notion: Screen Printing Workshop

December 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

Create your own custom screenprint with Youngstown’s The Radical Notion. During this class, you’ll create a custom poster bearing the names of women artists in the Akron Art Museum collection and get a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

The Radical Notion: Screen Printing Workshop

December 6, 2018, 6:30 pm

The Radical Notion: Screen Printing Workshop

Create your own custom screenprint with Youngstown’s The Radical Notion. Heather Seno is known for shirts bearing quippy, art history-inspired feminist slogans. During this class, you’ll create a custom poster bearing the names of women artists in the Akron Art Museum collection and get a tour of Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse.

$15/members, $25/nonmember