Sarah Paul

Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still, Courtesy of the artist 

Mahwish Chishty

Mahwish Chishty, Hellfire, mixed-media on cardboard, 2016, 62 x 15 x15 in. Courtesy of the artist 

Lynda Benglis

Lynda Benglis, Untitled, 1979, plaster, bronze, wire mesh, gesso, lacquer, gold leaf, 21 x 6 in. x 3 3/4 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 2009.30.3 

Sherry Simms

Sherry Simms, Compact Cameo Lipstick, 2003, plated copper, silver, hair, lipstick, 3 1/4 x 6 x 1/2 in. (pendant only), 3 1/4 x 21 x 1/2 in. (with necklace), Courtesy of the artist

Lorna Simpson

Lorna Simpson, III, 1994, Redwood, felt, clay, bronze, rubber, and waterless lithography, 2 1/8 x 5 3/8 x 13 5/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Mitchell D. Kahan 

Mary Jo Bole

Mary Jo Bole, Goodbye Victorians, 2008, cast iron, chrome, nickel plating, 25 x 30 in. Courtesy of the artist 

Peter Neff, Jr.

Peter Neff, Jr., Untitled [Two girls], 1856-1860, Melainotype (tintype) with applied color and gold, 2 1/2 x 1 7/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Purchased with funds donated in memory of Gladys E. McVicker. 2000.39 

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama, Chair, 1962, enamel on chair and sewn and stuffed cloth pouches, 42 x 27 x 33 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Wilbur J. Markstrom in honor of Rice A. Hershey, Jr. 1998.27 

Heavy Metal

August 12, 2017 - February 18, 2018
Judith Bear Isroff Gallery

Metal is ubiquitous. We wear it, dwell inside structures built of it, and cook and eat with it. The development of civilization itself depended on our ancestors’ ability to craft metal tools and weapons, paving the way for advancements in agriculture, warfare, transportation and architecture. This substance, whether in pure element, alloy or compound form, has served as a mother lode of ideas and materials for artists for centuries.

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. Keenly aware of the connotations of their chosen medium, these artists address topics including race and gender equality, commerce, personal narrative and the proliferation of warfare, among others. Sometimes weighty, other times lighthearted, the themes expressed in Heavy Metal are articulated both through abstraction and realistic representation.

Heavy Metal is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

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Artist Talk: Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Mahwish Chishty

November 16, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image: Mahwish Chishty, MQ-9/ PREDATOR (detail), gouache and tea stain on paper, 2011, 24 x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, December 7 • Corrie Slawson 
Thursday, January 4 • Kathy Buszkiewicz 
Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Corrie Slawson

December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Corrie Slawson

December 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image: Corrie Slawson, “The sun rises over the canyon mixing with ocean air. It lifts a crimson haze on a succulent studded hillside. Palm trees shudder. The ocean hammers the rocks below.” (detail), 2017, photo lithography, screenprint, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on paper, 23 x 63.75 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, January 4 • Kathy Buszkiewicz 
Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them.  

Artist Talk: Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 4, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Kathy Buszkiewicz, Double Dutch: Skip the Rhetoric, 2016, United States currency, wood, 24K yellow gold 46 x 8 x 1.5 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, January 18 • Sherry Simms 
Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Sherry Simms

January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. 

Artist Talk: Sherry Simms

January 18, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Sherry Simms, 1009 Roses, 2001, pendant, Nickel-plated copper, copper and enamel paint, 4 x 3 in. Full length of necklace: 29 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Upcoming Heavy Metal artist talks:

Thursday, February 1 • Sarah Paul 

Artist Talk: Sarah Paul

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these free, artist-led gallery talks. 

Artist Talk: Sarah Paul

February 1, 2018, 6:30 pm

Free and Open to All

Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.

image:  Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still. Courtesy of the artist.

Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art. 

Heavy Metal Charm Necklace

November 30, 2017, 6:30 pm

Repurpose vintage toys into a glamorous golden necklace. Learn about the history and value of gold and experiment with basic jewelry making techniques as you create a glamorous faux-gold animal necklace. Taught by Sofia Calderwood from the Myers School of Art.

$15 members, $20 non-members. Register online using the button / link below, or call 330.376.9186.

image: Alicia Ross, Prick (Un petit somme d'Après-midi), 2008, cotton, needles, 12 x 14 x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist. On view in Heavy Metal through February 18, 2018. Photography by Joe Levack/Studio Akron

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