Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery
July 26, 2018 - May 5, 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 prints, paintings and photographs from the museum’s collection including works by Christine Chagnoux, O. Winston Link, Harry Callahan, Charles Orloff, NASA and Roger Brown. Explore engaging activities inspired by the works, such as a real train track that runs around the base of the gallery, and hear from local transportation enthusiasts in your neighborhood like the city planners and bus drivers who make this city go.

In addition to the collection work on view during Part 1 of Planes, Trains and Automobiles, a sculpture by Los Angeles based artist Isla Hansen was commissioned for this exhibition. Aeromorphiscope was an interactive, soft sculpture that asked visitors to take the controls of an anthropomorphic plane and jiggle and wiggle the passengers and crew to wake them from a deep sleep and keep the plane from plummeting down. Sound a little scary? This piece was actually fun, friendly and engaging, taking its inspiration from puppetry and cartoons.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible through a generous gift from the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation. All Corbin Gallery exhibitions are supported by the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation