Karl Blossfeldt

Karl Blossfeldt, Wundegarten Der Natur (Nature's Garden of Wonders), 1932, photogravures, Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund 

Karl Blossfeldt

Karl Blossfeldt, Wundegarten Der Natur (Nature's Garden of Wonders), 1932, photogravure, 11 in. x 8 1/2 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, Electric Chair, 1971, screenprint on paper, 35 1/2 x 47 7/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Peter M. Brant

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol, Electric Chairs, 1971, screenprints on paper, 35 1/2 x 47 7/8 in. (each), Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Peter M. Brant. 1974.1 a-j 

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Composite Series, 1970, screenprints on paper, 14 x 14 in. (each), Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John A. McAlonan Trust Fund. 1975.9 a-e 

Sol LeWitt

Sol LeWitt, Composite Series, 1970, screenprint on paper, 14 x 14 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John A. McAlonan Trust Fund. 1975.9 b 

Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence, For 12 years, John Brown engaged in land speculations..., 1978, screenprint on paper, 14 x 20 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of David and Frances Cooper. 1979.35 c 

Jacob Lawrence

L-R: Jacob Lawrence, John Brown, while tending his flock in Ohio…; For 40 years, John Brown reflected on the hopeless and miserable condition; John Brown, a man who had a fanatical belief that he was chosen by God, all 1978, screenprints on paper, 20 x 14 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of David and Frances Cooper. 1979.35 a - v

Michael Loderstedt

Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, M from Bestiary and F from Bestiary, 1999 - 2000, screenprint and relief on paper, 20 x 26 in. (each), Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Artists Image Resource

Michael Loderstedt

Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, Bestiary, 1999 - 2000, Screenprint and relief on paper, 20 x 26 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Michael Loderstedt in memory of Craig Lucas and in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan

Serial Intent

June 3, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Kick off summer in style on Friday, June 2 at the Akron Art Museum's Serial Intent Opening Celebration!

Members Preview – 6:30 pm
Complementary small bites and cash bar

  

Free Public Opening – 7:30 – 9 pm
Cash bar and food available for purchase

  

Be the first to see this summer’s major exhibition Serial Intent, which features major serial works of art in large and impressive installations. 

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Artists sometimes create works of art that are meant to be viewed as isolated, individual masterpieces. They also make artwork with Serial Intent. 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.

Consider Andy Warhol’s 1971 print Electric Chair. A lone photographic image of an electric chair, screenprinted in vivid red and yellow with emphatic brushstrokes over the surface, emphasizes the subject matter. The gestural crimson evokes the violent symbolism of this well-used execution tool. However, when presented as one of multiple iterations of the same image, each printed in unique and vibrant color combinations, the subject matter loses its singular poignancy amidst the colorful array. The chair operates as an element in a pattern rather than as a compelling focal point. In Electric Chair and works in which gruesome newspaper photographs are reproduced multiple times, Warhol mimics the proliferation of repetitious imagery by mass media. The serial nature of Electric Chair calls to mind our tendency to become desensitized by the torrent of reproduced images we experience daily.

Serial Intent presents ten of Warhol’s Electric Chair prints as well as groupings from several print, drawing and photography series held in the Akron Art Museum collection. Artists include Robert Indiana, Jacob Lawrence, Sol LeWitt, Michael Loderstedt, Craig Lucas and Karl Blossfeldt, among others. The exhibition offers opportunities to experience these multi-part artworks within the serial contexts intended by the artists who created them.

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Serial Intent is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

Artist Talk: Judith McMillan

June 24, 2017, 2:00 pm

Free for members! Join Serial Intent artist Judith McMillan in the gallery for a conversation about her photography. 

Artist Talk: Judith McMillan

June 24, 2017, 2:00 pm

Learn about photographer Judith McMillan’s process and interest in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in an intimate in-gallery conversation with the artist. McMillan's photography is featured in Serial Intent at the Akron Art Museum through September 10, 2017.

Free for Members; Free with the Price of admission for Non-Members.

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Image: Judith K. McMillan, Cicadas, from the Collection Series, 1994 (printed 2002), toned gelatin silver print, 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of the artist

Artist Talk: Lori Kella

August 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

Free for members! Join Serial Intent artist Lori Kella for a conversation about her artwork in the museum gallery!

Artist Talk: Lori Kella

August 12, 2017, 2:00 pm

Discover the details of Lori Kella’s Seven Summits series from the artist herself in a gallery talk alongside the artwork. Kella's artwork is featured in Serial Intent at the Akron Art Museum through September 10, 2017.

Free for Members; Free with the Price of admission for Non-Members.

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Image: Lori Kella, Simply Everest, 2016, archival pigment print, 30 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, William and Margaret Lipscomb Fund 2016.18

Artist Talk & Demonstration: Bruce Checefsky

August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Bruce Checefsky to learn about the unique process behind his Garden series. 

Artist Talk & Demonstration: Bruce Checefsky

August 24, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Bruce Checefsky to learn about the unique process behind his Garden series and enjoy a demonstration in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden (rain or shine). 

Free and open to all!

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Image: Bruce Checefsky, Dahlia Nenekazi, 2010, archival pigment print, 22 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2013.16

Artist Talk: Michael Loderstedt

September 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Michael Loderstedt to learn about Bestiary, the portfolio he created in collaboration with fellow Northeast Ohio artist Craig Lucas, alongside the artworks in-gallery. 

Artist Talk: Michael Loderstedt

September 7, 2017, 6:30 pm

Join Serial Intent artist Michael Loderstedt to learn about Bestiary, the portfolio he created in collaboration with fellow Northeast Ohio artist Craig Lucas, alongside the artworks in-gallery.

Free and open to all!

Click here to become a member. Your membership helps to support Free programming like this and much for everyone who visits the Akron Art Museum.

Image: Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, F from Bestiary, 1999-2000, screenprint and relief on paper, 20 x 26 in., Collection of Akron Art Museum, Gift of Artists Image Resource 2013.5

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm

Book Club The Trip: Andy Warhol's Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis

June 29, 2017, 6:00 pm

Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis. The book chronicles a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art.

In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back.

With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, The Trip captures Warhol’s interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche.

The discussion will conclude with a tour of Serial Intent. 

Free and open to all. Copies of The Trip are available for purchase in the Museum Shop. 

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John Brown Tour

July 27, 2017, 5:00 pm

Explore Akron’s role in the life of abolitionist John Brown and its relation to the exhibition, Serial Intent. 

John Brown Tour

July 27, 2017, 5:00 pm

5:00 pm at Akron Art Museum:

Explore Akron’s role in the life of abolitionist John Brown. Tour Jacob Lawrence’s screenprint series The Legend of John Brown with Assistant Curator Liz Carney in the exhibition Serial Intent.

6:00 pm at John Brown House:

Then, venture over to the John Brown House to see the small cottage Brown once called home as you experience the Summit County Historical Society’s Open House and Community Forum. The John Brown House is located at 550 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320.

This program is free, but registration is recommended. (coming soon!) 

Photograph: John Brown House with the Inside|Out reproduction of William L. Hawkins' painting Perkins Mansion. On view at John Brown House through October 2017 as part of Inside|Out.

Serial Intent Opening Celebration

June 2, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Kick off summer in style at the Akron Art Museum's Opening Celebration of the new exhibition, Serial Intent! 

Serial Intent Opening Celebration

June 2, 2017, 6:30 – 9:00 pm

Kick off summer in style with the Akron Art Museum!

Members Preview – 6:30 pm
Complementary small bites and cash bar

Free Public Opening – 7:30 – 9 pm
Cash bar and food available for purchase

Be the first to see this summer’s exhibition Serial Intent, which features major serial works of art in large and impressive installations.

Experience short, fun gallery talks with artists and curators.

Create your own print series with Rubber City Prints.

Enjoy music by DJ Naeno.

Serial Intent presents ten of Andy Warhol’s Electric Chair prints as well as groupings from several print, drawing and photography series held in the Akron Art Museum collection. Artists include Vito Acconci, Nicholas Africano, Dieter Appelt, Jennifer Bartlett, Karl Blossfeldt, Bruce Checefsky, Jenny Holzer, Robert Indiana, Lori Kella, William Kentridge, Hendrik Kerstens, Barbara Kruger, Jacob Lawrence, Sol LeWitt, Michael Loderstedt & Craig Lucas, Judith K. McMillan, Richard Misrach, Eadweard Muybridge, Nam June Paik, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Bryn Zellers.

Ohio Arts Council logo

Serial Intent is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the Ohio Arts Council.

Image Top: Andy Warhol, Electric Chairs, 1971, screenprints on paper, 35 1/2 x 47 7/8 in. (each) Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Peter M. Brant; Middle: Karl Blossfeldt, Wundegarten Der Natur (Magic Garden of Nature), 1932, photogravures, 11 x 8 1/2 in. (each) Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund; Bottom: Robert Indiana, Numbers, 1968, screenprints on paper, 25 1/2 x 19 3/4 in. (each) Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund

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