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Category: Art on the Go

ARTstrology: Leo

July 23 — August 22 Baby, you’re a firework! Leos are the life of the party and you’re always bringing a little extra color, zing, and pop to the world. But partiers beware! Remember to leave room for those around you to shine as bright as you!

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ARTstrology: Cancer

June 21-July 22 Although your sign is a crab, fearsome Cancer, you’re anything but crabby. You are so compassionate that you would bend over backwards to protect loved ones. But remember to be careful with yourself, dear crustacean friend. Although you’ve got that hard Cancer crab shell, you’re actually a delicate flower. So don’t bend too far or you’ll break your stem! Cáncer 21 junio – 22 julio Aunque tu signo es un cangrejo, Cáncer temible, eres todo menos malhumorado. Eres tan compasivo que te

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Ralph Albert Blakelock

In this moody night scene, or “nocturne,” Ralph Albert Blakelock captured the solitude and stillness of night, rendered through hazy shades of green, blue, and black. Blakelock was known for his nocturnes, which his biographer characterized as representing “that strange, wonderful moment when night is about to assume full sway, when the light in the western sky lingers lovingly, glowingly, for a space, and the trees trace themselves in giant patterns of lace against the light.” These scenes illustrate Blakelock’s subjective responses to nature and

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Ansel Adams

When Ansel Adams saw this particular moonrise, he sprung into action. He grabbed his camera, jumped on top of his car and, when he couldn’t find his handheld light meter, calculated the necessary exposure time in his head. Before he could take a second shot, the twilight was gone. Adams followed up on his speedy camerawork with painstaking, deliberate printing—trained as a pianist, he compared negatives to sheet music and prints to performances. He darkened the picture’s low tones to make the sky an inky

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Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico

ARTstrology: Gemini

May 21-June 20 It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a speedy Gemini! You have the ability to balance multiple interests at once, just like your celestial twin sign. You’ve got a ton of energy and are great at channeling it into your many creative endeavors and long-standing friendships. In short, just like these little buzzing buddies, you are one busy bee! Géminis 21 mayo – 20 junio ¡Es un ave, es un avión, no, es un Géminis veloz! Tienes la habilidad de armonizar

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Virtual Tour

Totally Rad: Bold Color in the 1980s By Jeff Katzin, Curatorial Fellow This exhibition about the vibrant hues of the 1980s started with a simple question: “What’s that?” This is what I asked Steph Petcavage (the Museum’s collections manager) and Seema Rao (our deputy director) as the three of us walked past a spindly, multicolored, and unmistakably ‘80s-looking sculpture in our art storage area. I’d actually been meaning to ask about the piece ever since I’d noticed it a few weeks earlier—even in a big

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Jack Goldstein. Untitled, 1986. Acrylic on canvas. Gift of Stephen Friend 1992.43

George Segal

A girl sitting against a wall? Very normal. But what if her world is totally still, totally white, and ends abruptly in the middle of a gallery? Very unusual. In making his sculptures, George Segal thrived on this mix of everyday familiarity and unexpected strangeness. Segal used living models to create his sculptures. He wrapped them in plaster-soaked bandages and let the materials harden. He then cut the plaster away from the models’ bodies and reassembled the hollow forms. The result: Segal’s white figures seem

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Virtual Tour

Totally Radical: Art and Politics in the 1980s By Jeff Katzin, Curatorial Fellow When I started to pull together a list of artworks from the Akron Art Museum’s permanent collection for a show about art and American politics in the 1980s, I was amazed at what I found. A wide variety of our objects are directly connected to some of the decade’s biggest issues—the AIDS crisis, the intensifying feminist movement, ongoing calls for racial justice, struggles between corporations and labor unions, environmental preservation, and the

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Ken Heyman. Man on Scaffolding, AIDS Project, NYC, 1984. Gelatin silver print. Gift of Soraya Betterton 2010.220

Virginia W. Gore

A mustachioed man enters this scene from a shadowy door in the background. A puzzled look comes across his face as he realizes he is the only man in the room. The man is Raphael Gleitsmann, one of Akron’s most beloved artists. Gleitsmann is shown here in a drawing by his close friend and fellow artist Virginia W. Gore. Through quick linework and sketchy washes of ink, Gore suggests an environment of commotion in Gleitsmann’s studio, with the painter looking on helplessly as the women

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Totally Rad ’80s Slang: Word Find

Locate the given words in the grid, running in one of eight possible directions horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.

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