Animal As Muse

Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery

Somewhere in the world (maybe even in your living room) a child is naming a pet turtle, a dog is tilting its head, listening for the word “walk,” and a cat is laying claim to a sun-saturated spot. Transcending language, animals mystify us, speaking volumes with their pensive eyes and expressive wags.  They are some of our best teachers, showing us how to appreciate the wonders of nature and to live for the present moment. Animal As Muse features images of animals from the Akron Art Museum’s collection and invites viewers to further examine the relationship between humans and non-humans. Wiggling their way into iconic paintings and photographs, animals in art appear throughout history.  There, they dutifully serve as background detail, faithful companions and portrait-worthy subject matter, with or without their human counterparts. Beyond the museum walls, animals intrigue and comfort us as they quell our moments of stress, nudge children to utter their first words, and inspire the owners who dote on them.  While wandering through the gallery, you might even recall a long-lost faithful sidekick of your own that, in some way, acted as your muse.  So, come. Sit. Stay. Let’s talk animals. All FY16 Corbin gallery exhibitions are organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.  Additional support provided by Brouse McDowell, LPA.