This exhibition aims to delight our visitors, rewarding those who observe closely and look again. Enjoy the rich patterning, ornate surfaces, and surprising details.
During the 1960s and ‘70s, many abstract artists made their work bold, bright, and dazzling in new and exciting ways. For some of them, scientific discoveries about human sight led the way to wild perceptual effects, from pulsating patterns to fluctuating colors and afterimages that linger even after viewers turn to look at something else. Others were guided simply by their intuition and a desire to test the limits of our eyes and minds. At times these artists even outpaced science by creating works with unanticipated, unexplained visual properties.
The Akron Art Museum in partnership with Current is pleased to announce a commissioned collective project by Liz Maugans called Mouse House Party, an exhibition of over 150+ (and growing) contemporary Northeast Ohio artists on view August 5-September 30. Conceived during the height of the pandemic, the project offers local artists an opportunity to share their work.
Art is not made in a vacuum. Even while trying new things, artists draw on deep traditions. Five special pairings of artworks in this gallery encourage enjoyment of the past alongside the present. These combinations invite you to find surprises and delights, to see the old anew and the new afresh.
Artwork usually is hung in galleries—rooms designed for viewing paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures. But what if you happened upon an artwork on your afternoon walk in the city, or while strolling in a garden, outside in the sunshine and fresh air? That experience is at the heart of the museum’s latest outdoor exhibition, The 10,000 Things by Cleveland artist Jordan Wong.
Tune In seeks to start a conversation around this question and many others. Designed by Rick Lazes and fabricated by a collaborative group of artists called the Art Factory, the outdoor diorama features six vintage TV screens that play a 12-minute loop, 24 hours a day. The collage of footage includes news, speeches, concerts, sitcoms, and dramas from television’s early years. Mid-century decor featuring wallpaper, curtains, and framed pictures helps to set the scene.
Rotating works out of storage is also connected to the goal of informing and engaging patrons. While sharing collections is elemental to museums, as society evolves, so does curatorial practice. In this exhibition, we’re asking for help. We’ll share some of our favorite works from storage, and we’ll ask you to help us to tell better stories about them. We’ll also showcase the stories you share. We can only improve the way we communicate about art with your help.