Here Comes Halloween

Halloween is coming a little early to the Akron Art Museum. Check out our Halloween-y art all week long and join us for Halloween inspired events on Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, October 31.



Real/Surreal is the perfect artist treat to visit during Halloween. Come down to the galleries and experience how American realist and surrealist artists used details and imagination to create compositions with disconcerting undertones of seemingly ordinary scenes. Included in the exhibition are hooded figures, anatomical paintings, photographs of masked people and eerie streetscapes. This exhibition, while fantastical and peculiar, is suitable for children.

Included in Real/Surreal is the untitled work by Ralph Eugene Meatyard pictured above. Meatyard is best known for his photographs that examine the bizarre and mysterious realms that exist within our everyday world.  His enigmatic images illustrate a realm of disturbing and unsettling intimacy, creating scenes of haunting ghostly figures and children wearing monstrous masks.

In the Galleries

Lee Bontecou has always been deeply affected by social issues, war and politics.  In the work below she expressed those attitudes through her choice of materials and an abstract visual language:  the grid of entrapment, sharp edges that “mentally scrape the viewer” and ominous black openings.


Free Thursdays

Gallery admission is free every Thursday at the Akron Art Museum. We’d love to see you put on your costumes and prowl around the galleries. Take your picture in front of Claes Oldenburg’s Inverted Q in the lobby and tag it with #iQAAM. We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.

Trick or Treat on South High
Thursday, October 24 at 6:30-8:30 pm

Make sure you wear your costumes as you  trick-or-treat for art supplies in the galleries from 6:30-8:30 pm. T here will be art-making activities in the lobby and guided tours of Real/Surreal.  Advance registration required.

Arthouse Film: The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology
Thursday, October 24 at 7 pm

Always wondering when that amazing indie film you see in the paper is going to make it to Akron? See the latest and greatest in new cinema before anyone else. This week you can whizz along with the intellectual film The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology, a film that covers the ideology behind the films we watch. Through psychoanalysis Slavoj Žižek explores “the mechanisms that shape what we believe and how we behave.”

Check for up-to-date film listings and tickets. Tickets are $5 members and students, $7 nonmembers.

Attack of the Freakishly Short Animation Fest
Thursday, October 31 at 7 pm

Comic, dark and beautiful shorts make up this sixth annual event—a perennial favorite. Join us for a one-night tour of the best of international animation festivals. This annual event tends to be extremely popular, so reserve your seat online at Tickets are $5 members and students and $7 nonmembers. Recommended for ages 16+.