Relief Podcast: Episode 7: Alternatives

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times.

The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians.

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This week the topic is Alternatives. Seema and Gina talk about how the world is turning to creative alternatives during the pandemic and what alternatives can mean to artists.

Deep Dive with Reggie: “Gentleman Walking a Tightrope” Yinka Shonibare CBE

Reggie talks about how artists can use materials to convey meaning and explore topics like identity, race, and globalism.

Gentleman Walking a Tightrope, Yinka Shonibare CBE, (London, England, 1962 – ), 2006, Mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, rope, 89 1/2 x 122 x 45 1/4 in. (227.33 x 309.88 x 114.94 cm), The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture, Rory and Dedee O’Neil Acquisition Fund, The Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation, and Museum Acquisition Fund, 2014.50

Interviews with Yinka Shonibare

Shop Talk with Adana Tillman

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Tillman is a textile-fabrication artist living and working in Atlanta, Georgia, but she was born and raised in Akron, OH. By cutting the fabric, arranging it, and sewing it together with a sewing machine, Tillman’s artistic hand is seen in these layers of interaction. Her work and practice is rooted in family tradition, as she first learned from her mother how to use fabric for functional pieces. During this Shop Talk, Tillman is at the Hambidge Center in Georgia for a two-week residency. Hear her discuss her reaction to Yinka Shonibare, how she structures her days, and how her practice has evolved during the pandemic.

Instagram: @adanadeneice


Hide and Seek in Akron Art Museum’s Art Library Collection:

WISH ATL X Sprite: The Give Back: The Hambidge Center-

Relief Podcast Music

Jordan King is a multi-instrumentalist based in Kent, Ohio. Through his music project, Swell Tides, he has worked with Akron Recording Company and Electric Company Records. His work has been featured in the Devil Strip, Cleveland Scene, Akron Recording Company’s Where the Hell is Akron, OH? Vol. 2. Find Swell Tides on Bandcamp and Spotify, and stay in tune with upcoming shows on Instagram @swelltides

Relief Podcast is made possible with support from the Ohio Arts Council.