news release A Playful Exhibition of Art that Looks Back: Akron Art Museum Presents Find a Face
For Release: July 11, 2017
Akron, Ohio—You may not be familiar with the phenomenon pareidolia, but you’ve probably experienced it many times. Pareidolia is the tendency to see faces in inanimate objects, like a teapot, a bathroom faucet or an electrical outlet. In fact, the human brain is adept at recognizing patterns and finding meaningful shapes, like faces, in our surroundings. This ability is also part of the way we sometimes look at art. With the upcoming exhibition Find a Face, the Akron Art Museum invites visitors to find friendly faces in photographs, drawings, prints and paintings from the museum collection. Find a Face opens on Thursday, July 27 and will remain on view through December 31, 2017.
Akron Art Museum Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee said, “I love the idea that we’re surrounded by charming characters in our everyday lives, if we just take the time to notice. So, I apologize in advance to all of the visitors who will come to this exhibition and then see faces everywhere. We want visitors to have a fresh and exciting experience each time they come to the museum, and viewing artwork from the collection with this new perspective will be a great way to do that.”
Looking back at visitors to the exhibition are “faces” in abstract works from artists including Karel Appel and Theodore Roszak. They’ll also be evident in realistic artworks, such as a photograph of a building by William Christenberry, or a particularly face-like automobile grill photographed by Louis Stettner.
Visitors can create their own face-inspired found-object artwork using a museum-provided supply of silverware, tools and toys on a giant magnetic head that will be installed in the gallery. Find a Face will also include a reading area stocked with books featuring hidden faces captured by artists and authors.
Find a Face will be on view at the Akron Art Museum through December 31, 2017.
Find a Face is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation.
For more information about Find a Face at the Akron Art Museum, visit AkronArtMuseum.org. Join the conversation on social media with #FindAFaceArt, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.