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news release: Photography-Related Programs this Fall at the Akron Art Museum

For Release: August 25, 2015

Akron, Ohio—The Akron Art Museum will host a series of photography programs related to current exhibitions Proof: Photographs from the Collection and Staged in the coming weeks of September. The programs, which range from a panel discussion to film screenings, explore issues of documentation and manipulation in photography.

The series begins on Thursday, September 3 at 6:30 pm with a Selfie Workshop led by the Cleveland Print Room. The workshop will focus on the history of the self-portrait. Participants will create their own unique works using instant film with mixed media such as paint, markers and ink. $10 for non-members, free for members. Register online:

On Thursday, September 17 at 6:30 pm, the art museum will host a panel discussion to investigate issues of reality and fiction in photography. The discussion will feature artists Josh Azzarella and Barry Underwood and photojournalist Peggy Turbett. Topics for discussion will include the special status photography holds as medium to truthfully record the world, techniques photographers have used to manipulate their images since the invention of the camera, and the implications of digital technology in art and in documentary photographs we see every day in the news and online.

Azzarella, an Akron native represented in Proof, manipulates recent news media and historic photographs that have captured traumatic events, digitally removing the most potent content to form photographs that suggest new meanings. Underwood, an associate professor at the Cleveland Institute of Art, combines elements of land art, installation, minimalism and staged photography in his work, for which he constructs temporary installations in natural settings with biodegradable and recyclable materials. Peggy Turbett is an award-winning photojournalist, writer, and editor based in Cleveland, Ohio, and adjunct professor at John Carroll University. The panel, moderated by Akron Art Museum Assistant Curator Elizabeth Carney, will take place in the museum’s galleries, allowing the artwork on view to further enrich the discussion. The panel is free and open to the public.

Also on September 17, from 4:30 – 6:00 pm, educators can participate in a teachers-only tour of Proof: Photographs from the Collection. Proof features photographs from the Civil War to the present, including classic documentary photographs and works that expand and question the documentary genre. The exhibition includes artwork that addresses subjects from social studies to science. After the tour, educators can schedule a free field trip (including transportation costs) for their students. All participants will receive professional development documentation to submit to their local professional development committee. Register to attend online:

On Thursday, September 24 at 7:00 pm, the Akron Art Museum will present a free screening of the film, Guest of Cindy Sherman. Created by artist Paul H-O in 2008, the film documents his relationship with reclusive art world superstar Cindy Sherman, who was a fan of his quirky public-access show, GalleryBeat. During a series of exclusive interviews, Sherman and H-O begin a romance and are forced to confront issues of ego, gender, identity and celebrity. Sherman’s photographs are featured in both Proof and Staged.

The Chagrin Documentary Film Fest will present a special preview at the Akron Art Museum on Sunday, September 27 at 2:00 pm with a screening of Women of ’69 Unboxed. The film tells the story of the 1969 graduating class of Skidmore College, who skipped a traditional yearbook for an innovative portfolio of unbound, oversized poster pages in a box—or a Yearbox. The box featured unusual portraits that evoke the spirit of the time, celebrating creativity, free choice and collaboration. Focusing on 19 of the women, the film explores the tumultuous times of their college days and their lives as mature women through the lens of this unique photography project. Tickets are $10 to non-members, free for members. Get tickets at

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