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Rock and Roll Photographer Janet Macoska to Present a Free Artist Talk at Akron Art Museum

For Release: July 28, 2015

Akron, Ohio—Janet Macoska, the artist behind the iconic Chili Dog Mac photograph of Akron rock band Devo, will present a free talk about her work at the Akron Art Museum on Thursday, August 20 at 6:30 pm. Her appearance at the art museum follows the scheduled August 15 unveiling of a reproduction of the Chili Dog Mac Devo photograph in a permanent installation in downtown Akron—near where the restaurant seen in the photograph once occupied a storefront.

Akron Art Museum Director of Education Alison Caplan said, “Janet’s photographs of rock and rollers document an important era of Cleveland rock history and they’re equally important as amazing works of art. The Akron Art Museum owns six works by Janet, mostly depicting local superstars Devo as well as several shots taken at the former Richfield Coliseum, such as a striking portrait of David Bowie we recently featured in a portraiture exhibition. As art and music geeks, we’re very excited to have her speak here.”

Macoska has been photographing rock and roll stars for over four decades. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The National Portrait Gallery in London. She has photographed David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Clash and The Kinks, among many others, and her vast rock photo archive is regularly used for TV and film productions and “rockumentaries.” Macoska has also photographed for an extensive number of publications, including Rolling Stone, People, US, Vogue, The New York Times, The London Times and American Photo.

The larger-than-life size installation of Macoska’s Devo photograph is being readied as a part of DEVOtional, which takes place at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on August 14 and 15, and which draws Devo fans from all over the United States.

Accompanying photograph: Janet Macoska, Devo on the Streets of Downtown Akron, April 10, 1978, gelatin silver print, 12 ½ x 18 ¾ in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of the artist.

About the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.

In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to discover new perspectives through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.

Museum Information
Address: One South High, Akron, OH 44308
Tel: 330.376.9185
Fax: 330.376.1180
Gallery, Store and iQcafé Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm, Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm, Closed Monday and Tuesday and most major holidays
Library Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11 am – 4 pm
Admission: Adult general admission is $7, Student and Senior (65+) general admission is $5, Children (17 and under) are FREE, members are FREE. Gallery admission is FREE every Thursday.


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