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The Akron Art Museum Extends Free Admission to All Veterans, November 9 - 15, 2008

For Release: October 2008

Akron, Ohio, October 15, 2008 — In recognition of Veteran’s Day, the Akron Art Museum is honoring all veterans of any branch of the United States armed services with free admission during the week of November 9 – 15, 2008, with the presentation of proper ID. Visitors can see the John Heartfield vs. Nazi Germany special exhibition, as well as the museum’s collection and three other special exhibitions currently on view.

Exhibitions on View

John Heartfield vs. Nazi Germany is a collection of over 40 photogravures, or printed magazine pages, showcasing the history leading up to WWII. As chief artist of the Arbeiter-Illustrierte Zeitung (Workers’ Illustrated Paper), Heartfield composed satirical photomontages criticizing Hitler and Nazi Germany. Each photogravure was an immediate response to a current event, including the 1936 Berlin Olympics and the anti-Semitism prevalent in the country. While the names and places have changed, the evils that Heartfield addressed – war profiteering, ethnic persecution and cleansing, political corruption and conspiracy – still plague the world today.

Unveiled: Recent Acquisitions from the Museum’s Collection offers the opportunity to view two dozen inspiring, and sometimes challenging, artworks that entered the museum’s collection in the past four years. From black and white photographs to colorful prints, abstract painting to pop sculpture, Unveiled shows that recent gifts of artwork have come in all shapes, sizes and media.

Montréal artist, inventor and musician Jean-Pierre Gauthier brings humor and poetry to his kinetic sculptural installations. Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at Play, the first survey of the award-winning artist’s work, will make its U.S. premiere at the Akron Art Museum. Gauthier ingeniously transforms electrical cable, funnels, pulleys and other industrial and everyday objects into living, moving, singing organisms. Each work invites the viewer to experience and interact with its visual, sound and moving parts.

Plastic cameras are making quite a splash in the world of photography, allowing anyone to create fun, breathtaking and experimental images. The Akron Art Museum invited locals to submit photographs taken in and around northeast Ohio using these plastic cameras, with selected works on view in Toying with Imagination: A Plastic Camera Exhibition.

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