Combining a landmark historical building with a contemporary minimalist addition, the Transformer Station is a new anchor destination in Cleveland's rapidly evolving Ohio City neighborhood. The project brings a new cultural facility to a mixed residential and industrial neighborhood within walking distance of the restaurants and shops of the Market District and blocks away from the Gordon Square Arts District. Visit Transformer Station online.
El Anatsui, Dzesi II, 2006 (installation view at the Akron Art Museum). Aluminum liquor bottle caps and copper wire. 117 in. x 195 in. x 8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Reed II. Photo: Joe Levack.
Lorna Simpson, Counting, 1991
Photogravure with screenprint on paper
73 3/4 in. x 37 3/4 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund.
George Segal, Girl Sitting Against a Wall II, 1970
Painted wood, plaster and glass. 91 in. x 60 in. x 40 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Purchased with funds from the Fiftieth Anniversary Gala.
Julian Stanczak, Dual Glare, 1970
Acrylic on canvas. 48 in. x 96 1/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Museum Acquisition Fund.
Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1966
Painted iron, fiberglass and fabric. 41 in. x 29 in. x 8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Leo Castelli, Castelli Galleries.
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Bay of Sagami, Atami, 1997
Selenium toned gelatin silver print
16 5/8 in. x 21 1/4 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Knight Purchase Fund for Photographic Media.
Scott Miller, Untitled, Sept. 6, 1988
Oil on canvas. 48 1/2 in. x 33 3/8 in. Collection of the Akron Art Museum. Gift of Mark Soppeland.
Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum
Through December 6, 2015
This fall the Akron Art Museum shares highlights from its collection with Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum at Transformer Station in Cleveland. Works on view testify to the role that groundbreaking exhibitions for artists, among them Cleveland’s Julian Stanczak, and prescient purchases, including El Anatsui’s Dzesi II in 2006, have played in the Akron Art Museum’s commitment to assembling an outstanding collection with modest resources.
Artworks in Choice speak to the impact of visionary directors and curators as well as generous donors in the community and beyond the immediate region. George Segal’s Girl Sitting against a Wall II was acquired in 1972 with funds from the Museum’s 50th anniversary gala, while two years later another signature sculpture, Lee Bontecou’s untitled relief, entered the collection as a gift from New York gallery owner Leo Castelli.
The Akron Art Museum is notable for showcasing the accomplishments of regional artists alongside recognized artists working throughout the country and the world in its contemporary art galleries. Stanczak’s Dual Glare and Matthew Kolodziej’s Good Neighbors, installed alongside canvases by Al Held and David Salle in the Transformer galleries, attest to the museum’s role in celebrating Northeast Ohio artists and contributing to a vibrant region.
The rewards of collecting photography from an early era of the museum’s development, advanced by an endowment from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, are evident by the medium’s prominence in the museum’s collection. A self-portrait by John Coplans, who was instrumental in bringing attention to photography when he was the museum’s director (1978-79), joins signature examples by Sophie Calle, Adam Fuss, Lorna Simpson and Hiroshi Sujimoto, providing an indication of the international range and ambition of the collection.
Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museum is part of an expansive outreach initiative that invites the public to enjoy the works in the collection of the Akron Art Museum, visit Akron’s masterpiece art museum building, and engage in activities in an adjoining public garden and in new spaces in Northeast Ohio.
Choice is organized in partnership by the Akron Art Museum and Transformer Station, and is supported by the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation and an anonymous donor.