SnackJudith Bear Isroff GalleryJanuary 16, 2016 - September 3, 2016
The universal nature of food makes it an appropriate subject to critically examine themes common to contemporary art, such as politics, commerce and the intersection of art and life. Snack is a (mostly) lighthearted look at works drawn primarily from the Akron Art Museum collection that depict food or the places we buy and consume it through humor, pop culture and nostalgia.
Mark Mothersbaugh: MyopiaAkron: Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Cleveland: Mueller Family Gallery and Rosalie and Morton Cohen Family GalleryMay 29, 2016 - August 28, 2016
Myopia is the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh, spanning the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. Born in Akron, OH, and co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Mothersbaugh has been making art for more than forty years—since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music.
Animal As MuseThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryMarch 24, 2016 - August 14, 2016
Animals in art appear throughout history, dutifully serving as background detail, faithful friends and even stepping forward as portrait-worthy subject matter in iconic paintings and many other works. Animal As Muse showcases artwork from the museum’s collection that features artists’ conceptions of animals in many of the roles they play in humans’ lives.
PULPFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryFebruary 27, 2016 - July 31, 2016
The photographs in PULP span several decades, styles and approaches to the medium, but they share a connection to the humble and ubiquitous piece of paper. When recycled, scrap paper is milled into a pulp and then pressed into fresh, blank sheets. PULP highlights another type of recycling, in which artists create new images from discarded or insignificant fragments of modern life.
NEO GeoKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesNovember 21, 2015 - April 24, 2016
Geometric abstraction pares visual art down to pure shapes, lines and colors, yet infinite possibilities lie within those boundaries. NEO Geo features recent work by artists in the surrounding region who explore the potential of geometric abstraction.
Island of Misfit ToysThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryNovember 27, 2015 - March 13, 2016
In celebration of a decade of misfit toys at the Akron Art Museum, the museum asked local school children and professional artists to transform Munny, blank vinyl toys, into works of art. Artists of all ages have decorated Munny using pens, pencils, markers, paint, femo, clay, feathers, rocks, found objects and other supplies in this playful exhibition.
Andrea Modica: Extended MomentsFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryOctober 10, 2015 - February 21, 2016
Extended Moments celebrates the work of Andrea Modica, a photographer noted for her meticulous craftsmanship and evocative narratives. Extended Moments focuses on photographs Modica has taken in Italy, where she has spent significant time in Italy since 1990, when she traveled to Sicily on a Fulbright Scholarship. Images the artist has taken in that country on repeated visits represent a range of her interests—women and girls, youth friendships, landscape, still life and—more recently—horse hospitals.
Charles Beneke: SpecterJudith Bear Isroff GalleryAugust 1, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Rather than presenting his prints framed or in bound volumes for intimate viewing, as has been traditional practice, Beneke’s work fans out over wall surfaces and into space. In Specter, the printed surfaces accumulate in a figurative parallel of the human-made accumulation of carbon and greenhouse gas that endangers our planet.
Choice: Contemporary Art from the Akron Art Museumat Transformer Station
Through December 6, 2015September 11, 2015 - 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.
Wizards of Pop: Sabuda and ReinhartThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GallerySeptember 24, 2015 - November 15, 2015
Celebrated children’s book creators Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart combined their talents to create beloved and remarkable pop-up books including 80 original works from more than 16 of the duo's picture and pop-up books.