Please TouchMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryMarch 2, 2017 - July 16, 2017
Sometimes really great art creates a longing to touch, but most of us respect the museum rules, mind our manners, and hold our hands behind our backs and lean in for a closer look. Please Touch shakes off all of the traditional museum goer behavior and asks visitors to use their sense of touch to experience the exhibition. For Please Touch, the museum has commissioned regional artists Jay Croft, Jordan Elise and Christopher Lees, and Erin Guido and John Paul Costello to create new works that engage audiences of all ages in new and unique ways. Inspired by childhood games, puzzles and lift the flap books, each artist created a touchable work that visitors can manipulate as they make meaning of it in their own way.
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-FructoseKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesFebruary 11, 2017 - May 7, 2017
Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose highlights 51 remarkable contemporary artists who have been featured in the pages of the popular art magazine Hi-Fructose. Despite differing levels of recognition, all the artists have a distinctive voice and vision. Turn the Page offers the opportunity to view their original works beyond the flat worlds of paper and digital screens, where they are most often seen.
Jimmy Kuehnle: Wiggle, Giggle, JiggleThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryOctober 1, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Jimmy Kuehnle’s sculptures, created from coated polyester and coated nylon fabric, inflate and deflate, breathing like an organism, sometimes even pulsating with light. “When I work on projects, I always like to learn things and have new experiences. So I set up challenges, situations that require new techniques,” says Kuehnle, who will create a new site specific piece that will take over the Akron Art Museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery and extend out into Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, inviting visitors to engage with it.
Our LandFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryAugust 6, 2016 - February 12, 2017
This August marks the centennial of the National Park Service, established to conserve natural and historic scenery for future generations. In celebration of this landmark anniversary, the Akron Art Museum exhibits photographs of these lands belonging to all United States citizens.
Intersections: Artists Master Line and SpaceKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 1, 2016 - January 15, 2017
Intersections: Artists Master Line and Space showcases recent work by six sculptors for whom working on paper is also an essential part of their practice. Each of the artists’ works in two and three dimensions relate in different ways, although all are distinguished by their mastery of both line and form.
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.