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.
Proof: Photographs from the CollectionKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesMay 30, 2015 - October 25, 2015
Photographs help create our collective memory. Images from news reportage and photographs that provide social commentary or promote personal agendas all shape how we see our world and alter our view of the past. Proof features photographs from the Civil War to the present, including classic documentary works as well as photographs which question the nature of photographic truth.
StagedFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryMay 2, 2015 - September 27, 2015
Just as theater directors orchestrate the stage, many photographers carefully construct scenes in front of their cameras. The resulting images are often as theatrical in their presentation as a Broadway play or a Hollywood film. Staged highlights the work of artists whose directorial involvement in the set-up of their photographs is essential to their practice.