Nuclear Enchantment: Photographs by Patrick NagataniFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryOctober 10, 2009 - February 14, 2010
Fascinated by his new home state’s marriage with the nuclear industry, Patrick Nagatani began the Nuclear Enchantment series when he moved to Albuquerque in 1987. This exhibition, featuring around 25 works from the series, is drawn entirely from the collection of the Akron Art Museum.
Welcome to the Akron Art MuseumThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryAugust 12, 2009 - January 17, 2010
This year-long exhibition, which opens in July 2009, provides an introduction to the Akron Art Museum’s architecture and art through works by Akron artists.
Familiar Faces: Chuck Close in Ohio CollectionsKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesSeptember 5, 2009 - January 3, 2010
Renowned for reinventing portraiture in the late 1960s, Chuck Close (b. 1940) is one of America’s most important contemporary artists. He masterfully employs a multitude of media to create monumental portraits of his family and friends. The Akron Art Museum, an institution with a longtime commitment to Close’s art, is organizing an exhibition of the artist’s work from collections throughout Ohio.
Rethinking Art: Objects and Ideas from the 1960s and 70sJudith Bear Isroff GalleryJune 6, 2009 - October 4, 2009
Rethinking Art comprises artworks by 10 artists from the collections of the Akron Art Museum and the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, including several key thinkers of the 1960s and 70s.
The Knight Purchase Award: Helen LevittFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJune 6, 2009 - October 4, 2009
The Knight Purchase Award: Helen Levitt comprises pictures from the Akron Art Museum's collection including works donated by the artist's colleagues, friends and admirers over the past decade, as well as the recent Knight Award purchases.
William Wegman: FayKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesMay 16, 2009 - August 16, 2009
The Akron Art Museum is deeply honored to be one of only two venues to present William Wegman: Fay, a wonderfully witty and moving exhibition about the artistic collaboration between William Wegman (b. 1943) and his celebrated Weimaraner Fay (1984 - 1995).
The Global Artistry of Leo and Diane DillonThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryMarch 28, 2009 - June 21, 2009
This exhibition explores the careers of the husband and wife children's book illustration team Leo and Diane Dillon.
Lee Friedlander's Factory ValleysJudith Bear Isroff & Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleriesFebruary 28, 2009 - May 31, 2009
Lee Friedlander's Factory Valleys series, conceived 30 years ago, has come to be recognized as a milestone both in the artist's career and in the history of documentary photography. The Akron Art Museum, which commissioned the work, revists the project by exhibiting around 60 vintage photographs, all from the museum's collection.
Edward Weston: Life WorkKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJanuary 31, 2009 - April 26, 2009
Edward Weston: Life Work surveys the five-decade career of this American master through an outstanding grouping of 115 vintage photographs. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the private collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Most of the works were acquired from members of the Weston family. These include a large collection from his daughter-in-law, Dody Weston Thompson, as well as a Weston family album incorporating rare early self-portraits and landscapes.
Along Water Street: New Work by Aminah Brenda Lynn RobinsonKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJanuary 31, 2009 - April 5, 2009
Columbus, Ohio, artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson (b. 1940) has been creating sumptuous mixed media paintings and sculptures for more than half a century. These document the stories she has gleaned from her elders, her travels throughout the world and her study of African and African American history. Included in this exhibition are twelve rag paintings, a watercolor of her Uncle Alvin and a sixty-foot-long, cloth and mixed media RagGonNon.