Heresies: A Retrospective by Pedro MeyerFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryDecember 6, 2008 - February 22, 2009
Since contemporary Mexican photographer Pedro Meyer has produced groundbreaking images over the last four decades, why should his retrospective exhibition be ordinary? The Akron Art Museum joins with fifty-eight other museums in twenty-five countries to simultaneously present diverse aspects of Meyer’s art this fall and winter.
Dreamland: Recent Paintings by Neil MacDonaldJudith Bear Isroff GalleryDecember 6, 2008 - February 22, 2009
Neil MacDonald’s hauntingly beautiful paintings touch on expansive themes of modern-day life such as the desire for connectedness, the need to explain the unexplainable and the wish to understand our place in the cosmos. His art examines the ways in which modern-day myths are often fabricated out of thin air and then evolve and spread within our society.
Toying With Imagination: A Plastic Camera ExhibitionThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryOctober 18, 2008 - January 11, 2009
Some of the most popular cameras today are plastic models. These cameras are making quite a splash in the world of photography, allowing anyone to create fun, breathtaking and experimental images. The Akron Art Museum is inviting locals to submit photographs taken in and around northeast Ohio using these plastic cameras. Selected works will be on view in the Toying With Imagination: A Plastic Camera Exhibition October 18, 2008 - January 11, 2009.
Jean-Pierre Gauthier: Machines at PlayKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesSeptember 27, 2008 - January 4, 2009
Montréal artist, inventor and musician Jean-Pierre Gauthier brings humor and poetry to his kinetic sculptural installations. This exhibition, the first survey of the award-winning artist’s work, will make its exclusive U.S. appearance at the Akron Art Museum.
John Heartfield vs. Nazi GermanyFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryAugust 30, 2008 - November 30, 2008
“Use photography as a weapon.” This was John Heartfield’s battle cry in his struggle to prevent the Nazis from gaining power in Germany in the 1930s. Unlike many socially conscious photographers of the era who produced documentary work, Heartfield created photomontages. They are composite images made by cutting and joining parts from several photographs (ones he took, commissioned or found), then re-photographed to form a single seamless image.
Unveiled: Recent Acquisitions from the Museum's CollectionJudith Bear Isroff GalleryAugust 30, 2008 - November 30, 2008
Nearly 700 works of art entered the Akron Art Museum’s collection over the past five years, despite the fact that the museum was closed from March 2004 to July 2007 for construction of its new building. Unveiled offers the opportunity to view around two dozen inspiring, and sometimes challenging, artworks never before seen in Akron.
Smells Like Teen Spirit: Posters from the Akron Art Museum Teen CouncilThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryJuly 19, 2008 - October 12, 2008
For anyone who lived through the youth-driven grunge rock movement of the 1990s, Smells Like Teen Spirit may stir memories of the band Nirvana, crunchy guitars and flannel shirts. The Akron Art Museum’s Teen Council decided this notorious song-title was also an apt summary for their first major project, an exhibition of hand-screened concert posters on view in the Akron Art Museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery July 19 through October 12, 2008.
California as Muse: The Art of Arthur and Lucia MathewsKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 21, 2008 - September 7, 2008
Two of California’s most important early twentieth century artists are finally being rediscovered by the rest of the country. California as Muse presents almost seventy paintings, drawings, furniture and decorative pieces by Arthur and Lucia Mathews, who strove to unite the fine and applied arts. A lavishly illustrated, long-awaited book on the couple accompanies the show. Both book and exhibition are part of a major re-evaluation of the impact of the style they developed, the California Decorative Style, and its role in American art.
Bill Brandt: Shadows and SubstanceIsroff and Bidwell GalleriesMay 31, 2008 - August 24, 2008
Bill Brandt, England’s greatest twentieth-century photographer, began as a photojournalist and became a poet of light and shadow. Decade by decade, Brandt (1904 – 1983) moved toward evermore radical dualities of black and white, not just in his new photographs but also in his printing of older images.
Creativity TranscendsThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryApril 19, 2008 - July 13, 2008
This exhibition features a selection of works by visual artists that have been features in the United Disability Service's nationally celebrated literary and art magazine, Kaleidoscope.