Heavy MetalJudith Bear Isroff GalleryAugust 12, 2017 - February 18, 2018
Heavy Metal features artworks made of metal or materials disguised to resemble metal, as well as images of or about lustrous chemical elements. Exhibition artists exploit the key properties of their metal or metal-like materials, such as strength, ductility and plasticity, to develop innovative forms and imagery.
Alchemy: Transformations in GoldKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 7, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Alchemy: Transformations in Gold brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold). In each case, this precious material not only imparts a sense of luxury, but also calls to mind connotations of the historic and cultural value various societies have placed upon the rare element. As glamorous and sought after as gold may be, it is capable of suggesting complicated politics and potent symbolism. The works in Alchemy embrace both dark and light readings of this glittering metal. Artists in Alchemy are an international group at the forefront of contemporary practice.
Find a FaceMary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryJuly 27, 2017 - December 31, 2017
In Find a Face, the museum invites visitors to find friendly faces in photographs, drawings, prints, and paintings from the collection. There are window eyes peeking out from the side of a house, a snow covered nose on the hood of a car, and a toothy grin from an autumn pumpkin hidden in the artworks on view.
SnackOn Tour: Art Gallery of WindsorJanuary 16, 2016 - October 1, 2017
Snack is currently on view at the Art Gallery of Windsor through October 1, 2017.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.
Serial IntentKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 3, 2017 - September 10, 2017
Similar to the way we experience the world in motion and over time, serial artworks encourage viewing one after another. While they stand alone as works of art, individuals within a series also consciously relate to one another. Together they express additional meaning or concepts that are not apparent in any single component. Serial Intent offers opportunities to experience these multi-part artworks within the serial contexts intended by the artists who created them.
FamilyFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryFebruary 25, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Family shares an array of photographs, most drawn from the Akron Art Museum collection, that record the estranged as well as the fond exchanges that characterize “family.” They offer insights into the intimate, spontaneous, prescribed and strained interactions that distinguish the families we inherit, create and adopt.
Gross AnatomiesJudith Bear Isroff GalleryFebruary 4, 2017 - July 30, 2017
The sculptures, drawings, prints and paintings on display in this exhibition feature grotesque representations of the human form. Drawn entirely from an Akron-based private collection, the artworks in Gross Anatomies transgress social norms, amuse, titillate and befuddle us, and in some cases, gross us out.
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.