Invitation to Stare: Photographic PortraitsFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryFebruary 1, 2014 - June 1, 2014
Photographers have used their cameras to explore the faces of friends, loved ones, passing strangers, cultural icons and themselves since the nineteenth-century beginnings of photography.
In The Corbin Gallery: The Big Draw and Big TopJanuary 16, 2014 - May 4, 2014
The Corbin Gallery has been transformed into an interactive space.
Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli's OrdersSandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation GalleriesNovember 23, 2013 - April 13, 2014
Kent State University graduate Diana Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders intermingles landscape, architecture and the human figure. Hovering between architectural ruin and figurative sculpture, the thirteen-foot high sculpture is constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint.
Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art MuseumKarl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries and Judith Bear Isroff GalleryNovember 23, 2013 - March 16, 2014
Multiplicity showcases more than 80 prints by modern and contemporary American artists working in an exciting variety of media. Drawn from the outstanding collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition demonstrates how artists today engage with the unique qualities of printmaking processes.
With a Trace: Photographs of AbsenceFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJuly 27, 2013 - January 26, 2014
With a Trace: Photographs of Absence features photographers spanning several generations who do not merely capture scenes but create distinct moments in time. Their images bear traces of human presence, the transmission of energy, atmospheric phenomena and experiments with light. Among the artists, Christopher Bucklow, Margaret De Patta, Adam Fuss, Alison Rossiter, Minor White and Hiroshi Sugimoto use a wide range of processes to render their enigmatic subjects.
Envisioning an Outdoor Sculpture Space: A Project with Kent State UniversityThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryAugust 10, 2013 - January 5, 2014
In collaboration with Kent State University School of Architecture faculty, Akron Art Museum staff charged third-year architecture students with their first assignment based on a real-world project: create a design for the museum’s proposed outdoor sculpture gallery. This complex challenge involved conceiving of an outdoor space to showcase contemporary sculpture, installation and multimedia work that can also accommodate concerts, parties and possibly even a café. The flexibility the museum seeks for the area reflects its embrace of the museum’s role as a cultural hub.
Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian StanczakJudith Bear Isroff GalleryApril 13, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak showcases paintings and prints collected by the Akron Art Museum since 1970. The exhibition documents both Julian Stanczak’s impressive career as a master of color and the museum’s longstanding commitment to his work.
Real/SurrealKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJuly 20, 2013 - November 3, 2013
Featuring more than 60 paintings, drawings, prints and photographs dating from 1930 to 1955 Real/Surreal examines how American artists used strikingly naturalistic details to imaginative images inspired by dreams and how they introduced disconcerting undertones into compositions that featured seemingly ordinary scenes. The exhibition features works by both well-known artists, such as Charles Burchfield, Edward Hopper, Charles Sheeler and Grant Wood alongside engaging images by lesser-known talents, among them Francis Criss, Louis Gugliemi and Katherine Schmidt.
Draw Me a StoryThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryFebruary 9, 2013 - August 4, 2013
The first art that most children experience is in picture books, and the first reading they do involves reading pictures instead of words. Therefore it’s no surprise that Akron’s school age population can identify an image of Peter, the protagonist of Ezra Jack Keats’s The Snowy Day, plodding through a fresh coating of snow in his bright red snow suit. Draw Me a Story celebrates Keats’s legacy and the power of picture books to promote visual literacy and cultural awareness
Danny Lyon: The BikeridersFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJanuary 26, 2013 - July 21, 2013
This exhibition presents a dramatic inside look at 1960s biker counterculture. From 1963 – 1967 Danny Lyon not only captured the bikers in photographs, but immersed himself in the lifestyle. Lyon joined the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, making him a pioneer of the new form of photojournalism where the artist was personally involved with the subject.