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.
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack KeatsKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesMarch 16, 2013 - June 30, 2013
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is the first major exhibition in the U.S. to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, and The Snowy Day, published in 1962. The exhibition features over 80 original works by the artist, from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages, including examples of Keats’s most introspective but less-known output inspired by Asian art and poetry.
New Artifacts: Works by Brent Kee Young and Sungsoo KimJudith Bear Isroff GalleryOctober 20, 2012 - April 7, 2013
New Artifacts pairs works by Cleveland Institute of Art professor and department head Brent Kee Young with works by Sungsoo Kim, an adjunct professor at Cleveland Institute of Art and Kent State University. While Young and Kim employ diverging glassmaking techniques, they share an interest in rediscovering familiar forms, both classical and ordinary, resulting in timeless works of intrigue.
Adolph Gottlieb: SculptorKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 27, 2012 - February 17, 2013
A first-generation abstract expressionist painter, Adolph Gottlieb, whose art was central to the development of mid-twentieth century painting in America, was among only three of his colleagues to create both two- and three-dimensional works. Gottlieb’s sculpture is little-known and has rarely been seen in the United States.
The Anniversary Show: Commemorative Art Through the YearsThe Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation GalleryJuly 21, 2012 - February 3, 2013
As part of the ongoing celebration of the museum’s 90th anniversary the Corbin Gallery features an exhibition of works commissioned over several decades. The museum has a long history of commissioning artworks by local artists including paintings, photographs, print design, jewelry and pottery to commemorate milestones, anniversaries and special events.
Robert Stivers: Veiled ImageFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJuly 28, 2012 - January 20, 2013
The Akron Art Museum is once again pleased to organize a new photography exhibition of works drawn from our impressive collection. Comprised of nearly a dozen years’ worth of photographs, the gallery will be filled with images emanating emotion from Stivers’s shadowy world.
Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El AnatsuiJune 17, 2012 - October 7, 2012
Since the Akron Art Museum’s expansion in 2007, El Anatsui’s Dzesi II, a dazzling metallic tapestry made from liquor bottle caps, has become one of the most popular works in the museum’s collection. Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui invites visitors to surround themselves with works by this internationally celebrated artist as this exhibition tours the country.
String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea NettlesFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryMarch 10, 2012 - July 22, 2012
The photographs of Bea Nettles often depict the artist's intimate family life, yet they also speak to the broad ideas of what it means to be a mother, teacher and artist, which she describes as her greatest roles. The focus of this exhibition, a survey of the museum's collection of Nettles' photographs, is the artist's use of autobiographical imagery, animated by her experimental process.