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.
Making Sense of Science: The Sounds of Teaching and Studenting in Four Urban ClassroomsMarch 17, 2012 - July 15, 2012
A sound installation by Walter S. Gershon, Ph.D, Kent State University
Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard FinsterKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesFebruary 25, 2012 - June 3, 2012
Survey of the works and legacy of Reverend Howard Finster, self-proclaimed “Man of Visions,” in Stranger in Paradise. One of America’s most widely known and prolific self-taught artists, Finster produced over 46,000 works of art before his death in 2001.
Ray Turner: PopulationJudith Bear Isroff GalleryMarch 3, 2012 - May 27, 2012
Ray Turner: Population is a unique exhibition of nearly 200 portraits of a wide cross- section of people from across the country, including University Park and downtown Akron residents, executed with oil paint on glass. Population is an expanding series of portraits that invites viewers to contemplate identity from an individual and collective standpoint. The portraits of Akronites will be intermixed with Turner’s ongoing series, and as the exhibition evolves with the addition of new portraits from different communities, the body of work will increasingly reflect the nation’s cultural makeup.