FloraFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryJuly 16, 2011 - October 22, 2011
Since the Garden of Eden, humans have been seduced by plants. Around 25 works, all drawn from the collection of the Akron Art Museum, will survey the different approaches photographers have used to depict the plant world.
Kaleidoscope Quilts: The Art of Paula NadelsternKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 18, 2011 - October 2, 2011
For internationally renowned quiltmaker Paula Nadelstern, the word kaleidoscope “promises surprise and magic, change and chance.” Nadelstern (born 1951) has spent over two decades capturing in cloth the excitement of the ever-changing relationships of color, pattern, light and texture of kaleidoscope images. This exhibition places the artist’s quilts within a historical context for the first time, exploring the kaleidoscope’s impact on the decorative arts.
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for OhioJudith Bear Isroff and Karl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 18, 2011 - October 2, 2011
The portion of The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Ohio in the museum's Judith Bear Isroff Gallery will remain open through October 16, 2011.
The remarkable story of Dorothy and Herbert Vogel has become the stuff of lore. A Manhattan postal clerk and a reference librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, the couple began collecting art shortly after marrying in 1962. Together they purchased thousands of artworks, cramming their one-bedroom Manhattan apartment floor to ceiling with art. These unlikely collectors concentrated their acquisitions on emerging art forms, works from a wide range of genres including minimal and conceptual art as well as expressionistic . Because the Vogels only purchased art that would fit in their apartment, most of the works are intimate in scale.
All-Star Jazz: The Photographs of Herman LeonardFred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleryMarch 5, 2011 - July 10, 2011
Often credited with creating the visual archetype of the jazz musician, Herman Leonard photographed his subjects during performances, rehearsals, recording sessions and backstage gatherings to create a visual diary of post-war jazz.
Sarah Kabot: Unfolding SpaceJudith Bear Isroff GalleryFebruary 12, 2011 - June 11, 2011
Cleveland artist Sarah Kabot creates installations that toy with human perception by altering the physical environment, specifically the seemingly mundane structures of the built environment.
Extended: M.C. Escher: Impossible RealitiesKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesFebruary 12, 2011 - June 5, 2011
Because of its overwhelming popularity, the museum, in an unprecedented move, is extending the exhibition’s closing date. Visitors now have until Sunday, June 5, 2011 to examine first-hand the masterworks of Maurits Cornelis Escher before the collection returns to Greece.
M.C. Escher: Impossible Realities features 130 works by master printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher, including woodcuts, lithographs, mezzotints, sculptures, and rare preparatory drawings that provide an in-depth view of the artist's creative processes. The exhibition comes from the Herakleidon Museum in Athens, Greece - Akron is one of only two North American venues for this extraordinary loan.
Culture Revolution: Contemporary Chinese Paintings from the Allen Memorial Art MuseumOctober 16, 2010 - February 27, 2011
Four internationally renowned artists reflect on the rapidly changing terrain of contemporary Chinese culture in lush, poetic paintings on loan from the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the PresentKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesOctober 23, 2010 - January 23, 2011
Rock 'n' roll music relies on images to communicate its message of rebellion, freedom and personal reinvention. Who Shot Rock & Roll, organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, is the first major museum exhibition on rock 'n' roll to put photographers in the foreground, acknowledging their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music.
Detroit Disassembled: Photographs by Andrew MooreArnstein, Bidwell and Isroff GalleriesJune 5, 2010 - October 10, 2010
Andrew Moore’s photographs of the Motor City are sublime—beautiful, operatic in scale and drama, tragic yet offering a glimmer of hope. They are the subject of Detroit Disassembled, an exhibition organized by the Akron Art Museum making its debut here before touring nationally.
Arctic Re-visions: Isaac Julien's True NorthKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJune 5, 2010 - October 3, 2010
The sound and video installation True North (2004) is a journey into the beautiful yet terrifying midst of a sublime continent. Internationally acclaimed British artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien immerses viewers in the haunting landscape of the North Pole, which has seduced scientists, explorers, writers and visual artists since the 19th century. This presentation of the three-screen multi-media installation will mark the debut of this important work from the museum’s collection.