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.
Looking for the American Dream: Andrew Borowiec’s Ohio PhotographsJudith Bear Isroff & Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell GalleriesFebruary 20, 2010 - May 30, 2010
Borowiec has been photographing the social landscape of Middle America for more than two decades. This exhibition contrasts his traditional gelatin silver photography with his recent exploration of digital color photography.
Pattern IDKarl and Bertl Arnstein GalleriesJanuary 23, 2010 - May 9, 2010
Over the last two decades, artists have increasingly turned to pattern and dress as a language with which to communicate who they are and where they come from. The experiences of culture clash, immigration and multi-ethnicity in our globalized world have driven artists to use this visual language to chart their personal and communal histories.
The Legend of John BrownJudith Bear Isroff GalleryOctober 16, 2009 - February 14, 2010
This fall marks the 150th anniversaries of John Brown’s anti-slavery raid on Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, and his December 2, 1859 execution. To commemorate this famous Akron resident, the Akron Art Museum presents selections from Jacob Lawrence’s celebrated print series The Legend of John Brown.