Reconsidered: Works from the Collection
April 6, 2021 - August 22, 2022 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Rotating works out of storage is also connected to the goal of informing and engaging patrons. While sharing collections is elemental to museums, as society evolves, so does curatorial practice. In this exhibition, we’re asking for help. We’ll share some of our favorite works from storage, and we’ll ask you to help us to tell better stories about them. We’ll also showcase the stories you share. We can only improve the way we communicate about art with your help.
May 6, 2021 - May 29, 2021 | Outside the Museum on South High Street
Tune In seeks to start a conversation around this question and many others. Designed by Rick Lazes and fabricated by a collaborative group of artists called the Art Factory, the outdoor diorama features six vintage TV screens that play a 12-minute loop, 24 hours a day. The collage of footage includes news, speeches, concerts, sitcoms, and dramas from television’s early years. Mid-century decor featuring wallpaper, curtains, and framed pictures helps to set the scene.
Akron Art Mail
October 15, 2020 - February 21, 2021 | Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby
The Akron Art Museum and Akron-Summit County Public Library’s new Akron Art Mail project aims to put art and writing into people’s hands. The project has three main components: commissioned art cards offered free for patrons; a community exhibition of art cards; and an e-book catalog of the project.
Objects to be Destroyed
February 29, 2020 - September 6, 2020 | Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
The artists of "Objects to be Destroyed" invite visitors to consider commonplace items in a new and unexpected way. In a sense, the artists destroy the objects they select as materials by preventing them from fulfilling their original use, yet, at the same time, they imbue them with a new existence as works of art.
Elias Sime: Tightrope
February 29, 2020 - May 24, 2020 | Elias Sime
"Elias Thomas: Tightrope," the first major traveling survey dedicated to the Ethiopian artist's work, features numerous large-scale tableaus. Sime draws from a range of influences, including linguistics, botany, artistic movements and topographic photography. This noteworthy exhibition includes two works created specifically for the show alongside a large selection from the Tightrope series, in addition to several earlier stitched canvases.
The Distance of the Moon
February 9, 2019 - March 15, 2020 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, "The Distance of the Moon" examines the moon through the lens of photography and video. From Georges Méliès early film "Le voyage dans la lune" (1902) to Robert Longo's striking study "Untitled (Moon in Shadow)" (2006), the moon has served as an important touchstone and inspired countless works of art and imagined lunar voyages.
Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art
October 19, 2019 - February 2, 2020 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Visual artists are gamers too, yet video games are rarely examined as a major influence on contemporary art. Open World draws attention to this phenomenon through the presentation of artworks including painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications and game-based performances and interventions by makers who self-identify as artists.
Joe Vitone: Family Records
April 27, 2019 - October 27, 2019 | Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Joe Vitone: Family Records is an ongoing series of portraits of photographer Joe Vitone’s relatives living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, this body of work documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations within working class communities of the Rust Belt region.
Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World
June 29, 2019 - September 22, 2019 | Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World brings together the work of contemporary artists who use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of our lives today. While some embrace the stories’ promises of transformation and happy endings, others plumb the stories’ more troubling elements—poverty, addiction, and exploitations of power.