Upcoming exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum will host two exhibitions starting in November.

Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders

Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders | November 23, 2013 – March 16, 2014

Kent State University graduate Diana Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders intermingles landscape, architecture and the human figure. Hovering between architectural ruin and figurative sculpture, the thirteen-foot high sculpture is constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, and paint. Nolli’s Orders was inspired by sources ranging from Italian and Northern Renaissance painting to Gothic architecture and Hellenistic sculpture. Its title refers to the eighteenth century Italian architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli, who is known for the iconic map of Rome that he completed in 1748. Al-Hadid was born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syria and currently lives and works in New York City.


Multiplicity | November 23, 2013- March 16, 2014

Multiplicity showcases more than 80 prints by modern and contemporary American artists working in an exciting variety of media. Drawn from the outstanding collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition demonstrates how artists today engage with the unique qualities of printmaking processes. Paintings and sculptures by a number of the artists featured, including Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Held, and Kiki Smith will be on view in the museum’s Haslinger collection galleries, allowing visitors to better understand the scope of those artists’ creative output. The variety of innovative approaches artists use to create prints is apparent in works by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Barbara Kruger, Julie Mehretu, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker.

For more information, visit the Akron Art Museum on the web at http://akronartmuseum.org/. The Museum is located at One South High, Akron, Ohio 44308.

Kent State SLIS Alumni and Friends Council event at the Akron Art Museum

You’re invited – Akron Art Museum event for SLIS Alumni, Students & Friends

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science ALUMNI AND FRIENDS COUNCIL invites you to an evening at the Akron Art Museum, featuring “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats” exhibit.

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beverages (cash bar), and friendly conversation. Meet new SLIS director Dr. Tom Lipinski and learn about the latest school happenings. And explore the art of beloved children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats with art museum education director Alison Caplan.

The event is open to SLIS students and alumni, children’s and youth librarians, current and emerging museum professionals, and other librarians and friends of SLIS. All are welcome, but space for this event is limited. RSVP today.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alumni and Friends Minority Scholarship fund. Suggested donation: $10. Advance registration requested. Please call Pearle Bower at 330-672-1458 to RSVP.

For more information about the Akron Art Museum, including directions, visit http://akronartmuseum.org/.

We look forward to seeing you on June 6.

Upcoming events in Toledo

The Toledo Museum of Art has just opened Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of ArtThis is the first exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art to be held in the Midwest in 25 years, it is not to be missed!  The show is beautiful.

To make your trip to Toledo even more exciting, starting on May 24, you can also visit the Toledo Zoo to check out Wild Walkabout: Wonders from Down Under including the Zoo’s newest member, a 17 foot saltwater crocodile.

So, start planning your trip to both Toledo and Australia this summer!

Line Color Illusion: Julian Stanczak – Akron Art Museum

Line Color Illusion: Julian Stanczak

April 13, 2013 – November 3, 2013

Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak showcases paintings and prints collected by the Akron Art Museum since 1970. The exhibition documents both Julian Stanczak’s impressive career as a master of color and the museum’s longstanding commitment to his work.
A longtime resident of Northeastern Ohio and retired Cleveland Institute of Art professor, Julian Stanczak earned international recognition as a pioneer of “Op Art,” a style based on optical illusion, following his first New York exhibition at Martha Jackson Gallery in 1964. Soon after, Stanczak’s work–which he characterizes as perceptual abstraction—was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition The Responsive Eye. Stanczak has continued to draw upon his deep understanding of color theory to explore how colors interact and are perceived. While his signature motifs have evolved, his paintings and prints over the years are characterized by lines and colors that set up vibrations and create pulsating patterns.
The Akron Art Museum hosted one of the first public museum exhibitions of Julian Stanczak’s work and acquired the painting Dual Glare in 1970. Since that time the museum has augmented its collection with paintings and screen prints representing the variety of materials, techniques and formal elements that Stanczak continues to explore.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a gift from the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, Key Bank, Trustee.

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats – Akron Art Museum

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats

March 16, 2013 – June 30, 2013

“The Snowy Day marks a breakthrough in children’s literature because it features the first African-American protagonist in a full-color children’s picture book. Its importance can hardly be overstated; it inspired generations of readers and paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature.

It also was among the first to bring a touch of realism to children’s books. The gritty urban settings of Keats’ stories revealed a landscape rarely seen in children’s books. It was a landscape Keats filled with mystery and stark beauty, and it has ever since enchanted legions of children.

The show features more than 80 original works, from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages for the artist’s most popular books. Examples of his lesser-known works are also shown, those inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.”

-Dorothy Shinn, Akron Beacon Journal

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 first modern full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist, The Snowy Day inspired generations of readers. 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. A space in the galleries will be transformed into a reading room inspired by Keats’s art and stories for visitors of all ages/

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