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CULTURAL SHIFT: Re-thinking the role of an art museum EVERY DAY I am inspired by the potential of the Akron Art Museum to provide exceptional experiences to our members and visitors, while creating meaningful art connections in our galleries and education studios. In order to accomplish our mission to impact lives through modern and contemporary art, the museum’s vision continues to be focused on presenting exhibitions and art education programs that

OUR GOAL is to create strategic initiatives and projects that are uniquely about Akron and for Akron—not some cookie cutter plans that have worked in other cities, but solid solutions that will address the needs of our cultural community and continue to improve the quality of life in the Rubber City. In addition to a continued strong presence in downtown Akron, we are excited to explore the opportunity to establish a “Home Base” for our neighborhoods.

deepen understanding and appreciation for art,

Simultaneously, we are making substantial

while making vital connections back to the artists

improvements to our operations and great strides

and exploring their creative process. The museum

in building a sustainable institutional model that

is undertaking a deep self-examination of not only

understands the importance of establishing

its cultural role, but also its civic responsibility in

a museum culture that is built on respect,

relationship to the community.

collaboration and communication. Every day

“…the art museum can be a catalyst for positive social, cultural and economic development…”

we continue to find ways to say “YES” and to

OUR OBJECTIVE is to convene a series of “town hall” meetings to facilitate conversations about art, entrepreneurship, culture, innovation and imagination, which will provide a context for how the art museum can be a catalyst for positive

perpetuate a “CAN DO” spirit, so that we can provide the highest quality art experience for everyone. Thank you for your support. If you are not a member of the Akron Art Museum, please take this moment to join us on this amazing journey. Your participation, donations and contributions are always greatly appreciated.

social, cultural and economic development as well


as an effective change agent for creative place-

Mark Masuoka

making within our community.

Executive Director and CEO

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AKRON ART MUSEUM One South High Akron, Ohio 44308 TEL 330.376.9185 FAX 330.376.1180

onview MEHRETU From Multiplicity Through March 16, 2014

GALLERY HOURS Wednesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm Closed Monday and Tuesday Free admission for members Closed New Year’s Day Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka

AL-HADID From Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders Through March 16, 2014

Board of Trustees I 2013 - 2014 Dianne R. Newman, President Alita Rogers, Executive Vice President Jon A. Fiume, Vice President Chris Myeroff, Vice President Mike Stark, Vice President Alita Rogers, Vice President Nicholas Katanic, Treasurer John Spearry, Assistant Treasurer Elizabeth Brumbaugh Hackett, Secretary Debra Adams Simmons Myriam Altieri Haslinger Myrna Berzon Fred Bidwell Jeff Bruno George Daverio C. Gordon Ewers Linda Gentile Cathy C. Godshall Richard Harris Susan Klein Rory H. O’Neil Dana Pulk Dickinson Skip Radwany Duane Roe Michael D. Russell Elizabeth Sheeler John Spearry R. Thomas Stanton

Honorary Trustees W. Gerald Austen Sandra L. Haslinger Michael Mattis M. Donald McClusky Margaret McDowell Lloyd C. Blake McDowell III Thomas R. Merryweather

Editor Bridgette Beard Klein

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Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli’s Orders (detail), 2012, steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint, 156 x 264 x 228 in., Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, ©Diana Al-Hadid, Photography Joe Levack/Studio Akron

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Lou Stovall, Land Origin, 2005, screenprint on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase through the Julia D. Strong Endowment, © 2005 Lou Stovall

Multiplicity: Contemporary Prints from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Through March 16, 2014 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries and Judith Bear Isroff Gallery Akron Art Museum Chief Curator Janice Driesbach interviewed Smithsonian American Art Museum Deputy Chief Curator Joann Moser, curator of Multiplicity. The exhibition, featuring contemporary prints representing an array of styles, techniques, approaches and ideas, is distinguished by the number of works that are part of a series, sequence or set, an inspiration for the title Multiplicity. Moser responds to questions about a favorite acquisition and the role of digital prints in museum collections. What were your criteria for selecting the works on view? I wanted to give an overview of contemporary printmaking based on the most interesting prints in our permanent collection. I favored acquisitions from the past 10 years. Once I settled


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on "multiplicity" as the overall theme, I made some changes and additions that reinforced this concept. As a curator, I am always thinking, consciously or unconsciously, which works will complement and reinforce one another if they are hung in proximity. Might you describe a particularly exciting acquisition and how it came about? One of the more exciting acquisitions was the series by R. Luke DuBois, Hindsight Is Always 20/20. I had already established the theme of “multiplicity.” When I first saw this series, I knew we had to acquire it for the exhibition. I loved the idea of summarizing a presidency with the words of the State of the Union speeches, selected by a computer program. The familiar format of the eye chart, the visual impact of

EXHIBITIONS richer and more substantial. the text and the historical The exhibition, featuring Michael Platt’s image could not insights the words offered contemporary prints representing have been made as successfully were especially intriguing. an array of styles, techniques, by any other means. Letterpress was one of the approaches and ideas, is earliest forms of printmaking Many of the artists represented distinguished by the number of and in combination with an in Multiplicity achieved works that are part of a series, algorithm for determining prominence as painters or sequence or set, an inspiration for word frequency, the series sculptors and collaborated with the title Multiplicity. covers several centuries professional printers to realize of technology as well the works on view. How do you as a significant span of view the role of printmaking in the careers of American history. We could include only two these artists? prints from this series in the exhibition because All the prints in this exhibition were made in of space considerations, but you can check out collaboration with professional printers except the your favorite president on our website http:// one by Lou Stovall, who printed it himself. Having the opportunity to work with a professional Michael Platt’s Enough, from the artist’s New printer has freed artists from the necessity to Orleans Series, is the only digital print in learn complex techniques and the tedious work of the exhibition. How are you assessing and printing identical editions. It has also enhanced approaching new media in developing your their ability to express themselves without collections? restrictions and experiment with new possibilities. Another aspect of “multiplicity” is the stimulating I have been very cautious in acquiring prints that experience of collaboration among several people use digital technology because early images made to create the final work of art. with digital imagery seemed flat and reproductive. The surface did not have the richness and Multiplicity is organized by the Smithsonian tactility that I valued in prints. As artists began American Art Museum. The C. F. Foundation to understand its possibilities more fully and the in Atlanta supports the museum’s traveling technology itself improved, the images became exhibition program, Treasures to Go.

R. Luke DuBois, Abraham Lincoln / 1861-1865 from the portfolio Hindsight Is Always 20/20, 2008, 21 1/4 x 28 1/4 in., letterpress on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum Purchase through the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment, © 2008 R. Luke DuBois

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Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders Through March 16, 2014 Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries

Diana Al-Hadid, Nolli’s Orders, 2012, steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint, 156 x 264 x 228 in., Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, ©Diana Al-Hadid, Photograph by Joe Levack

Studying the surfaces of the various components of Nolli’s Orders—figures, perforated walls of dripped polymer gypsum, pools of pigmented resin, crumpled landscape-like expanses—gives you the striking sense that you are looking at something old and decayed. The figures are porous, their “skin” uneven and worn away in areas, while other surfaces appear weathered, fragile and patinaed. How an artist goes about constructing a new work (Nolli’s Orders was created in 2012) that appears to be disintegrating before our eyes is far more complicated than it may seem. Al-Hadid has described the process of composing Nolli’s Orders as “a pile of decisions,” suggesting that each element was dependent on what came before it and what followed. Every surface, every angle, every pose was deliberated upon, whether


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it was exactingly executed or came about as a result of material interaction. Allowing herself the freedom to work precisely or recklessly, as Al-Hadid puts it, may be the key to creating something that feels alive and organic, which is after all the prerequisite of being subject to decay. It is the combination of precision and randomness that mimics processes in the natural world. AlHadid experimented with adding and stripping away layers of industrial materials and removing volume, destabilizing the overall structure and affecting a sense of disintegration. The result of all of these actions is an eerily beautiful, elegantly composed sculptural environment that conjures the ancient while reflecting an innovative and contemporary vision. This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum.


Invitation to Stare:

Photographic Portraits February 1 – June 1, 2014 “A portrait. What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound.” — Charles Baudelaire Photographers have used their cameras to explore the faces of friends, loved ones, passing strangers, cultural icons and themselves since the nineteenth-century beginnings of photography. Portraits are meant to document individuals, but do these images tell us more about the sitter or the person behind the lens? Invitation to Stare features many recent acquisitions as well as some classic favorites to view in a new context. Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Michael Disfarmer, Vivian Maier, Andrea Modica, Abe Frajndlich, Angelo Merendino and Jen Davis entice viewers to consider the relationship between artist and subject as we gaze at the person in the photograph. August Sander, The Painter Heinrich Hoerle, 1929 (printed 1974), gelatin silver print, 11 1/4 x 8 1/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Steven Miller 2009.142

Questions of intimacy, comfort level and collaboration arise. August Sander’s 85-year old portrait of the painter Heinrich Hoerle presents the artist's unapologetically stony face. Loretta Lux constructs an enchanting image of a little girl whose relationship to the artist is left mysteriously open-ended. The exhibition invites us to not only discover and imagine these interpersonal relationships but also to consider how we as viewers interact with the images. As we consider the person staring back at us, what is revealed to us may also reflect something about ourselves. This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum.

Loretta Lux, Hidden Rooms 1, 2001, Ilfochrome print, 9 x 9 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2004.6

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In the Corbin Gallery: The Big Draw

January 16 - March 16, 2004 The Corbin Gallery has been transformed into an interactive space. Stop in to draw, doodle, dig or catch some waves. Can you dig it?

Malcolm Morley, Beach Scene, 1969, screenprint on paper, 20 in. x 15 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Carolyn and Norman Carr 1992.85

Tony Feher, installation at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA, 2013 Clements Photography & Design, Boston

Tony Feher

April 12 – August 17, 2014 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries Covering 25 years of Tony Feher’s art, the exhibition features the range of everyday materials Feher employs, from bottles filled with colored water to marbles and pennies, Styrofoam blocks, soft drink crates, plastic bags, paper cups and various packing materials. Although Feher's materials can be seen as banal—even throwaway—they are chosen specifically for their distinct visual and structural qualities as well as for their connection to people. Feher stacks, arranges, dangles and aligns his materials to form fluid lines, thoughtful rhythms and bursts of color and light. His art enables us to observe and appreciate the beauty and poetry in the ordinary objects that surround us or simply look at things anew.

Language in Art

April 12 – September 14, 2014 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery Language in Art looks at the many ways contemporary artists employ words in their images to create narratives, address social issues or hint at or obscure content. Among the artists featured with examples from the Akron Art Museum collection are Robert Arneson, Sophie Calle, Kristen Cliffel, Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems.

Kristen Cliffel, The Dirty Dozen, 2010, low fire clay, glaze, lustre, wood and lucite, 32 in. x 23 in. x 23 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan 2012.102 a-n


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Collection Feature: Works Related to Multiplicity Multiplicity features a number of artists represented in the museum’s collection, offering viewers an opportunity to compare and contrast how artists approach different mediums. Several prints from the museum’s collection are on view in the Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries, including outstanding works by Helen Frankenthaler and Chuck Close. The painting Wisdom (1969) is typical of the early work of Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011) in its lush fields of saturated color. Although Frankenthaler famously relished the privacy of her studio, she also valued collaborating with professional printers to make innovative prints. Flirt (2003), a 42-color screenprint, relates closely to the artist’s later paintings. Its elegant brushstrokes demonstrate the artist’s mastery of her medium and success in creating imagery that is once evocative and abstract. Chuck Close (b. 1940) painted Linda (1985-76), a signature artwork in the Akron Art Museum’s collection, using color separations from a photograph, a process associated with commercial printing. This approach allowed Close to realize extremely fine detail in his early works, and it is not surprising that the artist has long been engaged with printmaking. Inspired by Picasso, Close started making reduction linoleum cuts in the late 1980s and began to work in silkscreen soon after. Close used both media to develop Alex/Reduction Print (1993), realizing his interest in making prints that have the impact of paintings in both scale and surface quality.

Chuck Close, Alex/Reduction Print, 1993, screenprint on paper, 72 x 58 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2002.6, © Chuck Close, Image courtesy Pace Gallery

Lecture: History and Practice of Collaboration in Printmaking David Keister, Master Printer Thursday, February 6 • 6:30 pm

Image courtesy of David Keister

David Keister earned his BFA in printmaking at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Following a three-year stint as master printer and shop manager at Landfall Press in Chicago, Keister relocated to Bloomington, Indiana, where he earned an MFA in printmaking at Indiana University. In 1980, David cofounded Echo Press. For the next 16 years, he worked in collaboration with artists producing many editions of fine art prints. Keister currently lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he serves as visiting assistant professor at Grand Valley State University.

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Tactile Textiles

For 0-5 year olds and their grown-ups

Thursday, March 6 • 11:15 am

Encourage creativity in your little ones by filling their day with new experiences at the museum. This new series includes art-making, activities, games and time in the galleries.

Although the latest laptop, tablet or smart phone has replaced old-fashioned toys and handicrafts, children continue to be inspired by the simple things in life, such as understanding where things come from, how things work and touching/feeling natural materials. Join a local crafter from a spinning and weaving guild and watch your children get inspired! Card wool, pump the foot treadle of a spinning wheel and create a sandpaper/yarn weaving to take home.

Natural Winter Wonderland Thursday, February 6 • 11:15 am Bundle up and button your boots as we explore the elements of art in nature by going outdoors on the museum’s terrace. Have fun discovering the creative process by investigating light and shadow, squirting paint in the snow, building colored ice sculptures, painting frozen footprints and creating masterpieces using organic materials. When your toes get cold, come inside for a mug of hot cocoa.

STORY TIME IN THE GALLERIES Thursday, January 16 • 11:15 am Thursday, February 20 • 11:15 am Thursday, March 20 • 11:15 am If a picture is worth a thousand words, imagine the fantastic tales the museum’s paintings, drawings, photos and sculptures have to share with us. Join museum educators in the galleries to read a selection of picture books inspired by the artworks on view. Round out your visit with hands on experience in the studio. No registration required. Story Time in the Galleries is made possible from the Robert & Anna Mae Orr Foundation.


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Lego Landscape

Use your imagination and creative skills to make innovative projects with local artisteducators.

Saturday, February 15 • Ages 5-7

All Kids Studio classes take place from 12-3 pm. Cost per class $10/member child, $15/ nonmember child. Class age ranges rotate on a monthly basis. Registration is required at

Give your mini figures their own mini world by creating a diorama—an entire landscape in a box that you can carry with you. The imaginative world you design may appear as a freeze frame in history, tell a story about the future or both! Build your dream-like diorama using a blend of materials, including Lego bricks, acrylic paint, clay, plaster, found and recycled objects and wire.

Minecraft Architect

Sound Sculpture

Saturday, January 18 • Ages 8-12

Saturday, March 15 • Ages 8-12

Did someone say “Minecrafting” in the museum? After exploring sculptures in the museum’s collection and Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders, you’ll construct a 3-D “tilted” landscape, in which nothing is what it seems. Mine, deconstruct and reassemble as you work with architectural materials to create your model environment.

Banging, clanking, whirring, scratching…some sculptures have a lot to say. Create a kinetic sculpture that has a “voice” and personality of its own. Using metal hardware, found objects, and wire and placing them so that they move against one another, your sculpture will be music to your ears and eyes.

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Museum on the Mountaintop

From art-making activities to interactive music, film, tours and performances, Family Drop-Ins offer diverse opportunities for the whole family to view, understand and interact with art.

Monday, January 20 • 12-4 pm

Admission is free for families. No registration required. Recommended for all ages.

Enjoy those closest to you and spend some time together creating artwork to celebrate the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Join in a collaborative music ensemble, then tour the galleries.

Printmakingpalooza Saturday, February 22 · 12-4 pm Have you ever used a rubber stamp or peeled silly putty off newspaper? If you answered yes, then you’ve created a print! Your budding master printmaker will enjoy testing unusual mediums like Jell-O and shaving cream at our printmaking “buffet.”

Spark Family Film Fest Sunday, March 23 · 12-4 pm The Akron Art Museum and Akron Film+Pixel invite parents to bring their young film connoisseurs to the museum for an afternoon of engaging, highquality family films in the Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium. Check out the museum’s website for a full film schedule. Hands-on, film-inspired art activities and snacks are also part of the day’s festivities.

PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS AND TALKS Thursdays • 6:30 pm Do you ever look at an artwork and wonder how it was made? Do printmaking tools like brayers and rockers look more like torture instruments to you than art supplies? Discover how the prints in Multiplicity were created as you experience the exhibition with local printmakers who will discuss their favorite works in the exhibition, talk about their own printing processes and demonstrate printmaking techniques.

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• January 16 · Charlie Wagers, artist • February 20 · Veronica Ceci, Kent State University • March 6 · Liz Maugans, Zygote Press




Tired of traveling up north to see the latest art house releases? Join Akron Film+Pixel for a first run, art house film each month at 7 pm. See for listings.

The Great Man by Kate Christensen

Thursday, January 23 Thursday, February 27 Thursday, March 20

Film Screening: Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny's Pictures? Thursday, February 20 • 6:30 pm This BBC documentary tells the incredible story of a mysterious nanny who died in 2009 leaving behind a secret hoard—thousands of stunning photographs. Never seen in her lifetime, they were found by chance in a Chicago storage locker and auctioned off cheaply. Now Vivian Maier has gone viral and her magical pictures sell for thousands of dollars. Maier was a tough street photographer, a secret poet of suburbia. In life she was a recluse, a hoarder, spinning tall tales about her French roots. The film includes stories from those who knew her and those who revealed her astonishing work.

Cleveland International Film Festival Day + Knight in Akron Thursday, March 27 Enjoy a sampling of feature and short films as you curate your own Cleveland International Film Festival experience in downtown Akron. Check for listings.

SLIDE JAM Thursday, March 13 • 7 pm Slide Jam deconstructs the traditional yawn-inducing lecture format, creating something that’s fun, unexpected and accessible. Hear quick, informal talks from artists and other movers and shakers in the community doing exciting and innovative things.

Thursday, January 23 • 6 pm Oscar Feldman, the renowned figurative painter, has passed away. As his obituary notes, Oscar is survived by his wife, Abigail, their son, Ethan, and his sister, the wellknown abstract painter Maxine Feldman. What the obituary does not note, however, is that Oscar is also survived by his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their daughters. As two biographers interview the women in an attempt to set the record straight, the open secret of his affair reaches a boiling point and a devastating skeleton threatens to come to light. Join us for a discussion of Kate Christensen’s The Great Man followed by a guided tour of the museum’s collection of nudes.

ART HISTORY 101 Diana Al-Hadid’s Art Historical Roots with Elisha Ann Dumser, Assistant Professor of Art History, the University of Akron

Thursday, January 30 • 6:30 pm Dumser will speak about classical, Renaissance and architectural references in Diana Al-Hadid’s art.

Diana Al-Hadid and Contemporary Sculpture with Alison Caplan, Director of Education

Thursday, February 13 • 6:30 pm Explore uncharted connections between the work of Al-Hadid and other major figures and monuments in art history. A convergence of architecture, landscape and figure, Al-Hadid’s recent sculpture embodies a wide array of artistic influences, from Northern Renaissance painting and to the work of contemporary sculptors ranging from John Chamberlain to Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and David Altmejd.

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19th Annual Auction

Friday, February 14 • 7 - 11:30 pm


Tempt your senses with Akron’s hottest champagne-sipping, chocolate-nibbling, Valentine’s Dance Party. Everyone is encouraged to wear creative cocktail attire. Reservations are $125 per person; call 330.376.9186 x210 to reserve today or visit AkronArtMuseum. org/party for more information. Artist Unknown, Untitled [Glamour shot], c. 1920s1930s, gelatin silver print, 6 1/4 x 4 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Barbara Tannenbaum 1995.34


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Art and Ale Friday, March 14 • 6 - 9 pm Art and Ale returns March 14 to the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, offering members the opportunity to enjoy delicious brews in Akron’s most unique setting. This ever-popular beer tasting event will offer an array of expertly crafted beer and scrumptious snacks. Galleries will be open for the first hour of the event. Members, purchase your ticket prior to the event for $40. Nonmembers pay $50. All tickets $50 at the door. Register at


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Member Classes Are you looking for a way to expand your creativity with hands-on classes? Visit to learn all about the classes offered exclusively to members.

D I R E C TO R ’ S C I R C L E

All are welcome to join the museum's Director's Circle. Members at this level contribute upward of $1000 annually and provide much needed support for museum programming and general operating expenses. These members are invited to special Director's Circle trips, parties and tours. If you are interested in joining the Director's Circle, contact Jennifer Shipman at 330.376.9186 x210 or

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The Akron Art Museum extends a warm welcome to the following members who recently joined the museum or increased their membership level: Business

Mr. Bruce Summers

Dr. Barbara Tannenbaum and

Ms. Alexandra Coon

Ameriprise Financial

Rev. and Mrs. Paul J. Thielo

Mr. Mark Soppeland

Ms. Sally Goodall Ms. Barbara Helper

Director's Circle Kriss Felty and Ken Kazel

Sponsor Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koutnik Mr. David Mann Mr. and Mrs. Paul R. Milton Ms. Bernadette Pudis Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling

Contributor Plus Dr. Roger Sparhawk and Dr. Susan Duppstadt



Mrs. Patricia Barker

Ms. Suzanne Graham

Mr. and Mrs. Gary V. Bombei

Mr. and Mrs. John Hoover

Ms. Elisha Dumser

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Lefton

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas. H. Horner

Mr. and Mrs. Bart Oldenburg

Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Jenkins

Ms. Arrye Rosser

Ms. June Kolb

Mr. Michael Steel

Mr. Sveto Popovic

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Winters

Mr. and Mrs. Ron Powell

Mr. Yianni Karvounides Mrs. Maxine Levey Mr. Dennis W. McKnight Ms. Suzanne McLaren Mr. Jerry L. Miller Mr. David Reynolds Ms. Anita Schmidt Ms. Adrian Scott Ms. Marilyn L. Stanton

Ms. Rosemary L. Reymann and


Mr. Donald Schmid

Mrs. Lois H. Van Auken

Ms. Carol Schrecengost

Ms. Geraldine Beha

Sunny Song

Ms. Lori Van Bokkeler

Mr. Jack Wallingsford Ms. Kalie Wick Ms. Stefanie Yoho

T H A N K YO U ! The Akron Art Museum extends its sincere appreciation to the following funders who have supported community programs for the current year: • The J.M. Smucker Company, with additional support provided by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for Free Thursdays. •

GAR Foundation, Ohio Arts Council (supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts), Akron Community Foundation, The Lehner Family Foundation and the B.W. Rogers Company for General Operating Support

• Dominion Foundation for Family Drop-Ins • John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Akron Community Foundation for Digitalization of the Akron Art Museum Collection • The John A. McAlonan Fund of Akron Community Foundation and the Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation for the Docent Program • The Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, the Haslinger Family Foundation and The Welty Family Foundation for School Tours Akron Art Museum Members Magazine Summer 2013 |


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IN THE MUSEUM STORE Buy a gift certificate for any amount in the Museum Store Members receive a 10% discount! Your purchase in the Museum Store supports the museum's programs and mission.

FREE POSTER! A SWEET DEAL FOR FEBRUARY Share your email in the store and receive a FREE poster featuring Strawberry Tart Supreme by Audrey Flack. Offer valid while supplies last.

READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOKS Looking to pick up the upcoming Reading Under the Roof Cloud book? Shop at the museum for book club selections.

Diana Al-Hadid is known for her gravity-defying works built from layers of gypsum, steel, cardboard, wax and paint that integrate references to Western European and Islamic mythology. Al-Hadid's haunting, architecturally inspired sculptures and drawings have been shown in numerous international exhibitions. By presenting her large-scale sculptures, drawings and bronzes together for the first time, this publication highlights the innovative methods through which Al-Hadid recovers influential visual histories and advances them into contemporary times. $45


PRINTMAKING BOOKS Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned printmaker, the Museum Store has wonderful printmaking books for help expand your artistic skills and knowledge. Learn various techniques to printing on walls, shirts and many other surfaces. $19.95-50

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Each kit contains 10 stamps, one ink pad, three stencil sheets and pre-printed activity sheets to create stories. The activity sheets come pre-printed with some small background graphics to get the user started with their story. The stencils have multiple figures on them and they are heavy and easy to use. Djeco creates toy collections that are always entertaining, educational and imaginative. $24.95


FRED AND FRIENDS The store at the Akron Art Museum is happy to carry a variety of unique items from Fred and Friends. FRED focuses on stuff that’s well-designed, puts a smile on your face and doesn't cost a fortune. Stuff that's easy to buy, fun to own and says "my home is my castle—I will not fill it with junk." FRED delights in taking every-day functional products and turning them into something fresh and unexpected, something funny, something personal. FRED products are useful, but they’re also social expressions—they say a lot about you.


DINNER DOS Encourage kids to play with their food. It's easy - first, pick a hairdo, then create a funny face. Will you serve meatballs with a mullet? Will your brioche have bangs? Anything goes with Dinner Do's. Dinner Do's come in two sets —Boys and Girls—and there are three plates in each set. 100% virgin melamine passes all the tests for food-contact. Single Plate $6.95 Set of three Plates $19.95

THE NEW BLACK PENCILS The New Black is all black - black graphite, black wood, black paint, black ferrule, black eraser, with ironic white imprints. Single Pencil $.95 Set of 12 Pencils $5.95

LETTER PRESSED COOKIE CUTTERS Letter Pressed will help you bake cookies that really make a statement! These cookie cutters are double sided—first punch out the shapes, then flip them over and stamp the letters. The classic "printing press" styles look great plain or iced. Set includes all 26 letters plus an ampersand and exclamation point. $18.95

A is for Apple, B is for Boring, Z is for ZZZ... well Fred offers a different perspective on the ABCs of modern life with our beautifully crafted wooden XYZ Blocks. They have all the traditional play value you expect, plus a few chuckles. Christian Northeast created all the amazing illustrations. $39.95

UNZIPPED GLASS BOWL Some things in life are fleeting. We use them once, and then relegate them to the trash. Unzipped is designed to celebrate one of those everyday items we take for granted: the zipper bag. Rendered in fine hand-blown borosilicate glass, Unzipped is the temporary made contemporary. $19.95 Akron Art Museum Magazine Winter 2014 |


i Q c a f é I R E N TA L S

The newly opened iQcafé is excited to offer the products of our hardworking and innovative neighbors: french pressed coffees from Bent Tree

Coffee Roasters in Kent (including our own special blend – Q Blend – sold exclusively by cup and whole bean at the museum), as well as pastries from the Blue Door Café and Bakery located in Cuyahoga Falls. The lunch menu features soups and more from local favorite Urban Eats and the museum now has Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. beer and root beer offered on tap. So come stop on by for a bite to eat or for a beer.

A Stunning Setting For a distinctive, stunning venue with incomparable drama and elegance, choose the Akron Art Museum for your next special occasion. The 57-foot Crystal is a piazza that happens to be indoors and is the ideal venue for your event, whether it’s a corporate event, party, wedding or something entirely different. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please email or call 330.376.9186 x212.

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