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contemporary paintings, sculptures and photographs in the world. Since the mid-1940s, there has been a conscious effort to bring national and international art and artists to Akron. This was coupled with a commitment to exhibiting the works of artists from all over the world alongside artists from northeast Ohio. In the 1970s, the museum solidified its concentration on 20th century modern and contemporary art by purchasing such sculptures as Donald Judd’s Untitled, George Segal’s Girl Sitting Against a Wall II, and Arm Chair by Yayoi Kusama, which is currently included in a major retrospective exhibition, Infinity Mirrors, organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. During that time, the Museum also acquired two artworks— Andy Warhol’s Single Elvis and Julian Stanczak’s Op Art masterwork, Dual Glare—which have become not only iconic works in the museum’s collection, but symbolic of the museum’s ability to collect the right works at the right time. Despite the fact that museum “insiders” deemed many of these acquisitions risky and unsophisticated, the Akron Art Museum was able to seize the moment and solidify its reputation as an institution that embraces the unknown, capitalizes on the unpredictable and has remained focused on the the leading edge contemporary art and culture.
LEADING CHANGE MARK MASUOKA For nearly a century, the Akron Art Museum has remained the center of creativity and cultural innovation in Akron. From its humble beginnings and throughout its institutional advancements, the museum has established a reputation as a pioneer, a trailblazer and a catalyst for change. The history of the Akron Art Museum also tells the story of the resilience, fortitude and evolution of Akron. Presently, the museum and the city are in the midst of a cultural and civic renaissance. Over the past three years, the museum has experienced a 20% annual growth in visitors and in membership revenue. Our success is a direct result of institutional initiatives such as Free Thursdays, the opening of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, communitybased projects like Inside|Out, and our soon-to-be launched Akron Art Library, an art lending library in partnership with the Akron Summit Public Library. Individual and business memberships to the museum have risen dramatically due, in part, to our stellar public programs, our member-related events and our ability to consistently communicate our value to our community stakeholders. As the museum continues to grow, it remains steadfast to its long-standing commitment of collecting the art of our time. As many art museums in Northeast Ohio ventured away from collecting contemporary art of post-war America, the Akron Art Museum audaciously acquired what has ultimately become some of the most iconic modern and 1 |
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In 1975, the museum confirmed its commitment to collecting photography with the purchase of works by Ansel Adams and Minor White. Additionally, photographs continued to bolster the Museum’s collection with the commission of Lee Friedlander’s Factory Valleys series in 1979-80, as well as works by Walker Evans, Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Lyon, Helen Levitt, and Sophie Calle. The museum’s contemporary photography collection continues to grow in significance, nationally and locally, with the addition of work by Lori Kella, Mickalene Thomas and LaToya Ruby Frazier. As the museum approaches the completion of its first century, its nationally recognized collection continues to grow with the recent acquisitions of sculptures: Yinka Shonibare’s Gentleman Walking a Tightrope, Viola Frey’s The World and the Woman, Ursula von Rydingsvard’s rześki and Mark Mothersbaugh’s Rubber Kusturd.
“… think globally, act regionally and connect locally.” In many ways, the Akron Art Museum continues to play a leading role in connecting Akron with the world by maintaining our ability to think globally, act regionally and connect locally. Future growth is dependent on your support. In order for us to continue creating meaningful art experiences through our public programs, projects and exhibitions and connecting people through their love of art, we ask for your support and we look forward to joining you in discovering your own creative life.
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SERIAL INTENT Through September 10, 2017 Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, S from Bestiary, 1999-2000, screenprint and relief on paper, 20 in. x 26 in., Collection of Akron Art Museum, Gift of Michael Loderstedt in memory of Craig Lucas and in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan 2012.94Q
GARDEN HOURS Monday – Wednesday: 9 am – 6 pm Thursday: 9 am – 9 pm Friday: 9 am – 6 pm Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm Closed Independence Day Tuesday, July 4, 2017 FREE FOR MEMBERS FREE THURSDAYS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and CEO Mark Masuoka
BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2016 - 2017 Chris Myeroff – President Fred Bidwell – Vice President Drew Engles – Vice President Cathy C. Godshall – Vice President Richard Harris – Vice President Bill Lipscomb – Vice President Steven Radwany – Vice President Bruce Rowland – Treasurer Alita Rogers – Secretary C. Gordon Ewers – Past President Myriam Altieri Haslinger – Past President Rory H. O’Neil – Past President Andrea Rodgers Bologna Jeffrey Bruno John Childs George Daverio Tamara Fynan Linda Gentile Paige Hoover Jeff Kornick Pamela McMillen David Pelland Tim Quine Derrick Ransom Elizabeth Sheeler Debra Adams Simmons HONORARY DIRECTORS W. Gerald Austen Sandra L. Haslinger Mitchell Kahan, Director Emeritus Michael Mattis M. Donald McClusky Margaret McDowell Lloyd C. Blake McDowell III Thomas R. Merryweather VIEW ©2017, Akron Art Museum Accredited by American Alliance of Museums Member Association of Art Museum Directors
PLEASE TOUCH Through July 16, 2017 Erin Guido and John Paul Costello, Shapes and Pegs, 2017, mixed media, Courtesy of the artists. Photo courtesy of the artists.
GROSS ANATOMIES Through July 30, 2017 Laurie Hogin,Wellbutrin, 2004, oil on panel, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 in., Courtesy of Hieronymus LLC www.hieronymusobjects.com
FAMILY Through August 20, 2017 T R Ericsson, American Greetings, 2013, graphite, resin and funerary ash on panel, 48 x 60 in., Courtesy of the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Collection
ON THE COVER Photo by Shane Wynn Photography
June 3 – September 10, 2017 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
Serial Intent draws upon the depth of the Akron Art Museum’s collection of photography and prints to highlight the serial format as an artist’s tool, both as a practical method of production and as a way to affect viewers’ understanding. The repetition of elements such as composition, subject or theme provides a structure to each series, while variation within that structure develops complexity or brings clarity to central ideas. Dozens of photogravures of botanical specimens from Karl Blossfeldt’s Wundergarten der Natur (Magic Garden of Nature) engage the impulse to compare and contrast individuals within a group. These black-and-white photographs emphasize the unique form of each seed pod, blossom or stem within a direct compositional format. Lorna Simpson’s Wigs (portfolio) also replicates the familiar format of the typological collection, using it to challenge deeper implications of stereotyping in the categorization of human physical traits such as hair color and style. A single photograph records a moment, but serial artworks can visually chart the passage of time by allowing several moments to be seen at once or in sequence. Eadweard Muybridge made use of this capability to track quick animal and human movements in his 1884–1887 study Animal Locomotion. Using custom-designed cameras with multiple lenses, he produced hundreds of composite images of bodies in motion, including two examples in the exhibition. Two photographs from Richard Misrach’s Golden Gate series feature the Golden Gate Bridge at various times of day during different seasons, emphasizing the changing color, light and weather patterns surrounding a fixed and static subject. Storytelling is an essential function of many serial artworks. The Legend of John Brown by Jacob Lawrence relates the narrative of the famous abolitionist in 22 graphic prints with descriptive, prose-like titles. Nicholas Africano’s sequence of eight lithographs with watercolor describes his friend Bill’s recovery from an invasive surgery, in which the artist saw parallels with his own healing after a painful divorce. William Kentridge’s animated video Automatic Writing takes the form of charcoal drawings that are continually drawn and erased, bringing viewers into the artist’s subconscious through fragmentary scenes that never quite coalesce into a clear narrative. Karl Blossfeldt, Wundegarten Der Natur (Magic Garden of Nature), 1932, photogravures, 11 x 8 1/2 in. (each) Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 1979.27.1-120
ARTIST TALK: JUDITH MCMILLAN Saturday, June 24 • 2 pm Learn about photographer Judith McMillan’s process and interest in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in an intimate in-gallery conversation with the artist.
Judith K. McMillan, Cicadas, 1994 (printed 2002), toned gelatin silver print, 8 1/4 in. x 6 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2002.1
ARTIST TALK: LORI KELLA Saturday, August 12 • 2 pm Discover the details of Lori Kella’s Seven Summits series from the artist herself in a gallery talk alongside the artwork. Lori Kella, Simply Everest, 2016, archival pigment print, 30 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, William and Margaret Lipscomb Fund 2016.18
ARTIST TALK & DEMONSTRATION: BRUCE CHECEFSKY Thursday, August 24 • 6:30 pm Richard Misrach, Golden Gate Bridge 3/20/00 4:05-5:00AM and Golden Gate Bridge 2/27/99 3:45 pm, 1999, 2000, chromogenic prints, 30 x 37 in. each, Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gifts of Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell in honor of Mitchell D. Kahan 2012.40-41
Many series are also produced as multiples. Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays, presented as a temporary wall installation, were first posted in public spaces in New York City between 1979–1981. Each poster consists of 100 words on a square, colored piece of paper, expressing extreme ideological statements meant to provoke viewers to question the expressed inflammatory message. Nearby, Barbara Kruger’s series of seven matchbooks are printed in the artist’s signature style of text with black-andwhite imagery—such as “Your manias become science” collaged over a photograph of a mushroom cloud—make another type of inflammatory statement. Both series were originally created in large editions for wide distribution. Serial Intent features installations of major series in the museum’s collection that are rarely displayed in full. The role of the serial format in art-making and art-viewing is explored in the works described above, as well as serial investigations by artists including Vito Acconci, Dieter Appelt, Jennifer Bartlett, Bruce Checefsky, Lori Kella, Robert Indiana, Sol LeWitt, Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, Judith McMillan, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Bryn Zellers.
Hear from artist Bruce Checefsky about the unique process behind his Garden series, and witness a demonstration in the museum’s own Bud and Susie Rogers Garden—rain or shine. Bruce Checefsky, Dahlia Nenekazi, 2010, archival pigment print, 22 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the artist 2013.16
ARTIST TALK: MICHAEL LODERSTEDT Thursday, September 7 • 6:30 pm
Hear from Michael Loderstedt about Bestiary, the portfolio he created in collaboration with fellow Northeast Ohio artist Craig Lucas, alongside the artworks in-gallery.
z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator
Serial Intent is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the Ohio Arts Council.
Michael Loderstedt and Craig Lucas, F from Bestiary, 1999-2000, screenprint and relief on paper, 20 in. x 26 in., Collection of Akron Art Museum, Gift of Artists Image Resource 2013.5
Artist talks meet in the Serial Intent exhibition. Open to all and free with gallery admission (admission is free every Thursday). SUMMER 2017 | 4
GROSS ANATOMIES Through July 30, 2017 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
In Tomiyuki Sakuta’s intaglio print Carole, a tree trunk sprouts legs and feet where its roots should be. The tree appears to sprint across the sheet of paper, branches bent and trailing behind like the tresses of a long-haired marathoner. In Dodog, three pairs of lips shoot up and out, then curl back like leaves of romaine. They protrude not from a head of lettuce, but from a face with human eyes and a nose. In his prints, Sakuta combines human and botanical features to create portraits that convey the physical attributes and personalities of his friends.
Hanna Jaeun, The Sacrifice, 2014, acrylic on wood panel, 30 x 24 x 2.25 in., Photo courtesy of Hieronymus LLC www.hieronymusobjects.com
Many artists in Gross Anatomies depict bodies with a combination of plant, animal, machine and human qualities. These images may not necessarily be gross, but they are definitely grotesque in the original sense of the word. Although typically used as a synonym for bizarre, absurd or ugly, the word grotesque has a less commonly used definition, describing “a style of decorative art characterized by fanciful or fantastic human and animal forms often interwoven with foliage.” This meaning dates back to the 15th-century discovery of drawings blending flora, fauna and human figures in excavated Roman grottos.
In The Sacrifice, Hanna Jaeun paints the head of a black leopard rising above the body of a human woman. The artist chooses this grotesque imagery as a way to convey complex human feelings. “The animal and human hybrids show that our raw emotions are animalistic in nature,” she writes. “Expressing darker themes through animals make them more approachable.” Tears roll down the leopard’s muzzle as it directs a sorrowful gaze upward toward the overcast sky.
Tomiyuki Sakuta, Carole (left) and Dodog (right), 2013, intaglio on paper, 6 x 4 in. each. Photos courtesy of Hieronymus LLC www.hieronymusobjects.com
In Sharks, Aaron Zimmerman transforms what would otherwise be a nondescript oil portrait into a grotesque image by painting shark faces atop two human torsos, one male and one female. The artist was caught off guard when viewers remarked that they identified with the pair, particularly when it came to romantic entanglements. “That’s just how relationships can really be for most of us, I guess,” Zimmerman writes. “What we see in Sharks is a couple of cold, sharp-toothed apex predators coexisting with one another always on the edge of brutal, carnivorous savagery despite their seemingly bland bourgeoisie semblances of togetherness.” To the artist, this serves as a reminder that we humans are still animals. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator Gross Anatomies is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council. Aaron Zimmerman, Sharks, 2011, oil paint on paper, 30 x 23 in., Photo courtesy of Hieronymus LLC www.hieronymusobjects.com
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FAMILY Through August 20, 2017
Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery Joseph Vitone became interested in making the photographs in Family Records, an ongoing series he undertook in 1998, after he worked in Costa Rica on an artist exchange in 1996. He was making landscape photographs prior to that time, but began taking portraits when he was in San Jose. In the process, he became intrigued by “exposing a piece of film with a portrait on it.” As a consequence, Vitone started asking family members to pose for him on his return trips to Akron, where both he and his wife were raised. His 4 x 5 in. camera allows the photographer to present his subjects with close detail and he printed his early work—including Marc and Salvatore Vitone and Marjorie Angel with daughter Rebecca Barile—in the black and white darkroom that he had in Texas, where he has taught since 1991.
Joseph Vitone, Marc and Salvatore Vitone, father and son at Howard Street, Akron, Ohio, 1999, gelatin silver print, 17 3/8 x 21 7/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2004.9
Photographs in Family Records represent collaborations between the artist and his subjects. A key element for Vitone is the selection of a location. Most of the images are taken outdoors to allow for sufficient light, and figures stand in a fairly shallow space so the artist can capture two or more people in sharp focus with his large-format camera. Vitone uses film for all his work and in the past, when the film was available, he made studies for his compositions with a Polaroid camera. As a rule, he takes two to six photographs of his figures posing, sometimes asking them to look to one side to alter their relationship to the viewer. Although he lives in Austin, Vitone retains a fondness for the geography and culture of our community. In showing his mother and sister, Marjorie Angel and Rebecca Barile, standing on Rebecca’s front porch against a window covered by a flag, Vitone’s view references Rebecca’s daughter in the service and the importance of the armed forces as an employer in areas where factories have closed. Although depicted in dappled light, the photographer aptly describes his subjects as “two strong women with the flag.”
Joseph Vitone, Marjorie Angel with daughter, Rebecca Barile, on Rebecca’s front porch with flag, Akron, Ohio, 2003, gelatin silver print, 20 x 24 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2004.8
Vitone’s father and his brother Marc chose their poses with arms crossed. As is common to Family Records, the artist has written a descriptive text for the photograph, noting that Marc is Salvatore’s firstborn child and that they live near each other. Vitone provides additional details: Sal resides in the same house on North Howard Street that his parents, who were immigrants, owned—and he owns the house next door, where father and son are photographed. The text, which is not visible, reflects the artist’s focus on documenting his subjects and becomes potent as it tracks the lives of family members in photographs made over the years.
Asked about influences on his work, Vitone immediately cites photographer August Sander (1876-1964). He admires Sander’s goal to document the Germanic people as a long term enterprise and comments on his perception of the humility Sander brought to his project. In that regard, Vitone reflects that all works by artists, including portraits of others, are also about themselves. Portraits by photographers working for the Farm Security Administration in the 1930s, notably images and accompanying commentaries by Dorothea Lange and Paul Taylor, have likewise inspired Vitone. Marc and Salvatore Vitone and Marjorie Angel with daughter are presented alongside and in conversation with work by 15 other American photographers drawn to capturing personal interactions. Among them, Vitone is distinctive in showing close relatives from the vantage point of an insider who has long resided at distance. In this regard, his images invite comparisons to nearby work by Larry Fink, LaToya Ruby Frazier and Mary Ellen Mark, among others. z Janice Driesbach, Chief Curator Family is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from presenting sponsors Anne and Don Palmer. Additional support is provided by the Ohio Arts Council. SUMMER 2017
Sarah Paul, Golden Balls, 2017, video still, Courtesy of the artist
HEAVY METAL August 12, 2017 – February 10, 2018 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery
Metal is ubiquitous. We wear it, dwell inside structures built of it, and cook and eat with it. The development of civilization itself depended on our ancestors’ ability to craft metal tools and weapons, paving the way for advancements in agriculture, warfare, transportation and architecture. This substance, whether in pure element, alloy or compound form, has served as a mother lode of ideas and materials for artists for centuries. Heavy Metal features artworks made of metal or materials disguised to resemble metal, as well as images of or about lustrous chemical elements. Exhibition artists exploit the key properties of their metal or metal-like materials, such as strength, ductility and plasticity, to develop innovative forms and imagery. Keenly aware of the connotations of their chosen medium, these artists address topics including race and gender equality, commerce, personal narrative and the proliferation of warfare, among others. Sometimes weighty, other times lighthearted, the themes expressed in Heavy Metal are articulated both through abstraction and realistic representation. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator Heavy Metal is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.
IN THE VIDEO BOX June 3 – September 30, 2017 Jerry and Patty Shaw Video Box
Hello? Anybody there? Do you remember stepping into a phone booth to make a call? Maybe you recall being homebound so you could wait for an important call or trying to stretch the phone cord into another room so you could have some privacy? Remember the time before you texted, snapchatted or im’d your friends? When you actually called people you liked, besides your mom, to talk? Take a step back in time and experience Christian Marclay’s Telephones video collage in a unique way. Pick up the phone and imagine yourself having a riveting conversation with Cary Grant or Barbara Stanwyck. z Alison Caplan, Director of Education The Video Box is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.
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Christian Marclay, Telephones, 1995, DVD, Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2003.39
MICRO/MACRO: VIEWS OF EARTH BY MARILYN BRIDGES AND JEANETTE KLUTE September 2, 2017 – March 11, 2018 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery
Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeanette Klute brings together the work of two photographers who chose Earth’s terrain as their subject matter. In juxtaposing intimate views of marine and woodland habitats with aerial views of sprawling landscapes, the exhibition highlights the relative nature of scale, its effect on our perception of familiar places, and the power of photography to shape our understanding of the world. Color photographs by Jeanette Klute (1918–2009) comprise the micro aspect of this exhibition. Her close-up studies of forest vegetation, tide pools and small animals portray these subjects delicately and with detailed attention to light and texture. Using dye transfer printing process, her photographs flatten these micro-environments into watery, abstracted color compositions. Though not literally microscopic, her subjects appear as though under scientific observation. Aerial photographs by Marilyn Bridges (b. 1948) provide a macro focus. In black and white landscape views captured from airplanes, Bridges emphasizes the tonality and overall form of familiar topographies. Her images provide an overhead perspective of large-scale natural and human-made features in and outside the United States. z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeanette Klute is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.
Top: Marilyn Bridges, Shimmering Shoreline, Cook Inlet, Alaska, 1990, gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Dr. George Thomsen 2008.149; Bottom: Jeanette Klute, Seashells and Crab, c. 1950, dye transfer print, 13 7/16 x 10 7/16 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2006.296
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MEMBERSHIP Share the joy of art by giving an Akron Art Museum gift membership this year. Memberships start at just $25 for an Art Seeker and $50 for an Individual Art Enthusiast. Household memberships start at $75. For more information on membership levels and benefits, or to purchase a gift membership today, call 330.376.9186 x225 or visit AkronArtMuseum.org/memberships.
Photo courtesy of So Fun Studio
PLEASE TOUCH Through July 16, 2017
Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery Think Please Touch is just for kids? Think again! Play is just as beneficial to adults as it is to children. Play helps you improve brain function, boost creativity, improve relationships, enhance interpersonal skills and keep you feeling young and energetic. Who better to help you connect with your inner child, rocking that jungle gym, than an artist? So adults, get your nose out of that art history book, logoff the smart phone and put down that microbrew- here’s your invitation to play! Spin the Today I Feel wheel, design your own skate deck with magnets, or discover what Horrible Adorable is lurking behind that door. z Alison Caplan, Director of Education
Louis Stettner, Car in Winter, 7th Ave, 1956, gelatin silver print, 20 in. x 16 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Richard and Elena Pollack 2009.255
FIND A FACE July 27 – December 31, 2017
Please Touch is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from the Mary S. And David C. Corbin Foundation.
Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery Do you ever feel like your tea pot is staring at you? Does your bathroom faucet look like a nose? Maybe that electrical outlook is winking at you. There are faces to be found in the most unexpected places. In Find a Face, the museum invites visitors to find friendly faces in photographs, drawings, prints, and paintings from the collection. There are window eyes peeking out from the side of a house, a snow covered nose on the hood of a car, and a toothy grin from an autumn pumpkin hidden in the artworks on view. You can also try your hand at making your own found-object face on a giant magnetic head using supplies like teaspoons, tools, and toys. Finally, you can cozy up on an eyeball rug with your friends and family while you flip through books featuring hidden faces captured by writers and artists. You’ll leave with a new eye for noticing the unseen expressions on the objects and images you see every day. z Gina Thomas McGee, Associate Educator Find a Face is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from the Mary S. And David C. Corbin Foundation.
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Julian Stanczak, Dual Glare, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 96 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 1970.48
COLLECTION FEATURE: JULIAN STANCZAK, DUAL GLARE On view in the Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries Dual Glare, a brilliantly colored geometric abstraction by acclaimed Northeast Ohio artist Julian Stanczak, returned to display in the Akron Art Museum’s Haslinger Galleries in early April. Stanczak, who passed away at the age of 88 on March 25 at his Seven Hills, Ohio home, enjoyed a career spanning nearly 70 years. In his decades spent as an artist and educator, Stanczak left an indelible mark on the visual art community in Northeast Ohio and beyond. His legacy includes an incredible body of work that lives on in collections such as that of the Akron Art Museum, where artists working in Northeast Ohio are represented in galleries alongside artists of international renown. Stanczak was thrust into the international spotlight through his participation in The Responsive Eye, organized by the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 1965. Featuring such notable artists as Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely, this exhibition led to the rapid rise in popularity of Op Art, a type of geometric abstraction in which complex, repeating patterns create illusory effects. It was through his deep understanding of color and mastery of paint mixing that Stanczak achieved the optical effects at work in paintings like Dual Glare. He studied under the famed color theorist Josef Albers at Yale after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, where he returned to teach from 1964 to 1995. Stanczak achieved the precise, hard edges of his lines through applying masking tape sliced by a rotary cutting device of the artist’s own design. In Dual Glare he added flatly painted layers of saturated hues of red, green and blue side by side. Their differing wavelengths mix in viewers’ minds on a subconscious level, leading to a sensation of colors that contrasts physical reality.
Julian Stanczak, Photo by Andrew McAllister, 2010
Completed in 1970, Dual Glare was among Stanczak’s first works to enter the Akron Art Museum collection. With its eye-catching palette and substantial size—the acrylic on canvas measures eight feet long—Dual Glare served as the cornerstone of Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak. This 2013 solo exhibition celebrated the artist’s long career through a close look at the paintings and screenprints the museum collected over multiple decades. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator SUMMER 2017
LIVE CREATIVE fAMILY DAYS For all ages and their grown-ups
Saturday, June 3 • 1 – 3 pm Bring a picnic blanket and some wet naps—we’re cooking up some sweet and sticky art recipes in our garden kitchen. Roll out sunbaked clay pies, try your hand at printmaking-on-the-cob and glaze canvas with edible molasses paint. When the feast is done, wash away the day with square-dancing in the sprinkler.
LEGO FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
Thursday, July 27 • 9 – 10:30 pm
Rain date: Thursday, August 3
Everything is awesome! Pack up your sleeping bags, dress as your favorite Lego superhero and join us under the stars for the 2017 adventure-comedy film, The Lego Batman Movie. Make it a family night to remember by joining us for Downtown@Dusk from 6 - 8:30 pm in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, glow-build your own “Lego bat cave” from 7:30 - 8:30 pm, then cuddle up and stay late for the movie on the Sandra Haslinger and Family Green at 9 pm.
BACK-TO-SCH OOL WITH A, B, C-REAT IVITY
Saturday, August 19 • 11 am – 3 pm Supercharge your child’s school year with a twist of inventiveness and early learning concepts. Experiment with materials to build your own shape-scape, explore patterns in nature and navigate through our color splash obstacle course in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Then carry home your own DIY art toolbox to jumpstart the school year. Free museum admission and activities. No registration required. For more information go to AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar or call 330.376.9186. Family Days are made possible by the presenting sponsor PNC with additional support from the R.C. Musson and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation and the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation. Additional support for Lego Family Movie Night is provided by the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation
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CAMPcreate AKRON ART MUSEUM’S SUMMER ART CAMP Camp sessions run Monday – Friday, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm Dock those devices and stretch that brain! We’re bending the rules of making art with a week of action-packed, multi-sensory challenges for campers big and small. Take the experimental process to a new level with our first annual Splatter Games. Build with a team in Minute-to-Create-It. Hike the galleries with your art survival pack and tell tall art tales in the Garden. On the last day of each session, campers will host their family and friends at an artist’s reception!
ART EXPLORERS I :
Funky Flubber Sculptures and Pop Art Potions June 12 – June 16 Suitable for campers ages 6-8 (Children age 5 welcome to attend with caregiver present)
ART EXPLORERS II :
Art Miner 101: Gem-Digging, Land Altering Excursions June 26 – June 30 Suitable for campers ages 9-12
$75/week, member child; $112/week, non-member child. Parents are welcome but not required to stay. Registration required. For more information and registration, go to AkronArtMuseum.org/eventregistration or call 330.376.9186. CampCreate is made possible with support from the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.
2017 BLUE STAR MUSEUM For the seventh consecutive summer, the Akron Art Museum is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum initiative. A collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, Blue Star Museums offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 29, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. This free admission program is available to any bearer of a CAC military ID, a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOA A Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members. The military ID holder can be either an active duty service member or a dependent family member with the appropriate ID card. The active duty member does not have to be present for family members to use the program. You can find other Blue Star Museums across the country to plan your family outings this summer by checking online: https://www.arts.gov/national/blue-star-museums
WELLNESS WEDNESDAY Wednesdays • 12 – 12:45 pm Celebrate the gorgeous summer weather by getting out and about during the lunch hour and practicing some self-care in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. All classes are free but require registration. Register at AkronArtMuseum.org/eventregistration or call 330.376.9186.
June 21 • Yoga and Meditation June 28 • Summer Hair with Apotheclaire July 5 • Zumba July 12 • Strength Cardio & Balance July 19 • Tai Chi July 26 • Tai Chi August 2 • Yoga and Meditation August 9 • Yoga and Meditation Photo courtesy of S.H. Grant Photography
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Supporting a creative life requires commitment and passion. As we strive to create an inclusive, interactive and accessible public arts space for all, your support makes it possible for the Akron Art Museum to serve its mission of enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Your annual fund donation provides much needed financial support to continue programs in our community. • World-class modern and contemporary exhibitions • Education programming for over 7,000 local K-12 students • Public art installations such as InsideIOut and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden Make your gift supporting your creative life TODAY! Return the enclosed envelope, call Jeneè Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or visit AkronArtMuseum.org/Donate
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READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOK CLUB: THE TRIP: ANDY WARHOL’S PLASTIC FANTASTIC CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE BY DEBORAH DAVIS Thursday, June 29 • 6 pm Join the museum’s book club for a discussion of The Trip: Andy Warhol’s Plastic Fantastic Cross-Country Adventure by Deborah Davis. The book chronicles a little-known road trip Andy Warhol took from New York to LA in 1963, and how that journey—and the numerous artists and celebrities he encountered—profoundly influenced his life and art. In 1963, up-and-coming artist Andy Warhol took a road trip across America. What began as a madcap, drug-fueled romp became a journey that took Warhol on a kaleidoscopic adventure from New York City, across the vast American heartland, all the way to Hollywood and back. With locations ranging from a Texas panhandle truck stop to a Beverly Hills mansion, from the beaches of Santa Monica to a Photomat booth in Albuquerque, The Trip captures Warhol’s interactions with Dennis Hopper, Peter Fonda, Marcel Duchamp, Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra. Along the way he also met rednecks, beach bums, underground filmmakers, artists, poets, socialites, and newly minted hippies, and they each left an indelible mark on his psyche. The discussion will conclude with a tour of Serial Intent. Available in the museum shop
JOHN BROWN TOUR: Thursday, July 27 • 5 pm at Akron Art Museum Thursday, July 27 • 6 pm at John Brown House Explore Akron’s role in the life of abolitionist John Brown. Tour Jacob Lawrence’s screenprint series The Legend of John Brown with Assistant Curator Liz Carney in the exhibition Serial Intent. Then venture over to the John Brown House to see the small cottage Brown once called home as you experience the Summit County Historical Society’s Open House and Community Forum. The John Brown House is located at 550 Copley Rd, Akron, OH 44320. This program is free, but registration is recommended AkronArtMuseum.org/registration.
RUBBER CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL POWER LUNCH Friday and Saturday August 25 and 26 • 12 - 1:15 pm Experience all that Akron’s Jazz scene has to offer during the second annual Rubber City Jazz Fest. Stop by the museum on Friday for a coffee or lunch break and hear University of Akron professor Rock Wehrman perform classic jazz standards. On Saturday, hear Cuyahoga Community College professor Joe Hunter, a frequent performer at Blu Jazz+, play classic jazz standards. These free performances are not to be missed!
2017 ART LOVERS’ DATE NIGHT TRAVEL GUIDE TO INSIDE I OUT Art museums are popular destinations for dates. The beauty of the museum space and the magic of being surrounded by art create an excellent opportunity to spend quality time getting to know someone better. What if the whole city could be your gallery space? With Inside|Out, the magic of date night at the museum can be sparked in Akron’s unique neighborhoods.
The Winery at Wolf Creek, 2637 S Cleveland Massillon Rd, Norton, OH 44203 Artwork: Frederick C. Frieseke, Through the Vines
Inside|Out is a community engagement project of the Akron Art Museum that brings high-quality reproductions of artworks from its collection to outdoor spaces in and around Akron. Perfect for the urban and suburban explorer, Copley Township, West Akron & Sherbondy Hill, Middlebury, and Ellet are filled with history, amazing people, and cool places to explore that will inspire your curiosity and offer a fresh perspective of the curated works. The four communities will host 40 artworks—ten on display in each neighborhood—through October 2017. Bring your family, tell your friends, plan a trip with your book club, take a solo stroll through the parks and gardens, or plan the proverbial date night. Whatever experience you’d prefer, enjoy it with people who share your passion for art and culture. Start your tour in any of the communities, travel from one site to another, collect all four travel stickers, and finish at the Akron Art Museum. Pick up a map at the designated locations and bring your completed map to the museum to receive free admission for yourself and a friend. During your museum visit, experience the original artworks on display in the galleries. Inside|Out is all about your own journey. There’s no right or wrong way to experience the art. To find out more about the artworks, visit the Inside|Out Tour App at insideoutakron.toursphere.com. Make sure you share your experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by using #InsideOutAkron and #InsideOutUSA to join visitors to Inside|Out in Charlotte, NC, Detroit, MI, Miami, FL, and Philadelphia, PA as they also experience art out in their communities.
Strickland’s Frozen Custard, 1809 Triplett Blvd., Akron, Ohio 44312 Artwork: August F. Biehle, Untitled [Imaginary View of Cleveland]
With so many select sites that showcase a diversity of options, we’ve highlighted a few for you to start with so you can jump right in and enjoy your own Inside|Out experience.
DATE NIGHT FEATURED DESTINATIONS: • Copley Township: The Winery at Wolf Creek • Middlebury: Rock Mill Climbing, Yoga & Fitness • West Akron & Sherbondy Hill: The Akron Zoo • Ellet: Strickland’s Frozen Custard The Akron Zoo, 500 Edgewood Ave, Akron, OH 44307 Artwork: Dwight W. Tryon, The New Moon
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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES THURSDAYS
| JUNE 22 – AUGUST 10 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm
June 22 - Anne E. DeChant - American, Pop, Country June 29 - Roxxymoron - Pop, Jazz July 6 - 15 60 75 The Numbers Band - Original Blues, Jazz, Rock July 13 - Umojah Nation - Reggae July 20 - Shooter Sharp & The Shootouts - Rockabilly July 27 - Shivering Timbers - Indie Rock August 3 - Half Cleveland - Geezer Hipster Rock August 10 - Blu Monsoon - Jazz
Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—it’s FREE all day and all evening. Check our website— AkronArtMuseum.org—for the most up-to-date information on what is happening on any given Thursday and the rest of the week.
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Downtown@Dusk is presented by KeyBank, with additional support by Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices, ACME Fresh Market Catering and Event Planning, Ron and Ann Allan /the Allan Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, the City of Akron and Clear Gold Audio. Media sponsorship is provided by WKSU 89.7.
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The sounds of summer—festive fireworks exploding in the sky, the sound of the ice cream truck circulating the neighborhood and the infectious rhythm of your favorite local band emanating from the Akron Art Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. This year, the Akron Art Museum and The City of Akron usher in the popular concert series Downtown@Dusk presented by KeyBank for its 33rd season, offering a showcase of some of the area’s best local acts.
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Free Thursdays are generously supported by the J.M. Smucker Company. SUMMER 2017
BOARD MEMBER SPOTLIGHT PAIGE HOOVER How did you first become involved with the Akron Art Museum? After raising five children I was looking for a way to become involved in my community. I have always had a love for art and seeing friends who are board members, and their passion and involvement in the museum, I knew I had found the perfect place. What do you enjoy most about being a member of the museum? There is so much to love, but I really enjoy seeing the new exhibits and the stories behind the pieces and the artists. I also love being a part of the educational task force and seeing all the creative ways to involve the community, especially the children, in the museum. What would you want others to know about the Akron Art Museum? I would encourage everyone to make time to enjoy this treasure we have in Akron. Aside from seeing the amazing art and architecture, the museum really offers an experience to touch everyone’s interests. I’m looking forward to events and music in the garden this summer—it’s a perfect evening for everyone. What would you like to see happen for the museum in the future? My hope is that by continuing to deliver outreach programs like Inside|Out, the community will become even more engaged and future generations will learn that the Akron Art Museum is a place committed to sharing the fun and creativity of art.
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Favorite AAM Artwork: Works by the late Julian Stanczak, Dual Glare (on display for Inside|Out. Or It’s Not Easy Being Green, also in our collection.)
Favorite AAM Experience: Every day at the Akron Art Museum. There’s always someone new to meet or something new to see.
Favorite AAM Experience: My favorite moments are when an exhibition comes down and the last artwork gets placed in its crate.
Favorite AAM Artwork: Morris Louis’s painting, Untitled. It’s the first painting I lock eyes with every morning on my way up our grand staircase, and I am so fascinated with Louis’s technique of diluting acrylic and overlapping hues onto raw canvas. As you get closer to the painting new colors begin to emerge, brushstrokes begin to blur, and the painting suddenly has this awesome threedimensional state.
The Akron Art Museum warmly welcomes Paige Hoover to the Board of Directors. We are delighted to add her devotion, creativity and leadership in serving children’s causes to our board. We are also proud to welcome new museum staff members Courtney Cable, Colleen Iacianci, Chrissy Marquardt and Sarah Venorsky to our dedicated team of professionals. We look forward to sharing their ongoing contributions and passion for the arts in the days to come. 23 |
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HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW? #WatchUsGrowAkron There are many wonderful similarities and metaphors that apply to keeping both a garden and a museum flourishing. Starting with nourishment and care, the goal is to support an ecosystem that is interdependent and that works together for the betterment of our community. As we approach the celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, I’d like to take this opportunity to once again thank Rick and Alita Rogers and the Rogers family for their generous support in providing the lead capital gift for its construction. I would also like to thank the numerous donors who contributed to this project—especially Richey and Sandra Smith, John V. Frank and Patricia and Dr. W. Gerald Austen. We also extend our thanks to the Akron Community Foundation, the State of Ohio and the The Lehner Family Foundation for their continued generosity. Since the garden’s dedication on July 16, 2016, support has bloomed and the Akron Art Museum is thrilled to announce the successful accomplishment of its $3 million dollar capital campaign goal with a generous gift from Sandra Haslinger and Family. The donation to the garden’s Green is a continuation of their generosity and long-term commitment to the museum’s education program and our collection galleries. Their gift gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy art and educational programming that enriches lives through modern and contemporary art. We are grateful to Sandra and the Haslinger Family for their support and their contribution to helping make the Akron Art Museum an art and cultural destination as well as a civic commons for all. In celebration of this achievement, we’re expanding our awardwinning programming into the garden all summer long. The summer concert series Downtown@Dusk returns for the 33rd year beginning June 22 and running through August 10. A full line-up of local bands, from rock to jazz, is scheduled. Wellness Wednesdays will present free lunchtime enrichment activities in the garden, ranging from tai chi and yoga to zumba. The art museum’s education department will offer free Family Days on the garden’s Sandra Haslinger and Family Green and in the galleries. The museum will also launch the inaugural summer of CampCreate in two, week-long sessions (one for ages 6-8 and the second for ages 9-12). CampCreate presents “Extreme Art” day camps in June for children to immerse themselves in the fun, messy and experimental processes of art and collaborate with other aspiring artists in one-of-a-kind art challenges. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we look forward to cultivating many unforgettable art experiences for everyone. Join us this summer for a full schedule of art, music and fun and flourish with us in our Bud and Susie Rogers Garden at the Akron Art Museum. z Mark Masuoka, Executive Director and CEO
SPECIAL EVENTS AT AKRON ART MUSEUM The 57-foot-tall Crystal encompasses the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby â€“ a contemporary art space with both an indoor and outdoor feel. Whether planning a special event, wedding, or corporate retreat, the Akron Art Museum offers the very best, blending modern extravagance with distinguished class and service. NEW! The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, a beautiful, innovative one-acre garden, heightens any outdoor event experience. The combination of beautiful civic green space and a covered terrace nuzzled alongside the open-contemporary beauty of the Akron Art Museum provides unsurpassed distinction and flexibility for your entire event planning needs.
CHRISTMAS IN JULY Itâ€™s Christmas in July at the Akron Art Museum and holiday party planning is underway! Bring your employees, board of directors, or supporters to the Akron Art Museum for a holiday party to remember. As an added bonus, Art Works Business Members will receive 25% off of their Grand Lobby Rental Fee.
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OUR SERVICES & STAFF Our special events team is ready to assist you with customizing your event. Combine your corporate event with a tour of our collection, or add a unique outdoor feel to your dream urban wedding—our team can bring your dreams to life. Select from a wide variety of events that include, but are not limited to: • Wedding ceremonies and receptions • Seated dinners • Holiday parties • Cocktail receptions • Luncheons • Photo sessions • Presentations, films, lectures, and panel discussions Choose from our list of approved caterers who will provide you with a variety of menus and excellent service to accommodate your individual style and budget. Event rentals also include a museum event supervisor, security service, janitorial services, and ample time for your caterer and vendors to set up prior to your event and to clean up afterward.
BEATRICE KNAPP MCDOWELL GRAND LOBBY The asymmetrical steel-and-glass structure is easily configured to accommodate small, intimate gatherings or large, elaborate receptions. Be immersed in the beauty of our world-renowned architecture and contemporary art collection. Experience the changing light and shadow play of endless viewing angles as the lights of the city become visible with the setting sun. • More than 7,000 square feet • Seated dinners for up to 300 guests • Cocktail/standing receptions for up to 500 people • Dramatic grand staircase • Easy access to Charles and Jane Lehner Auditorium, Northern Ohio Golf Charities Terrace, and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.
CHARLES AND JANE LEHNER AUDITORIUM Ideal for presentations and performances, the Lehner Auditorium has seating for 160 guests. Our audiovisual team will provide setup to accommodate your needs.
NORTHERN OHIO GOLF CHARITIES TERRACE Enjoy an afternoon luncheon, evening cocktails, or dance the night away in this outdoor, urban venue. Seated dining accommodates 100 guests; standing room for 150 guests.
BUD AND SUSIE ROGERS GARDEN The garden’s flexible component spaces allow you to design and stage elegant events against the dramatic backdrops of the art museum and downtown Akron. The plaza and the green can accommodate up to 300 guests each. Or, stage an intimate event in the garden’s Art Oasis, a beautiful space that can host up to 50 guests.
CONTACT US Akron Art Museum’s experienced event staff can answer your questions and guide you through planning your event. If you have questions, would like to inquire about availability or pricing, or want to arrange a private tour of the venue, contact Senior Event Manager Colleen Iacianci at 330.376.9186 x214 or email at ciacianci@AkronArtMuseum.org.
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT YOLY MILLER HEISLER City: Stow Occupation: Writer What made you decide to become a Member? The Akron Art Museum has been a part of my life since we moved our family to Akron in 1997. It was one of our favorite places to hang out when my children were younger. Now it is the perfect place to meet up. To become a member was logical. You support that which supports and sustains you and the museum has definitely done that for me and my family. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? I try to visit the museum at least once or twice a week. Even though I can visit any time they are open, I prefer to walk through on Free Admission Thursdays. It’s like going to a party every week. What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why? I’m one of those persons that like to be the first to experience new things. My membership is my ticket to new installations, artist talks, and gallery tours. It has allowed me to meet many of the artists in person, one on one. It’s also nice to be able to use my guest pass for when I need to meet someone during the week. It’s quieter in the museum’s atrium than at any coffee shop, and I get to show off how beautiful this place is. Photo by Emily S. Durway esd•photography
How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? My children were homeschooled for about twelve years. It was our visits here that helped shape a lot of our curriculums. My children studied more than just art here. They learned math and science while sitting on the floor of the galleries. History, civics, and storytelling were learned while looking at the older paintings in the McDowell Gallery. If they got bored with their lessons they were always free to pull out a blank sheet of paper for a quick sketch of whatever piece was their favorite that day. The Akron Art Museum was one of our favorite classrooms. I believe that having art accessible to them in their everyday lives was a big factor in why most of my adult children have chosen to work in the arts, as teachers, creators, and curators. It definitely shaped my desire to work in the Akron arts community and to help share the beauty of art and self-expression with others. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? My personal favorite is Gene Davis’ Sky Hook. I can’t help but to write myself into the quiet landscape. In my mind I walk through it and it feels like solitude and soft rain, like summer and twilight.
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Your membership supports the Akron Art Museum in its mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art. Memberships begin at just $50 for individuals and $75 for families. • Unlimited Free Admission • Free Parking • Discounts in Shop and Café • Access to Exclusive Art Experiences And for those culture seekers wanting more, we have memberships that provide national reciprocal museum privileges, invitations to Member-Only experiences and much much more! Join today! For yourself or as a gif t by calling Jeneé Garlando at 3 30.376.918 6 x 222 or by visiting AkronArtMuseum.org/memberships.
Gene Davis, Sky Hook (detail), acrylic and graphite on canvas, 91 1/2 in. x 141 1/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mary Jane and Shattuck Hartwell 1997.3
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22ND ANNUAL AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE AKRON ART MUSEUM Thank you to all of our sponsors and patrons— with your financial support, the 22nd Annual Auction benefiting the Akron Art Museum once again celebrated the power of art in our community. We offer special recognition to our: PRESENTING SPONSOR
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PLANNED GIVING AKRON ART MUSEUM Remembering the Akron Art Museum in your estate plan is an important consideration. You have experienced visually stunning art at the Akron Art Museum, enjoyed curator-led tours, joined us for opening celebrations and spent quality time with friends and family in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. You have the ability to make all of this possible for future generations. Will you help us? The Akron Art Museum Advancement team is ready to help you with the details of making a legacy gift. Gift types include Appreciated Securities, Bequests, Charitable Gift Annuities, Trusts, Insurance, Real Estate and more. Please contact Bryan de Boer, Director of Advancement at bdeboer@ akronartmuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x215 today. In all cases, please consult your financial advisor regarding the gift type that is right for you.
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ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT BEST COMMERCIAL ENERGY SERVICES, INC. PHILIP CHIARAPPA, VICE PRESIDENT Field: Mechanical maintenance, installation, and service as well as building automation / temperature controls City: Akron What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member? As an Akron native I have always been a fan of the Akron Art Museum. I think that it is important to expose people to art and culture so imagination can thrive. I really appreciate what they do for the community and what an outstanding facility it has become. My company was recently selected to be the museum’s preferred partner for all of the facilities’ HVAC maintenance and service. We were also selected to tackle a large scale overhaul of the facilities’ critical temperature control systems. We are very honored to be part of the solution to fix the systems that keep the exhibits safe.
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We routinely give back to our non-profit and charitable clients because it is the right thing to do. So when we were approached by the museum to become a business partner we jumped at the chance. I am personally very excited about my family’s company being fortunate enough to be able to give back and support a beautiful Akron landmark.
How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? We promote our employees to visit the museum and take advantage of all it has to offer. I know that my family frequents the museum. We have a 2-year-old daughter that really enjoys the fantastic children’s programs offered by the museum. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole? The museum has impacted my family by providing great organized events for my daughter and wife to attend. The museum has impacted my business in such a positive way. By trusting us with the critical systems at the museum it has increased our position in the market. This allows us to hire local workers, train them to perform skilled jobs and pay them competitively; so they can provide for their families and support the community. Why do you feel art is important—for individuals, families, communities? As previously mentioned it is important for children, students, and adults to have access to art and creativity. It is good for the community to have an outlet like the art museum to enjoy. If a visit to a facility like the museum positively influences individuals to think freely and create then it is well worth it.
ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBERSHIPS For over 90 years, the Akron Art Museum has been able to realize its vision thanks to the dedication of the community. Demonstrate your company’s commitment to the arts with an Art Works Business Membership at the Akron Art Museum. Corporate support is critical to the Akron Art Museum’s ability to present its world-class exhibitions and acclaimed education programs. In return for your generous support, our Art Works Business Membership program provides special benefits and recognition specifically designed to meet the needs of your business. Join the growing list of companies such as Akron Children’s Hospital; Amer Insurance; Best Commercial Energy Services, Inc.; Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC; Central Graphics & Signs; Emery Electric, Inc.; FirstEnergy; Myers School of Art; Ohio CAT; Printing Concepts; S.A. Comunale, Co. Inc.; Securitec One, Inc.; Star Printing Company, Inc.; The J.M. Smucker Company and TKM in demonstrating support for the arts in our community. Join online at AkronArtMuseum.org/memberships or call Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222.
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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 as of May 11, 2017:
DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE CRYSTAL - $10,000 Mr. and Mrs. Alan Woll
DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE $1,000 Mr. and Mrs. Ronald C. Allan Mr. Bruce Bennett Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Price Mr. and Mrs. Tim Quine Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Ransom Mr. David Scarponi
CULTURE CLUB - $500 Mrs. Marilyn Shea-Stonum
MODERN CONTEMPORIES - $250 Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douglas Mr. Eric and Mrs. Michelle M. Droll Mr. and Mrs. Fred V. Glock, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kimberly Mr. and Mrs. Michael Saxon
ART WORKS BUSINESS PARTNER Amer Insurance Emery Electric Inc. S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Securitec Security Systems
ART ADVOCATE - $150 Mr. James D. Aldridge Mr. and Mrs. Charles Altwies
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beneke Ms. Jill Cabe Lauren Kinsman Costello Mr. and Mrs. Harry Covington Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Dessent Ms. Constance Dubick Mr. and Mrs. Gene Ewald Ms. Christina W. Foisie Paul Francis Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Fuller Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Gaines Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Genetti Mr. and Mrs Henry Gulich Ray & Dale Halliwill Mr. and Mrs. Michael Hardman Mr. Geoffrey Hewitt Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hirsh Mr. and Mrs. John Hoover Rabbi and Mrs. David M. Horowitz Mr. and Mrs. David P. Klainer Mrs. Margaret E. Lamb Mr. and Mrs. David Lipiro Mr. Dave Mardjanov Mr. David Massary Drs. John and Catherine Maxwell Mr. and Mrs. Vincent May Mr. and Mrs. Jim McClusky Mr. and Mrs. Chris Meyer Ms. Sally C. Mueller Ms. Teresa Nagy Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pipitone Mr. and Mrs. William J. Quinn Valerie Riedthaler
Martina M. Ropog Mr. and Mrs. Michael B. Sacks Hattie Schenk Victoria Schloenbach Julia Shuttic Mr. Robert Smith and Ms. Ann Cole Mr. and Mrs. Larry Spurgeon Mr. and Mrs. Philip Tanski Mr. and Mrs. Randall Worthington, Jr.
ART HOUSE - $75 Amanda Boots Mr. James D. Boyes Matthew Bryant Christopher Buford Mahwish Chishty Ms. Sarah Chuba Mr. and Mrs. Frank C. Comunale Patti Doychak Patrick Graf Wendy Cyphers Haas Catherine Fahey-Hunt Joel Felder & Juliet Shreve Keith Harig Jen Greist Hayes Ms. Marsha Fields Jones Victoria Kemper Mrs. Elizabeth A. Krew Nicholas B. Labajetta Mr. and Mrs. Mark LaRose
Jason Leenaarts Mr. Jaysen Mercer Elizabeth Modarelli Irene Moxson Mr. and Mrs. Tom Neal Judy Otto Mrs. Pamela Price Bobbie & Jim Rudgers Debora Smith Jason Spencer Brad Sternlicht Julia Sues Elias Veizi Ying Wang Mr. & Mrs. Robert P. Webb Heather L. Welsh Sandra Lester Zucker
ART ENTHUSIAST - $50 Mr. Kevin Bowie Jennifer Biber Mr. Timothy Carmany Mrs. Patricia Costigan Michael Coy Michael Coyne Marc D’Antonio Kelli Davis Mr. Pete Dell Ms. Elisa Demis Mr. Neil Drabinski Jessica Fijalkovich Mrs. Jill Forsman
Robert A. Gowens Mr. Larry Griffin Elizabeth Guran Jennifer Guthrie Charles Andrew Haag Patricia Harthcock Cathy Hirt Erik Kattman Constance Laessig Gary L. Lansinger Nastacia Lee Jordan Matyasi Gayle Montalto John Naegele Stacey Nofziger Dr. Gilbert Padula Kenold Pierre-Louis Melanie Rasmussen Kelly Rienas Erica Scheutzow Nikki Smith Mary Sofonia Katty Tatman Sarah Treanor Ann Ward Claire White
Columbia Cummings Cheryl Engel Karen Harris Mr. David Hassler Raymond Ide Jessica Lofthus Deborah Miles Ms. Nikki Neitzel Abigail Poeske Roxanne Rahhal Cyndi Reilly Meagan Rodgers Charna Sherman D.R. Smeal Marc Swanson Rosy Thomas Jordan Valentine Pamela Carter Wiley Heather Wilson Keri Zipay
ART SEEKER - $25 Dana Lawless Andric Bert Bishop Cherie Blackledge Krista Brown Jennifer E. Couch
The Akron Art Museum extends its sincere appreciation to the following funders for their generous support this year as of May 11, 2017: Acme Fresh Market Akrochem Corporation Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Community Foundation Akron Garden Club Akron Legacy & Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron Allan Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation Amer Insurance Apple Growth Partners aroundKent Magazine Audio Technica US Inc. B+B Cleaners Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Barberton Community Foundation Bemis Company, Inc. Berlin Family Foundation Myrna Berzon Best Commercial Energy Services Frances Yates Bittle Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Broadleaf Partners, LLC Brockman, Coats, Gedelian, & Company Brouse McDowell Bruce and Erica Greer Family Foundation Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Burton D. Morgan Foundation Cavalier Distributing Central Graphics & Signs Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Chipotle Mexican Grill
Cleveland Clinic-Akron General Medical Center Cohen & Company, CPAs Mr. & Mrs. George W. Daverio, Jr. Dana Pulk Dickinson Don Joseph Toyota EarthQuaker Devices Edible Cleveland Edwin J. Thomas Foundation Emery Electric, Inc. Drew and Laura Engles Fifth Third Bank FirstEnergy Foundation FirstMerit Bank GAR Foundation Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund of Akron Community Foundation GOJO Industries Heidelberg Distributing Company Herbert and Dianne Newman Fund of Akron Community Foundation Hilton Garden Inn – Akron House of LaRose Akron, Inc. John A. McAlonan Fund John P. Murphy Foundation John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust KeyBank Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation Leadership Akron
Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation M. G. O’Neil Foundation Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust McMaster-Carr Supply Company McMillen Family Companies Merryweather Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation Judge Kathryn Michael Mirapaul Foundation MoJo Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland Myers School of Art National Endowment for the Arts Northern Ohio Golf Charities Foundation Nancy O’Dell Rory and Dedee O’Neil Ohio Arts Council Ohio CAT Olin Partnership, LTD. OMNOVA Solutions Foundation PNC Printing Concepts, Inc. R. Shea Brewing LLC R.C. and Katharine Musson Charitable Foundation Ray Bertolini Trucking Co. Rebecca D. and William H. Considine Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation
Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Samuel Reese Willis Foundation Securitec One, Inc. Shaw Memorial Fund of Akron Community Foundation The Sisler McFawn Foundation Star Printing Co., Inc. Stratos Wealth Partners Summa Health System Summit Management Services, INC. The C. Blake, Jr. and Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation The J.M. Smucker Company The Jacquelyn Derrow and Steven Kutnick Charitable Fund The Lehner Family Foundation The Leidich Family The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation The Smithers Group, Inc. The Welty Family Foundation TKM Print Solutions Tramonte Distributing Co. Welty Building Company Ltd. Western Reserve Public Media SUMMER 2017
Photo by Brittany Graham Turn The Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose opening celebration; Gross Anatomies, Please Touch; Art & Ale; Night at the Museum and Akronâ€™s first Bee & Bee. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Shane Wynn Photography.
Mike Sobeck, Pepperoni and Sausage, 2015, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in., Courtesy of Luigi’s Restaurant
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Fruit Loop Bowl from Black + Blum Hand crafted from a single piece of steel wire, the simplicity of the design hides the complexity of the construction.
Altered Vintage Cabinet Cards by collection artist Butch Anthony
Limited edition print Oh Yeah, 2017 by Mark Dean Veca Signed and numbered by the artist in an edition of 130. Archival UltraChrome Print measures 12” x 12”.
Images vary. Limited quantities while supplies last.
Graffiti Art Coloring Book by Aye Jay $9.95
Outside the Lines: An Artists’ Coloring Book for Giant Imaginations Curated by Souris Hong-Poretta
Pepperoni and Sausage print by Cleveland artist Mike Sobeck 11” x 17” giclee print signed and numbered limited edition of 15
Mark Mothersbaugh: Mutant Flora Akron Art Museum LIVE CREATIVE T-Shirt $19.95
12 electronic somnambulist party hits by Mark Mothersbaugh on six different multi-colored platter 7” records. Created in a limited run of 1,000.
Akron Art Museum logo ball cap
Ron Copeland Light Box Sculptures
looks great and feels just right from the moment that you first put it on.
Designed by Pittsburgh area artist Ron Copeland, these light box sculptures are made from reclaimed plastics sourced from various sign shops and museums, including the Akron Art Museum.
$200 and up
Horrible Adorables by Jordan Elise Perme and Christopher Lees A wife and husband team from Cleveland, Ohio. Measures 4” tall. Quantities are limited to 1,000 of each worldwide.
Garden Stepping Stone Kit includes: concrete mix, glow stars, glass marbles, plastic crystals, glitter and instructions. Ages 8+
$9.95 Horrible Adorables by Jordan Elise Perme Hand-made sculptures $70 and up
Walk to the Sea Watercolor Pencils from eeBoo 24 bold quality watercolors come in a beautiful tin featuring a charming seaside watercolor illustration by Melissa Sweet. Brush not included. Ages 3+
Gold Birds Metallic Pencils from eeBoo 6 large easy grip metallic pencils add shimmer to your artworks! Includes sharpener. Ages 5+
Build and Paint a Birdhouse from Toysmith Easy to build kit includes paintbrush, 6 paints and hanging cord. Ages 5+
Wooden Robot Figures created by local artist Patrick Gerber Made from recycled and repurposed wood.
$25 - $40 Create a Story Cards from eeBoo Recurring characters, locations and props adorn 26 cards that combine in endless combinations for fresh, new stories every time. Fairy Tale Mix-Up deck illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell. Ages 3+
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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES THURSDAYS JUNE 22 – AUGUST 10 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm Jul 28 – | 4 – THURSDAYSAug 6:30 – 8:30 pm JULY 28 – SEPTEMBER 8 | | Aug 11 – The sounds of summer—festive fireworks exploding in the sky, the sound of the ice cream truck circulating the neighborhood and the infectious rhythm of your favorite local band emanating from the Akron Art Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. This year, the Akron Art Museum of Akron usher in the popular concert series–Downtown@Dusk presented by KeyBank for its Moustache French Gypsy Style Augand 18The–CityYourself 33rd season, offering a showcase of some of the area’s best local acts.
Sammy Latin Jazz Orchestra – Latin Jazz Aug 25DeLeon – Downtown@Dusk is Red presentedLight by KeyBank, with additional support by Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices, ACME Fresh Market Catering and Event Planning, Ron and Roxy – Jazz, Jump Blues, Swing SepFund1of the –Akron Ann Allan /the Allan Family Community Foundation, the City of Akron and Clear Gold Audio. Media sponsorship is provided by WKSU 89.7. 15 60 875 The – Classic Blues, Jazz, Rock Sep – Numbers Band Half Cleveland – Original Eclectic Geezer Hipster Rock Angie Haze Project – Indie, Gypsy & Folk JD Eicher – Indie Pop Rock
E R I CA The sounds of summer – festive fireworks exploding in the sky, the sound of the-AMice C cream truck circulating the neighborhood and the infectious rhythm of your favorite RON & ANN ALLAN AKRON local band emanating from the Akron Art Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.
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This year, the Akron Art Museum and The City of Akron usher in the popular concert series Downtown@Dusk for its 32nd season, offering a showcase of some of the area’s
Published on Jun 14, 2017
View magazine is the quarterly publication of the Akron Art Museum. It contains information about modern and contemporary art exhibitions, e...