Winter 2017 View Magazine

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Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

MARK MASUOKA On September 28, 2017, the Akron Art Museum and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced the single largest gift in the museum’s 96-year history. The $8 million grant represented a validation from the Knight Foundation in recognition of our ability to continue building capacity for growth through public programs, community engagement and the integration of digital technology to enhance the visitor experience. We are extremely grateful for the support of the Knight Foundation board of directors, Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, Vice President of Arts Victoria Rogers, and past Knight board chairman and longtime Akron Art Museum patron and supporter Dr. Gerald Austen, for their continued belief in the museum’s vision and leadership. It takes the effort of the entire village to build a vibrant arts community. An investment in the museum’s annual fund and endowment is an opportunity for growth only if the gifts are leveraged to encourage others to support the museum. To that end, the recent $1.1 million gift announcement by J.M. Smucker Company President and CEO Mark Smucker will support and endow the museum’s Free Thursdays, to ensure that art is available to everyone by removing the financial barrier of admission. The gift also provides the museum with support of its Thursday programs and marketing efforts to encourage an increase in visitorship, membership and donorship. 1 |


"...reopening is part of a revival and a commitment to expand the community’s access..." On November 28, 2017, the Akron Art Museum took another big step forward by reinstating gallery hours on Tuesdays. The museum has been closed to visitors on Tuesdays since February 2009. Its reopening is part of a revival and a commitment to expand the community’s access to the museum’s world-class art collection, exhibitions and public programs. During the economic downturn in 2008, the museum was forced to reduce its hours of operation. The return back to regular hours on Tuesdays is a direct result of the generous gifts that the museum has received. By fulfilling our commitment to re-invest in the revitalization of Akron’s arts and culture sector, we will further activate our civic engagement and contribution to the economic vitality of downtown. We are excited to be able to share the success of the museum with our community, but most of all we are thrilled to offer everyone the opportunity to join us by becoming a member, an active museum user and an enricher of lives through modern and contemporary art.

AKRON ART MUSEUM One South High Akron, Ohio 44308 TEL 330.376.9185 FAX 330.376.1180 GALLERY HOURS Tuesday – Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm Closed Monday

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Closed Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24, 2017 Open limited hours on New Years Eve, Sunday, December 31, 2017 Akron First Night ALWAYS FREE FOR MEMBERS THURSDAYS FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL JOHN S. KNIGHT DIRECTOR and CEO Mark Masuoka


ALCHEMY: TRANSFORMATIONS IN GOLD Through January 21, 2018 Charles Lindsay, Left Hand (Golden Arm) (detail from Field Station) (installation view), 2016-2017, 1:1 high resolution 3D print of the artist’s hand, arm, watch rings, 24K gold-leafed (produced in cooperation with NASA Ames Space Systems Designer Luke Idziak); reject Pyrex cone from the SETI’s Institute’s Allen Telescope Array re-engineering program (thanks to Jill Tarter, Jack Welch and Chris Munson); Plexiglas base, Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

FIND A FACE Through December 31, 2017 Louis Stettner, Cut and un-cut melon, 1985, gelatin silver print, 18 1/4 x 15 7/8 in., Collection Akron Art Museum, Gift of Dr. Stephen Nicholas 2009.226

BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2017 - 2018 Bruce Rowland – President Drew Engles – Vice President/Asst. Secretary Richard Harris – Vice President Myriam Altieri Haslinger – Vice President Bill Lipscomb – Vice President Chris Myeroff – Past President Rory H. O’Neil – Past President Derrick Ransom – Treasurer Alita Rogers – Secretary

Rose Andrews Nancy Brennan Jeffrey Bruno John Childs George Daverio Tamara Fynan Linda Gentile Cathy Godshall Paige Hoover Sarah Johnston Jeff Kornick Pam McMillen Steve Myers David Pelland Tim Quine Andrea Rodgers 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

HEAVY METAL Through February 18, 2018 Sarah Paul, Golden Balls (detail), 2017, video, Courtesy of the artist

MICRO/MACRO: VIEWS OF EARTH BY MARILYN BRIDGES AND JEANNETTE KLUTE Through March 11, 2018 Jeannette Klute, White Shell 86, around 1952–1955, dye transfer print, 12 3/4 x 16 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mark Reichman 2006.270

ON THE COVER: Jun Kaneko at his Omaha studio with finished Mission Clay Pittsburgh Dangos, 2010, hand built and glazed ceramic Dangos, 2009, Photo by Takashi Hatakeyama


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KNIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCEMENT It has been an eventful autumn for the Akron Art Museum. On September 28, the museum announced a major gift of $8 million from the Knight Foundation in service of the museum’s mission to enrich lives through modern and contemporary art. For the announcement, the museum hosted John S. and James L. Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen, along with Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan, Summit County Executive Ilene Shapiro, members of local government, Knight Foundation staff, and the museum board, staff and supporters. The Knight Foundation’s generous gift of support will enable the museum to continue to break down barriers to access and bring more art into people’s lives, by establishing the Bud and Susie Rogers garden as an iconic public gathering space, augmenting its collection of known and emerging contemporary artists and engaging visitors through technology. “Great art has the power to connect us, and a great museum can amplify that power across a community,” said Ibargüen. “The Akron Art Museum has a nearly 100-year history of innovation and connection to community. We want them to continue to build community, bringing together public spaces, great art, and digital technology—and probably in ways none of us can imagine today.” The Knight Foundation has made significant contributions to the Akron Art Museum’s development in the past 20 years, including a multi-million dollar grant for its John S. and James L. Knight Building—designed by award-winning architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au—which has become a visually spectacular landmark for the city. “The Knight Foundation’s grant is an investment in the vision that guides the Akron Art Museum, in bringing meaningful art experiences to the community that we serve,” said Masuoka. “Knight’s support allows the Akron Art Museum to expand how we welcome our visitors and reflect the diversity of our community. We’ll be able to leverage greater resources to enhance visitor engagement and broaden visitor access to the museum’s collection, programs and events through the creation of innovative digital infrastructure and the continued stewardship of the museum collection.” 3 |


J. M. SMUCKER COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT On October 24, the Akron Art Museum and the J.M. Smucker Company announced a $1.1 million gift in support of the museum’s endowment and Free Thursdays, which the company has generously sponsored since 2013. Their newest gift provides important financial assistance from the corporate community, and will help make the museum accessible to more people. The gift will be used in service of the museum’s endowment, enhanced programming and extended hours of operation. Smucker Company President and CEO, Mark Smucker said "We are proud of our longstanding partnership with the Akron Art Museum and are pleased to provide support that makes arts and culture available in our communities. We are honored to make world-class art accessible to more people." “The generous gift from the Smucker Company builds upon their legacy of supporting the museum,” said John S. Knight Director and CEO of the Akron Art Museum, Mark Masuoka. “Our commitment to being a community asset inspires us to invest in making what we do accessible to everyone, and this gift helps break down one important barrier.” With financial support from Smucker, the Akron Art Museum has offered free admission to its galleries every Thursday, along with extended hours of operation from 11 am to 9 pm. Free Thursdays often includes elements of free or discounted museum programming, including children’s activities, artist talks, music performances and more. During four years of Free Thursdays, the museum has seen an increase of 20 percent in overall attendance and 35 percent in Thursday attendance. The Smucker gift will also make it possible for visitors to join the museum at a discount. On Thursdays, visitors interested in becoming new members of the museum will be able to join at a 25 percent discount. More information is available online at Museum Director of Advancement Bryan de Boer said, “Thanks to Smucker we hope to welcome many more people as members to the museum, and share the special experiences and wide variety of benefits members have access to every day, all year long.” z Dominic Caruso, Marketing Manager Photos by Shane Wynn Photography


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Through January 21, 2018 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Dramatically spotlighted against black walls, the artworks in Alchemy: Transformations in Gold gleam as they offer both dark and light views of civilization’s timeless obsession with gold. Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Sussman transports that glimmer to the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby through her site-specific project, Sidewalk Kintsukuroi (Akron Art Museum). The artist drew inspiration from the Japanese tradition of kintsukuroi, in which broken ceramics are mended with gold. Rather than disguise cracks and breakage, kintsukuroi honors the repair as part of an object’s history. Sussman “fixed” several cracks in a square of the museum’s concrete lobby floor with a mixture of bronze and 23.5 carat gold dust and tree sap-based resin. For her book, The Oldest Living Things in the World, Sussman traveled the world photographing organisms that have been alive at least 2,000 years. The book highlights the beauty of transformations caused by the passage of time. These changes could be perceived as imperfections, but Sussman celebrates them through her photography. With its reverence for an object’s history, the practice of kintsukuroi, which she discovered via social media, was a natural next step for the artist. Sussman’s museum lobby installation was a laborious process. While kneeling on the concrete floor for hours at a time, some of the cracks she filled were less than a millimeter wide. Sussman began by filling the cracks with resin using a syringe, then coating the sticky substance with metallic dust using a chakpur, a kind of metal funnel employed by Tibetan Buddhist monks for sand mandalas. Since gold and resin are extremely durable materials, this artwork will be walked on and remain part of the museum’s lobby for years to come. In addition to her site-specific sculptural repairs, Sussman incorporates kintsukuroi into her photography. Alchemy features 12 works from Sussman’s Sidewalk Kintsukuroi series, in which the artist hand-paints enamel and metallic dust on the surface of her photographs of cracks in roads, parking lots and sidewalks.

Rachel Sussman, Study for Sidewalk Kintsukuroi #18 (Peterborough, New Hampshire), Study for Sidewalk Kintsukuroi #15 (Guizhou, China), Study for Sidewalk Kintsukuroi #16 (Peterborough, New Hampshire), 2017, enamel and metallic dust on archival pigment print, 8 ½ x 11 in., Courtesy of the artist

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Alchemy: Transformations in Gold installation views, Akron Art Museum, 2017, Photos by Shane Wynn Photography

The 15 other international artists featured in Alchemy utilize gold in diverse ways, ranging from exploring the intersection of art and science to personal narrative and social commentary. They include James Lee Byars, Los Carpinteros, Catherine Chalmers, Dorothy Cross, Olga de Amaral, Lalla Essaydi, Don and Era Farnsworth, Luis Gispert, Laurent Grasso, Charles Lindsay, Teresa Margolles, Hank Willis Thomas, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto, Danh Vo and Zarina. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator

Alchemy: Transformations in Gold is organized by the Des Moines Art Center. Its presentation in Akron is supported by the Ohio Arts Council, the Akron Community Foundation, the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust and the Hilton Garden Inn - Akron. Media sponsorship by ideastreamÂŽ.

Rachel Sussman, Sidewalk Kintsukuroi (Akron Art Museum) (installation views), 2017, resin, acrylic, 23.5 carat gold, bronze, 97 x 346 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture 2017.12 Photos by Shane Wynn Photography


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Corrie Slawson, “The sun rises over the canyon mixing with ocean air. It lifts a crimson haze on a succulent studded hillside. Palm trees shudder. The ocean hammers the rocks below.” 2017, photo lithography, screenprint, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on paper, 23 x 63.75 in. Courtesy of the artist

Through February 18, 2018 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery

The Latin name for gold, aurum, means glowing dawn. As a chemical element, gold naturally occurs in high concentrations in rock and in trace amounts in most other natural substances—including living organisms. Heavy Metal artists Corrie Slawson and Emily Sullivan Smith use the highly valued natural resource as a material to draw the attention of their viewers to important environmental causes. Sullivan Smith covers thousands of fish scales with gold leaf, which serve as a reminder of the once abundant population of Atlantic cod, a fish humans have consumed for thousands of years. In the early 1990s, overharvesting led to the collapse of the industry in Canada, and stock remains depleted due to fishing in other parts of the ocean. Sullivan Smith learned about the cod’s plight through a documentary on extinction and began researching ties between fishing, hunting and the destruction of animal species. “The Atlantic cod was a beautiful example. It is a resource that we collectively believe to be so prolific that we couldn’t and wouldn’t endanger, and yet we have and are.” The artist and a team of ten assistants worked hundreds of hours to gild around 10,000 individual fish scales that make up each panel of Thousands and Thousands. For the artist, this time-intensive handiwork has meaning: “By investing ourselves collectively our labor, time and focus begin to build value. I think as humans we are often likely to take the labor of other humans more seriously than we are the labors of nature.” Slawson uses landscapes to address the topic of climate change. She applies gold leaf to the backgrounds of her post-apocalyptic landscapes—the glowing skies both equate clean air with treasure and suggest our ecosystems are being sacrificed for profit. Natural environments have long been important to the artist, who grew up playing in an outdoor space designed by her uncle, a renowned designer of Japanese gardens. For her mixed media work on paper in Heavy Metal, Slawson melds screenprinted imagery from Tijuana, Mexico; Dresden, Germany; Peoria, Illinois; Florida and Cleveland into dynamic compositions featuring acrid colors and gilded air.

Emily Sullivan Smith, Thousands and Thousands, 2015–2017, scales, lacquer, gold leafing, wire, tulle, 12 x 12 in., Courtesy of the artist

Slawson is interested in how environmental factors have shaped the different places from which she draws her imagery. The artist notes that Cleveland is notorious for its past ecological calamities: “The mistake on the lake rap we took when I was growing up had a lot to do with the environment—air and water quality, and also sprawl.” Her work conveys a sense of imminent environmental catastrophe through color and composition. Heavy Metal also features works by Lynda Benglis, Mary Jo Bole, Kathy Buszkiewicz, Mahwish Chishty, Dale Goode, Michelle Grabner, Yayoi Kusama, Sarah Paul, Alicia Ross, Sherry Simms, and Lorna Simpson, among others. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator Heavy Metal is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.

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Through March 11, 2018

Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery Micro/Macro contrasts two photographers whose images of the earth’s surface reflect divergent perspectives. Jeannette Klute took a closer look at her familiar New England landscape, capturing natural micro-environments in vivid color. Decades later, Marilyn Bridges began traveling around the world, using black and white film to photograph traces of ancient and modern man from the air. Klute’s studies elevate everyday wonders—leafy plants, mushrooms, seashells and small marine animals among them. These entities have relatively short life spans, whether a few days or a season, but they are part of repetitive cycles. Tidepools vanish each day with the ebb and flow of the sea, then reemerge and repopulate. Flowers die and decay each winter but grow again the following spring. The wonder of the living landscape fascinated Klute and provided a constantly shifting palette of colors for her photographs. Though her subjects are small in scale and relatively common, Klute treated them with great care, sometimes spending an entire day in the field to photograph one scene or specimen.

Jeannette Klute, Sea shells and pen shell, around 1952–1955, dye transfer print, 10 5/8 x 14 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mark Reichman 2006.268

In contrast, Bridges must work extremely quickly while photographing from a plane flying at high speed. She favors subjects that were formed over many years and have stood as landmarks for centuries. Her aerial photographs of Egyptian pyramids, massive Native American earthworks and other ancient sites transcend human scale to “show how small even superhuman efforts are in relation to the land.” Like Klute, Bridges deals with ephemeral subjects, though the humanbuilt structures that feature in many of Bridges’ works were intended to last. “Monuments are meant to be testimonies to permanence. Yet, ruins show us the nature of impermanence, which is something most humans fear because it reminds us of our mortality,” the artist points out. Both Klute and Bridges intend their work to increase our awareness of human connections—to each other, our planet, and the history and future shared by all life on Earth. Klute Marilyn Bridges, Castillo, Chichen Itza, Yucatan, 1982, gelatin silver print, felt that while we each approach the natural world in our own 11 x 14 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Ray Thomason 2009.331 way, “there are common experiences and understandings by which we are all bound together.” She hoped that in her photographs viewers might find “a recognition of our common bonds.” Similarly, Bridges has “come to believe that ancient man was in touch with powers that we have long forgotten,” and wants “to stir these long-dormant feelings in others” through her photographs of ancient sites. z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator Micro/Macro: Views of Earth by Marilyn Bridges and Jeannette Klute is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council.


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GALLERY TALKS BY HEAVY METAL ARTISTS Connect with artists featured in Heavy Metal at these artist-led gallery talks. Discover how each artist works and what inspires them. Meet in the gallery at 6:30 pm for these free dialogues.







THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Clockwise from top left: Corrie Slawson, “The sun rises over the canyon mixing with ocean air. It lifts a crimson haze on a succulent studded hillside. Palm trees shudder. The ocean hammers the rocks below.” (detail), 2017, photo lithography, screenprint, colored pencil, oil, acrylic, gold leaf and spray paint on paper, 23 x 63.75 in. Courtesy of the artist; Kathy Buszkiewicz, Double Dutch: Skip the Rhetoric (detail), 2016, United States currency, wood, 24K yellow gold, 46 x 8 x 1 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist, Photo courtesy of Joe Levack/Studio Akron; Sherry Simms, Compact Cameo Lipstick (detail), 2003, plated copper, silver, hair, lipstick, 3 1/4 x 21 x 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist, Photo courtesy of Joe Levack/ Studio Akron; Sarah Paul, Golden Balls (detail), 2017, video, Courtesy of the artist

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM STUDENT EXHIBITIONS Don’t miss these one-night-only, exclusive art shows featuring the work of local students and community members. Each exhibition will be on view all day Thursday, so stop by and admire the talents of your fellow citizens, including some of the area’s youngest budding artists.

Kent State University: Leading for Social Justice December 7, 2017 Chapel Hill Christian School March 1, 2018 Schumacher Elementary (Akron Public Schools) March 15, 2018 Night at the Museum is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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GIVING BACK TUESDAY On #GivingTuesday the Akron Art Museum renewed its commitment to the community by reopening on Tuesdays from 11 am to 5 pm, providing an additional day of access to the museum’s world-class exhibitions of contemporary art. The museum also took the opportunity to reverse the concept of #GivingTuesday with its own event, #GivingBACKTuesday, on November 28, 2017, which provided free one-year Art Enthusiast memberships to new members. For Akron Art Museum John S. Knight Executive Director and CEO Mark Masuoka, the restoration of Tuesday hours is “an expression of joyous revival.” The reopening, which begins November 28, comes after the museum has been named the recipient of major gifts from the Knight Foundation and the J.M. Smucker Company. A portion of that support is behind the museum’s drive to expand access to meaningful art experiences for all.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

Recent exhibitions and programs bear this renewed sense of purpose out. The museum has shared access to the artist and the artistic process with exhibitions that featured on-site work by artists including Natalie Lanese and Rachel Sussman. Smucker’s-sponsored Free Thursdays have increased visits overall by 20% annually since 2013. Education programs for children and families have served thousands of visitors. The Knight Foundation-funded project Inside|Out took high quality reproductions of artwork in the museum collection into eighteen neighborhoods in and around Akron over a three year period. In February 2018, the museum will put art directly on the walls of people’s homes with the Akron Art Library. Anyone with an Akron–Summit County Library card can check out an original work of art—to hang in their homes and live with—just as they would a book. The restoration of Tuesday hours is an another expression of the growing sense in Akron that the community is on the rebound. This time, the museum isn’t waiting to see if people come, but actively inviting the public back in. We offer our thanks to all of our museum members, both recent and long-standing. Welcome to the Akron Art Museum and thank you for joining us! We hope you will enjoy the many memorable art experiences that we are planning for the days ahead. z Dominic Caruso, Marketing Manager WINTER 2017

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Through December 31, 2017

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ED EMBERLEY: BETTER YOU THAN ME January 11 – July 15, 2018

Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery Award winning picture book illustrator and author Ed Emberley is living proof that anyone can live a creative life. Emberley’s iconic learning-to-draw books show would-be artists how to create everything from airplanes and anteaters to submarines and kangaroos. His books empowered a generation of kids to live creatively by taking simple shapes and lines and making them into elaborate worlds. As Emberley likes to say, “Not everyone needs to be an artist, but everyone needs to feel good about themselves.” Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me, opening on January 11, 2018, includes an array of inventive artwork from the artist’s personal archive of hand-drawn sketches, woodblock prints, final proofs and first edition books. Better You Than Me is comprised of a specially curated selection from the first retrospective of Emberley’s work that was presented by the Worcester Art Museum in 2016.

Ed Emberley, Photo by Todd Mazer

Emberley received the Caldecott Medal in 1967 for his picture book Drummer Hoff. He is also well known for the 1992 bestseller Go Away, Big Green Monster, and generations of artists and illustrators grew up with his inventive teaching book Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals (1970), which launched a series of colorful, step by step drawing books that taught aspiring artists how to draw animals, faces, boats, dragons and more using simple shapes.

“It only took two of Ed Emberley’s Drawing Books to change me forever and set me on a path as an artist,” said Caleb Neelon, guest curator of the exhibition. “He is so restlessly creative that he worked in radically different ways, changing styles and media from book to book, and that’s quite unusual.” z Alison Caplan, Director of Education Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me was organized by Caleb Neelon for the Akron Art Museum. Its presentation in Akron is sponsored by a generous gift from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional support from the OMNOVA Solutions Foundation.

FAMILY DROP IN: ED EMBERLEY ART OPENING January 11, 2018 • 6 – 8 pm Come celebrate the opening of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. Be among the first to see the show, pose for a selfie in front of the exhibition’s amazing title wall, experience the storytelling of Wandering Aesthetics, create thumbprint art with Jen Davis of SmART Studio and learn some of Ed Emberley’s signature drawing moves with curator and graffiti artist Caleb Neelon. Dig in to chips and guacamole courtesy of Chipotle and boogie down to some funky sounds. Plus meet some surprise special guests!


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BLURRED LINES Mark Masuoka, John S. Knight Director and CEO

JUN KANEKO I first met Jun Kaneko in the summer of 1983 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was a visiting artist at the Honolulu Academy of Arts and the head of the ceramics department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. I was a recent graduate of the University of Hawaii, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in ceramics and seriously thinking about applying to graduate school. Jun’s reputation for pushing the limits of contemporary ceramics preceded him, and I was excited to volunteer as an assistant during his workshop. His hard-working and hard-living lifestyle had gained him rock star status in the world of contemporary ceramics and a much-deserved reputation for being a rebel.

HIGH CONTRAST I left Honolulu in fall 1985 on an early evening flight and landed in Detroit the next morning. It was cold. Detroit felt like a massive manufacturing engine that was in bad need of a tune-up. It lived up to every ounce of the gritty urban reputation that has come to define the Motor City. Unlike Honolulu, Detroit’s beauty was understated and it demanded attention and a constant sense of awareness. Detroit wasn’t supposed to be beautiful, but it was, in the same way that we cannot resist staring at a car crash. Although it is only 30 miles north of Detroit, Bloomfield Hills and Cranbrook Academy of Art embodied the total antithesis of Detroit. Detroit’s hardcore urbanism was exchanged for Cranbrook’s suburban bliss, manicured grounds and curated gardens. It almost felt like the art version of Disneyland. Cranbrook offered a respite from the real world and appeared to be both familiar and foreign. That’s what made the place so perfect. For the next two years, I was submersed in a culture that demanded a commitment beyond my time. It demanded my energy. Working with Jun was harder than I could have ever imagined. It wasn’t just the physical work; it was also being constantly challenged, artistically, philosophically and intellectually. I observed, learned, tried, cried and discovered what it meant to be a working artist. As a result, the line previously separating life and art was blurred forever. From that moment on, Jun became my mentor, sensei (teacher) and a constant voice in my head.

MIDDLE OF AMERICA I’ve lived in Omaha, Nebraska four separate times. As a studio assistant, I helped Jun move from Cranbrook to Omaha in 1986, so he could focus on his own studio practice and to help establish the Bemis Foundation,

an international artists-in-residence program. That summer, I worked in his studio seven days a week, 12-14 hours a day for no pay, and yet I never felt more rewarded. I didn’t learn much about ceramics, but what I did learn was what it would take to be a successful artist. Even so, when the summer was over, I never imagined that I would return to Omaha over a year later as a resident artist at Bemis. When we were newly married, Debbie and I spent a year as artists-in-residence at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. We moved during an arctic blizzard from the Bray to Bemis. Debbie also studied with Jun at Cranbrook and she was selected as a Bemis resident, and I was the lucky guy who was in the right place at the right time. Being selected for a Bemis residency was a huge honor. In 1988, the program was the best international ceramics residency program in the country, specializing in the fabrication of large-scale ceramics, and we had direct access to industrial size kilns that Jun had built for Bemis. His proximity made the residency program that much more appealing. Artists from all over the world came to Omaha to be around Jun. Everyone wondered, why would an internationally known Japanese artist move to Omaha, Nebraska?

HIGH ROLLER Moving to Las Vegas from Omaha was a culture shock. Las Vegas was a 24-hour city and we used every hour available. We were young artists making art full time and running a contemporary art gallery full time. To say that we were burning the candle at both ends is an understatement. Vegas was not known as a mecca for contemporary art, but we were determined to change that. It was a small town, that had grown up too quickly and hid its values behind neon lights and flashy lifestyles. It was a city that got easily distracted by shiny objects and was preoccupied with the newness of popular culture. What better place to open a contemporary art gallery? We opened our doors to the public in 2000 with a solo exhibition of work by Jun Kaneko. The exhibition was a booming success and we even drew the attention of collectors from Los Angeles, Scottsdale and Santa Fe. Our relationship had evolved and we were no longer just Jun’s students. We were now his gallery dealers.

BOOM OR BUST Las Vegas was fun while it lasted. The provisional nature of the city and its casual approval of a boom and bust attitude began to take its toll. With the birth of my daughter in 1992, we hit the jackpot and decided to take our winnings and moved to Denver, Colorado. Once again, we began the process of rebuilding our careers and plugging into a new art community. As the director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MOCAD), countinued on page 15

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February 17 – June 3, 2018

Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the James L. And John S. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Jun Kaneko, Parallel Sound Yellow, 1981, machine-made glazed ceramic bars, 84 x 144 x 72 in., produced at Otsuka Ceramics Factory, Shigaraki Japan ŠJun Kaneko Studio L.L.C. Background image: Jun Kaneko, Mirage, 2016, acrylic on canvas, 108 x 792 x 30 in., courtesy of the artist, Photography by Takashi Hatakeyama


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I planned to present an exhibition of Jun’s work, but later decided to organize an exhibition in my new art gallery in downtown Denver. The exhibition was spectacular and it reestablished a connection with Jun as his career continued to skyrocket. It was at the exhibition opening in 2001 that Jun and I began discussing the challenges facing the Bemis, which was searching for a new director. I had just formed a new business partnership and was in the middle of renovating our dream home. I was not interested in moving.

NEVER SAY NEVER In 2003, I was hired as the new director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. I honestly never thought I would move back to Omaha, but it was an opportunity of a lifetime to lead an organization that was one of the best residency programs in the world. It felt like we had just taken a 15-year walk in a very big circle. We lived temporarily in Jun’s building, which was across the street from the Bemis. It housed his studio, residence and two guest apartments. From the kiln room below our apartment, you could hear his assistants loading and unloading Jun’s sculptures. It was like being back home, but this time my objective had changed. I was there to build Bemis, and Jun was there to build his art empire and a new non-profit art space called KANEKO. As I began getting Bemis back on its feet, Jun’s studio practice shifted towards a new venture. He was deeply absorbed in designing opera sets and costumes, including working on Madame Butterfly, which seamlessly brought together his interest in design, architecture and art. Butterfly was in many ways a new beginning for Jun. It wasn’t just a new series of artworks, it was a metamorphosis.


OPENING PARTY Join us for the first look at the groundbreaking, rule-breaking monumental works of internationally renowned artist Jun Kaneko. The artist describes his work as a space for your mind, and the bold colors and big shapes in his paintings and sculptures will not only transform the museum galleries and the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden, but also the way you experience art. Break out of the winter blues and enjoy an evening filled with bright, photo-worthy art, fun, music, specialty spirits and tasty treats in the shimmering museum Crystal.


Friday, February 16, 2018 • 6 pm Director’s Circle PREVIEW • 5 pm (by invitation only)

Members-only PREVIEW • 6:30 pm Exhibition opens to all • 7 pm Members receive special offers and discounts throughout the night. Not a member? Join Today!

AKRON Akron and Omaha have a lot in common. They are the bookends of the Midwest, and each city is a gateway to somewhere else. Affectionately known as the Rubber City, Akron has known times of great prosperity but also loss. The past has often overshadowed its future, but Akron shows signs of rising above the haze of the old rubber tire factories and reinventing itself as the city of innovation. Blurred Lines also opens a new chapter for the Akron Art Museum by shining a spotlight on a contemporary artist who has transformed ceramics into a contemporary art form. The exhibition at the Akron Art Museum is not what many would consider to be a typical presentation of Jun Kaneko’s work. The exhibition draws upon works from his studio and his private collection with the intent to create an experiential journey. Each object was carefully curated for its significance and relevance in telling Jun’s story and sharing his creative process. I am honored to have had the opportunity to curate an exhibition that intersects with my own life and to be able to share my connection to Jun as my mentor and friend. 15 |


Jun Kaneko, Splitting Red, Dango, 1996, hand-built glazed ceramic, 60 x 46 3/4 x 13 1/2 in., Photo credit Dirk Bakker Background image: Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Heads, 2014, hand-built and glazed ceramics, 100 x 54 x 48 in., Photo by Colin Conces

DEAR AKRON, Thank you for playing an active role in your community by welcoming artwork from Akron Art Museum’s Inside|Out project into your neighborhoods. After three successful years, 18 communities have encouraged their residents and visitors to experience a variety of artworks in outdoor spaces and engage in new conversations about art. We have partnered with schools and community learning centers, libraries, universities, special improvement districts, municipalities, neighborhood associations, faith-based communities, businesses, parks and recreation organizations and more to provide opportunities to make deeper connections with art, each other, our neighborhoods, and the museum.

Photo by Chris Rutan Photography

With Inside|Out, we highlighted 180 unique sites, encouraging the exploration of our neighborhoods and outdoor spaces, and bringing together diverse neighbors with unexpected art experiences. Together, we have worked with artists during workshops, celebrated at pARTies, learned more on trolley and walking tours, explored old and new places, and stepped freely outside of our comfort zones to appreciate some of life’s simple pleasures.

Inside|Out has been de-installed, but you can still visit many of the original artworks in the galleries. Where Inside|Out took art into the neighborhoods, the Akron Art Library will let you hang original works of art in your own home. More about Akron Art Library will be coming in February 2018. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue your own exploration of the arts and share your neighborhood pride with family and friends who live in other parts of the world. Send them an Inside|Out neighborhood postcard and tell them that Northeast Ohio continues to be a place rich with arts and culture.

Photo by Thomas Skala

Photo by John Vendetti

We welcome you to Live Creative in everyday life and visit the museum before the year is out. We appreciate your partnership with us. See you at the museum soon. Photo by Laura Maidens


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 projects like Inside|Out, the upcoming Akron Art Library, and art experiences in 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 WINTER 2017

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Dragana Crnjak (Youngstown), Andrea Joki (Cleveland) and Matthew Kolodziej (Akron) each approach painting as a process of inquiry into the way we understand time and space. The concept of time being fluid rather than linear is of particular interest. That fluidity is easily illustrated in our digital age—time can be visually compressed, drawn out and even layered. Interwoven into that equation is how memory becomes clouded or fragmented over time. Each artist deploys different processes to conduct their explorations. Kolodziej photographs construction and demolition sites, which he digitally collages and then translates into line drawings that form the basis of his paintings. Kolodziej is particularly interested in how the relentless speed at which we take in images and information affects our way of seeing and our sense of place. Crnjak also believes paintings are an important foil against our addiction to moving images. She distorts and fragments images of textile patterns and architectural details, often enshrouding them in a distant wash of color. She then layers crisp, brightly colored lines that stretch out in multiple dimensions throughout her compositions. Her way of breaking images apart and interweaving delicate drips and washes with angular lines that seems to cut through space only fully unfold upon close looking—a practice that requires slowing down. Joki shifts from painting in loose, spontaneous brushstrokes to applying precise hard-edge lines, often combining both in one composition. Her intuitive process melds memory of people, place and sensory experiences. Joki seeks to discover the limits of what a painting can communicate about the world’s interconnectedness—bound, she asserts, by our humanness. Maps or keys to places that exist somewhere in between the physical, digital and psychic realms, the three artists’ paintings are fascinating to explore yet impossible to know. z Ellen Rudolph, Chief Curator

Frameworks: Paintings by Dragana Crnjak, Andrea Joki and Matthew Kolodziej is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

From top right: Matthew Kolodziej, Oculus, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 79 in., Courtesy of the artist; Andrea Joki, glint (detail), 2017, oil, acrylic, and flashe on linen, 50 x 40 in., Courtesy of the artist; Dragana Crnjak, Cautious Sunset, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 64 x 58 in., Courtesy of the artist

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FRONT INTERNATIONAL: CLEVELAND TRIENNIAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART July 14 – September 30, 2018 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

In July 2018, the Akron Art Museum will join art and cultural sites across Northeast Ohio in debuting FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. In the lead up to July, the museum’s curatorial team is working closely with FRONT Artistic Directors Michelle Grabner and Jens Hoffmann to develop a group exhibition that presents the theme of “An American City” from the perspectives of artists around the globe. Installations by artists hailing from China, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, the US, Iceland and beyond will occupy the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby, the Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden and the exterior of the building. Bringing together more than 70 local, national and international artists across mediums and disciplines, FRONT will host artistic collaborations, intellectual exchanges and curatorial dialogues connecting Northeast Ohio and the Great Lakes region to broader global, political and economic networks. FRONT’s ambitious program weaves critical approaches to museum exhibitions, public and educational programs, residencies, publications and research strategies in a complex presentation. The Akron Art Museum presentation of FRONT International is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation.

FREE EVERY THURSDAY ALL DAY • 11 am – 9 pm Spend Thursdays at the Akron Art Museum—it’s FREE all day and all evening. Check our website—— for the most up-to-date information on what is happening on any given Thursday and the rest of the week.


Join as a new member on Thursdays (in-person or online) and receive 25% off the regular price! Full details available at Free Thursdays are generously supported by the J.M. Smucker Company. WINTER 2017

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Thursdays • 11:15 am – 12:30 pm Best for ages 12 months – 5 years and their grown-ups (siblings welcome)

Little ones learn best through intuitive, open-ended play that feeds their senses. Follow your child’s natural instinct to wiggle, squeal and make a mess while exploring the creative process. Our playdates are structured to be child-led and come with our Live Creative Mess Guarantee: Dress for experimentatio n and go home inspired!

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Join the movement! Children are naturally inclined to be active learners. Whether moving during imaginary play, exploring new concepts or responding to what one sees, the body teaches the brain to think. In collaboration with the Cleveland-based dance company, The Movement Project, dance and art collide for a whole-body approach to focused looking in the galleries and process-based art making. Please wear comfortable clothing for bending and stretching.

Shake, Shine and Splatter

Thursday, December 21

Rolling, Bouncing with Color

Thursday, January 18

Moody Shadow Movements

Thursday, February 15

FREE for members. $10/non-member child. Group size limited. Registration required. Art Moves is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.


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Bring your curiosity and leave inspired! Museum educators and local teaching artists team up to build meaningful connections with contemporary art, followed by offbeat art “experiments” in our non-traditional classroom. No experience is necessary, and all materials are supplied. Our Kids Studio classes are designed to build confidence in creative risk-taking with unique materials and processes rather than learning formal techniques for artmaking. Class size is limited. Art smock provided, please wear comfortable clothes that may get stained.

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BE INSPIRED BY ART, YOGA AND MEDITATION Enhance your health, wellness and experience the current exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum. Each month an all levels yoga class will be presented in conjunction with a specific exhibition, providing an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind.

Thursday, December 14 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Thursday, January 11 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm Thursday, February 8 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm FREE to members. $10 non-member. Registration required at Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from the Bemis Company Foundation. Photo By Yoly Miller Heisler

LIVE MUSIC: MISSILE TOE Thursday, December 21 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm It was the Thursday before Christmas and all through the museum, every surface was vibrating with the rock and roll holiday sounds of Missile Toe. What better way to spend a chilly December evening than shopping in the museum store, listening to the world’s greatest Christmas band, and having a cocktail with friends? Get some holiday cheer as the festive rock band Missile Toe fill the museum’s lobby with fun, upbeat versions of classic holiday tunes. Shake off the holiday stress and kick off your holiday celebration at the Akron Art Museum.

MAURIZIO CATTELAN: BE RIGHT BACK Thursday, December 28 • 7 pm An art world upstart, provocative and elusive artist Maurizio Cattelan made his career on playful and subversive works that send up the artistic establishment, until a retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2011 finally solidified his place in the contemporary art canon. This playful profile leaves no stone unturned in trying to figure out who is Maurizio Cattelan? Free to members; $5 non-members

READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOK CLUB: THE FLAMETHROWERS BY RACHEL KUSHNER Thursday, February 15 • 6 pm Grab a beer, cup of coffee or glass of wine in the café and join museum staffers in the Martha Stecher Reed Library for a lively discussion of Rachel Kushner’s award winning novel The Flamethrowers and a staff led tour of the exhibition Heavy Metal. The year is 1975 and Reno has come to New York intent on turning her fascination with motorcycles and speed into art. Her arrival coincides with an explosion of activity in the art world—artists have colonized a deserted and industrial SoHo, are staging actions in the East Village, and are blurring the line between life and art. Reno begins an affair with the son of a motorcycle magnate. Her relationship takes her to Italy where she falls in with a radical political group. Book Club is made possible with support from the Bemis Company Foundation.

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TEACH TALK 2018 Thursday, January 18 • 6:30 pm Teachers are fantastic storytellers, with the ability to make any subject or idea captivating for students. In the style of The Moth/TedX/PechaKucha, you’ll hear tales from teachers of all kinds during this engaging, inspirational and entertaining event. You might even learn something! FREE. Registration required at Each attendee will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.



Educator experiences are made possible with support from the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation, the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation, and The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation.

ED EMBERLEY EDUCATOR WORKSHOP Saturday, February 24 • 1 – 3 pm If you were a big fan of drawing as a child, illustrator Ed Emberley may have been one of your first teachers. As the creator of beloved how-to-draw books, as well as other picture books such as Go Away, Big Green Monster, Emberley has inspired thousands of children and adults to create artwork of their own. During this teacher workshop, you’ll view the Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me exhibition, then try out some of his techniques yourself. You’ll be sure to find tons of inspiration for your classroom. FREE. Registration required at Each attendee will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC. Educator experiences are made possible with support from the Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation, the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation, and The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation.


MEMBERSHIP Looking for a unique gift for the holidays? Give an Akron Art Museum membership! Your gift will provide that special person on your list with a full year's worth of unforgettable art experiences. Memberships start at $50 for an individual Art Enthusiast and $75 for Art House Family membership. For more information on membership levels and benefits, or to purchase a gift membership today, call 330-376-9186 x225 or visit


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BOARD PRESIDENT SPOTLIGHT BRUCE ROWLAND How and when did you get involved with the art museum? I had visited the Akron Art Institute as a child. I have always had an interest in art, but it wasn’t until I was invited to be a guest at the auction, our largest annual fundraising event, that I became personally involved. After attending the auction, my wife Ann and I became members. Some years later, I was asked to join the committee to help plan the auction. Later I was asked to co-chair the event, and soon after that I was asked to join the board of directors. This was in 2006, during the building program for the Knight building expansion. What has been your best experience/creative moment at the museum? The most stimulating single event I have had through the Akron Art Museum was a Directors Circle field trip to Crystal Bridges, the museum founded by Alice Walton of Walmart fame in Bentonville, Arkansas. About 30 of us flew there from Akron-Canton airport, had a very nice lunch and a personal tour by their director. Our tour was led by Dr. Mitchell Kahan and we had a great time, returning the same day. Bruce Rowland, Chris Myeroff and Mark Masuoka, Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

What are your plans as the new board president? We have come through a fantastic period of physical growth, including the John S. and James L. Knight building expansion and the Bud and Susie Rogers garden. As I see it, our board of directors needs to leave no stone unturned to secure the financial future of our museum. The recent Knight grant is an excellent first step toward that goal. We look forward to opportunities to further enrich people’s lives through modern and contemporary art. Anything else you would like to share? Invite your friends to see the current show Alchemy: Transformations in Gold. This is a stunning show!

Through January 21, 2018 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

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Alchemy: Transformations in Gold installation view, Akron Art Museum, 2017, Photos by Joe Levack

AKRON FIRST NIGHT Sunday, December 31 • 6 – 11 pm Be amazed at the Akron Art Museum as you travel through a sparkly, shiny, sneaky labyrinth of fun. Your trip will be full of twists and turns and end with you feeling ready to conquer any challenge the New Year throws at you. Visitors also have the opportunity to paint a human statue, Joy Unspeakable, in the museum lobby from 6 – 9 pm, when he will come to life. Celebrate with some time on the dance floor during the dance party from 6 – 11 pm. There will be music in the auditorium from acclaimed jazz pianist Kofi Boakye from 6:30 – 8:15 pm, and jazz / R & B group, Blu Pi from 9 – 10:45 pm. Don’t miss the large, interactive fire and ice tower out in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden from 6 - 11 pm. Galleries will be open from 6 - 10 pm. Café will be open from 6 - 10:30 pm. Café offerings will include hot chocolate, coffee, beer, wine, snacks. Museum Shop will be open from 6 - 9:30 pm.

SUPPORT A CREATIVE LIFE The IRA rollover allows you to benefit while paying it forward. If you are age 70 ½ or older, an IRA rollover to the Akron Art Museum can satisfy all or part of your minimum IRA distribution requirement. • • •

You can directly transfer up to $100,000 You benefit even if you do not itemize tax deductions; the transfer is not considered taxable income If you are an Ohio resident, the direct rollover provides Ohio income tax deduction

However you choose to support, you have the heartfelt thanks of the Akron Art Museum for your generosity. Please contact Bryan de Boer, Director of Advancement at or 330.376.9186 x215 today. In all cases, please consult your financial advisor regarding the gift type that is right for you. WINTER 2017

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Mark Mothersbaugh, Rubber Kusturd, 2016-17, cast rubber composite with tire rubber from Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC Akron, Ohio; bronze, 12 x 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture 2016.25

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COLLECTION FEATURE: MARK MOTHERSBAUGH, RUBBER KUSTURD Coming soon to the Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries Mark Mothersbaugh created the Rubber Kusturd—part of a series of bronze ice cream cones topped with custardshaped forms made of different materials—in honor of his hometown. The Akron Art Museum will debut this sculpture, displayed on a custom-designed rotating pedestal, in the Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries during First Night Akron, December 31, 2017. Mothersbaugh may be best known as the co-founder of the new wave band DEVO, but he has also enjoyed a career as an accomplished visual artist. The Akron Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland collaboratively presented the artist’s retrospective exhibition, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia in 2016. Mothersbaugh describes the inspiration for Rubber Kusturd below: Hello, my name is Mark Mothersbaugh, I was born just down the street from the Akron Art Museum. I grew up here at a time when it was still considered “the Rubber Capital of the World.” Hard to believe 130 different companies were producing rubber at that time. I remember the smell of vulcanized rubber emanating from the factories, and although it stunk, it was the smell of bustling industry—success. My grandfather was employed by Firestone in the 1930s and lost two fingers in a tire press, only to be walked to the foreman’s office, bandage around his bleeding hand, and watch a two week “severance” paycheck get written to him before he was fired. Luckily he found work at a neighboring tire factory. There was a great sense of job security back then and families like mine flourished here. I remember in the 1970s, dressing in DEVO hazmat yellow suits, and posing for pictures as if we were on a construction line at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Museum, pictures that would later be splashed across the covers of English music papers with the title: “DEVO, the band of the future!” Well, now this is the future and the rubber tire industry in Akron has been shipped overseas. The Rubber Kusturd is my homage to the city of Akron Ohio, its rubber industry and the Akron Art Museum for being a beacon of culture here. The Rubber Kusturd is cast composite from Genuine Akron Tire Rubber from the very last rubber tire manufacturer in Akron, Ohio, Bridgestone Tire. Thank You. Mark Mothersbaugh

RUBBER KUSTURD PRINT When Mark Mothersbaugh’s sculpture Rubber Kusturd arrived at the Akron Art Museum early in 2017, the wooden shipping crate it came in had an unexpected bonus. In giving his artwork a sendoff, Mothersbaugh drew a picture of it on the side of the crate, and scribbled a riddle familiar to most Ohioans “What’s round on the end and high in the middle?” along with what became the title of the print An Homage to When Rubber Was King. Museum staff was taken with the charming drawing, and it seemed a shame not to share it somehow. Working with Professor Hui-Chu Ying of the University of Akron Myers School of Art printmaking department, the museum commissioned a print of Mothersbaugh’s drawing with her students. The result, created by Danny Herman, Allison Jones, Matthew Leonhard, Nate Gilchrist, Winnie Daulbaugh, Raven Burdette and Jared Faust with Ying’s instruction, was printed in a limited edition of 175. Now you can own one of the iconic artworks that celebrates Mothersbaugh’s sculpture, Rubber Kusturd. Museum members can purchase copies of the print beginning Thursday, November 30, 2017. Non-members can purchase copies beginning December 31, 2017. They are available in the Museum Shop for $150. z Dominic Caruso, Marketing Manager WINTER 2017

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Al Bright 90th Anniversary Performance, Photo by Carl Leet

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT BRENDA HAIRSTON What made you decide to become a Member of the Akron Art Museum? Although I had visited the galleries and gift shop over the past 30 years, those visits were usually during Downtown@Dusk, or a recommended exhibition. One day I picked up a copy of the museum’s VIEW magazine, and I was amazed at the number of programs and variety of activities that are offered at the Akron Art Museum. I became a member and joined Moving Connections, a self-care class held in the galleries and led by members of Verb Ballets. Their goal? To improve and maintain our strength, posture, balance, coordination and flexibility. We had fun in the process and left with knowledge of the artists and the artworks surrounding us in the galleries. The museum has activities for all ages that can enhance the whole person. They have developed partnerships with local organizations that help support our community.

Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

What benefit of Membership do appreciate the most and why? An early peek into the season’s offerings. I note my calendar as not to miss one-time events like artist talks, artist demonstrations, or community forums. Membership offers special programs and previews to exhibitions, events and gallery tours. I also like the flexibility of browsing the galleries at my leisure.

How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Each year from June to August, the summer concert series, Downtown@Dusk becomes a musical reunion of sorts. It comes complete with a park-like setting, good food and beverage choices and the festive greetings of many music lovers. Some of which I may only see at this annual event, and others who have become long-time friends. Downtown@Dusk has become a summer tradition for many years, and I always look forward to it. Another event that impacted me personally was the Empty Bowls Project. This was a fundraising event that benefited The Good Samaritan Hunger Center. Beautifully handmade bowls made by local artists’ Claudia and Michael Zeber-Martell were filled with soup and served by local restaurants and caterers. It was truly an artful and heartfelt outreach collaboration that connected individuals with the broader community. Are there particular works of art in the collection, or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? The national tour of Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui was organized by the Akron Art Museum, and was presented as part of the museum’s 90th anniversary celebration. His works are an example of what an artist can do with common discarded materials. It was a stunning exhibition! InsidelOut is a new favorite of mine! The outdoor project shows what happens when the museum, community organizers and neighborhoods engage with one another. During InsidelOut, several communities throughout the greater Akron area gain the opportunity to become galleries and host 40 art reproductions from the museum’s collection. Media promotions heighten the fun, and challenge members from the community to visit each work. It is a wonderful experience having art sprinkled throughout our neighborhoods. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? Oh yes, and I jockeyed through the crowd for the best view! It goes back to the 90th anniversary celebration when featured artist Al Bright captured and engaged a large festive audience as he painted, very rhythmically, to a live jazz trio performance of the Jessie Dandy Trio. Bright reminded us that day that art is in everyone, and has been part of us since we were scribbling toddlers.

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ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBERSHIPS For more than 95 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 demonstrating support for the arts in our community. Akron Children's Hospital Amer Insurance Best Commercial Energy Systems BPI Information Systems Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Central Graphics & Signs Cohen & Company Dominion Energy Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply FirstEnergy Grants Plus Greater Akron Chamber Harwick Standard The J.M. Smucker Company Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial Myers School of Art Ohio CAT Oldham Company, LLC Printing Concepts Risk International Services, Inc. Roderick Linton Belfance LLP S.A. Comunale, Co., Inc. Securitec One, Inc. Sequoia Financial Group Sikich LLP Star Printing Company, Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. TKM Join online at memberships or call Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222.


Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

“From an early age, my parents introduced me to works of art at every opportunity. I grew to understand that art is an intuitive response to the human experience—a window into the mind and soul of the artist, a creative expression of culture, circumstance, and emotion. I recall accompanying my parents to art galleries wherever we travelled at home or abroad. My mother’s knowledgeable commentary on the paintings and objects we viewed stimulated my sense of wonder at the artist’s intention, imagination and technique. I was beguiled by the ideas expressed in artists’ work. No two paintings or objects were alike. Where did their ideas come from? What were they trying to say? The Akron community is greatly blessed to have so wonderful an institution as the Akron Art Museum bringing people together through art and art education to enrich their lives and understanding of art’s vital role in transmitting new ideas and interpreting the human experience.” - Nanette Ryerson, Annual Fund Supporter – Exhibitions

DONATE TODAY At the Akron Art Museum, we believe art is for everyone! We recognize the power of art to inspire, educate, and heal the mind and soul. Thanks to your generous support, we are able to offer meaningful art experiences through our world class collection, exhibitions and public programs. Join supporters such as the Ryersons to help make all of our programs possible! Donate to the Akron Art Museum with a gift to the Annual Fund. To make a contribution, please complete the enclosed envelope or visit AkronArtMuseum. org/Donate to make your gift online. If you have any questions, or if you wish to donate by phone, please contact Jeneé Garlando, Senior Development Officer, at 330.376.9186 x222.


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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 visions 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.



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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 WINTER 2017

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ART WORKS BUSINESS MEMBER SPOTLIGHT GRANTS PLUS DANA TEXTORIS, DIRECTOR OF CLIENT ENGAGEMENT Field: Fundraising consulting services for nonprofits City: Cleveland What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member? We’ve developed a great partnership with the Akron Art Museum since teaming with the advancement staff to raise funds for the museum’s exhibitions and programming. Our work together has deepened our understanding of the important role the museum plays in Akron’s arts and culture sector. We were already big fans of the museum when we learned about the Art Works Business Membership program. It was an easy decision to say yes, since we want to support the museum and we love to extend fun opportunities to our team (in fact, one of our company’s core values is “fun”!). Being active as an Art Works Business Member is also helping us become more involved in the Akron community. Photo by Heather Campbell

How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? I’ve personally been able to come down from Cleveland to visit the museum several times in the past year. Most recently, I attended Downtown@Dusk, which is such a cool summer event. In addition, a group of our staff members attended the Time to Shine! Alchemy opening party in October, and we are eager to plan an excursion for our whole team to visit the museum in 2018. What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why? Most exciting to us is the chance to plan a company day at the museum. We are looking forward to inviting some of our key clients to mix with our staff and tour the galleries. This type of special offering fits perfectly with our brand and our client engagement strategy. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why? It just so happens that the theme of the opening party for the Alchemy exhibit – “Time to Shine” – is the same exact theme Grants Plus has been celebrating all year! This is our company’s tenth year of helping nonprofits get grants, which we marked with a dazzling party of our own. Not to mention, as a fundraising company, gold is a perfect symbol for our work in the philanthropy world! Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important – for individuals, families, communities – your employees? The Akron Art Museum is important because it truly lives up to its motto of “Live Creative.” The museum exposes people of all ages and of all backgrounds to the arts, prompting them to reflect, stretch their thinking, and make meaning. The museum is committed to access for everyone through its Free Thursdays and no-cost community programming. The museum’s new Rogers Garden has added a fabulous public green space to the Akron community. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? During the course of Grants Plus’s work with the Akron Art Museum, the museum’s Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery was featuring an enormous inflatable exhibition called Wiggle, Giggle, Jiggle by Jimmy Kuehnle. The interactive sculpture invited visitors to travel within a red fabric maze that alternated between light and total darkness. Whenever our team member Kari needed a small break while she was working onsite at the museum, she could always pop downstairs to walk through the sculpture or look at other works of art to refresh and renew her focus. Jimmy Kuehnle, Wiggle, Giggle Jiggle (installation view), 2016, kinetic, inflated polyester, fans, Arduino, electronics, LED lights, Commisioned by the Akron Art Museum, Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

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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 November 15, 2017: DIRECTOR’S GOLD CIRCLE - $2,500


Ms. Nancy Brennan Mr. Karl Reuther and Dr. Gayle Galan

Cohen & Company, CPAs Famous Supply Greater Akron Chamber Risk International Services, Inc. Roderick Linton Belfance LLP Sequoia Financial Group Sikich LLP State and Federal Communications, Inc.

DIRECTOR’S CIRCLE - $1,000 Mr. and Mrs. John Katzenmeyer Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach

CULTURE CLUB - $500 Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling

MODERN CONTEMPORARIES $250 Mr. Mark Goodman Ms. Emily O'Brien and Mr. Thomas Manahan

ART ADVOCATE - $150 Mr. and Mrs. Donald Dieterich Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hull Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Hunter Ms. Janice Lessman-Moss and Mr. Al Moss Mr. David Reynolds Mr. and Mrs. Clay B. Rhinehart Mr. Jeffrey Walter

ART HOUSE - $75 Mrs. Maria Lorena Arredondo Kathleen Akins Jessica Bollinger Jack & Cindy Bouer Ms. Sally J. Childs Ms. Kristen Cliffel Mrs. Susan Colville-Hall Tiffany M. Crabtree Meredith Hillard Crouse Kathleen Davis Christina Delaney Erin Dickinson Mr. Cris Drugan Ms. Emily Gifford Rosanna & Ryan Harding Linda G. Heising Jennifer Horomanski Leah and Kyle Kulpinski Christopher J. Mallin


Del Miller Nicole Murphy Ms. Heather Nagel Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nelson Mr. and Mrs. John Pajk Patricia Picard & David Peloquin Ms. Ella Grace Reitz Andrea & David Reusch Bill & Pat Reynolds Mrs. Denise Robinson Stephen & Barbara Rudolph David Seaberg Kathie Sizemore Mrs. Christine Quil Christina L. Ughrin Dr. Ralph White Ms. Joady Willis

ART ENTHUSIAST - $50 Ms. Virginia L. Abell Ms. Dyan Boli Sara Candle Ms. Margaret S. Chesler Taylor Nicole Clapp Tara Custer Ms. Michele K. Donnelly Brett Drummond Joan D. Earlson Care Hanson Dru Hoyt Lyle Jenkins Mike Juskiw Diane Kozak Sharon Kozak Linda Liesem Jean A. Lucas Ms. Diane Orender April Post

Mr. Dave J. Repicky Mr. George Selover Ms. Sharon Stump Esther L. Thomas Jean Trawick Alix Vernon Kim Whitt Mary Wing

ART SEEKER - $25 Majeda Alhinai Mr. David Benn Ms. Karen Bowman Darlene Hess D. Jackson Barbara Jaffee Steven Kestler Caryn E. Neumann Robert Oaks Alberta Williams Jaclyn Bree Young

Join the Akron Art Museum as a MEMBER today

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!

Art Works Business Memberships also available. Share the joy of LIVE CREATIVE with your employees today!

Join today! For yourself or as a gift by calling Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or by visiting

The Akron Art Museum extends its sincere appreciation to the following funders for their generous support this year as of November 15, 2017: Acme Fresh Market Akrochem Corporation Akron Children’s Hospital Akron Community Foundation Akron Legacy & Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron Allan Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation Amer Insurance Audio Technica US Inc. Bank of America Charitable Foundation Barberton Community Foundation Bemis Company Foundation Berlin Family Foundation Myrna Berzon Best Commercial Energy Services Frances Yates Bittle Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. BPI Information Systems Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Broadleaf Partners, LLC Bruce and Erica Greer Family Foundation Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLP Burton D. Morgan Foundation Central Graphics & Signs Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Chipotle Mexican Grill Cohen & Company, CPAs Mr. & Mrs. George W. Daverio, Jr. Dominion Energy EarthQuaker Devices Edwin J. Thomas Foundation

Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply Fifth Third Bank FirstEnergy Foundation FirstMerit Bank GAR Foundation Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund of Akron Community Foundation GOJO Industries Grants Plus Harwick Standard Herbert and Dianne Newman Fund of Akron Community Foundation Hilton Garden Inn – Akron Jean P. Wade Foundation John A. McAlonan Fund John P. Murphy Foundation John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial Joseph & Pam Kanfer 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 Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation M. G. O’Neil Foundation

Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust McMillen Family Companies Merryweather Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation 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 Oldham Company, LLC Olin Partnership, LTD. OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Anne & Don Palmer PNC Printing Concepts, Inc. R.C. and Katherine Musson Charitable Foundation Rebecca D. and William H. Considine Family Fund of Akron Community Foundation Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation Risk International Services, Inc. Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation Roderick Linton Belfance LLP Peter & Nanette Ryerson

S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Lewis Sage and Katharine Sheppard Samuel Reese Willis Foundation Securitec One. Inc. Sequoia Financial Group Shaw Memorial Fund of Akron Community Foundation Sikich LLP The Sisler McFawn Foundation Star Printing Co., Inc. State And Federal Communications, 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 Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation The Smithers Group, Inc. The Welty Family Foundation TKM Print Solutions Welty Building Company Ltd. Western Reserve Public Media


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All photos by Shane Wynn Photography except * by Tim Fitzwater Photography



William Sommer, Bach Chord, 1923, oil on composition board, 20” x 13 ¾”, Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Russell Munn in memory of Helen G. Munn

Alchemy: Transformations In Gold by Laura Burkhalter brings together a group of international artists whose work incorporates gold (or another metal disguised as gold). $25

The Akron Art Museum, in partnership with regional printer Rudinec & Associates, offers a variety of high quality prints of your favorite Akron Art Museum images. View selection and place orders at

A graphic interpretation of Mark Mothersbaugh’s sculpture Rubber Kusturd is digitally printed on super soft, grey tri-blend T-shirts. T-shirts printed in Columbus, Ohio. Available in men’s and women’s sizes. $30

Frank Lloyd Wright The House Beautiful Greeting Assortment from Galison 16 gold embellished cards in 8 designs in a pretty box $16.99

Deluxe Zen Garden from Toysmith is a miniature version of the traditional Japanese meditative garden. 9” x 9” $30

String Dolls from Kamibashi are Fair Trade handmade in Thailand. Measures 2”–3” $10.95

Mark Mothersbaugh, An Homage to When Rubber Was King limited edition print $150 Museum members can purchase Rubber Kusturd T-shirts and prints beginning Thursday, November 30, 2017. Non-members can purchase T-shirts beginning December 14, 2017 and prints beginning December 31, 2017.

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Gilded Journals from Galison include 160 lined pages and feature embossed covers and gilded page edges. $14.99

Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas: Advice and Projects from 50 Successful Artists by Danielle Krysa is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. $29.95

Mini Squigz from Fat Brain Toy Co. are 40% smaller than original Squigz. 75 pieces Ages 5+ $19.95 Solmate socks are knit in the USA with recycled cotton. $17.95

Squigz from Fat Brain Toy Co. connect to each other and solid, non-porous surfaces. 24 pieces Ages 3+ $24.95

Original Buddha Board Measures 12” x 9.5” $34.95

Mini Buddha Board Measures 5” x 5” $14.95

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book: Make a World Using simple shapes, Ed Emberley shows would-be artists how to draw over 400 things, such as an airplane, anteater, submarine, train, kangaroo, gondola and much much more! Ages 7+ $7.99

Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Faces Using simple shapes, Ed Emberley shows would-be artists how to draw a variety of fun and wacky faces. Ages 7+ $7.99

Jumbo Glow-in-the-Dark Magnatab from Kid O Measures 7.6” x 9.3” x .75” Ages 3+ $34.95

Fashion Studio by Helen Moslin contains everything you need to create 50 fabulous miniature paper outfits. Set includes designer paper, pattern templates, cardstock hangers, clothes racks and a dressmaker’s dummy. Ages 8+ $19.99

Tangram Race by Mudpuppy Using 7 shaped cards, 2 players race to complete each design or 1 player can master all the designs! Includes 2 colorful tangram sets and 30 double sided challenge cards. Ages 6+ $13.99

Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative, No Matter How Busy You Are by Danny Gregory teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art. $19.95


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