Summer 2018 View Magazine

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turning visitors into supporters. In order for everyone to have the opportunity to participate in the museum’s story, we must first come to the realization that as art museums we are not just in the art business; we are in the people business. At the Akron Art Museum we believe that art is for everyone, and we see the relationship with our community as an integral part of our mission to enrich the lives of every member, nonmember, frequent or occasional visitor, donor or guest. Our commitment to addressing diversity, inclusion and equity with our staff and board is also a critical component to the continued success of the museum, and will likely be the most important cornerstone initiative the museum has undertaken in its 96-year history. In the next few months, the museum will participate in an organizationwide set of initiatives to further define—and share with the community—its institutional values. We will also share a new initiative to transform and ignite what we refer to as the Akron Art Museum Experience in order to introduce visitors and supporters to a new digital program supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Adopting digital technology to enhance the AAM Experience will help launch the museum into the 21st century and create fresh and exciting ways of sharing art with the community. Photo by Bruce Ford


When I think about art museums as democratic spaces, places where anyone can have an exceptional art experience regardless of their level of education, economic or social status, I am reminded of why I chose a career in the arts in the first place. It wasn’t so I could wear black clothes every day and go to fancy gallery openings. It was because of a boundless desire to share my love and passion for art with the world. Providing the opportunity for people to experience art according to the experience they seek is not just a way to build visitorship or membership, it is good business and the most rewarding aspect of working in an art museum.

“… as art museums we are not just in the art business; we are in the people business.” If art is good business, then why is it that as cultural institutions we continue to under-deliver on the very experience that could ultimately be the magic potion to transform an art space into a viable cultural exchange? The life blood of any cultural organization is how it transforms ideas into experiences and stories into memories, thereby

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“… our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion and justice.” We understand that change can be scary and potentially unsettling, but we are committed to making the AAM Experience transformational, engaging and relevant to contemporary art and life. According to Bryan Stevenson, the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative and a public interest lawyer, “… our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion and justice.” Nowhere is it more relevant than in the work of artists and museums to combine these principles to serve our community. The museum is committed to developing and delivering exceptional experiences by connecting visitors with important works of modern and contemporary art through our collection and exhibitions while integrating digital technology to strengthen engagement. If you would like to assist the museum in defining the AAM Experience, please share with me your most memorable AAM Experience at Thank you! z

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FRONT INTERNATIONAL: CLEVELAND TRIENNIAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART July 14 – September 30, 2018 Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Pepsi Baby (detail), 2015, framed texts, photographs, objects. Objects: 7.9 x 2 x 2 in. and 3 x 2.4 x 0.9 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea

ED EMBERLEY: BETTER YOU THAN ME Through July 15, 2018 Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me installation mural detail by curator Caleb Neelon, 2018, acrylic, 3 1/4 x 50 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist

FRAMEWORKS: PAINTINGS BY DRAGANA CRNJAK, ANDREA JOKI AND MATTHEW KOLODZIEJ Through September 9, 2018 Dragana Crnjak, Hold 4, 2018, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 84 in., Courtesy of the artist

JERRY BIRCHFIELD: ASLEEP IN THE DUST Through September 23, 2018 Jerry Birchfield, Yes, They Were Made to Level, 2018, PVC conduit, glass, plastic drop cloths, wood, Masonite, cardboard, metal, foam, plaster, concrete, papier-mâché, Plexiglas, paint, flour, dust, arrows, 80 x 159 1/2 x 115 in. Installation at Akron Art Museum, 2018. Photo Mike Crupi Photography

PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES July 26, 2018 - July 14, 2019 Alex Harris, Chamisal, New Mexico, Looking North from Juan Dominguez's 1957 Chevrolet Impala, July 1987, Chromogenic print, 18 x 23 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of William S. Lipscomb

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An American City

Eleven Cultural Exercises

July 14 – September 30, AKRON ART MUSEUM


FRONT INTERNATIONAL: CLEVELAND TRIENNIAL FOR CONTEMPORARY ART Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries, Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby

An American City: Eleven Cultural Exercises is the first edition of FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, a multivenue exhibition that spans Cleveland, Akron and Oberlin. More than 115 national, international and local artists are participating in exhibitions across the region, many producing new work in response to the histories and present-day social fabric of Northeast Ohio communities. Akron Art Museum presents the most expansive exhibition of the FRONT venues with artworks and installations by fifteen artists from the US, Europe, South America, the Middle East and Asia. The artwork offers new perspectives on Akron’s landscape, neighborhoods and socioeconomic divisions and introduces a wide range of related issues including invention and obsolescence, optimism and aspiration. @akronartmuseum #akronartmuseum @fronttriennial #frontart2018

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The importance of urban social spaces in shaping cultural dynamics is highlighted by Nicholas Buffon (b. 1987, Seattle, WA), who made a series of self-portrait drawings in which he placed himself outside a variety of queer spaces in Akron. Locations such as Interbelt Nite Club and Akron Steam and Sauna are Nicholas Buffon, Shadows on the Square, 2018, acrylic paint, featured amid neighborhood pencil, carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 13 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York landscapes and architecture. The lush, intricate drawings ask us to consider marginalized people and places within our cities. Jessica Vaughn’s (b. 1983, Chicago, IL) mass-produced Chicago Transit Authority bus seats, arranged in a neat grid on the wall, suggest patterns of movement through public spaces as dictated by municipal,

Jessica Vaughn, After Willis (rubbed, used and moved) #005 (detail), 2017, 36 individual pairs of used machine fabricated public transit train seats (Chicago Transit Authority 1998-2011). Courtesy of the artist and Martos Gallery, New York

Visible Collective, Disappeared in America I: Patriot Story (still), 2004, video, duration , 7 mins 25 sec. Courtesy of Visible Collective

Brenna Murphy, Axis Spread, 2017, Courtesy of the artist and Upfor Gallery


county, and state institutions. Vaughn’s seats—which she describes as “rubbed, used and moved”— contain a history of human presence. A prominent glowing neon sign in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby by Nasser Al Salem (b. 1984, Mecca, Saudi Arabia) asks viewers to consider their place in society as they enter the galleries. In Arabic, the sign reads “Arab,” while a flashing accent alternately changes the word’s meaning to “foreigner.” The museum’s Jerry and Patsy Shaw Video Box features four films by Visible Collective (2004 - 2007), a group of artists, organizers, and lawyers who united to fight what they described as “post-9/11 security panic.” The videos look at the experience of being treated as an outsider—and a threat— in your own home. The future of cities may be most aptly embodied in the imagined worlds of Brenna Murphy (b. 1986, Edmonds, WA). Invoking optimism and embracing technology, Murphy utilizes tools such as 3-D computer modeling, sound, video and digital and 3-D printing to generate her artwork. She assembles psychedelic, labyrinthine worlds that resemble ancient civilizations and utopian futuristic spaces. Murphy believes that future technology will focus on human interaction. She hopes for a kind of digital utopia where “we can use our connectivity to transcend our current state and bring a more advanced outlook to our place in the world.” z Ellen Rudolph, Chief Curator


This exhibition is presented as part of Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Its presentation at the Akron Art Museum is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Richard and

Alita Rogers Family Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust, The J. M. Smucker Company, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC and Akron/Sum mit Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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An American City

Eleven Cultural Exercises

Akron connections to the global art of FRONT: A series of gallery talks, dialogues, readings and performances



Thursday, July 26 • 7:30 pm Come for the Downtown@Dusk concert and visit the galleries during the band break for a discussion with DJ Brad Savage of 91.3 The Summit.

Thursday, September 6 • 6:30 pm A discussion of Visible Collective’s Disappeared in America series led by filmmaker Josh Gippen in conversation with members of Akron’s Muslim community.



Thursday, August 9 • 6:30 pm A gallery discussion with engaged Akronites from Africa and Asia, featuring residents from the African Market in North Hill and members of the Bhutanese Community Association.

PEACE CIRCLE WITH THE W.O.M.B. Thursday, August 16 • 6:30 pm Daritta Davis of the W.O.M.B. will lead a peace circle titled Imagine Life at Age 12. This exercise will take place in the galleries with a tour of works related to urban life and social justice following the activity. 5 |


Thursday, September 13 • 6 pm Poetry reading with Wick Poetry Center and Urban Vision below Nasser Al Salem's Arabi/Gharbi neon installation in the museum's lobby.

ARTIST TALK: NICHOLAS BUFFON Thursday, September 20 • 6:30 pm Artist Nicholas Buffon highlighted LGBTQ landmarks in Cleveland and Akron in a series of paintings, drawings and sculptures in the FRONT exhibition. In this talk, the artist will discuss his work and participate in a dialogue with members of those businesses and organizations depicted in the work.

ALBUM COVER WORKSHOP Thursday, August 2 • 6:30 pm Create your own fictional band, write their story and rework a vintage record cover to reflect their sound in this hands on workshop geared towards adults and teens. $5 members. $10 nonmember. Register at eventregistration.

Above from left to right: Gerard Byrne, In Our Time (detail), 2017, single channel film installation; rear projection including mise-enscène elements with 8 channel audio, dimensions variable © Gerard Byrne; Courtesy Lisson Gallery. Photographer: Damien Elliott. Visible Collective, Disappeared in America III: Lingering Twenty (still), 2005, video, 4 min 47 sec, Courtesy of Visible Collective, Nicholas Buffon, Akron Art Museum Entrance, 2018, acrylic paint, pencil, and carbon transfer on Bristol paper, 9 5/8 x 7 in. Courtesy of the artist and Callicoon Fine Arts, New York


OPENING DAY Saturday, July 14, 2018 11 am - 5 pm



Thursday, July 19 • 5 pm Join team members from Curated Storefront and Akron Soul Train on a walking tour of downtown Akron’s storefront exhibitions featuring artwork by local and regional artists. Some of the presenting artists will join in the tour to briefly talk about their work. The tour will conclude back at the Akron Art Museum in time for the Downtown@Dusk concert series beginning at 6:30 pm in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden.

TOURS Curator-led themed tours offered through the run of the Front exhibition



Saturday, July 21 • 2 pm


Akron Art Museum Auditorium

Thursday, August 30 • 6:30 pm Four local and regional artists with artwork featured in the Curated Storefront project in downtown Akron will each give short artist talks about their work and artistic process. The talks will conclude in a panel Q&A with all of the artists.

Saturday, August 18 • 2 pm

CONSUME OR CONSUMED: EXPLORING THEMES OF MASS PRODUCTION, LABOR AND CONSUMPTION Saturday, September 15 • 2 pm Jamal Cyrus, Pride Record findings—Tokyo, 2005–2016, collage on paper, wood paneling, wood shelving, plastic bags, 24 1/4 x 24 1/4 x 1/4 in. Courtesy Inman Gallery, Houston, Texas. Photo credit Thomas DuBrock

Walead Beshty, Office Work (Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402), 2017, Canon imageCLASS D1350 Monochrome Laser All-in-One Printer, Copier, Scanner, Fax F161402, 71 1/2 x 28 3/8 x 28 3/8 in., Courtesy of the artsit and Petzel, New York

These events are free and open to all.


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INSIDE THE ARTIST’S PROCESS In this issue of VIEW, Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph continues interviews with the Frameworks artists to get a glimpse of how they work. Each artist approaches painting as a way of exploring the intersections of memory, time and place. Here Dragana Crnjak and Andrea Joki share what inspires their particular compositions and painting processes.

ANDREA JOKI ER: How do your compositions evolve? AJ: The compositions that I loosely aim for are ones that give a feeling of place, of movement, sometimes alluding to light phenomenon and the natural world, sometimes creating more of a psychological landscape. ER: What inspired you to apply geometric frameworks on top of splatter paintings? AJ: Gesture and geometry are really two different ways of painting. The gestural marks are often more intuitive and embrace more of an unknowing, whereas the precise lines are analytical and planned. In Magic Mountain, I took finished splatter-field paintings and then cancelled them out with layers of masked lines of oil paint pulled across the surface. It was my way of conveying an idea of erasure, disappearance, and the resilience of the underlying painting that never totally disappeared. I find it interesting that the more analytic precision of the geometric veils sometimes feels more alive than the loose, colorful under-painting. ER: How do your experiences of a particular place or moment get translated into paint? AJ: My work is deeply influenced by impressions and sensory experience of place. I travel a lot as research for my work. It’s not necessarily the destination that informs my work—it’s the experience of moving through space on the road in my car across great distances. I’m aware of the sounds of wheels on the asphalt, the changes in weather, the shifting landscapes as the miles accumulate. I’ve spent a lot of time in the Mojave Desert, and Magic Mountain captures an essence of that place. The desert scenery appears static and unchanging, like it’s been this way for millions of years. Yet, when I hike through the desert, the landscape becomes alive, flickering with color. Like the desert, Magic Mountain might first appear to feel fixed…yet, with time and observation, the painting wakes up the eye with the flicker of the two fields interacting; colorful vibrations.

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Andrea Joki, Magic Mountain, 2015, oil and acrylic on linen, 72 x 60 in., Courtesy of the artist and Gebert Contemporary

DRAGANA CRNJAK ER: Where do you find the images that serve as the basis for your compositions? DC: While traveling to Serbia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Montenegro in 2015, I started collecting textile patterns used in Serbian medieval monasteries and traditional embroideries. I was particularly drawn to the intricate beauty of a hand-stitched embroidery called Zmijanjski Vez, which is based on a simple geometric repetition. ER: How do those textile patterns get integrated into the paintings? DC: It starts with me sitting at a table, looking, rearranging, folding, photographing and folding again these small printed images of patterns until a certain arrangement sort of settles in. Next, I project the image onto the canvas and trace it with paint. I enjoy this phase because it has to be done in a completely dark room, and it involves quickly tracing down the pattern, as if mapping something familiar, then trusting the map. Turning the lights back on always reveals something unpredictable—certain subtle qualities I am not aware of while tracing the image. That patterned layer carries a relationship with the original photographic image, which is important to me. ER: Your paintings appear to be diagramming something, connecting points on a kind of map. Are you charting something specific in your paintings? DC: I do approach the painting process as diagramming. The physical experiences of places dominate the way I process the world around me. I am sure this is connected to being an immigrant—the strong sense of displacement and processes of adjustment, like learning the language. While I feel pretty well adjusted now after living in America for 20 years, my relationship to places I visit remains the driving force in the work. I do not try to recreate my experiences though—the painting is always a map of its own place and time. ER: How do the textile patterns work in your paintings? DC: I love the idea of fabricated landscapes in painting; the potential for these intricate decorative elements to be transformed into landscape-like fields that a viewer can physically relate to. ER: What function do the stripes serve in your paintings? DC: I often think of the geometric elements as suggesting impalpable qualities such as the quiet sound of scanning or pulsing, as well as a sense of time through their repetition. They also suggest manmade architectural features. I like to emphasize ideas of structuring, opening, shifting and building. 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.

Dragana Crnjak, Unfolding, 2018, Charcoal and acrylic on wall, 190 x 112 in., Courtesy of the artist


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Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust Through September 23, 2018 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Known primarily for his work as a photographer, Jerry Birchfield is deeply engaged in sculptural media. Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust highlights the three-dimensional aspects of the artist’s multifaceted art practice. A Cleveland native, Birchfield incorporated cross-disciplinary study and theory into his formal training in photography. As a result, his work eludes simple classification and challenges us to reconsider the relationships between images and objects. Central to Asleep in the Dust is an ambitious sculpture created in response to the gallery’s architecture. A variety of objects are assembled upon and within a glass-topped skeletal platform structure that was modeled after a stage. Some of the components reveal their humble beginnings as trash or studio scraps—tall forms were made from scrap wood, and blobs of plaster were originally the excess of poured slabs. Cardboard boxes, shims and tin cans can be identified under layers of paint and wheat paste. Within the environment of the overall structure where their places have been carefully assigned by the artist, these basic items become otherworldly, as though they might be unidentified artifacts of another dimension. Yes, They Were Made to Level is meant to be viewed from all sides. However, Birchfield also had the goal of making a photograph in mind during its assembly. He adjusted the sculpture’s frontal composition in response to the work’s appearance through his camera’s viewfinder (the resulting image is reproduced below). The linear silhouette of Yes, They Were Made to Level frames photographs and relief sculptures displayed on the gallery walls in various ways depending upon the viewer’s location. Asleep in the Dust invites us to consider Birchfield’s sculptures and photographs in tandem rather than as separate creative endeavors, thus illustrating the integrative nature of his artistic practice. z Elizabeth M. Carney, Assistant Curator Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust is organized by the Akron Art Museum with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, and the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation.

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AKRON ART MUSEUM Jerry Birchfield, Yes, They Were Made to Level, 2018, mixed media, 80 x 159 1/2 x 115 in. Installation at Akron Art Museum, 2018. Photo courtesy of the artist

La Wilson, Retrospective, 2004-2006, assemblage, 34 7/8 x 46 ¼ x 9 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased, by exchange, with funds from Mr. Lucian Q. Moffitt 2006.34

COLLECTION FEATURE: LA WILSON, RETROSPECTIVE Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation Galleries Retrospective, a sculpture by the celebrated Northeast Ohio artist La Wilson, is back on view in the Akron Art Museum’s Haslinger Galleries. Wilson, who passed away at the age of 93 on March 30 at her Hudson, Ohio home, enjoyed nationwide acclaim for her assemblages of found objects in wooden boxes. Essentially self-taught, Wilson’s introduction to art began in 1954 when a friend convinced her to tag along for a beginning painting class at the then-Akron Art Institute. The thickly applied paint on Wilson’s surfaces led to collaging objects onto canvases, which evolved into a practice focused on three-dimensional assemblage. Wilson, who had three young children at the time, incorporated objects from everyday life into her work, such as buttons, tools, jewelry, dice and plastic forks, among many other items. “They had to be careful about putting their toys and things away, or they would end up in one of my boxes,” Wilson recalled of her sons and daughter in a 1986 interview. Retrospective, the artist’s largest and most complex work, is Wilson’s visual version of a greatest hits album, showcasing objects and strategies for arrangement that she used over her more than 50-year career. With Retrospective, as with all her sculptures, Wilson worked intuitively. “I am involved, but it’s sort of like [the material] is leading the way. Listening and seeing takes me to a place I’ve never been before,” she said in a 1998 interview. “It’s like if somebody came to you with a problem. You can’t solve the problem until you’ve listened to what they’re saying.” This process led to a body of work that is formally balanced, sensitive to material qualities and rich with narrative possibilities for the viewer’s imagination. Completed from 2004 to 2006, Retrospective is among six works by Wilson currently in the museum’s collection. The sculpture served as the centerpiece of La Wilson: Objects Transformed, a 2014 solo exhibition at the Akron Art Museum celebrating the artist’s distinguished career. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator


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Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery People often see the brightly colored rug, storybooks and kid-friendly, comfortable seating in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery and assume the space is meant primarily for children and families. But there’s a whole audience of grown-ups that love perusing the gallery, checking out the artwork, playing the gallery games and even curling up in the corner to read a picture book. This is especially true of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me. Ed Emberley has attracted all sorts of adult fans from fashion designers to graphic designers and comic book artists. Fashion designer Todd Oldham was so taken with Emberley’s work after discovering his drawing book of weirdos at a swap meet that he went on to publish a major monograph of Emberley’s work. “Seeing the book first as an adult, I was in awe of Ed’s ability to sort out form and movement with the most basic of shapes and combinations. He seems to see a sort of sacred geometry that inspires an instant drawing success for his students. Ed teaches not only a distinctive pathway to the arts but a way of seeing it,” remarks Oldham. University of Akron design professor and illustrator David Szalay didn’t discover Emberley until he was an adult. He and his wife collect vintage picture books, and he remembers snapping up the thumbprint book at a used book store. “I relate most to how Ed left the security of his job to go all in as a children’s book author and illustrator. He wasn’t satisfied before doing so and I’ve made similar decisions to get my life in synch,” comments Szalay who relates closely to Emberley’s biography. “Ed transformed his life and work to do what makes him happy. Ed is still pushing forward in his late 80s which says a lot, and I not only admire that, but plan to do the same,” concludes Szalay. Another local artist, Matthew Horak, credits Emberley with getting him excited about drawing as a child. Horak now illustrates the Marvel comic The Punisher. Horak also shares his love of Emberley’s books with his daughter. Horak will lead a drawing demonstration and speak about his interest in Emberley on June 7 at 6:30 pm. z Alison Caplan, Director of Education Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me as organized by Caleb Neelon for the Akron Art Museum and supported by a generous gift from the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation and Fifth Third Bank. Media sponsorship by ideastream®.

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PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES July 26, 2018 – July 14, 2019

Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery Whether it's revving up your engine to head out on a cross-country road trip or jumping on your bicycle to pick up a gallon of milk across town, transportation is an important part of life. We’re kicking off a year-long celebration of all the things that get us from point A to point B this summer. Experience transportation as muse in prints, paintings and photographs from the museum’s collection including works by Lee Friedlander, O. Winston Link, Patrick Nagatani, Harry Callahan, Bea Nettles and Raphael Gleitsmann. Explore engaging activities inspired by the works, such as a real train track that runs around the base of the gallery, and hear from local transportation enthusiasts in your neighborhood like the city planners and bus drivers who make this city go. In addition to the collection work on view, a sculpture by Los Angeles based artist Isla Hansen has been commissioned for this exhibition. Aeromorphiscope is an interactive, soft sculpture that asks visitors to take the controls of an anthropomorphic plane and jiggle and wiggle the passengers and crew to wake them from a deep sleep and keep the plane from plummeting down. Sound a little scary? This piece is actually fun, friendly and engaging, taking its inspiration from puppetry and cartoons. The work features several different animations that are activated by touch. The first form of animation is visible in the plane's two engines, taking the form of analog frame-by-frame images of birds in flight, like those captured by Eadweard Muybridge in the 1890s. The second form of animation that brings the airplane to life is two animatronic blinking eyes where the plane’s cockpit would otherwise be. This form of animation was made popular through the use of practical effects and puppetry in the television and film industry prior to computer generated animation. Finally, the third form of interactive animation makes use of 3-D graphics associated with contemporary animated cinema and games. Soft sensors in foam passenger arms sticking out of the plane can be pressed to morph the 3-D animated characters in the windows, changing their shape and bringing them to life. “As technology evolves, and machines have more and more in common with us, do we have more in common with the machine? Do we evolve together or at odds? Are we humans evolving at all? Or do we ride, high up in the sky, floating, levitating, asleep to what awaits us back down on earth?” muses Hansen in a statement about the work. z Alison Caplan, Director of Education Planes, Trains & Automobiles is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible through a generous gift from the Kathy Moses Salem Philanthropic Fund of Akron Community Foundation. All Corbin Gallery exhibitions are supported by the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation with additional funding from OMNOVA Solutions Foundation KATHY MOSES SALEM PHILANTHROPIC FUND OF AKRON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Isla Hansen in her studio with Aeromorphiscope in progress; Patrick Nagatani, "Simulation/Simulation," The Trestle, Nuclear Effects (Electromagnetic Pulses), 1990, Ilfocolor print, 20 x 24 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of George Stephanopoulos; Ralph Ladell Goings, Camper, 1972, lithograph on paper, 21 1/8 x 32 1/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ted Luntz; John Salt, Untitled, 1970–1971, offset lithograph on paper, 19 3/4 x 28 in. Colleciton of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of the O. K. Harris Gallery, New York


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MEMBER EXCLUSIVES Whether you are a member from our recent #GivingBACKTuesday campaign or you’ve been a member of the Akron Art Museum for years, we are excited to connect with you and experience the power of art together. Your membership gets you free admission to the galleries every day we are open. Many of our programs are free for members, too, like the tours offered on these pages. Join our tour guides for casual journeys that include highlights, fun facts and closer looks at the art featured in the galleries. Register for any of the upcoming tours or events at, and start exploring your creative life at the Akron Art Museum. Space is limited. Only 20 spots per tour. #GivingBACKTuesday members, when you check in at the front desk, you can pick up your membership card. It’s your ticket to art adventures all spring, summer and fall.

STROLLER TOURS Sunday, June 10 • 12 – 12:45 pm Sunday, July 15 • 12 – 12:45 pm Sunday, August 12 • 12 – 12:45 pm Cruise the museum on a tour navigated for our youngest members, birth to 12 months of age. See page 18 for more details. Space is limited! Only 5 strollers and 5 “baby-wearers” spots per tour.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS TOUR Thursday, June 21 • 6 pm Know someone who isn’t a museum member yet? Have them join you for a specially designed tour to take with a friend! Explore the museum learning surprises, secrets, fun facts to share with family and friends, and tips on how to get special member discounts every time you visit!

“LAST LOOK” ED EMBERLEY TOUR Tuesday, July 10 • 2 pm Did you grow up sketching from Ed Emberley’s drawing books? Did you read the award-winning Drummer Hoff as a kid? Even if you aren’t familiar with Emberley, here’s your chance to learn about the illustrator who has inspired children and professional artists and designers alike. Explore Emberley’s printmaking technique and draftsmanship and learn about his connections to art and history.

ARCHITECTURE TOUR Wednesday, July 18 • 11 am Learn more about the architecture of the Akron Art Museum. This tour will introduce you to the unique design elements, historical significance, and functional features of the museum space. You’ll learn about moveable walls and roof clouds as you explore the building from top to bottom.

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FRONT INTERNATIONAL TOUR: INNOVATION AND OBSOLESCENCE Tuesday, July 24 • 11 am Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of innovation and technology—are they equalizing forces in society? Artists present both optimistic and pessimistic views of invention, offering new perspectives on the world and our region. Maryam Jafri, Product Recall: An Index of Innovation. Ayds (detail), 2015 framed texts, photographs, objects. Object: 1.8 x 7.9 x 3.5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Laveronica arte contemporanea

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES INTERACTIVE TOUR Tuesday, July 31 • 11:15 am Tuesday, August 7 • 2 pm Get your motor running and head out on an interactive tour of Planes, Trains & Automobiles suited for kids of all ages and their grown-ups. Don’t let your creative engine run out this summer! Engage in a tour full of games and art activities.

GET TO KNOW YOUR MUSEUM TOUR Tuesday, August 21 • 11 am Whether you are brand new to the museum or have been a member for years, join us for an exciting exploration of the museum’s collection through an interactive tour which will include museum surprises, secrets, fun facts to share with family and friends, and tips on how to get special member discounts every time you visit!

“LAST LOOK” FRAMEWORKS TOUR Saturday, August 25 • 10:30 am Ever wonder how to look at abstract painting? Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph on a journey through space and time experiencing the work of three Northeast Ohio artists who use painting as a process of exploring the intersections of memory, time, place and the digital realm.

FRONT INTERNATIONAL TOUR: THE URBAN FABRIC Saturday, September 22 • 10:30 am Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in exploring the diverse artworks in Akron Art Museum’s FRONT presentation through the lens of civic organization—how does it affect the social and economic dynamics of a city? Artists reflect on how public infrastructure and social spaces divide and unite us. Willie Doherty, Dreams of Longing Dreams of Regret V, 2017, framed pigment prints mounted on dibond, 27 x 40 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist, Alexander and Bonin, New York, and Kerlin Gallery, Dublin. photo: Joerg Lohse


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Every Thursday • 11:30 am June 7 – August 23

Explore the galleries and investigate artwork on a museum adventure designed just for families. You’ll discover treasures, hunt for clues and see the world in a whole new way—without the hassle of packing a suitcase! Adventure tours include a 30-minute gallery experience and a 30-minute hands-on experience in the museum’s Summer Studio space. Registration required at akronartmus n Family Summer Adventure Tours are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.


Tuesday – Friday • 10 am June 5 – August 24

Bring your summer camp or day care group to the museum this summer for a hands-on museum adventure! Group tours include a 30-minute gallery experienc e and a 30-minute hands-on experienc e in the museum’s Summer Studio space. Required group size minimum is 10 students, maximum 30 students. Tours must be booked three weeks in advance. Free for most educational groups and organizations (please call to confirm details). Schedule your group tour at akronartmus or call Associate Educator, Gina Thomas McGee, at 330.376.918 6 x247 Summer Tours for School and Camp Groups are made possible with support from The Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Sisler McFawn Foundation, the Welty Family Foundation and the Lloyd L. & Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation.

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ouTdOor MOvIE NIGHT Thursday, July 19 0 pm Ar t activities • 7:30 – 8:3 Film • 9 – 10:30 pm

l? Fill up you r tan k wit h Run ning low on cre ative fue and Sus ie Rog ers Gar den an all- sta r line up in the Bud ine. Buc kle you r sea t tha t’s sur e to rev up you r eng m 6:3 0 – 8:3 0 pm , rev bel ts for Dow ntown @D usk fro fro m 7:3 0 – 8:3 0 pm , and up you r han ds- on- art sy sid e und er the sta rs fro m rall y for you r favorit e rac e car ing Mc Que en, in the 2017 9 – 10: 30 pm , sta rring Lig htn , Cars 3. Dis ney advent ure -co me dy film 26 y Jul ay, Rain dat e: Thu rsd

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All aboard for cruise creative! Join a museum educ ator on a tour mapped out for our youngest members, birth to 12 months of age, with a caregiver. Bring your curio us little traveler in a hands-free baby carrier or stroller to encourage closer looking and listening, with creative desti nations specially charted for baby’s budding curiosity and visual stimulation. While babies are soak ing up the color and shapes, adult s learn intriguing tidbit s abou t the artist s’ own family life, upbringing and early creative influe nces that made them who they are today. Tour group size is limited . Baby-wearing appare l or strolle r is a prereq uisite for partic ipation . Reser ve your strolle r parking spot by regist ering at akrona rtmus eum.o rg/ eventr egistr ation or call Educa tor for Family and Childr en’s Progra ms, Amand a Crowe, at 330.37 6.9186 x231.

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Sunday, June 10 • 12 – 12:45 pm

Str ess, Love, an d Belly Rubs

Sunday, July 15 • 12 – 12:45 pm

Playin g it by Ear

Sunday, August 12 • 12 – 12:45 pm Member Stroller Tours are made possible with suppo rt from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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l thinking skills which Arts experiences boost critica understand their and help children relate to others school year with artful world. Kick start your child’s e concepts, early approaches to math and scienc . Special guest: Dr. U.R. ent literacy and creative movem t and World Record Awesome! Skilled bubbleologis bubbles will perform p soa holder for largest outdoor from 11:30 am – 12 pm. an adult d for children ages 0-12, with Family Day events are designe the galleries to n issio Adm . free are s caretaker. Event-related activitie under and ALL children (age 17 and is also free for adult members adults. ber mem non to lies app n with an adult). Regular admissio PNC with e by the presenting spo nso r Family Day s are mad e pos sibl Mus son M. e arin Kath Mus son and add itional sup port from the R.C. Family Orr e ama Ann and O. ert Rob Cha ritab le Fou ndation and the Fou ndation.


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Jerry Birchfield and Liz Carney will discuss the artist’s creative practice and the collaborative process of developing the exhibition Jerry Birchfield: Asleep in the Dust. Free for members/Free with gallery admission for nonmembers.


Get a tour of Ed Emberley: Better You Than Me from a super fan. Matt Horak, art director at EarthQuaker Devices and artist for Marvel Comics’ The Punisher has been an Ed Emberley fan for life. Get a drawing demonstration from Horak, learn about how Emberley’s drawing books sparked Horak’s love of art and hear about how he built that passion into a career as you explore the exhibition. Free and open to all. Registration is required at Space is limited! Only 50 spots per tour.

ART, YOGA AND MEDITATION IN THE GARDEN Thursday, June 14 • 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Enhance your health, wellness and experience at the Akron Art Museum with an all-levels yoga class presented in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. This yoga program is an opportunity to stretch and strengthen your body and your mind. Led by certified and local Akron yoga instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind. Free to members, $10 nonmembers. Registration is required at Yoga in the Garden is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

For the eighth consecutive summer, the Akron Art Museum is proud to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day, May 28, through Labor Day, September 3, 2018. 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 11731 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, NOAA Commissioned Corps—and up to five family members.

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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:

PLANES, TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES OPENING PARTY Thursday, July 26 • 4:30 – 6:30 pm Celebrate the opening of the Planes, Trains & Automobiles exhibition. Be among the first to experience Isla Hansen’s interactive sculpture Aeromorphiscope. Take a ride on a rocket car, create transportation-inspired prints using train tracks and race cars and construct your own artistic paper airplane. Don’t forget to grab your suitcase and take a trip with Kyle of Wandering Aesthetics as he shares his best travel stories. O. Winston Link, Hot Shot Eastbound, Iaeger, West Virginia, August 2, 1956 (printed 1982–83), gelatin silver print, 15 1/2 x 19 1/2 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund

TMT TRIO PERFORMS IN JERRY BIRCHFIELD: ASLEEP IN THE DUST Thursday, August 23 • 6:30 – 8:30 pm TMT Trio will create an improvisational jazz experience in conversation with the art of Jerry Birchfield. Listeners can join at any time and view art during the performance. Free as part of Free Thursdays.

RUBBER CITY JAZZ FEST: PIANO-PALOOZA Friday, August 24 • 12 – 1:30 pm Saturday, August 25 • 12 – 1:30 pm

Get a taste of the vibrant Akron jazz scene at these lunchtime piano concerts at the museum during the 3rd annual Rubber City Jazz & Blues Fest. These free performances are not to be missed! No registration required. This event takes place in the Beatrice Knapp McDowell Grand Lobby.

BECOME A VOLUNTEER GALLERY GUIDE Information Session: Tuesday, August 7 • 11 am

Did you know volunteers give tours of the Akron Art Museum to over 8,000 visitors per year? They often happen behind the scenes, but tours are full of action. Role playing, discussion, games, debates, all led by the museum’s team of volunteer gallery guides. If you’d like to join this art-loving, enthusiastic crew, or if you’d just like to learn more about the opportunity, we invite you to attend an information session where you’ll discover all there is to know about being a gallery guide. RSVP to Gina Thomas McGee at 330.376.9186 x247 or


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AKRON ART LIBRARY TROLLEY TOUR: MILLER HORNS’ PUBLIC WORKS Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library and various locations throughout Akron

Saturday, June 16 • 10:30 am Featured in the Akron Art Library and recently added to the Akron Art Museum’s permanent collection, Miller Horns (1948 – 2012) was a local artist and activist known for cornering the medium of electrostatic printmaking and for his dedication to commemorating African-American history in Akron. Join us for a trolley tour of public artworks by the late artist led by former close friend and mentee Terry Klausman. We will begin at ASCPL Main Library, make several stops throughout Akron, and end at the Akron Art Museum for a private viewing of three recent acquisitions by Horns. Register now to be among the first to see these newly acquired electrostatic prints! Free. Registration required at


Erin Guido and Erik Neff are printmakers from the Art Library collection who create monoprints— a one of a kind printed painting. Interested in trying your hand at the most painterly method of printmaking techniques? The Rubber City Prints team will lead demonstrations on creating line, texture and colors for printing with intaglio and block printing ink. Participants will then create large-scale prints using methods learned with intaglio inks and an etching press to transfer the image to paper. Everyone will get a chance to turn the wheel and leave with a beautiful 18 x 24 in. monoprint. $35 per person or $65 per group of two. Registration required at Space is limited, only 16 spots available.

DISCUSSION: THE CARE AND HANDLING OF TREASURES AT HOME + POP UP MUSEUM Akron-Summit County Public Library, Main Library; Meeting Room 1

Thursday, August 2 • 6 pm Heirlooms such as photographs, film and art objects can pass on our families’ stories for generations to come—but only if they’re carefully preserved. Join Holly Witchey, director of education & outreach for ICA, the Intermuseum Conservation Association, for an evening of discussion on how to handle, care for and eventually pass on your family treasures. Bring a few small art objects and photographs from your collection to exhibit in a Pop Up Museum of Family Treasures. The Art Library program coordinator will help you document and share the stories behind these objects from one generation to the next. Free. Registration required at From top: Miller Horns, Morning Noon and Night, 1980s, electrostatics and mixed media, 16 1/4 x 11 in.; Erin Guido, Some Times Things Work Out, 2017, monoprint, 18 x 14 in.; Michelle Martin, Crypsis, 2017, polymer plate photogravure, 11 3/4 x 13 1/8 in., All works Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Library


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Jennifer and Mike Saxon in front of Jun Kaneko, Untitled, Heads, 2014, hand built glazed ceramics and steel, Left: 100 x 54 x 48 in., Right: 102 x 54 x 48 in., Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: MIKE AND JENNIFER SAXON City: Copley Occupation: President AFSI, retired graphic designer and avid gardener

What made you decide to become a Member of the Akron Art Museum? We have always appreciated art and felt it was important to support this wonderful local treasure. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum? We don’t visit often enough but are trying to go every month unless there are extra tours or events. What benefit of Membership do you appreciate the most and why? We look forward to invitations to special members-only tours being offered so we can learn more about the exhibits and the artists. The reciprocal membership is also great when travelling. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? If we think of past exhibitions, we would have to point to three. The Dr. Seuss exhibit in the early 2000s because we love his books and illustrations and so did our kids. The William Wegman exhibit because just about everyone has looked at their pet in the same way he posed and portrayed Fay. Most recently, Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines was fascinating. A tour led by Mark Masuoka gave us even more insight and appreciation. Why do you feel art is important—for individuals, families, communities? Art is so inspiring. It makes you think about what the artist is trying to convey, it makes you really look, and it makes you appreciate their creativity. We both grew up in the Akron area and graduated from The University of Akron and have been so fortunate to have the Akron Art Museum so accessible to our family. They do an incredible job of connecting art with our community. Two examples are their past Inside IOut program and currently the Akron Art Library lending program. They offer such a variety of programming which is geared to touch everyone’s interests. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum? Our first memory of the new museum building was “What on Earth are they doing?” Once you spend time in the space and actually take the tour discussing the thought process of the architect, understanding the use and flow of the space and their concept, it comes to life! 23 |







T H JUNE 28 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm Calling all Akron Art Museum members! Kick-off your summer concert season with us in the Art Oasis in the Upper Grove of the Bud & Susie Rogers Garden and pick-up some tasty treats and special offers! At 6:30 pm relax and enjoy the music of Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Trumpeter Curtis Taylor at the first Downtown@Dusk concert of 2018! Taylor will be accompanied by local jazz pianist, Theron Brown. Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum with additional support by Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio. Media sponsorship is provided by 91.3 The Summit.

BECOME A MEMBER Join the Akron Art Museum as a MEMBER today

Art Works Business Memberships also available. Share the joy of LIVE CREATIVE with your employees 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 • Access to Exclusive Art Experiences • Discounts in Shop and Café • Complimentary Parking 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 gift by calling Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222 or by visiting


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“The act of viewing art is a creative act unto itself.”

Supporting a creative life requires commitment and passion. Every day we work to provide our community the very best in modern and contemporary art, programming and experiences. And with your support we can do even more! Please join us by making a gift to our Spring Annual Fund. All gifts of $1,000 or more to our Annual Fund Campaign receive naming recognition on one of our gallery benches. Every gift helps support a creative life. For more information and to make a gift please call Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222, return the enclosed envelope or visit

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 Director of Advancement Bryan de Boer at 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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6.9.18 Auction to Benefit the Akron Art Museum Akron Art Museum Thanks Our Auction Sponsors For Their Generous Support AKRON 2018 June 15 – 17, 2018 • 11 am – 5 pm


Akron will come to life in the form of flowers when The Akron Garden Club returns to produce Art Blooms 2018: Akron, a Garden Club of America (GCA) flower show featuring outstanding floral design, horticulture, photography, botanical arts and conservation. Highlights will include 20 floral designs inspired by works on exhibition at the museum, arrayed throughout the galleries. There also will be 12 entries of jewelry and other embellished items made entirely from dried botanical material. The show will feature 26 classes of seasonal cut horticultural specimens, houseplants, terrariums and container gardens and 30 landscape and horticultural photographs. A conservation exhibit, Akron Waterways Renewed!, will educate about the city’s billion-dollar water quality improvement project.


GCA shows are known for their avant-garde use of flowers and creative designs. Members of GCA clubs from around the country will participate. Nationally accredited judges will award honors on June 15. You won’t want to miss this chance to see Akron’s revitalization and the museum’s collection interpreted in flowers. The show will be open to the public. Museum admission fees apply for nonmembers.




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Field: Signs, Banners, Sports Arena Branding, Museum Prints, Trade Show City: Cuyahoga Falls, OH What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member? A few years ago, we started working with the Akron Art Museum on the InsideIOut project and that has blossomed into an amazing relationship with the museum as well as the City of Akron. One of my favorite things last summer was driving by The Kohl Family YMCA and seeing Chuck Close’s Linda hanging on the outside wall! The museum doesn’t just spotlight local artists, but they also use local companies, like ours, to produce pieces that the entire community can enjoy, both inside and outside of the museum walls.

Joe Kist, Director of Sales, Central Graphics, Inc. and family, Photo by Shane Wynn Photography

How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole? First of all, I love the building and its unique and amazing architecture! The museum is one of the most easily recognizable structures in our city. Secondly, I would be hard pressed to name another organization that encourages and fosters artistic expression in our community as much as the Akron Art Museum. Speaking personally, my son Joseph Soulsby was raised attending the museum, and the way his creativity was nurtured through this organization is evident in his own works of art today. He’s attending an art school in Savannah, GA called SCAD and he intends on pursuing a career in the arts. He’s hoping one day to have his work in the Akron Art Museum! The museum has gone to great lengths to not only bring awareness to the arts as a whole, or to highlight the talents of local artists, but the museum has also made sure to bring art out into the community and the public consciousness. Lastly, they support our community and the local businesses represented therein. Their support is felt by our entire 14-person staff every time the museum places another order! The Akron Art Museum makes it evident that art and creativity are communal things, meant to be celebrated by a community of people.

Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important for individuals, families, communities and your employees? Art is the collective expression of the values and consciousness of the culture of a particular community, during a particular moment in time. The Akron Art Museum is like a treasure chest filled with moments from our past, documented by people from our community, from a perspective you can’t always get from history books—that is, the emotional and creative expression of humanity. You can get facts about our past from newspapers or books, but the pieces at the museum can give you a sense of what it might have FELT like to experience those moments. The values of our culture, expressed creatively, are an important part of any community’s history. There is nowhere better, in the city of Akron, than the Akron Art Museum to get a sense of this. Not only do we get to experience the rich cultural history of our community, and other communities, at the museum; but the Akron Art Museum also inspires and equips new generations in our community to express themselves and tell their stories through art. All of us have a story and a unique perspective, from my employees, to their families, to the community at large. Our values during these moments of history will someday be felt by a future generation, as new artists are inspired to express themselves, nurtured by their predecessors and encouraged by the Akron Art Museum. 27 |


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.

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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 EarthQuaker Devices Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply Fidelity Investments, Fairlawn Office Grants Plus Greater Akron Chamber Harwick Standard The J.M. Smucker Company Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial Lake Business Products 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

Thursday, August 2 • 6 pm Problem:

You are at the museum with family or friends and you want to, you know, learn more about the art. But, you’d also like to actually spend time with your crew.

Problem solved:

Meet Dot, your new AAM tour guide. She’ll lead you through the museum and give you a chance to connect with your family and friends while you explore the galleries. It all happens through your smartphone. Just connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger and she’ll lead the way. Be the first to check out the new tour and celebrate the addition of Dot to the AAM squad during this special event. Free. Light refreshments, cash bar. This program is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Join online at or call Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando 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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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.

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 SUMMER 2018

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FRONT Catalog $30

Ed Emberley, Noye’s Fludde signed and numbered in a limited edition of 200 Measures 18” x 24” Unframed $50 Ed Emberley by Ed Emberley, Todd Oldham, and Caleb Neelon A limited number of signed catalogs are available for members. $45



Julie Arnold’s Neighborhoods graphics created for the Akron Art Museum’s Inside I Out project, are available through Request a Print in your choice of size, mat and frame. View selection and place orders at Julie Arnold, Explore Downtown Akron, 2015 © Akron Art Museum

Each Tindercraft Ceramics Monster is individually handcrafted by Akron artist Kim Eggleston-Kraus. $40 The Museum Shop is always open with #RetailRevival on eBay! Support the museum by purchasing in the shop when you visit or online at eBay or Shopify.


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The Akron Art Museum thanks everyone who supports us through annual gifts, membership, event sponsorship and special contributions. The listing below recognizes those individuals and institutions supporting us with cash gifts and pledges totaling $250 or more and celebrates our Director's Circle* and membership for their meaningful commitment to supporting creativity in Akron. Listing as of April 30, 2018. $50,000 and above Akron Community Foundation Mrs. Myrna Berzon* The C. Blake, Jr. and Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation Mr. John Frank* GAR Foundation Ms. Sandra Haslinger* The J.M. Smucker Company John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Lehner Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Lloyd* Ohio Arts Council Mr. & Mrs. Rory O'Neil*

$10,000–$49,999 Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen* Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bidwell* Cohen & Company, CPAs Ms. Dana Dickinson* Dr. and Mrs. Drew Engles* H & M Metal Processing Mr. Richard M. Hamlin, Sr. John A. McAlonan Fund John P. Murphy Foundation KeyBank Mr. & Mrs. George R. Klein* Mr. and Mrs. William S. Lipscomb* Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mr. Robert and Mrs. Pamela McMillen* Mirapaul Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Randy Myeroff* National Endowment for the Arts Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Newman* Peg's Foundation Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Rogers*/ Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation Mr. & Mrs. Bruce Rowland* The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation The Semantic Foundation Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sheeler* Mr. & Mrs. Mark Smucker* Dr. and Mrs. Kevin A. Spear* Mr. and Mrs. Alan Woll*

$1,000–$9,999 Akron Children's Hospital Akron/Summit Convention & Vistors Bureau Mrs. Ann Allan* Mr. Hamilton Amer* Ameriprise Financial Anonymous-2 Mr. and Mrs. John Arther, III Au Bon Climat Winery Audio Technica U.S., Inc. B+B Cleaners Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Barrett* Mr. and Mrs. Roland H. Bauer* Mr. and Mrs. Mike Belkin*

Mr. Bruce Bennett* Mr. and Mrs. James Berlin* Mr. & Mrs. Joseph F. Bertolini Best Commercial Energy Services Mrs. Frances Bittle* Tom Black Mr. and Mrs. Mark Bober Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bosnik* Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Mr. and Mrs. David Brennan* Ms. Nancy Brennan* Mr. & Mrs. Robert W. Briggs* Broadleaf Partners, LLC Keith Browning Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bruno* Mr. and Mrs. Maurice J. Buchanan* Mrs. Frances Buchholzer* Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs LLP Mr. Busta and Ms. Tomkins* Drs. Hedrick and Caveny* Charles E. & Mabel M. Ritchie Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John Childs* Ms. Joanne Cohen and Mr. Morris Wheeler Mr. and Mrs. William H. Considine Dr. and Mrs. Herbert E. Croft* Mr. and Mrs. John H. Dalton* Mr. and Mrs. George W. Daverio, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Samuel DiPaola Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Dominion Energy Ohio Don Joseph Toyota's J & J Driving School EarthQuaker Devices Mr. C. Gordon Ewers* F.W. Albrecht Family Foundation Famous Supply Fat Head's Brewing Mr. Kriss Felty and Mr. Ken Kazel* Mr. and Mrs. William R. Feth* Fidelity Investments Fifth Third Bank FirstEnergy Foundation The Folk Charitable Foundation Dr. Michael Frank* Mr. Howard Freedman and Mrs. Rita Montlack* Mr. Martin and Mrs.Tamara Fynan* Mr. and Mrs. Jim Gentile* Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas George* Gertrude F. Orr Trust Advised Fund/ACF Mrs. Cathy Godshall* GOJO Industries Mrs. Patricia Graves* Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Greer* Mr. & Mrs. R. Mark Hamlin, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris, III* Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomas Harvie* Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Haslinger* The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation Mrs. Richard Herberich* Ian Hessel Mr. and Mrs. William Hoover* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hull



Mr. and Mrs. David Hunter* Huntington National Bank IBM International Foundation Jean P. Wade Foundation Joseph & Sally Miller Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer* Mr. & Mrs. Nicholas Katanic Mr. and Mrs. John Katzenmeyer* Mr. Walter P. Keith, III* Ms. Cindy Kellett Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi* Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kornick* Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach* Mrs. Sue Kruder* Mrs. Thaddeus W. Kurczynski* Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Leff* Mr. and Mrs. Gary Leidich* Mr. Jason Leidich Nicole Leidich Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Rick Lobalzo Mr. David Logsdon Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lohman* M. G. O'Neil Foundation Ms. Valerie Mader* Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Marchetta* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Merryweather* Judge Kathryn Michael Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Michelson, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mogen* Jeff Moore & Susan Wolkov Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Mostow* Mr. Stephen E. Myers* Mr. and Mrs. Steve Newman Dr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Nicely* Dr. Nancy O'Dell* Ohio CAT OMNOVA Solutions Foundation The Pablo Javier Rozenbom Charitable Trust Fund of Stark Community Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald F. Palmer* Mr. and Mrs. David Pelland* PNC Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Price* Printing Concepts, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Quine* R.C. and Katharine Musson Charitable Foundation Dr. Steven & Dr. Julia Radwany Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Ransom* Mr. Roger Read* Mr. Karl Reuther and Dr. Gayle Galan* Risk International Services, Inc. Dr. Andrea Rodgers & Dr. Ray Bologna* Mr. and Mrs. Bruce W. Rogers* Mr. and Mrs. Justin Rogers* Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Russell* Mr. Michael Russell* Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ryerson S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Samuel Reese Willis Foundation Lewis Sage & Katharine Sheppard Mrs. Kathy Salem Mr. and Mrs. David Sands*

Mr. and Mrs. Michael Saxon Sequoia Financial Group Shaw Memorial Fund-ACF Sisler McFawn Foundation R. Thomas & Meg Harris Stanton* TKM Print Solutions The University of Akron Value Based Solutions Mr. Bob Vogel Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Walton* The Welty Family Foundation James M. Woods* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright*

$250–$999 Mr. & Mrs. Mark Adamczyk Akrochem Corporation Cleveland Clinic-Akron General Medical Center Mr. and Mrs. Steve Albrecht Amer Insurance Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Mark Auburn Kelley A Behrens Mr. and Mrs. Jules Belkin Meghan Beringer Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berk Mrs. Mona Bishop Ms. Claudia Bjerre and Ms. Andrea Senich Mr. William P. Blair Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bonchack Mr. James L. Wagner & Ms. Jane Bond BPI Information Systems Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund of ACF Bonnie Burdman Ms. Butler and Dr. Nissen Canton Brewing Company Central Graphics & Signs Clampco Products, Inc. Mr. Stephen Comunale Craig Cramer Claudia Crea Mr. and Mrs. Bryan de Boer Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douglas Mr. Eric and Mrs. Michelle M. Droll Emery Electric Inc. Mrs. Alex McMillen Richard Farone FirstEnergy Corp. Tom and Lauren Fox Mr. Paul A. Frank, Jr. Mrs. Christine Gable Dr. and Mrs. John H. Gerstenmaier Mr. and Mrs. Fred V. Glock, Jr. Mr. Mark Goodman Grants Plus Mr. and Mrs Henry Gulich Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Hackett Mr. and Mrs. Robert Herbst Mr. and Mrs. John W. Heslop Mrs. Esther and Dr. Larry Hexter High St. Hop House Mr. Lawrence Hoover Mr. and Mrs. Tom H. Jenkins

Josh the Window Cleaner & Janitorial Mr. Robert Kazar Mr. and Mrs. David L. Keller Mr. Robert Kerper and Ms. Susan Locke Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kimberly Mr. and Mrs. David P. Klainer Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koutnik Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kukk Dr. Steven L. Kutnick and Ms. Jackie Derrow Lisa & Dan Lebovitz Sara Lioi Dr. Jack Lissauer Market Garden Craft Brewery Mr. William and Mrs. Nancy McGrath Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin McMillen Mr. David Michel and Ms. Lynne Killgore Yoly Miller Myers School of Art Drs. Robert and Pamela Novak Ms. Emily O'Brien and Mr. Thomas Manahan Oldham Company, LLC Bill Paolillo Mr. William C. Pepple and Dr. Nancy Ryland Craig Petz Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pipitone Platform Beer Mr. and Mrs. William J. Quinn Ray Bertolini Trucking Co. Mr. and Mrs. Jay J. Robinson Mr. Ken Robinson Roderick Linton Belfance LLP Dr. and Mrs. Duane C. Roe Mr. Thomas R. Roese and Mr. William Franklin Lamar Rucker Mrs. Elizabeth B. Sandwick Mr. David Scarponi* Securitec Security Systems Mrs. Marilyn Shea-Stonum Sikich LLP Ms. Doris A. Simonis Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. John S. Steinhauer Struktol Company of America Summit Brew Path Mrs. Pamela Thielo Mr. and Mrs. Marc Trundle Uncorked Wine Bar and Galleries Mr. and Mrs. Paul Victor Mary Wall James Walters Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilkes Ms. Edna H. Williams and Ms. Amanda Williams Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wilson Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling

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, 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 SUMMER 2018

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JUNE 28 – JULY 26 | 6:30 – 8:30 pm

June 28 - Curtis Taylor with Theron Brown

Grammy Award-Winning Jazz Trumpeter

July 5

- 15 60 75 The Numbers Band Original Blues, Jazz, Rock

July 12 - Purple k’niF

Surf Rock, Ghoulardi-Inspired

July 19 - Shivering Timbers & Anne E. DeChant Indie and Roots Rock

July 26 - Sammy DeLeon Latin Jazz

Celebrate the 34th season of iconic concert series Downtown@Dusk, presented by the Akron Art Museum in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Downtown@Dusk is presented by the Akron Art Museum with additional support by Ron and Ann Allan, Audio-Technica, EarthQuaker Devices and Clear Gold Audio. Media sponsorship is provided by 91.3 The Summit.


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