Spring 2019 View Magazine

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DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE HIGH FREQUENCY MARK MASUOKA JOHN S. KNIGHT DIRECTOR AND CEO For nearly a century, the Akron Art Museum has expanded its community bandwidth and tuned into a cultural frequency that has kept the museum purposeful and, at times, even a little provocative. Nonetheless, we are constantly on the leading edge of contemporary art and life. The museum remains committed Photo by Bruce Ford to providing a high level of service to our community and to perpetuating a mission to enrich people’s lives through modern and contemporary art. As we enthusiastically embrace this new year with artistically authentic exhibitions and socially relevant public projects, our vision remains focused through the lens of social change and civic engagement. Our current exhibition, Nick Cave: Feat., and the artist’s upcoming community performance HEARD∙AKRON, further reinforce our conviction that art is for everyone. At the heart of Nick Cave’s social and studio practice is his belief that art can engender connectivity and compassion. Our partnership with Akron Civic Commons has provided the perfect opportunity for the museum to further its commitment to bringing contemporary art and performance directly into the community and to working together to build a transformative, inspirational and empowering experience for all.

The museum is on pace to accomplish numerous ambitious and forward-thinking initiatives leading up to the centennial, including several capacity-building goals that position the museum for continued success in the future. We have established three institutional pillars that will provide guidance for these initiatives and a foundation for future success:

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Capitalizing the museum’s future operations and public programs while establishing a proclivity for growth, a fluency toward innovation and a generative intention for capacity building. Reimagining the Akron Art Museum experience by aligning our institutional vision and values with our belief that art is for everyone. Our commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusivity is the cornerstone of our conviction that this organization must reflect and represent our community and the museum’s patrons. Creating a new value proposition that addresses the frequency and duration of museum visits through Akron Art Museum Everyday. #AAMEveryday shifts the conventional visitor paradigm by not just focusing on increasing our supply—but by growing the demand for meaningful art experiences. We accomplish this by raising our expectations and capacity to make a daily art-powered visit to the Akron Art Museum the best part of your day.

Photo by Shane Wynn

Nick Cave, HEARD•SYD, 2016, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by Zan Wimberley

We are equally energized to begin the planning process for our centennial anniversary in 2022. The opportunity to celebrate such an institutional milestone has as much to do with the legacy of the Akron Art Museum as it does with the opportunity to shape the vision of the museum for the next 100 years.

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Our focus continues to be on delivering the museum’s values of Enrichment, Engagement and Excellence. We are guided by our steadfast commitment to make the Akron Art Museum inclusive and accessible to everyone each and every day. Thank you for your support, and please join us in actively supporting and participating in the process of making the Akron Art Museum YOUR art museum.

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Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2010, mixed media, including buttons, basket, upholstery and mannequin, 90 x 30 x 16 in., Collection of Paul and Rose Carter, VA, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography




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BOARD OF DIRECTORS I 2018 – 2019 Bruce Rowland, President Drew Engles, Executive Vice President Richard Harris, Vice President Bill Lipscomb, Vice President Derrick Ransom, Treasurer Lin Gentile, Secretary Myriam Altieri Haslinger, Past President Chris Myeroff, Past President Rory H. O’Neil, Past President

Brian Bress, Chefs #4 (on green, violet and pink waves), 2016, high definition three-channel video (color), high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 39 1/2 x 73 7/8 x 3 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

Rose Andrews Nancy Brennan Jeffrey Bruno John Childs George Daverio Jennifer Frantz Tamara Fynan Cathy Godshall Paige Hoover Sarah Johnston Jeff Kornick Teresa LeGrair Pam McMillen Steve Myers David Pelland Tim Quine Andrea Rodgers David Sands Elizabeth Sheeler Debra Adams Simmons

8 MERNET LARSEN: THE ORDINARY, REORIENTED March 16 – September 8, 2019

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 ©2019, Akron Art Museum Accredited by American Alliance of Museums Member Association of Art Museum Directors


Nick Cave, HEARD, 2012, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography


Mernet Larsen, Misstep, 2015, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 50 x 60 in., Courtesy of David Howe

Joe Vitone, Marjorie Angel in pink sweater with pink rose bush, Akron, Ohio, 2009, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artist

9 JOE VITONE: FAMILY RECORDS April 27 – October 27, 2019



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Through June 2, 2019 Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries

Nick Cave: Feat. showcases the artist’s most iconic bodies of work that center on the use of found objects and domestic craft—ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals, buttons and beads— to create spectacular works of art that transcend their materials and spark the imagination. Here are excerpts from a conversation between the artist and Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about Feat., Cave’s perspective on showing at the Akron Art Museum and a deeper look under the surface of his art. ER: How do you feel about Feat. coming to Akron and some of the changes we’ve made for our presentation—the new cast of soundsuits, the addition of the Hustle Coat, etc.? NC: I’m delighted to come to Akron, and I love that the show reinvents itself at each venue. Each museum’s space offers an amazing opportunity to make the exhibition different as it travels. In every museum, we’ve altered the space in some way, which allows us to present the work ideally. [Spoiler alert] Knocking down walls will be a huge change for you. With the soundsuits, it’s important to have room to step back and look as well as come close in. I’m really excited about the new Hustle Coat and wall works designed in collaboration with Bob Faust for your space. ER: How would you describe the selection of works in Feat., which spans 2010 – 2019? How does it figure in your mind within the arc of your artistic output? NC: You can look at this body of work as the signature work that got me off the ground, with a focus on the material language and a handmade approach to making. This work speaks to craft but exceeds the notion of craft. The materials allow people to connect personally, because we can all identify with objects that have surrounded us in our homes at some point. In that way, the work can be nostalgic, and there’s that moment when you realize you’re in a shared language with the people around you. The found objects

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NC: All of it. I’m disgusted with the national rhetoric and how we talk to each other, and I’m concerned about how I can continue to bring us together and diversify my work in celebratory ways. I’m also interested in bringing out a queer perspective in the work, which no one ever discusses or asks me about. The decadence of being a fabulous queer black man—what does that look like, and how do I celebrate that? You’re black, you’re queer, you’re an artist—the mainstream doesn’t get any of those things, really. But all of that has been the fuel that has kept me fully in my body. I’m wanting to express myself more in that direction, with less of a focus on race. I’m excited to come to Akron and think about how we continue to feed young people with ideas and encourage them to dream. I’m just going to try to keep positive work out in the world. Nick Cave: Feat. was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee. Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Its presentation in Akron is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, The Tom and Marilyn Merryweather Fund, Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons and The Lehner Family Foundation. Additional support provided by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer, the Akron/Summit Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Hilton Garden Inn - Akron. Media sponsorship provided by Western Reserve PBS.


bring out all kinds of personal histories. They also raise the question of how we honor domestic crafts like crochet and needlepoint, which are becoming less and less a part of our day-to-day lives. I like celebrating these practices and things that have traditionally brought beauty into our lives. ER: You’ve said that you don’t think of the soundsuits as being fun, and you’ve made their purpose of concealing identity explicit, but how do you reconcile that statement with their undeniable visual magnificence? NC: I use those devices [beauty, sparkle, decoration] as a way to lure people into the work. I’m always thinking of how we open ourselves up to the experience—how do you let down your guard and stand up to something that is unrecognizable? That’s through imagery that we’re familiar with, but the work has always been politically driven, built around what’s going on in this country. I’m thinking about: How do I move past discrimination? How do I move past injustice? How do I reconcile police brutality? Because I don’t know that that’s ever going to be a thing of the past. So I’m asking myself how I can continue to deal with this current reality and yet proceed to a higher place? It’s personal to me, but it’s much bigger than me. It’s disturbing that to this day I still have to think about how I am going to get home if I’m out late at night—which route do I take to stay safe? Or if I’m on Michigan Avenue trying to hail a cab, and five cabs pass me by. So it’s just part of life, but part of life is how you still find beauty. I think my purpose is much greater than talking about the effects of injustices imposed upon me. The soundsuits hide gender, race, class, so we’re forced to look at them without judgement, which goes against our natural inclination to categorize everything we see. In that way, they challenge our sense of security, but they open up our imagination to see beyond what is on the surface. ER: Are there particular events informing the work that you’re making today or the way you think?

Above: Nick Cave, Hustle Coat and detail, 2019, mixed media including a trench coat, cast bronze hand, metal, costume jewelry, watches and chains, 59 x 41 x 16 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography; Opposite: Nick Cave, Soundsuit and detail, 2018, mixed media including buttons, wire filter head, metal and mannequin, 91 x 51 x 22 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography


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NICK CAVE H EAR D • AK RON April 27 • Performance at Summit Lake April 28 • Performance at Akron Art Museum Join us as world-renowned artist Nick Cave stages dazzling presentations of HEARD•AKRON on April 27 in the Summit Lake community and on April 28 at the Akron Art Museum. Please check the museum website and your email for more details. MORE ABOUT HEARD: “I was really thinking of getting us back to this dream state, this place where we imagine and think about now and how we exist and function in the world. With the state of affairs on the world, I think we tend not to take the time out to create that dream space in our heads.” —Nick Cave “Responding to the globalization of our cultural identity, the horses’ colorful coats reference a range of cultural influences, from contemporary fashion and Southeast Asian embroidery, to dress and ritual attire from around the world, most notably African ceremonial costumes.” —Demetrios Gkiouzelis, yatzer.com HEARD•AKRON is made possible through the generous support of the John S. and James L . Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons.

Nick Cave, HEARD•SYD, 2016, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by Zan Wimberley

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BR I AN BRESS: Pic t ur e s Becom e You Through April 14, 2019 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

Brian Bress responds to Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph about his visit to the Akron Art Museum and having his work Organizing the Physical Evidence (all white, all black) (2018) enter the museum’s collection: “My visit to the museum, although painfully brief, was great! I loved seeing the impressive collection, including awesome works by Viola Frey, Chuck Close, El Anatsui and Lee Bontecou. My first and lasting impression of the installation of my exhibition was ‘so pro.’ The curator, exhibition designer and installation team did such a great job laying out the space. Oh, and getting to meet the touring group of kids and answer their questions on the spot was a real treat! Of course, I’m thrilled to be included in the collection of the Akron Art Museum. For me, having the work in great public collections like Akron’s means that it will be shared with exponentially more people than would see it otherwise. And on top of the relationship with museum goers, there’s potential for great dialogue with other works in the collection. Organizing the Physical Evidence (all white, all black) seems like it might create chemistry with a work like Nam June Paik’s Family of Robot: High Tech Child (1987). The idea of the screen as sculpture and its relationship to the body—and even the history of the monitor in contemporary art—might be fun connections to ponder.” z Ellen Rudolph, Chief Curator Brian Bress, Organizing the Physical Evidence (all white, all black), 2018, high definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 39 1/2 x 49 x 3 1/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Museum Acquisition Fund 2018.13ab Nam June Paik, Family of Robot: High Tech Child, 1987, color televisions in aluminum frame on 1950s RCA table model cabinet with paint and video, 79 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 26 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Irving Sands and the Museum Acquisition Fund 1987.30a-s

Brian Bress: Pictures Become You is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation.


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MERNET LARSEN THE ORDINARY, REORIENTED March 16 – September 8, 2019 Judith Bear Isroff Gallery

Mernet Larsen (born 1940, Houghton, Michigan) makes intriguing, humor- and tension-infused paintings that feature geometric figures inhabiting space in ways that defy gravity and ignore conventional perspective. Citing influences ranging from Japanese Ukiyo-e to Italian Renaissance and Russian Constructivist painting, the artist stages ordinary scenes— friends sitting around a table, faculty in a meeting, a couple reading in bed—but constructs them using vertiginous, skewed spatial arrangements that convey a sense of precariousness. In some compositions, the artist employs reverse perspective, where the figures that are furthest away are larger than those in the foreground. In others, multiple figure-ground relationships confuse the vantage point so that the viewer is inside and outside of the painting at the same time, “as if they’re wearing the situation,” the artist describes. Drawing inspiration for her figurative situations from abstract paintings like those by Russian Constructivist artist El Lissitzky, Larsen points out that abstraction offers up ideas for the treatment of space that wouldn’t present themselves were she to start out by simply envisioning people sitting at a table. The strategy of blending ambiguous and impossible spatial structures with banal subject matter serves to disorient—or reorient—ordinary scenarios in such a way that teases out their humor, interest and significance. Larsen’s protagonists are remarkably unfazed by their seemingly unstable or distant positioning relative to other figures. She imbues her figures with deadpan facial expressions and subtle but highly expressive body language that reveals an essence of everyday human interaction. Wry, anxious and awkward, the paintings are frozen monuments to our mundane experiences. z Ellen Rudolph, Chief Curator Mernet Larsen, Seminar, 2011, acrylic on canvas, 59 x 40 in., Courtesy of David Howe, © Mernet Larsen Mernet Larsen, Reading in Bed, 2015, acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 60 x 38 1/4 in., Courtesy of Miyoung Lee and Neil Simpkins, © Mernet Larsen

Mernet Larsen: The Ordinary, Reoriented is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Ohio Arts Council.

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JOE VITONE: FAMILY RECORDS April 27 – October 27, 2019 Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery

When Joe Vitone (born 1954, Akron; lives Austin, Texas) began photographing his relatives in 1998, he did not expect the practice to evolve into an ongoing series spanning more than two decades. “I liked the idea of photographing my family in part to make a record of them,” Vitone explains. “I didn’t know how long it would last. I was doing it exclusively for myself and had no intention of showing it.” But that changed when a curator spotted photographs from what would become the Family Records series hanging in Vitone’s studio and included them in a group exhibition at Art League Houston in 2000. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston purchased a portrait of the artist’s mother, Marjorie Angel in her back yard with hollyhocks, Akron, Ohio (1998), from the exhibition. Vitone’s Family Records documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations within working-class communities in Akron proper, as well as in surrounding cities including Barberton, Stow and Marshallville. Touched by celebrations and struggles including marriage, babies, divorce, addiction, new homes, unemployment and new jobs, the lives of Vitone’s relatives reflect experiences common to families across the United States. Yet the photographs tell the story of a family whose lives have been shaped by a 100-year history of sociological and economic forces affecting a particular Rust Belt community. Vitone’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Italy in the 1910s, drawn to Akron’s booming rubber factories and the promise of steady employment. They settled in the North Hill neighborhood, where Vitone was raised as one of five siblings. As the artist grew up, the rubber industry in Akron wound down, and the stability manufacturing jobs offered families dissipated. Vitone left the “tired tire,” as he referred to Akron in his youth, in 1972 to serve in the military. He studied photography at Maine College of Art and the Rochester Institute of Technology. Vitone is now professor of photocommunications at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where he’s worked since 1991. He returns to Akron each summer to visit—and photograph—his family. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator Joe Vitone, Marjorie Angel in her back yard with hollyhocks, Akron, Ohio, 1998, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artist Joe Vitone, Grandmother, Sandra Vitone; mother, Arathea Booth; and granddaughter, Elizabeth Dunn, with pool and palm tree backdrop, Marshallville, Ohio, 2009, archival inkjet print, 16 x 20 in., Courtesy of the artist Joe Vitone, (l. to r.) Charlie Morlan and Gabe Booth in combat fatigues with toy guns, Orrville, Ohio, 2006, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 in., Courtesy of the artist

Joe Vitone: Family Records is organized by the Akron Art Museum and supported by funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Ohio Arts Council and The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation.


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PL A N E S TRAINS AUTO M O BI LES Through May 5, 2019 Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Gallery

While video images of astronauts exploring the moon were broadcast live around the world to millions of television viewers, NASA also had the astronauts take still photographs to record more detailed visual information. This photograph, now on view in the Corbin Gallery, was taken during the Apollo 11 lunar landing. NASA/Bridget Caswell, London Price is mesmerized by the aircraft evolution of flight model in the NASA Glenn briefing center during a National Lab Day Event.

The moon may be 238,900 miles away from Earth, but Northeast Ohio has its own space hub in the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. NASA Glenn designs and develops innovative technology to advance NASA’s missions in aeronautics and space exploration. Akron native Bridget Caswell has an up-close perspective when it comes to these space photos as she is employed by Alcyon Technical Services and serves as a NASA Photographer at the NASA Glenn Research Center. Caswell says, “Photographs like these were able to capture the imagination of generations. They opened opportunities never thought possible, thrusting NASA to the head of the space race. Now as we plan to go back to the moon, moments captured like these will help propel us further into space. Seeing these photographs reminds me why being a photographer at NASA is so special. I am a witness to history. Our photographs help to tell of all the great work happening at NASA.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Apollo 11 mission, 1969, gelatin silver print, 14 x 14 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds from Goodyear Aerospace 2003.35

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Above: Paul B. Travis, Tanganyika, Africa, 1929, oil on canvas, 29 3/4 x 37 3/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of James Woods 2018.8; Below: Paul B. Travis, Edge of Clearing, Congo Forest, 1933, lithograph on paper, 8 x 10 5/8 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Bequest of Robert Bordner 1992.87


In 1927 and 1928, Paul B. Travis traveled across Africa during an eight-month sabbatical from his teaching position at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The drawings, paintings and movies he produced while in Africa would provide subject matter for his paintings and prints for years to come. A recent gift of the oil painting Tanganyika, Africa (1929), from James Woods, enhances the Akron Art Museum’s holdings of works by Travis, which include a lithograph inspired by the artist’s African journey, Edge of Clearing, Congo Forest (1933), as well as two still-life oil paintings and a watercolor view of Chartres Cathedral, located southwest of Paris. The painting reflects Travis’ lifelong interest in Africa, which began when he was a young artist growing up on a farm in Wellsville, Ohio and read the accounts of American journalist and explorer Henry M. Stanley’s African travels in How I Found Livingstone (1872) and In Darkest Africa (1890). Lake Tanganyika—the world’s longest freshwater lake, which spans four countries from Burundi to Zambia—figures importantly in Stanley’s first book, serving as the site where under a lakeside mango tree, the author encountered the missing British explorer David Livingstone and greeted him with the famous phrase, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.” Travis traversed Africa from Cape Town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt, making stops in what are now Zimbabwe, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, South Sudan and Sudan. In addition to generating source material for future artworks, Travis purchased African art objects now in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. His travels were supported in part by the Karamu House, an arts institution serving Cleveland’s African American community. The Gilpin Players, an African American theater organization, and the African Art Sponsors, a group of Black business leaders, raised money for Travis’ art purchases. z Theresa Bembnister, Associate Curator SPRING 2019

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Make a visit to the Akron Art Museum the best part of your day. Every week, the Akron Art Museum will feature a menu of daily art experiences you can choose from. Select from art adventures curated by the museum, or enrich your life with activities that you schedule yourself. It’s a way to connect and include art in your everyday life by boosting your health and wellness activities. It’s a way to live a more creative life. It’s #A AMEveryday. To get the weekly edition of #AAMEveryday, sign up for the e-newsletter: akronartmuseum.org/register or check akronartmuseum.org for updates and follow using #AAMEveryday

Here is a sample menu for #AAMEveryday. Use the suggestions below, or create your own art-powered experiences.

MONDAY Check your email for what’s coming up this week at the museum. Follow the museum on social media to get more information, updates, fun facts and more. Visit the museum website to go deeper into exhibitions, the collection and the museum experience.

TUESDAY Get started on the right foot with your personal fitness routine in the museum galleries. Take a lively trip through all six galleries, which adds up to about 1,000 steps. Can you imagine having fabulous artworks as your personal panorama? For an extra 1,000 steps, change your perspective of the galleries by walking in the opposite direction. Don’t forget to note the artworks that catch you eye as your walk, and come back to visit them every day. #AAMSteps

WEDNESDAY Make a mid-week connection and meet up with coworkers in the museum café for a brainstorming session. Take a few minutes to check your email and messages with our free Wi-Fi and be sure to try our lattes, which are to die for. Remember to check out the Museum Shop, because new, unique and creative gifts for all ages arrive every week. #AAMConnect

THURSDAY Thursday is your day. Admission is free all day. Get creative and treat yourself to a snack or a latte in the café, or take a mini gallery tour of recommended artworks from our list of curated art experiences. The minitours present three artworks you can find in the galleries that are grouped by a fun or thought-provoking theme. #AAMFreeThurs

FRIDAY Meet up with a friend and find your art oasis in the galleries. Spend a few moments to relax and escape from all the hustle and bustle. Don’t forget to share your favorite artwork in our collection on social media. #AAMEveryday Stay active and get your 2,000 steps by walking through the galleries every day.

SATURDAY Participate in our Saturday family programs like Tots Create, Kids Studio or Family Days. Take a gallery tour with Dot, our digital tour guide and share your experience with friends and family. #AAMEveryday and #AAMDot

SUNDAY Sunday is fun day at the Akron Art Museum. Pick up a delicious treat and an espresso in the café. Now that you are ready to go, take a walk through the museum and snap a photo or a selfie with your favorite artwork and share it on social media with #AAMEveryday and #AkronArtMuseum. You’re doing great. Don’t stop moving, and get your 2,000 steps in while you’re cruising through the galleries. Next week, let’s connect together again and live a creative life every day. #AAMEveryday

About Face

A mini-tour you can take when you want an art break by Dot

Sometimes I just want a snack-size art experience at the museum. So I take a quick art break by looking at three artworks that are related in some way. I call this particular art break, “All About the Face,” because I chose three portraits. First stop: a 1937 painting by Zoltan Sepeshy called Young Mother. Yeah, we get it. Artists have been painting mothers and children forever. But Sepeshy was a modern guy—for the 1930s—so he painted regular people, like this lady. She’s even sitting in a slouchy regular-person way. That’s what I like about her. Plus, she’s rocking the Frida Kahloesque eyebrows. A portrait without a head? I’m breaking all the rules. This guy makes me super nervous but I love him just the same. It’s complicated. The artist Yinka Shonibare MBE was teetering between his Western and African identity. He was also thinking about the impact the West has had on Africa as he made this precarious piece. Finally, let’s look at James Gobel’s portrait, I’ll Be Your Friend, I’ll Be Your Love, I’ll Be Everything You Need. Check out this guy, mashing up plaid AND sequins. Gobel likes challenging stereotypical images of masculine and feminine, gay and straight, upper-class and working-class with portraits that pile on all kinds of different identities, like the heavy metal t-shirt and leopard-print robe. Side note: What song do you think he’s going to belt out?

Hope you enjoyed this mini-tour! Connect with Dot, your new AAM digital tour guide. Whether you’re here solo or with a group, Dot will lead you through the galleries with fun ways to explore the art while you connect with friends or family, or learn about yourself. Connect with Dot on Facebook Messenger by typing AAM Dot into the Messenger search field, and she’ll lead the way.

Zoltan Sepeshy, Young Mother (detail), 1937, egg tempera on fiberboard, 36 1/4 x 30 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Anonymous gift 1952.2 Yinka Shonibare MBE, Gentleman Walking a Tightrope (detail), 2006, mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile and rope, 89 1/2 x 122 x 45 1/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture, Rory and Dedee O’Neil Acquisition Fund, The Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation and Museum Acquisition Fund 2014.50 James Gobel, I’ll Be Your Friend, I’ll Be Your Love, I’ll Be Everything You Need (detail), 2009, felt, yarn, acrylic and rhinestones on canvas, 72 x 56 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased with funds from the Gay Community Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, Steven P. Schmidt and Richard J. Krochka, and Museum Acquisition Fund 2010.43


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Whether you have been a member for years or are just joining us, we look forward to connecting with you and sharing art together! Join us for these special tours and events designed for our members! Register for any of the upcoming tours or events at akronartmuseum.org/ eventregistration, and start exploring your creative life at the Akron Art Museum. Space is limited. For questions about membership or membership events, please contact Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at 330.376.9186 x222.

TOUR BRIAN BRESS: PICTURES BECOME YOU Thursday, March 14 • 6 pm Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph in the Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Gallery for an extended look at Bress’ videopaintings along with conversation about the humor, craft and philosophical aspects of the artist’s work. Brian Bress, Organizing the Physical Evidence (gradients on gradients), 2018, high definition dual-channel video (color), two high definition monitors and players, wall mounts, framed, 49 x 39 1/2 x 3 1/4 in., Courtesy of the artist and Philip Martin Gallery, Los Angeles

TOUR GET TO KNOW YOUR MUSEUM Wednesday, March 20 • 11 am Whether you are brand new to the museum or have been a member for years, join Associate Educator Gina Thomas McGee for an exciting exploration of the museum’s collection through an interactive tour that 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!

GET TO KNOW NICK CAVE GALLERY TALK Tuesday, March 26 • 11 am Stroll the galleries with Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph while we examine the materials Cave uses and unpack the meaning beneath the surface of his stunning artworks. Nick Cave, Wall Relief, 2013, mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals and gramophone, 97 x 74 x 21 in. (each panel), Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography

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TOUR MERNET LARSEN: THE ORDINARY, REORIENTED Wednesday, April 3 • 11 am Join Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph and delve into the skewed spatial relationships in Larsen’s paintings to discover meaning and the artist’s wry sense of humor in the very ordinary situations she presents. Mernet Larsen, Skier, 2013, acr ylic and mixed media on canvas, 59 1/4 x 49 1/2 in., Collection of the Carnegie Museum of Ar t

COFFEE WITH A CURATOR Saturday, April 13 • 10:30 am Wednesday, April 17 • 10:30 am Grab a cup of coffee and chat about the upcoming exhibition Dread & Delight: Fairy Tales in an Anxious World with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Dread & Delight brings together the work of contemporary artists who use classical fairy tales to address the complexities of our lives today. While some embrace the stories’ promises of transformation and happy endings, others plumb the tales’ more troubling elements— poverty, addiction and exploitations of power. Dread & Delight: Fair y Tales in an A nxious World is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum at The U niversity of N orth Carolina, Greensboro and curated by Dr. Emily Stamey. Timothy Horn, Mother-Load, 2008, plywood, painted steel, aluminum foil, polystyrene foam, hot glue, acrylic medium, rock sugar and shellac, 72 x 114 x 66 in., Courtesy of the artist, © Timothy Horn, photo by Jason Schmidt

JOE VITONE: FAMILY RECORDS GALLERY TALK Saturday, May 18 • 10:30 am Get better acquainted with Joe Vitone’s Family Records during this tour with Associate Curator Theresa Bembnister. Learn more about the motivations and process behind the ongoing series of portraits of the artist’s extended family living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, Family Records documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations through the highs and lows of life in the Rust Belt region. Joe Vitone, Keith Morlan with son Chuck Morlan, Kenmore, Ohio, 2017, archival inkjet print, 20 x 24 in., Cour tesy of the ar tist

LAST LOOK TOUR NICK CAVE: FEAT. Saturday, June 1 • 10:30 am Catch the spectacular works of Nick Cave before the exhibition closes! Chief Curator Ellen Rudolph will highlight each body of work in the exhibition and discuss the experience of working with the artist on the community performance, HEARD•AKRON. Nick Cave, Tondo (Untitled), 2018, mixed media including wire, bugle beads, sequined fabric and wood, 72 (diameter) x 5 (depth) in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave photo by James Prinz Photography


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

Art meets inventive play every first Thursday! Make a date to celebrate your little scribbler’s imaginative potential—wh ere the only adult expectations are meaningful messes and big ideas. This program encourages multi-age creative wanderings with sensory-rich, open-ended experimentatio n and selfexpression. Art smocks provided.

Masquerade Parade, Float-Building ANd Bedazzled Puppets

Thursday, March 7

Junk Percussion Skiffle

Thursday, April 4

Topiary Top Hats and Tea

Thursday, May 2

Free for members, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Creative Playdates are made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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Thursdays • 4 – 6 pm

Best for ages 5 – 12 and their grown-ups

Our open studio is the perfect place for caregivers and kids to express themselves and unwind. We’re tech-free with a quality-time-to gether guarantee! Hang out with other young visionaries and learn how to develop lifelong positive habits of the mind with fun, energizing art experiences. Don’t settle for bored and tired, get inspired! Every second Free Thursday.

Make Noize with Transform ed Toyz

Thursday, March 14

Quirky Hats and Hair Disguises

Thursday, April 18

Hodge-Podge Assemblage Art

Thursday, May 16

Free. *Registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. After-School Mind Unwind is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

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Thursdays • 10:30 – 11:30 am Best for ages 0 – 12 months and their grown-ups

It’s a pint-sized artdate for caregivers and their rollers, sitters, scooters and dribblers. Park the stroller and cozy up in our circle of babes for sensory play, face-to-face bouncy rhymes and social games to inspire baby’s curiosity and build first relationships. Happy babbles and crying are welcome! After class, make time for coffee talk and play awhile in our baby-friendly space.

Bubble Wrap Chassé with Raffia Tutus (Movem ent with Recyclables)

Thursday, March 21

BabyFest ’19, Featuring Nick Cave-Inspired COUture Diaper Crawl!

Thursday, April 11

Skinz Nick Cave-Inspi red Fo rtnite

Celebrate the joys of babyhood during the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s Week of the Young Child. Free activities for all member and nonmember babies and caregivers. Drop-in! Registration not required.

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Saturday, March 2 Saturday, April 6 Saturday, May 4

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Thursday, May 23

$5/member child, $10/nonmember child. *Registration required. Art Babes is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.


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SYNAPSE LECTURE: FRED TOMASELLI Thursday, March 7 • 6:30 pm Drawing on historical art sources and Eastern and Western decorative traditions, Fred Tomaselli’s works explode in mesmerizing patterns that appear to grow organically across his compositions. Tomaselli has had numerous solo exhibitions and has been included in international biennial exhibitions. His work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, AlbrightKnox Art Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the University of Akron Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. Fred Tomaselli, Black Star, 2013, mixed media and resin on wood panel, 60 x 60 in., Courtesy of the artist

BE INSPIRED BY ART, YOGA AND MEDITATION Thursday, March 14 • 6:30 pm • Inspired by Nick Cave Thursday, April 11 • 6:30 pm • Inspired by Mernet Larsen Thursday, May 9 • 6:30 pm • Inspired by Joe Vitone Enhance your health 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. Led by certified Akron yoga instructors, this enriching experience is not to be missed. Bring a yoga mat and an open, creative mind. Free to members, $10/nonmember. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Yoga in the Galleries is made possible with support from The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation and the Samuel Reese Willis Foundation.

MORSE CODE BRACELET WORKSHOP Thursday, March 21 • 6:30 pm From plastic buttons and beads to sisal and feathers, Nick Cave takes everyday art supplies and configures them in new and fantastic ways. Bring your bestie to this interactive tour and hands-on workshop and create a Morse code message bracelet while delving into the messaging and movement in Nick Cave’s work. $10/members, $15/nonmember. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration.

FILM SCREENING: AS IS Thursday, March 28 • 6:30 pm In 2015, visual artist Nick Cave traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana to begin an eight-month art project leading up to a one-time multimedia performance using hundreds of people from the local community. This behind the scenes documentary, produced by the Shreveport Regional Arts Center, shows how one man brought people from all walks of life together using the power of art. Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Nick Cave, As Is (video still), 2015, Shreveport Regional Arts Center, Shreveport, LA, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by Casey Jones

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SYNAPSE LECTURE: JESSICA ROSENKRANTZ AND JESSE LOUIS-ROSENBERG Thursday, April 4 • 6:30 pm A generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art and technology, Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena, they write computer programs based on processes and patterns found in nature and use those programs to create unique and affordable art, jewelry and housewares. https://n-e-r-v-o-u-s.com Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the University of Akron Synapse series explores enlightened collaborations between art and science. Nervous System, FLORESCENCE ORNATA 2, nylon, 3D printed by Selective Laser Sintering, 12 1/4 x 8 1/4 x 14 1/8 in., © All rights reserved

GALLERY DISCUSSION NICK CAVE: FASHION AND FLAIR Thursday, April 18 • 6:30 pm Is Nick Cave inspired by the fashion world or is the fashion world inspired by Nick Cave? Grab a gallery stool and join staff from Kent State University Museum and the Kent State University Fashion School for a discussion of Nick Cave’s connection to all things couture. Free and open to the public. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration.

CAVE IN: A MASK & MOVEMENT WORKSHOP Thursday, April 25 • 6:30 pm Join Kyle Jozsa, Director of Education for theater troupe Wandering Aesthetics, for this expressive mask and movement workshop inspired by the creations and ideas of artist Nick Cave. Like Cave’s soundsuits, masks can camouflage, creating a second skin that conceals race, gender and class, forcing the viewer to look without judgment. Recycle your creativity in this unique introduction to theater techniques using found objects as masks in a relaxed and playful environment.

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2016, mixed media, including a mask with horns, various toys, globes, wire, metal and mannequin, 85 x 45 x 40 in., Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography

$10/members, $15/nonmember. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration.

READING UNDER THE ROOF CLOUD BOOK CLUB: OLD IN ART SCHOOL Thursday, May 2 • 6 pm Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school—in her 60s—to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. In Old in Art School, she travels from her beloved Newark to the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design, finds meaning in the artists she loves even as she comes to understand how they may be undervalued and struggles with the unstable balance between the pursuit of art and the inevitable, sometimes painful demands of a life fully lived. This compelling memoir addresses identity issues, such as age and race, while exploring what it means to be an artist. Join Akron Art Museum librarian Ted Pitts for a discussion of the book and a tour of the Nick Cave exhibition. Free and open to the public. Registration requested at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration.


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TOUR: AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS IN THE AKRON ART MUSEUM COLLECTION Thursday, May 16 • 6:30 pm From the politically-charged work of Robert Colescott to the abstract expressions of Alma Thomas, African American artists are more visible than ever in the Akron Art Museum galleries. Join Director of Education Alison Caplan as we explore works by African American artists in the museum’s collection. This tour will culminate in an exploration of Nick Cave: Feat. Free and open to the public. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Alma Thomas, Pond - Spring Awakening (detail), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 68 x 55 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David K. Anderson 1976.32

CLOSE LOOKING: PHILIP GUSTON’S OPENED BOX Thursday, May 23 • 6:30 pm Although each object depicted in Philip Guston’s Opened Box held deep personal meaning for the artist, the work isn’t an open box to viewers. Here’s your chance to unbox the meaning behind this work in a guided looking experience led by Alison Caplan, Director of Education. Free and open to the public. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Philip Guston, Opened Box, 1977, oil on canvas, 67 1/4 x 110 1/4 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Purchased, by exchange, with funds raised by the Masked Ball 1955-1963 1980.49

BECHDEL FILM FEST Thursday, May 30 The Bechdel test, first appearing in Alison Bechdel’s 1985 comic strip, sets up three rules for evaluating films: at least two female characters, who are given names and who talk to each other about something other than a man or boy. Today, just half of films produced meet these simple requirements, and media aimed towards children and teens is even bleaker in terms of on-screen females with their own narrative arc. The Bechdel Film Fest celebrates the women, people of color and LGBTQ+ community members who are often overlooked on screen and highlights Akron as the inclusive community it is. Check www.bechdelfilmfest.com for screening times and registration.

GIRLS TO THE FRONT: BECHDEL FEST TOUR Thursday, May 30 • 1 pm Famed art historian Linda Nochlin once pondered, “Why have there been no great women artists?” That is simply no longer the case. From Alma Thomas’ colorful Pond - Spring Awakening to Viola Frey’s massive sculpture The World and the Woman, the Akron Art Museum’s collection is full of great women artists. Join Director of Education Alison Caplan as we explore female-identifying artists in the collection on this hour-long tour. Free and open to the public. Registration required at akronartmuseum.org/eventregistration. Viola Frey, The World and the Woman, 1992, glazed ceramic, 80 x 142 x 75 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum, Gift of Irving and Harriett Sands 2012.104

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What’s behind those beads, baubles and birds on view in Nick Cave: Feat.? Get the inside scoop on the artist’s inspiration, practice and mission as you explore the exhibition. We’ll talk art, social studies, dance, engineering and music as we investigate the galleries. Then, take a dive into the delicious and unique menu of materials Cave uses to create your own artwork. Even your students will be impressed. FREE. Registration required at akronartmuseum/eventregistration Nick Cave, Wall Relief (detail), 2013, mixed media, including ceramic birds, metal flowers, afghans, strung crystals and gramophone, 97 x 74 x 21 in. (each panel), Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, © Nick Cave, photo by James Prinz Photography

Each attendee will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.


Thursday, May 2 • 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 akronartmuseum/eventregistration Each attendee will receive professional development paperwork to submit to his/her LPDC.

Energize for Educators Events are made possible by FirstEnergy Foundation with additional support from the Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation, The Sisler McFawn Foundation, Joseph G. and Sally A. Miller Family Foundation and the Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation.

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM Night at the Museum events are made possible by Fifth Third Bank with additional support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation.

STUDENT ART SHOWS Don’t miss your chance to see the talent that lies inside our local schools by attending one of the museum’s Night at the Museum student art shows.

OHIO ART EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’S YOUTH ART MONTH SHOWCASE On view Tuesday March 12 – Sunday, March 17, 2019 Students from Northeast Ohio will be represented in this show, featuring many schools in the area and a wide variety of artwork.


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NEW YEAR, NEW ART THE AKRON ART MUSEUM’S ART LIBRARY ANNOUNCES NEW ACQUISITIONS In celebration of the Akron Art Library’s anniversary, the museum has commissioned 10 regional artists to create works of art for the lending collection. These acquisitions will be available for checkout this spring at the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library with nearly 40 original works of art to select from. Any Ohio resident with an Akron-Summit County Public Library card is eligible to borrow works of art from the Akron Art Library for up to four weeks at a time, just like checking out a book. Each artwork comes with a unique frame and customized carrying case for easy transporting. The collection is housed in and circulates from the Culture & AV Division of the Akron-Summit County Public Library Main Library, located across the street from the museum.

Lizzi Aronhalt, Viejo San Juan, 2018, acrylic and paint marker on gessoboard, 11 x 14 in., Collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library

New acquisitions to the Akron Art Library include paintings, illustrations, photographs, fiber art, mixed-media collages and prints. Artists whose work has been included in the second iteration of the art library include Lizzi Aronhalt, Ron Barron, Christi Birchfield, Alexandria Couch, Brooke DiDonato, Mike Gable, Lauren Mckenzie Noel, Andrea Meyers, Darius Steward and Adana Tillman. To learn more about this and other related programming on collecting, caring for and displaying art, visit akronartmuseum.org.

Left to right: Adana Tillman, Hide and Seek, 2018, cotton with hand embroidered detail, 16 x 20 in.; Ron Barron, Snacks - Washington Heights, 2016, scanned digital collage, signed artist’s proof, 16 x 11 1/2 in.; Christi Birchfield, Tip of the Iceberg, 2018, batik on muslin, 16 x 20 in.; All works collection of the Akron Art Museum Art Library at the Akron-Summit County Public Library

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—akronartmuseum.org—for the most up-to-date information on what is happening on any given Thursday and the rest of the week.

FREE THURSDAYS AkronArtMuseum.org

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


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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: LAURA FINK AND STEVE LEDERER How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you?

City: Akron Ohio, Highland Square Occupation: Laura is Development Director for Akron

We bought our first piece of original art through the museum. It was a piece by Joe Walton. Now we are inspired to buy one original piece of art every year, oftentimes in place of Christmas gifts.

Community Foundation and Steve is in engineering with Collins Aerospace

Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you? Which ones and why?

Laura loved Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines. Steve loves the Fred pencil sketch of the little bird by Beth van Hoesen. Both of us love the winter scene Bach Chord by William Sommer. We both think that the Inside|Out project was amazing! Why do you feel art is important?

We both believe that art is timeless and has merit, no matter when it was created. We appreciate the vision and patience that goes into art. Above all, we love the fact that we all view art through different lenses. Different people can look at a piece of art and see completely different things. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum?

We had our first date at the Akron Art Museum. The date is forever etched in Laura’s brain: July 5, 2012. We also got engaged at the Inverted Q a few years after we met there.

What made you decide to become a member of the Akron Art Museum?

We decided that it is a small price to pay for valuing the arts in our community. We consider it a privilege to live close to an accessible art museum with great programming and fun special events. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum?

At least once a month, but more in the summer. What benefit of membership do you appreciate the most and why?

Member preview nights. Art museum staff goes out of their way to make guests feel welcome and appreciated.


Photos by Jayson Shenk

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 • 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 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 akronartmuseum.org/memberships.


STAFF SPOTLIGHTS JAMIE MCLAMARA BOOKKEEPER Hometown: I was raised in Orange, Texas but have called Northeast Ohio my home for the past 25 years. I attended the University of Akron for my bachelor’s in business and Ashland University for my MBA. Favorite AAM Experience:

My favorite AAM experience was a Downtown@Dusk event last summer. I attended with members of the Akron and Cleveland Salsa Community, and we danced salsa, bachata and merengue to wonderful live Latin music in the outdoor pavilion. What I enjoy about the Akron Art Museum is it encompasses more than just physical art pieces, and it encourages the entire community to experience different forms of art including music, dancing and food.

EVAN PETKASH SECURITY SHIFT SUPERVISOR Hometown: Sebring, Ohio Favorite AAM Experience:

One of my favorite experiences while working at the Akron Art Museum would have to be speaking with Holbrook Riles III (aka HR3) after his drum performance in the Jeff Donaldson: Dig exhibition. We discussed how his performance was inspired by Donaldson’s work and how Donaldson’s work has inspired other African American artists, not only in Akron, Ohio, but also around the world.


Whenever I’m exploring the galleries, I always gravitate to Mickalene Thomas’ Girlfriends and Lovers. There’s something about the calm confidence of the women in the work, along with the mixed media and complex patterns, that fascinates me. I always find something new whenever I see it.

DANNY VOLK PROJECT COORDINATOR Hometown: Lakemore, Ohio Favorite AAM Artwork:

Thomas Struth’s National Gallery I, London, (1989) was one of the first artworks that made me really excited about the capabilities of art. This piece involves a kind of mise en abyme (a scene within a scene). To me the layers of viewership extend beyond the image, beyond us, and it makes me think about an unknown viewer that might be viewing me! This kind of playful questioning and wonderment makes me excited about what art can and does often do. Photos by Jayson Shenk


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ALBERT MACSO, OWNER & OPERATOR, AKRON, OHIO What made you decide to have your business become an Art Works Business Member?

From the early stages of building Akron Coffee Roasters, the Akron Art Museum has supported the business. Before we had a brick-and-mortar shop, the museum allowed us to hold coffee classes and tastings here, and used our coffee in the museum café. It seemed only natural to bring the relationship full circle. How frequently do you visit the Akron Art Museum?

We’re in the museum nearly every week delivering coffee. Unfortunately, being a small business owner means not a lot of extra time to visit museums. But our team enjoys attending gallery openings, Downtown@Dusk and other special programs. Photo by Jayson Shenk

What benefit of Art Works Business Membership do you appreciate the most and why?

We love offering our great team the opportunity to visit the art museum for free. The opening receptions are fun to attend to socialize with familiar faces that we don’t always get to see outside of our shop. How has the Akron Art Museum impacted you? Your business? The region as a whole?

The Akron Art Museum helped ACR get its start early on, providing an outlet to get the Akron Coffee Roasters name and coffee to the public. Our coffee is served in the museum café and the museum has acted as classroom for various coffee classes and programming we offer. Are there particular works of art in the collection or current/past exhibitions that are special to you?

Our staff has several favorites—the Inside|Out series, Jun Kaneko: Blurred Lines, Sky Hook by Gene Davis and Untitled by Mark Rothko. Why do you feel the Akron Art Museum is important?

The Akron Art Museum is a great asset to our community, offering opportunities for creative outlets that appeal to all levels of creativity and creative interest, and acting as a cultural staple to downtown Akron life. Do you have a story or memory that you would like to share about the Akron Art Museum?

One of the really cool projects we were fortunate to collaborate on with the museum was the Mark Mothersbaugh exhibition, Myopia. We worked with Mark to develop a special blend of coffee that he requested to have notes of “rubber and oats” to taste like Akron. We were also able to use a piece of his artwork for the bag design. It was a big hit at the museum. We received a lot of online orders from Mark’s fans around the country and shipped a big order to Mutato Musika, Mark’s Los Angeles music studio.



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Supporting a creative life requires commitment and passion. As we strive to create an inclusive, interactive and accessible public arts space for all, your support makes it possible for the Akron Art Museum to serve its mission of enriching lives through modern and contemporary art. Your annual fund donation provides much needed financial support to continue programs in our community. • World-class modern and contemporary exhibitions • Education programming for over 7,000 local K-12 students • Public art projects like 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 akronartmuseum.org/donate.

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 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 Akron Coffee Roasters Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. Best Commercial Energy Services Beyond Borders Inc. BPI Information Systems Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Central Graphics & Signs Cohen & Company Dominion Energy Ohio EarthQuaker Devices Edenscape LLC Emery Electric, Inc. Famous Supply Fidelity Investments Grants Plus Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. H & M Metal Processing Co. The J.M. Smucker Company Lake Business Products Myers School of Art Ohio CAT Printing Concepts Risk International Services, Inc. Roderick Linton Belfance LLP S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Securitec Security Systems Sequoia Financial Group LLC Sikich LLP Speelman Electric, Inc. Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Suncrest Gardens Sweet Mary’s Bakery Sweet Modern/Cogneato TKM Print Solutions, Inc. United Way of Summit County Western Reserve PBS Join online at akronartmuseum.org/memberships or contact Senior Development Officer Jeneé Garlando at jgarlando@akronartmuseum.org or 330.376.9186 x222.

LIVE CREATIVE SUMMER STUDIO IS BACK! This summer in the Mary S. and David C. Corbin Family Foundation Gallery

Tuesdays through Fridays 11 am – 4 pm That’s right: The museum’s Summer Studio has a new-and-improved home for 2019. Beginning after Memorial Day, the Corbin Family Foundation Gallery will be transformed into a studio where visitors can explore, discover and create. Families can make memories together in this creative workspace designed for children, their caregivers and anyone who wants to tap into their imaginative side. The hands-on, inspiring play space will offer visitors a drop-in experience, encouraging families to experiment with a variety of art-making techniques and materials with no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free for members every day. Regular admission applies to nonmember adults, with the exception of Free Thursdays, when admission is free to all. Summer Studio is made possible with support from the Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation and the Charles E. and Mabel M. Ritchie Foundation.


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A MEMORABLE EVENT DESERVES AN EQUALLY MEMORABLE SPACE Choose the Akron Art Museum to celebrate the most important moments of your life and career. Exhibit your style with bold and dramatic art, iconic architecture and an elegant garden space which will wow your guests and make any occasion a rare and memorable celebration.

OUR SERVICES & STAFF Our special events team is ready to assist you with customizing your event. Combine your corporate event with a tour of our collection, or add a unique outdoor feel to your dream urban wedding—our team can bring your visions to life. • Wedding ceremonies and receptions • Seated dinners • Luncheons • Holiday parties • Cocktail receptions • 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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CONTACT US If you have questions, would like to inquire about availability or pricing, or want to arrange a private tour of the venue, contact Senior Event Manager Colleen Iacianci at 330.376.9186 x214 or email at ciacianci@akronartmuseum.org. SPRING 2019

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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 January 31, 2019.

$50,000 and above Akron Community Foundation Akron Reimagining the Civic Commons Mrs. Myrna Berzon* The C. Blake, Jr. and Beatrice K. McDowell Foundation FRONT International GAR Foundation Ms. Sandra Haslinger* The J.M. Smucker Company John S. and James L. Knight Foundation The Lehner Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. William S. Lipscomb* Mr. Thomas Merryweather* Mr. & Mrs. Herbert Newman* Ohio Arts Council Mr. and Mrs. Rory O'Neil* Robert O. and Annamae Orr Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Rogers*/ Richard and Alita Rogers Family Foundation The Sandra L. & Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation

$10,000–$49,999 Mrs. Ann Allan Mr. and Mrs. Roland H. Bauer* Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bidwell* Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation Cohen & Company, CPAs Ms. Dana Dickinson* F.W. Albrecht Family Foundation FirstEnergy Foundation Mr. John V. Frank* H & M Metal Processing Mr. Richard M. Hamlin, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris, III* Mr. and Mrs. George R. Klein* Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation Mirapaul Foundation Mr. Evan Mirapaul Peg's Foundation PNC Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Rowland* Mrs. Kathy Salem*/Kathy Moses Salem Fund of Akron Community Foundation Sisler McFawn Foundation The Semantic Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Charles F. Walton* The Welty Family Foundation Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sheeler* Mr. and Mrs. Mark Smucker* Mr. and Mrs. Alan Woll*

$1,000–$9,999 Akron Children's Hospital Cleveland Clinic-Akron General Medical Center Akron/Summit Convention & Visitors Bureau Mrs. Ann Amer Brennan* Mr. Hamilton Amer* Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. David Andrews* Mr. and Mrs. John Arther, III Audio-Technica U.S., Inc. Dr. and Mrs. W. Gerald Austen* B+B Cleaners Bank Of America Charitable Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Barrett* Mr. and Mrs. Mike Belkin* Ms. Donna R. Bender* Mr. Bruce Bennett* Mr. and Mrs. James Berlin* Best Commercial Energy Services Bober, Markey, Fedorovich & Co. Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Bodden*

Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Bosnik* Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC Mr. and Mrs. David Brennan* Ms. Nancy Brennan* Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Briggs* Broadleaf Partners, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas V. Browning Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Bruno* Mr. and Mrs. Maurice J. Buchanan* 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* Clampco Products, Inc. Ms. Joanne Cohen and Mr. Morris Wheeler Mrs. Terri Conner 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.* Deluxe Corporation Foundation Mr. Scott Dettling Drs. Cliff & Sandy Deveny* Mr. and Mrs. Samuel DiPaola Dominion Energy Ohio EarthQuaker Devices Dr. and Mrs. Drew Engles Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Evanko Mr. C. Gordon Ewers* Famous Supply Fat Head's Brewing Mr. and Mrs. William R. Feth* Fidelity Investments Fifth Third Bank FirstEnergy Corp. The Folk Charitable Foundation Dr. Michael Frank* Mr. William & Mrs. Jenny Frantz* 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* David Halliwill & Valerie Mader* Mr. and Mrs. C. Thomas Harvie* Harwick Standard Distribution Corp. Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Haslinger* The Henry V. and Frances W. Christenson Foundation Mrs. Barbara H. Herberich* Mr. and Mrs. William Hoover* Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hull Mr. and Mrs. David Hunter* Huntington National Bank Jean P. Wade Foundation Sarah and Jeff Johnston* Joseph & Sally Miller Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kanfer* Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Katanic Mr. and Mrs. John Katzenmeyer* Mr. Walter P. Keith, III* Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust KeyBank Nancy Koly Mr. and Mrs. John Vander Kooi* Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Kornick* Kevin Kotaska* Mr. and Mrs. James P. Kovach* Kravets Wehby Gallery Inc. Mrs. Sue Kruder* Mrs. Thaddeus W. Kurczynski* Dr. Steven L. Kutnick and Ms. Jackie Derrow*

Laura R. & Lucian Q. Moffitt Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Leff* Mr. and Mrs. Gary Leidich* Mr. Jason Leidich Frank Lettieri Paul & Linda Liesem* Lloyd L. and Louise K. Smith Memorial Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Philip A. Lloyd* Mr. and Mrs. Rick Lobalzo Mr. David Logsdon Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lohman* M. G. O'Neil Foundation Mr. Robert and Mrs. Pamela McMillen* Judge Kathryn Michael Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Michelson, Jr.* Mr. and Mrs. John A. Mogen* Dr. and Mrs. Eliot Mostow* Mr. and Mrs. Randy Myeroff* Mr. Stephen E. Myers* June and Robert Netzley Dr. and Mrs. Alfred L. Nicely* Nevin Nussbaum Ohio CAT OMNOVA Solutions Foundation Dr. and Mrs. Donald F. Palmer* Mr. and Mrs. David Pelland* Mr. William C. Pepple and Dr. Nancy Ryland Catherine Posner Printing Concepts, Inc. Mr. and Mrs. Tim Quine* R.C. and Katharine Musson Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Derrick Ransom* Mr. Roger Read* Mr. Karl Reuther and Dr. Gayle Galan* Mrs. Nancy Reymann Gotfredson* Risk International Services, Inc. Dr. Andrea Rodgers & Dr. Ray Bologna* Mr. and Mrs. Edward A. Russell* Mr. Michael Russell* Mr. and Mrs. Peter Ryerson* S.A. Comunale Company, Inc. Samuel Reese Willis Foundation Mr. and Mrs. David Sands* Mrs. Elizabeth B. Sandwick* Mr. and Mrs. Michael Saxon* Mr. David Scarponi* Sequoia Financial Group Shaw Memorial Fund-ACF Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Elizabeth Sheeler* Mr. and Mrs. Richey Smith* R. Thomas & Meg Harris Stanton* Stark Community Foundation Mr. and Mrs. John S. Steinhauer Suncrest Gardens Dr. Sanjiv Tewari* United Way of Summit County The University of Akron Vintage Wine Distributor James Vitale Mr. Bob Vogel* Mr. and Mrs. Scott Wilkes James M. Woods* Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wright* Chris Zazo

$250–$999 Dr. and Mrs. Mark Adamczyk Akrochem Corporation Akron Coffee Roasters Mr. and Mrs. Joe Albrecht Mr. and Mrs. Steve Albrecht Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc. Anonymous Dr. and Mrs. Mark Auburn Mr. and Mrs. Jules Belkin Mr. and Mrs. Robert Berk

Mr. Roland Bertolini Beyond Borders Inc. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Bigelow Mrs. Mona Bishop Ms. Claudia Bjerre and Ms. Andrea Senich Mr. William P. Blair Mr. and Mrs. John Blickle Christy Bolingbroke Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Bonchack Mr. James L. Wagner and Ms. Jane Bond Jane Falk & William Bortz BPI Information Systems Mr. and Mrs. Edward Brown Mrs. Frances Buchholzer Lisle M. Buckingham Endowment Fund of ACF Cynthia Burgess Ms. Butler and Dr. Nissen Joseph G. Cacchione Canton Brewing Company Donna & Rex Carpenter* Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Cauffield Central Graphics & Signs Mr. John Chlebina Mr. Stephen Comunale Mr. and Mrs. Harry Covington Claudia Crea Marc D’Antonio & Robert Esseltine Mr. and Mrs. James E. Davis Mr. and Mrs. Bryan de Boer Mrs. Julie Deane Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Michael Douglas Mr. Eric and Mrs. Michelle M. Droll Barry C. Dunaway Jane Eckert Edenscape LLC Emery Electric Inc. Ms. Shirley Ende-Saxe Christine Fiocca Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fischer Mrs. Helen D. Fleming Mr. Paul A. Frank, Jr. Mrs. Christine Gable Mrs. Dorothy Gaffney Dr. and Mrs. John H. Gerstenmaier Ms. Tamara Gill Mr. and Mrs. Fred V. Glock, Jr. Mr. Mark Goodman Grants Plus Mr. and Mrs Henry Gulich Mr. and Mrs. Gregory P. Hackett Ms. Sharon Hershey Mr. Geoffrey Hewitt Mrs. Esther and Dr. Larry Hexter Molly and Barry Holtzer Dr. Mitchell D. Kahan and Mr. Christopher Hixson Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Kamenir High St. Hop House Dr. and Mrs. Richard Hirsh Mr. Robert Kazar Mr. and Mrs. David L. Keller Jeff Kennard Mr. Robert Kerper and Ms. Susan Locke Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Koutnik Mr. and Mrs. Tom Kukk Lake Business Products Ms. Yvonne Gillette Mr. Steve Lederer Dr. and Mrs. Mark Leeson Dr. & Mrs. Anthony Locastro Ms. Chell Maxwell Mr. Matt McCallum and Mr. Ben Manista Mr. William and Mrs. Nancy McGrath Mr. David Michel and Ms. Lynne Killgore Mr. and Mrs. William Moore Ms. Missy Morlock Amelia and Adam Morris

Myers School of Art Jason Netherton Mr. and Mrs. Steve Newman Harrison Orendorf Mrs. Janet Pahlau Mr. and Mrs. Robert Piepho Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pipitone Platform Beer Co. Mr. Wayne I. Poteete and Ms. Danene Bender Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Preston, III Mr. and Mrs. William J. Quinn Drs. James and Esther Rehmus 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 Mr. and Mrs. Justin Rogers Don Ross Lamar Rucker Dr. and Mrs. John B. Saks Ms. Susan Scarponi Schultz, Bertin & Co. Securitec Security Systems Tom Shaheen Charna Sherman Mrs. Constantia Stathopoulos Mr. and Mrs. John Stathopoulos Sikich LLP Ms. Doris A. Simonis Lee A. Simpson & Kathryn G. Freed Simpson Drs. Frederick and Elizabeth Specht Speelman Electric, Inc. Star Printing Co., Inc. State and Federal Communications, Inc. Max Steiner Struktol Company of America Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Svoboda Salli Swindell Mr. and Mrs. Arno Szegvari Mr. Steve Tarr Mrs. Pamela Thielo TKM Print Solutions Kelley Tomlinson Uncorked Wine Bar and Galleries Dr. and Mrs. Chris A. Van Devere Kevin Wagner Heather L. Welsh Ms. Edna H. Williams and Ms. Amanda Williams Ms. Jenny Wilson and Ms. Merrilee Nelson Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Wilson Mr. Bruce Winges and Ms. Bonnie Bolden Ms. Catherine Wooley Mr. and Mrs. David L. Yeager Mr. and Mrs. Terry Yingling Mr. and Mrs. James G. Yurak Mr. Gary J. Zeller and Mr. James Zwisler


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