Category Archives: Exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum will host two exhibitions starting in November.

Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders

Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders | November 23, 2013 – March 16, 2014

Kent State University graduate Diana Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture Nolli’s Orders intermingles landscape, architecture and the human figure. Hovering between architectural ruin and figurative sculpture, the thirteen-foot high sculpture is constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam, and paint. Nolli’s Orders was inspired by sources ranging from Italian and Northern Renaissance painting to Gothic architecture and Hellenistic sculpture. Its title refers to the eighteenth century Italian architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli, who is known for the iconic map of Rome that he completed in 1748. Al-Hadid was born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syria and currently lives and works in New York City.


Multiplicity | November 23, 2013- March 16, 2014

Multiplicity showcases more than 80 prints by modern and contemporary American artists working in an exciting variety of media. Drawn from the outstanding collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the exhibition demonstrates how artists today engage with the unique qualities of printmaking processes. Paintings and sculptures by a number of the artists featured, including Chuck Close, Helen Frankenthaler, Al Held, and Kiki Smith will be on view in the museum’s Haslinger collection galleries, allowing visitors to better understand the scope of those artists’ creative output. The variety of innovative approaches artists use to create prints is apparent in works by such artists as Louise Bourgeois, Jim Dine, Barbara Kruger, Julie Mehretu, Ed Ruscha, and Kara Walker.

For more information, visit the Akron Art Museum on the web at The Museum is located at One South High, Akron, Ohio 44308.

Kent State SLIS Alumni and Friends Council event at the Akron Art Museum

You’re invited – Akron Art Museum event for SLIS Alumni, Students & Friends

The Kent State University School of Library and Information Science ALUMNI AND FRIENDS COUNCIL invites you to an evening at the Akron Art Museum, featuring “The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats” exhibit.

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, beverages (cash bar), and friendly conversation. Meet new SLIS director Dr. Tom Lipinski and learn about the latest school happenings. And explore the art of beloved children’s author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats with art museum education director Alison Caplan.

The event is open to SLIS students and alumni, children’s and youth librarians, current and emerging museum professionals, and other librarians and friends of SLIS. All are welcome, but space for this event is limited. RSVP today.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Alumni and Friends Minority Scholarship fund. Suggested donation: $10. Advance registration requested. Please call Pearle Bower at 330-672-1458 to RSVP.

For more information about the Akron Art Museum, including directions, visit

We look forward to seeing you on June 6.

Upcoming events in Toledo

The Toledo Museum of Art has just opened Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of ArtThis is the first exhibition of Aboriginal Australian art to be held in the Midwest in 25 years, it is not to be missed!  The show is beautiful.

To make your trip to Toledo even more exciting, starting on May 24, you can also visit the Toledo Zoo to check out Wild Walkabout: Wonders from Down Under including the Zoo’s newest member, a 17 foot saltwater crocodile.

So, start planning your trip to both Toledo and Australia this summer!

Line Color Illusion: Julian Stanczak – Akron Art Museum

Line Color Illusion: Julian Stanczak

April 13, 2013 – November 3, 2013

Line Color Illusion: 40 Years of Julian Stanczak showcases paintings and prints collected by the Akron Art Museum since 1970. The exhibition documents both Julian Stanczak’s impressive career as a master of color and the museum’s longstanding commitment to his work.
A longtime resident of Northeastern Ohio and retired Cleveland Institute of Art professor, Julian Stanczak earned international recognition as a pioneer of “Op Art,” a style based on optical illusion, following his first New York exhibition at Martha Jackson Gallery in 1964. Soon after, Stanczak’s work–which he characterizes as perceptual abstraction—was included in the Museum of Modern Art’s landmark exhibition The Responsive Eye. Stanczak has continued to draw upon his deep understanding of color theory to explore how colors interact and are perceived. While his signature motifs have evolved, his paintings and prints over the years are characterized by lines and colors that set up vibrations and create pulsating patterns.
The Akron Art Museum hosted one of the first public museum exhibitions of Julian Stanczak’s work and acquired the painting Dual Glare in 1970. Since that time the museum has augmented its collection with paintings and screen prints representing the variety of materials, techniques and formal elements that Stanczak continues to explore.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by a gift from the Kenneth L. Calhoun Charitable Trust, Key Bank, Trustee.

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats – Akron Art Museum

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats

March 16, 2013 – June 30, 2013

“The Snowy Day marks a breakthrough in children’s literature because it features the first African-American protagonist in a full-color children’s picture book. Its importance can hardly be overstated; it inspired generations of readers and paved the way for multiracial representation in American children’s literature.

It also was among the first to bring a touch of realism to children’s books. The gritty urban settings of Keats’ stories revealed a landscape rarely seen in children’s books. It was a landscape Keats filled with mystery and stark beauty, and it has ever since enchanted legions of children.

The show features more than 80 original works, from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages for the artist’s most popular books. Examples of his lesser-known works are also shown, those inspired by Asian art and haiku poetry, as well as documentary material and photographs.”

-Dorothy Shinn, Akron Beacon Journal

The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats is the first major exhibition in the U.S. to pay tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), whose beloved children’s books include Whistle for Willie, Peter’s Chair, and The Snowy Day, published in 1962. The first modern full-color picture book to feature an African-American protagonist, The Snowy Day inspired generations of readers. The exhibition features over 80 original works by the artist, from preliminary sketches to final paintings and collages, including examples of Keats’s most introspective but less-known output inspired by Asian art and poetry. A space in the galleries will be transformed into a reading room inspired by Keats’s art and stories for visitors of all ages/

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Guest Post: Heather Lyle – On Curating a Museum Exhibition

Recently a dream came true for me—receiving an invitation to curate an artists’ books exhibition at the Denison Museum.  As the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Denison University, I already had built a strong working relationship with the museum staff.  I had provided them with information, photographs and objects for previous museum shows, and recommended bringing a traveling exhibition of work by noted scholar and book artist, Johanna Drucker, to Denison.  The staff suggested that I curate a smaller show of artists’ books to accompany the larger Drucker exhibition, and I agreed.  A recent sabbatical had allowed me time to explore the wonderful world of artists’ books, including how libraries and galleries exhibited these unusual specimens.

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Akron Art Museum Exhibition: Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders

Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders

January 26, 2013 – June 21, 2013

This exhibition presents a dramatic inside look at 1960s biker counterculture. From 1963 – 1967 Danny Lyon not only captured the bikers in photographs, but immersed himself in the lifestyle. Lyon joined the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club, making him a pioneer of the new form of photojournalism where the artist was personally involved with the subject. This series was featured in Lyon’s defining first photography book and became one of the most important and influential documentary series of the late 20th century. This exhibition is drawn exclusively from the museum’s extensive holdings of Lyon’s work.

Akron Art Museum
One South High, Akron, Ohio 44308

Cincinnati SLA Tour of Cincinnati Art Museum and Art After Dark 7/27/12

On July 27th, SLA will tour the Cincinnati Art Museum and Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives. Afterward, the group will mingle at Art After Dark, a free event open to the public. The theme: “We Got the Beat!”

SLA members are invited to a tour of the museum’s Cincinnati wing to learn about the history of the Queen City and its influential artists.  After the tour, SLA members will stop in the Mary R. Schiff Library and Archives for a brief visit and overview of its collections.  The library has a unique assortment of materials on Cincinnati art and artists, a broad range of auction houses catalogs starting from the 1900s, and an exclusive collection of reference materials.  The SLA tour will wrap up at Art After Dark, a free event with cocktails, entertainment, and exclusive museum evening hours.

SLA members only to the museum/library tour, but Art After Dark is a public event!

Date:  July 27, 2012

Time:  4:00 pm – ?


Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Drive

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Ph: (877) 472-4226

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Exhibition: Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 at the Toledo Museum of Art

Glass in Ohio!

Book: Color Ignited

This year is the 50th anniversary of the start of the Studio Glass Movement, which started in Toledo in 1962.  The Toledo Museum of Art and the city of Toledo just finished up hosting the 2012 Glass Arts Society Conference, and it was an incredible week!

To coincide with the conference the museum has reinstalled its Glass Pavilion galleries and opened the exhibition Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012.  “The exhibition focuses on the role of color—from the conceptual to the political to the metaphoric—in artistic expression. More than 80 objects from private collections, galleries, other museums and TMA’s own collection are shown, including works by Littleton, Dominick Labino, Marvin Lipofsky, Dale Chihuly, Dan Dailey, Judith Schaechter, Ginny Ruffner, Fritz Driesbach and Klaus Moje.” The show has opened in TMA’s brand new Wolfe Gallery for Contemporary Art, a beautiful new space, and will be open until September 9. Click here to find out more about the exhibition.



Also, in the Ohio Valley, the Huntington Museum of Art has a focused exhibition on the father of the Studio Glass Movement, Harvey Littleton.

Harvey Littleton: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Glass Studio Movement is on view through November 18.

Event: Gravity and Grace and the Akron Art Museum

Sacred Moon, 2007. Image from the Davis Museum at Wellesley College:

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui
Opening Party
Saturday, June 16

Internationally renowned artist El Anatsui transforms discarded objects into shimmering, richly colored, luxuriously textured tapestries and sculptures of monumental splendor. Visit and be awed by an exhibition so large in scale that it overflows throughout the museum.

  • Dialogue with the Artist, 6 pm

See why El Anatsui is one of the leading artists of our time during his talk with curator Ellen Rudolph in the Akron-Summit County Main Library auditorium. Members $7, Nonmembers $15 (includes admission to the Opening Party).

  • Opening Party, 7-10pm

The national premiere at the museum. Be the first to see this exhibition that everyone will be talking about. Party Only admission: Members FREE, Nonmembers $10 and may be purchased that evening at the museum’s Visitor Services desk.

Click here to purchase dialogue tickets and get more information about the Akron Art Museum.