Brooklyn Museum of Art

2012 in Review

By: Bridgette Beard Klein, Communications Assistant

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This image is from one of the most popular posts from our blog this year (and ever). Here the Inverted Q is shown through the Chromatic Vision Simulator’s Protanope filter. To view the Q’s typical appearance, visit the Akron Art Museum’s Online Collection.

2012 has been an exhilarating year for the Akron Art Museum. We continued to launch our new visual look, celebrated 90 years in the community, exhibited monumental art and made major leadership changes.

We really kicked off the year with our 90th anniversary celebration in February. The performance included abstract painter Al Bright in concert with the Jesse Dandy Band. In March, Ray Turner: Population opened featuring an ever-expanding series of portraits, including key Akronites from the University Park neighborhood and even some Akron Art Museum staff.

April and May saw the staff preparing for the sale of Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #96 at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art – Evening Sale on May 8, 2012. The money raised from the sale created a new acquisitions endowment. We retained another 1981 masterpiece by Cindy Sherman from the Centerfolds series, Untitled #93 (Black Sheets), subsequently named Sherman the 2011-2012 Knight Purchase Award recipient and purchased several works from her Bus Riders series.

Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui opened in June with the artist present in Akron! The Akron Art Museum was the first modern and contemporary art museum in the US to collect Anatsui’s work and is thrilled to organize the major traveling exhibition. Huffington Post recently called its presentation at the Brooklyn Museum one of “The 25 Most Anticipated Exhibitions of the New Year.” You can catch the exhibition on its national tour through 2014.

The summer sizzled with the always popular Downtown@Dusk concert series and the new to 2012 ArtCamp@Dusk for kids to enjoy while their parents listen and embarrassingly dance to music. In July, we launched our completely redesigned website and enacted two major admission changes. Children 17 years and younger are now admitted FREE to the museum’s galleries. Beginning in July, visitors receive FREE admission to the collection and exhibition galleries all day from 11 am – 9 pm, on the third Thursday of every month.

After 26 years as director, with one of the longest tenures of any art museum leader in the country, Dr. Mitchell D. Kahan announced to the Akron Art Museum’s Board of Trustees that his resignation, effective January 2, 2013, and assume the title of Director Emeritus. Janice Driesbach joined the staff in August after a yearlong national search, as the museum’s new Chief Curator and was named Interim Director in December.

The colder weather hasn’t slowed down this mammoth year. Sculpture exhibitions Adolph Gottlieb: Sculptor  and New Artifacts: Works by Brent Kee Young and Sungsoo Kim opened in late October.  In November, tribute was paid to Dr. Mitchell D. Kahan during a formal dinner on November 10 and a community day on November 11. Holiday mART expanded its hours to reach more people this year and the popular Island of Misfit Toys once again sold out.

You might think all of this is enough for one year, but think again. Just as many people were planning their final holiday shopping or how to best spend the time off with family, the Akron Art Museum announced a pledge from museum supporters Rick and Alita Rogers as the lead gift for the design and construction of its long awaited outdoor sculpture garden. The completed outdoor gallery and multi-use space will bear the name of Bruce and Susanne Rogers, Rick’s parents, who are among Akron’s most devoted community boosters.

From September to December, we added 131 new objects, many of which were donated in honor of Mitchell.  The museum’s commitment to photography holds strong and over half of the works in the collection are photographs. You can check out the museum’s collection at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/collection.

As for the blog, some of the most popular posts have been The Q is Blue!, Staff Interview: Special Events Manager Sheri Stallsmith and Photographic Masks from the Collection.  We have some posts planned for the next couple of months that we can’t wait to share with you.

Don’t think the Akron Art Museum will rest on its laurel in 2013. As the search for a new director continues, the museum will open some amazing exhibitions and put on some great events.

 The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats pays tribute to award-winning author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats (1916–1983), the first to feature an African-American protagonist in modern full-color picture books and will open on March 16, 2013. The exhibition Draw Me a Story (February 9 – August 4, 2013) will celebrate Keats’s legacy and the power of visual literacy and multiculturalism. Elementary students from area schools will created collaborative picture books. The student artists will also meet and work with award-winning children’s book author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh, who will be here in the spring.

Drawn entirely from the museum’s collection, Danny Lyon: Bikeriders highlights one of the artist’s most celebrated bodies of works. Now, nearly 50 years after their creation, the images retain their original power and raw energy. 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.

Art and Ale returns this year on March 8 and the galleries will even be open for the first hour! Get your tickets now to take advantage of special pricing. Meanwhile, kids and teens will be delighted with our studio class offerings, but don’t wait to sign up because these classes are in demand.

As always, check out the website, Facebook, Twitter and this blog for the most up-to-date Akron Art Museum information.

Share Your Landscape

Childe Hassam's Island of Shoals

THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED! ALL ENTRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED BY MIDNIGHT ON DECEMBER 4, 2011!

The impressionists took to the outdoors to show their favorite landscapes with the world. We would like to see your favorite landscapes in our contest open November 7 – 30, 2011. Just follow the guidelines below:

  1. Share with us your favorite landscape. The medium is up to you, but it must be your original work. Limit to two entries per person.
  2. Send your landscape, your name, artwork’s title, best form of contact and a brief description of the place and why it is your favorite to Contest@AkronArtMuseum.org.
  3. NOTE THE NEW DEADLINE! The contest is open through midnight on December 4, 2011. Winners will be selected by Akron Art Museum staff and will be announced on December 7, 2011.
  4. Grand Prize (1): Two complementary tickets to the Akron Art Museum to be used within a year and choice of landscapes related print from the Museum Store.
  5. Not open to Akron Art Museum staff.
  6. By entering the contest you are giving the Akron Art Museum the right to utilize your landscape in social media capacities.

Send any questions to Contest@AkronArtMuseum.org.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present

Who Shot Rock & Roll:
A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present
October 23, 2010 – January 23, 2011
Karl and Bertl Arnstein Galleries
For the first time as a major museum exhibition, the story of rock and roll is being told from the perspective of the men and women who not only chronicled the genre, but defined it comprehensively – the photographers. Acknowledging both their creative and collaborative role in the history of rock music, the exhibition features 163 works of photography and eight videos by over 100 photograhers and videographers including Richard Avedon, Anton Corbijn, Diane Arbus, Annie Leibovitz and many others.Organized by the Brooklyn Museum of Art with guest curator Gail Buckland, Who Shot Rock & Roll is broken into six sections: rare and revealing images taken behind the scenes; tender snapshots of young musicians at the beginnings of their careers; exhilarating photographs of live performances that display the energy, passion, style and sex appeal of the band on stage; powerful images of the crowds and fans that are often evocative of historic paintings; portraits revealing the soul and creativity, rather than the surface and celebrity, of the musicians; and conceptual images and album covers highlighting the collaborative efforts between the image makers and musicians.

Also featured in the exhibition, courtesy of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, are five costumes worn by Phil Spector, Elton John, Tina Turner, Fred Schneider and Madonna.

Who Shot Rock & Roll: A Photographic History, 1955 to the Present is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Gail Buckland.

Its presentation in Akron is made possible in part by a generous gift from the Adam Fund of Akron Community Foundation with additional funding from the Thomas & Lisa Mandel Fund of the Morton and Barbara Mandel Family Foundation, WAKR/WONE, Scene Magazine and House of LaRose.