Concerts

Downtown@Dusk ft. The Speedbumps

Thursday, July 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm

*Update: All Downtown@Dusk activities for 07.26.12 have been moved inside due to the weather.*

Come see The Speedbumps perform live at the Akron Art Museum Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm as part of the museum’s popular Downtown@Dusk concert series. Also enjoy a lecture from artist Al Bright, ArtCamp@Dusk for the kids, hot dogs and a cold beer from Elevator Brewing for adults.

Maintaining a high level of instrumentation and honest songwriting, Kent-area band the Speedbumps incorporate a combination of hollow-bodied instruments like cello, upright bass, ukulele, and acoustic guitar to create an eclectic but approachable sound. The band’s intelligent yet organic feel has given them the opportunity to perform with Amos Lee, Matt Nathanson, OK GO, Chrissie Hynde and Andrew Bird.

In 1978 Youngstown artist Al Bright did a live performance at the Akron Art Institute. 34 years later, Bright returned to the Akron Art Museum, creating a masterful Abstract Expressionist style painting to the musical accompaniment of the Jesse Dandy Trio. This work is currently on view as part of The Anniversary Show: Commemorative Art Through the Years. Bright will speak about his experiences performing at the museum and everything that happened in between.

Bring the kids down for the first ArtCamp@Dusk! Children7-12 years old will explore fun and wacky hands-on art making in the museum classroom. Registration is required for members and nonmembers. Sign-up today at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com/artcampdusk/#view=calendar.

Concert goers may also visit the museum galleries to view Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui and The Anniversary Show: Commemorative Art Through the Years during the evening. Gallery admission is required. For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.

Downtown@Dusk 2012 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

ArtTalks@Dusk are made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.

ArtCamp@Dusk is made possible by a gift from the Harris-Stanton Gallery.

Downtown@Dusk ft. Robin Stone

Thursday, July 19
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Come see Robin Stone perform live at the Akron Art Museum Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm as part of the museum’s popular Downtown@Dusk concert series. Also enjoy a lecture from Kent State University art history professor Fred Smith, ArtCamp@Dusk for the kids, hot dogs and a cold beer from Elevator Brewing for adults.

The Cleveland native voted “Best Vocalist” at the Free Times Music Awards in 2009 almost wasn’t. After being diagnosed with a tumor on her vocal cord in 2008 and a rare auto immune disease in early 2009, Stone battled back to not only release a new record and a live album but start her own record label, She Loves You Records. The acclaimed singer’s soulful lyrics are drawn from her personal hardships and over 10 years of experience performing.  For more information on Robin Stone or She Loves You Records, visit her website at www.shelovesyourecords.com/.

Professor Fred Smith will focus on the development of El Anatsui’s work in terms of influences and issues, connecting some elements of tradition-based art and the work of other contemporary artists and movements that impacted the artist.

Bring the kids down for the first ArtCamp@Dusk! Children7-12 years old will explore fun and wacky hands-on art making in the museum classroom. Registration is required for members and nonmembers. Sign-up today at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com/artcampdusk/#view=calendar.

Concert goers may also visit the museum galleries to view Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui for free as part of the museum’s Third Thursday program. Enjoy free admission to collection and exhibition galleries on the third Thursday of each month. Galleries are open 11 am – 9 pm every Thursday. For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.

Downtown@Dusk 2012 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

ArtTalks@Dusk are made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.

ArtCamp@Dusk is made possible by a gift from the Harris-Stanton Gallery.

Third Thursdays are made possible by a generous gift from the Goodyear Rubber & Tire Company.

Downtown@Dusk ft. Lost State of Franklin

Thursday, July 12
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Come see Lost State of Franklin perform live at the Akron Art Museum Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm as part of the museum’s popular Downtown@Dusk concert series. Also enjoy a lecture from artist Michelle Stitzlein, ArtCamp@Dusk for the kids, hot dogs and a cold beer from Elevator Brewing for adults.

Lost State of Franklin, the name comes from a footnote in American history, will play their unique blend of jazz, country, rockabilly, rock and bluegrass. The band is comprised of J. Scott Franklin on lead vocals, rhythm guitar and trumpet along with Tyler Postma on vocals, drums, washboard and harmonic, and Jeremy Cottrell on upright bass. The band has been nominated for numerous awards, such as Scene Magazine “Songwriter of the Year.”

Michelle Stitzlein has been creating sculpture with recycled materials as a full-time artist since 2000 in her Baltimore, OH, studio. Her work has been shown in art and craft museums nationally. She has visited over 50 elementary schools and organizations as an artist-in-residence and continues to share her passion for creating with humble materials in her books, workshops, presentations and exhibitions.

Bring the kids down for the first ArtCamp@Dusk! Children7-12 years old will explore fun and wacky hands-on art making in the museum classroom. Registration is required for members and nonmembers. Sign-up today at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com/artcampdusk/#view=calendar.

Concert goers may also visit the museum galleries to view Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui and String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles during the evening. Gallery admission is required. For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.

Downtown@Dusk 2012 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

ArtTalks@Dusk are made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.

ArtCamp@Dusk is made possible by a gift from the Harris-Stanton Gallery.

Downtown@Dusk ft. Blue Lunch

Thursday, July 5
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Come see Blue Lunch perform live Chicago Blues and Jump & Swing at the Akron Art Museum Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm as part of the museum’s popular Downtown@Dusk concert series. Also enjoy a lecture from Kent State University jewelry and metals professor Kathleen Browne, ArtCamp@Dusk for the kids and a cold beer from Elevator Brewing for adults.

Blue Lunch is a seven piece Northeast Ohio band that plays 1950’s era swing and blues along with Chicago-style blues. The band includes bass, drums, guitar, harmonica, keyboards and a full horn section. Since 1984, Blue Lunch has been playing steadily at clubs, colleges, festivals, resorts, weddings and at other private functions. They have opened shows for well known artists like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Robert Clay and The Beach Boys. Blue Lunch is known to be one of the most entertaining blues-based groups in the Cleveland-area and keep a dance floor full wherever they go.

Kathleen Browne examines the art of several makers, including El Anatsui, that are sometimes labeled obsessive or whose practice boarders on the extreme in terms of creation, repetitive actions and/or physical labor.

Bring the kids down for the first ArtCamp@Dusk! Children7-12 years old will explore fun and wacky hands-on art making in the museum classroom. Registration is required for members and nonmembers. Sign-up today at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com/artcampdusk/#view=calendar.

Concert goers may also visit the museum galleries to view Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui and String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles during the evening. Gallery admission is required. For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.

Downtown@Dusk 2012 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

ArtTalks@Dusk are made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.

ArtCamp@Dusk is made possible by a gift from the Harris-Stanton Gallery

Downtown@Dusk ft. Anne E. DeChant

Thursday, June 28
6:30 – 8:30 pm

Come see American/Pop/Country singer Anne E. DeChant perform live at the Akron Art Museum Thursday from 6:30 – 8:30 pm as part of the museum’s popular Downtown@Dusk concert series. Also enjoy a lecture from Christy Gray of ZeroLandfill, ArtCamp@Dusk for the kids and a cold beer from Elevator Brewing for adults.

Since the 1990’s Anne E. DeChant has been writing songs about the feelings of having a broken heart and social injustice. DeChant is a 5-time winner of Cleveland’s Best Singer Songwriter award (Cleveland’s Scene Magazine), and 2007 inductee into The Cleveland Free Times Magazine’s All Star Musician Category. She has performed at Lilith Fair, The White House, opened for Nora Jones, Stevie Nicks, Joan Jett, Train, Vonda Shepard, 10,000 Maniacs and Guster, among others. As a storyteller, she creates characters as diverse as the landscapes in which she perfoms.

ZeroLandfill is an award winning upcycling program held seasonally that supports the supply needs of local artists and arts educators while reducing pressure on local landfill capacity.  Since 2006, the ZeroLandfill project team has partnered with the architectural and interior design community in identifying, diverting from local landfills and re-purposing back into the community over 500,000 pounds of expired specification samples that hold value for other audiences.

Bring the kids down for the first ArtCamp@Dusk! Children7-12 years old will explore fun and wacky hands-on art making in the museum classroom. Registration is required for members and nonmembers. Sign-up today at http://akronartmuseum.ticketleap.com/artcampdusk/#view=calendar.

Concert goers may also visit the museum galleries to view Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui and String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles during the evening. Gallery admission is required. For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.

Downtown@Dusk 2012 is made possible by The City of Akron. It is presented in cooperation with 89.7 WKSU.

ArtTalks@Dusk are made possible by a gift from the Sam & Kathy Salem Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Board of Akron.

ArtCamp@Dusk is made possible by a gift from the Harris-Stanton Gallery.

90th Anniversary

By Antoinette George, Communications Intern 

On February 1, 1922, the Akron Art Museum opened its doors as the Akron Art Institute in two borrowed rooms in the basement of the city’s public library. In the past 90 years, the museum has survived and grown despite significant hardships including the Great Depression a disastrous fire, World War II and multiple moves. Today, the Akron Art Museum occupies two iconic buildings and boasts a world-renowned collection of over 5,000 objects. The dream of the Institute’s founding committee to become a collecting institution holding work of national significance and offering art exhibitions of historical and modern international art has been realized.

The museum celebrated this momentous anniversary with a Community Open House on February 5, 2012. Nearly 2300 visitors enjoyed free admission to the collection and exhibition galleries and a mesmerizing performance by Ohio abstract performance artist Al Bright, who was accompanied by the Jesse Dandy Band. Visitors also enjoyed cupcakes and cakes with images of some of the museum’s most popular artwork.

Akron Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic recognized February as Akron Art Museum Month in honor of the museum’s many achievements through the years. In his proclamation he encouraged all to continue to visit this important institution that has been and continues to be essential to our region’s cultural heritage.

Al Bright presented the community with an unforgettable experience of abstract performance art. For over four decades, Bright has explored the realm of abstract expressionism by creating art to live music in front of public audiences. This interesting form of art allows Bright to include the audience in the piece’s creation. He reminded the audience that their energy and response were important stimulants to his creative process. In addition to the audience’s participation, the different selections of jazz played by the Jesse Dandy Band also provided Bright with artistic inspiration.

This celebration rewarded the community with an elaborate setting of appreciation and reminded visitors of the important role they play in helping the Akron Art Museum continue its mission of Enriching Lives through Modern Art.

More anniversary activities are being planned through the year to inspire and engage the community.

The Sixth Floor Trio at the Akron Art Museum

By Antoinette George, Communications Intern

Come see The Sixth Floor Trio perform live at the Akron Art Museum Friday, March 16 at 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm as part of  Tuesday Musical Association and the museum’s popular FUZE! concert series.

The Sixth Floor Trio is a chamber group dedicated to the creation and performance of music that furthers a dialogue between different musical communities and other artistic disciplines. Their vision places musical traditions from around the world on one continuum as part of the same great musical language.

The Sixth Floor Trio was selected to receive a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to be the resident partner of the Random Acts of Culture program across the United States during 2011-2012.

Random Acts of Culture series brings classical artists out of the performance halls and into the streets and our everyday lives. Think Mozart at the Food Court.

To purchase tickets visit TicketLeap.

During FUZE!, concert goers and museum members may also visit the exhibition galleries to view Stranger in Paradise: The Works of Reverend Howard Finster, Ray Turner: Population and String of Hearts: Photographs by Bea Nettles from 6 – 9 pm.  For detailed information on this and other museum events, visit the calendar of events at www.AkronArtMuseum.org/calendar.