On February 1, 1922, the Akron Art Museum, then called the Akron Art Institute, opened its doors in the basement of the Akron Public Library for the first time. Ninety years later you are invited to celebrate the museum’s vision, growth and achievement.
In 1922 it was the dream of the institute’s founding committee to offer art exhibitions of historical and modern international art but also become a collecting institution, in time holding work of national significance. Many people – staff, board members and patrons – worked hard to make this dream a reality and today the Akron Art Museum occupies two unique buildings and boasts a world-renowned art collection of over 5,000 objects, including recent major acquisitions by contemporary artists Kiki Smith and Trenton Doyle Hancock.
The Akron Art Museum has contributed significantly to the culture of the city, region and its visitors through workshops and classes that have inspired many remarkable artists, concerts to rejoice the summer season and a cultural center to hold the history and future of Akron. In honor of the significant role in the cultural development of the region the museum has played, Akron Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic has proclaimed February to be Akron Art Museum Month.
On Sunday, February 5, 2012, the year-long celebration of this monumental anniversary kicks off with a Community Open House featuring a day of art, music, family fun and refreshments. Enjoy FREE admission to the Collection and Special Exhibition Galleries and an exhilarating performance blending visual art and jazz music.
The Jesse Dandy Band will begin playing at 1 pm and will be joined by regional performance painter Al Bright at 2 pm. For over four decades Al Bright has explored the realm of abstract expressionism. Creating many of his works in front of public audiences to live music singles him out as a leading post-modern master.
February 5 is the last day to appreciate Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, an impressive exhibition of over 50 French and American impressionist paintings. Works by leading French artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissaro and Gustave Courbet hang in the same galleries as their significant American followers including John Singer Sargent and Childe Hassam.
Also take the time to browse the complementary exhibitions Michelle Droll: Landslide/Between a Rock and a Place and SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood, featuring local Ohio artists. Learn how contemporary artists are exploring the idea of landscapes as artistic expression.
A chronological history of the museum will be on view in the Rory and Deedee O’Neil Lobby beginning in February. The timeline features major events in the museum’s history, with additional information available online when the new website is launched in spring 2012.
The upcoming months will be bursting with events, exhibitions and activities to inspire and engage the region throughout the year and into the future. During summer 2012, an exhibition featuring the works of celebrated international artist El Anatsui and organized by the Akron Art Museum will open in Akron before touring across North America. Ending the anniversary year will be an exhibition of the painting and sculpture by abstract expressionist Adolph Gottlieb and a special art installation on December 31 for First Night.
For more information regarding 90th anniversary events visit www.AkronArtMuseum.org or follow the museum on Facebook and Twitter.
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