Posted on Friday, November 20, 2020
Food can be one of the great pleasures of life. Artists have celebrated food and drink, sometimes documenting works and sometimes using food as a metaphor. All forms of art in the Museum’s collection served as inspiration for staff cooks this year in the series Cooking with the Collection.
Here are 10 food recipes and related collection items to try out at home and explore:
When you have a sweet tooth, this Strawberry Buttercream recipe will certainly satisfy it. …
Posted on Friday, November 6, 2020
Artists live and work in every community. Local galleries and art schools are great ways to find the best of your regional art scenes. Northeast Ohio has many wonderful arts spaces, such as Rubber City Print, Akron Soul Train, Summit Art Space, and many more in our neighbors to the North, Cleveland.
We’ve also enjoyed sharing our physical and digital spaces with regional artists since March and will continue to do so throughout 2021.
Here are some local artists experiences to enjoy:
Posted on Friday, October 30, 2020
Many of us might feel a little out of sorts when faced with trying to understand modern and contemporary art. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way. Knowing about the artist’s motivation or the quality of the technique might make you think differently. Sometimes just looking closely at the details in the work can grow your appreciation. If nothing else, these short experiences are a nice diversion.
Here are ten bite-sized nuggets of info to give you something to think about when looking closer:
Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020
This week, we’ll share some ideas for why exploring art in real life is good for the body and soul:
Posted on Sunday, October 18, 2020
Poor Scorpio. You can be hard to read — like Robert Stivers’ unfocused photo — making you the most misunderstood sign. You’ve definitely got that scorpion stinger, but underneath it all you crave closeness with others. You’re always thinking about your next move, but use that gently! Take time to plan out how to put away that stinger and deepen your connections with loved ones.
Pobre Escorpio. Puedes ser difícil de leer (como una foto desenfocada), lo que te convierte en el signo más incomprendido. Definitivamente tienes el aguijón del escorpión, pero debajo de todo, anhelas la cercanía con los demás. Siempre estás pensando en tu próximo movimiento, pero úsalo con cuidado. …
Everyone wants to make their mark on life. Learning to express yourself on paper is one way to do just that. Explore many ways to draw, paint, and make your own mark. Along with the many mark-making exercises this month, this PDF offers more drawing exercises.
When you think of drawing, you might assume you need a pencil. There are many types of drawings that don’t need a writing utensil at all. You can rip the paper with your hand. This is a great way to make an abstract pattern, but you can also make something that is representational. Scissors give you the same effect but with cleaner lines. You can also use tape to make lines. Tape drawings can be geometric, but you can also mold the tape to make curves. …
Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Jeff Katzin, Katie DiDomenico
A tall man in a long coat and a flat cap embraces a woman on a station platform as a train approaches, billowing thick black smoke which frames the couple’s faces. A third figure, perhaps a station attendant, seems to hurry them along. This print’s alternative title, Soldier’s Farewell, confirms the gravity of the scene.
Thomas Hart Benton is known for colorful paintings, energetic prints, and expansive murals depicting historical events. As a prominent participant in the Regionalist movement, he portrayed scenes of rural America in a manner that appears visually stylized yet reflective of everyday reality. Rather than compose Morning Train from solid shapes, the artist created a dense array of thin, curving lines. …
Posted on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 by Gina Thomas McGee, Katelyn Evans, Reggie Lynch, Seema Rao
This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times.
The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians.
Join us every Tuesday.
This week the topic is Joy. Seema and Gina talk about the fleeting nature of joy and where they’re finding joy in this challenging moment.
Reggie talks about how William Sommer was inspired by artists like Henri Matisse, who used color to capture the emotions of his subjects. …
Posted on Saturday, September 19, 2020 by Jeff Katzin, Katie DiDomenico
In this scene from the Great Depression, a street vendor selling melons, pears, and other fruit contends with a dissatisfied customer. Her outstretched finger implies a request, while his open palms suggest that he cannot be of assistance. Amid economic hardship, perhaps both will go away unsatisfied.
Leroy W. Flint was a guiding force within the Akron art scene. From 1950 to 1965 he taught at the Akron Art Institute (a precursor to the Akron Art Museum), and he served as director for the last nine of those years. Before that, however, he participated in the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project (WPA/FAP), which employed thousands of artists and provided them with economic relief during the Depression. …
Posted on Thursday, September 17, 2020 by Jeff Katzin, Katie DiDomenico
In this mysterious image, a lone figure draped in a flowing white garment seems to press into the wind as an ocean wave breaks in the background. Her bent pose is unusual and it is unclear why she has her hands clasped behind her head. Is she injured? Is she trying to take off her dress? Stettner’s subjects are often anonymous, so their motivations are not always obvious.
Visually, this photograph appears straightforward, but much of its appeal lies in the details. The dress’s bright highlights echo the white of the cresting wave, balancing out the composition. Stettner also captures slight variations in shading on the water’s surface to create a textured pattern of subtle ripples, echoed in the soft folds of the white dress. The location of this photograph-Torremolinos, Spain-is a slight deviation from the artist’s traditional shooting locales of New York City and Paris. Torremolinos was once a poor fishing town on Spain’s southern coast but experienced a rapid growth in tourism during the 1950s and remains one of the most popular vacation getaways in the region. …