(Courtesy of Akron Art Museum)
The Akron Art Museum opens “Build It,” a new interactive exhibition on Thursday, July 16, featuring works from the museum collection that provide a glimpse into how artists envision buildings and the world around them.
“Build It” creates an environment in the gallery for visitors to draw inspiration from artwork filled with images of architecture and buildings, while they engage in creative construction with different types of building blocks – oversized, odd-shaped, magnetic and more.
Director of Education Alison Caplan said, “Architects and construction workers toil over building blocks daily, but building blocks are also classic, timeless toys. With ‘Build It,’ we want to give visitors the spark to explore building up, tearing down and creating variations of buildings and structures from their imaginations. Constructive play is an important part of the creative process for both children and adults. It focuses the mind through the fingertips and leads to discovery and innovation.”
Some of the artwork in the exhibition consists of photographs, such as the work of Marilyn Bridges, whose aerial photos of New York skyscrapers and landmarks provide a point of view not unlike that experienced by a child looking down upon a toy city. Other works present abstract views of architecture, such as Paul B. Travis’ watercolor painting, “Chartres Cathedral,” 1947, which incorporates elements of cubism and European modernism, or Raphael Gleitsman’s “Untitled,” 1953, a watercolor painting, which refers to architectural forms only through the artist’s use of color and a series of straight angles. Other works include large contemporary silkscreens of rural houses and landscapes by Jon Carsman and works by Lola Isroff that evoke a sense of whimsy and memory.
“Build It” will be on view at the Akron Art Museum from July 16 through Sept. 13 in The Mary S. and David C. Corbin gallery, which is a family-friendly, community engaging exhibition space.
Recent exhibitions in the gallery have included “Living With Art,” “The Big Draw” and “Beyond the News: Photographs from the Akron Beacon Journal Archives.”
The education department of the Akron Art Museum will host a free Family Day: Sidewalk Beach Party on July 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for all ages and their grown-ups. Art activities, music and outdoor play will have children and grown-ups alike basking in the summertime fun.
The Akron Art Museum, dedicated to enriching lives through modern and contemporary art, showcases regional, national and international art created since 1850. The museum’s collection is presented in a spectacular facility designed by Viennese architectural firm Coop Himmelb(l)au and includes over 5,000 works of art, with a strong focus on contemporary painting, sculpture and photography. Nearly a dozen exhibitions each year present prominent artists in various media including painting, sculpture, photography, video, design and glass.
In addition to its ever-changing collection and exhibitions, the museum offers many opportunities to discover new perspectives through programs that include films and video, lectures, workshops, tours and concerts.
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