Janet Macoska, the artist behind the iconic Chili Dog Mac photograph of Akron rock band Devo, will present a free talk about her work at the Akron Art Museum Thursday, Aug. 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Her appearance at the art museum follows the scheduled Aug. 15 unveiling of a reproduction of the Chili Dog Mac Devo photograph in a permanent installation in downtown Akron—near where the restaurant seen in the photograph once occupied a storefront.
Akron Art Museum Director of Education Alison Caplan said, “Janet’s photographs of rock and rollers document an important era of Cleveland rock history and they’re equally important as amazing works of art. The Akron Art Museum owns six works by Janet, mostly depicting local superstars Devo as well as several shots taken at the former Richfield Coliseum, such as a striking portrait of David Bowie we recently featured in a portraiture exhibition. As art and music geeks, we’re very excited to have her speak here.”
Macoska has been photographing rock and roll stars for over four decades. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Akron Art Museum, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The National Portrait Gallery in London. She has photographed David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Clash and The Kinks, among many others, and her vast rock photo archive is regularly used for TV and film productions and “rockumentaries.”
Macoska has also photographed for an extensive number of publications, including Rolling Stone, People, US, Vogue, The New York Times, The London Times and American Photo.
The larger-than-life size installation of Macoska’s Devo photograph is being readied as a part of DEVOtional, which takes place at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland Aug. 14 and 15, and which draws Devo fans from all over the United States.
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.