Release Date: September 19,2017

A full slate of Artist Talks at the Akron Art Museum

The Akron Art Museum is hosting a full slate of artist/audience interactions in the coming months, beginning with a Synapse Lecture from Charles Lindsay on September 28 at 6:30 pm. Lindsay is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines ideas about technology, ecosystems, semiotics and humor. His evolving hybrid installation, Field Station, an immersive environment which combines objects the artist has salvaged and repurposed from the aerospace industry, will be on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibition Alchemy: Transformations in Gold from October 7, 2017 through January 21, 2018.

“I'm interested in things that exist at the frontier, and at the geographic and cultural margins, in ideas that speak to worlds before or after humans, things much bigger or much smaller than us,” Lindsay has said in a virtual studio visit posted to his website. He is the SETI Artist in Residence Program Director and his work has been profiled by WIRED, Motherboard, NPR and CNN International.

On October 12, the museum hosts the Campbell Lecture presented by Lane Relyea, professor and chair of the Department of Art Theory and Practice of Northwestern University. Relyea’s lecture, “From Art Objects to Art Subjects,” will explore the idea that artists increasingly devote as much attention to organizing as to object making. The lecture is free and open to the public and begins at 6:30 pm.

The museum hosts a second Synapse Lecture on Thursday, November 2 at 6:30 pm. Contemporary artist Rachel Sussman will discuss her work which includes the decade-long project, The Oldest Living Things in the World, which combined art, science and philosophy into an acclaimed traveling exhibition and a New York Times bestselling book. The artist will also talk about her series, Sidewalk Kintsukuroi, which expands the traditional Japanese art of repairing cracks in ceramics by filling them with gold, by taking it—literally—into the streets. Sussman is a Guggenheim Fellow and two-time TED speaker. Her work will be on view at the Akron Art Museum as part of the Alchemy exhibition.

Artist Talks Related to Heavy Metal
Artists whose work is on view in the Akron Art Museum exhibition Heavy Metal will visit on Thursdays from November 2017 through February 2018 to present a series of gallery talks about their work. The gallery talks begin at 6:30 pm and are free and open to all. The line-up of artists follows:

November 16 • Kent State University Assistant Professor of Art, Mahwish Chishty

December 7 • Cleveland Institute of Art Adjunct Faculty, Printmaking & Painting Departments, Corrie Slawson

January 4 • Cleveland Institute of Art Professor of Jewelry and Metals, Kathy Buszkiewicz

January 18 • University of Akron Associate Professor, Metalsmithing Area Coordinator, Sherry Simms

February 1 • Cleveland Institute of Art Associate Professor and Chair of Sculpture and Expanded Media, Sarah Paul

For more information about upcoming artist talks, the Alchemy: Transformations in Gold and Heavy Metal exhibitions at the Akron Art Museum, visit AkronArtMuseum.org. Join the conversation on social media with #alchemyakron, #artheavymetal, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.