The Akron Art Museum is extending Diana Al-Hadid: Nolli’s Orders in response to the enthusiastic reception this installation is receiving. The sculpture Nolli’s Orders and three wall drawings will remain on view through April 13.
Visitors have their first glimpse of Kent State University graduate Al-Hadid’s monumental sculpture upon ascending the museum’s grand staircase.
Al-Hadid is known for elaborate mixed-media sculptures made from modern industrial materials and inspired by a range of historic sources. The forms reflect the artist’s avid interest in Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, ancient architecture and Hellenistic sculpture.
Thirteen feet high and constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint, Nolli’s Orders is named after an iconic 1748 map of Rome by the 18th-century Italian architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli.
Al-Hadid says that the title reflects connections she felt with Nolli while working on her sculpture, citing “the interplay between solid and void, figure and ground, and how it relates not only the painting and sculpture but also to the living body.”
An eerily beautiful sculpture, Nolli’s Orders hovers between architectural ruin, landscape and figurative sculpture. Its complex forms result from the artist’s experimental approach and fascination “with boundaries — where something starts and stops, how we define a place, is it architectural, sculptural, experiential.”
As is typical of Al-Hadid’s work, Nolli’s Orders relies on her intimate understanding of materials and a creative process that embraces both precise and “reckless” actions, with each step predicated on earlier decisions.
New ceramics scholarship
The Kent State University School of Art has started the Kirk Mangus Ceramics Scholarship Fund, named for the much-beloved and widely respected head of its ceramics program, who died of a cerebral aneurysm Nov. 24.
Actually begun three years ago by Mangus, who funded it by selling his work and donating the funds to start the scholarship, it was later supplemented by the school’s holding a cup sale to which alumni donated.
The scholarship is meant to help students who have a difficult time covering the cost of tuition and fees. The scholarship fund now has about $5,000 and needs another $20,000 to create an endowment.
Any amount of donation is appreciated. The fund is a 501c3 tax-exempt account through the Kent State University Foundation and fully tax-deductible for the donor.
Checks should be made out to Kirk Mangus Ceramics Scholarship Fund/ KSU Foundation No. 39342. Mail to Eva Kwong c/o School of Art, Kent State University, 400 Janik Drive, Kent, OH, 44242. For more information, contact Eva Kwong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Akron Film+Pixel — 7 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., showing 12 O’Clock Boys, the film that premiered to critical acclaim at SXSW and Hot Docs Film festivals. It’s a compelling and intimate personal story of a young boy and his dangerous, thrilling dream to be a part of a notorious urban dirt bike pack in Baltimore. Tickets are $5 members and students, $7 general admission. To buy tickets, go to www.eventbrite.com/e/12-oclock-boys-tickets-10445174799. For more information, call 330-376-9185.
Opening — An opening reception is being held from 5 to 10 p.m. for Color and Texture, the paintings and ceramics of Mansfield artist George Whitten, at Zeber-Martell Studio Side Gallery, 43 Furnace St., Akron. For more information, call 330-253-3808.
Design Talks — Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design continues its Celebrate CAED speaker series at 7 p.m. with David Jurca, associate director of Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), who will present COLDscapes 2013: Competition, Exhibit and Book. Jurca’s lecture introduces the Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD) that the CUDC launched this year. On April 23, Diane Davis-Sikora, registered architect and associate professor at Kent’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, will present Structures of Air, a lecture and film screening of her film selected for the 2013 Rotterdam Architecture Film Festival. All lectures are at 7 p.m. in the Schwartz Center Auditorium (Room 177) and are free. For more information, contact Bill Willoughby, associate dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design, at email@example.com. For more information, about Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, go to www.kent.edu/CAED.