The photography of Opie Evans, local reporter, broadcaster, publisher, businessman and one of the earliest African-American photographers in Akron, will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Akron’s Dr. Shirla R. McClain Gallery of Akron’s Black History and Culture, Buckingham Center for Continuing Education, 220 Wolf Ledges Parkway.
Evans’ work documents Akron life from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s. The exhibit, This Is Akron With Opie Evans: The Rubber City As Seen Through the Lens of One of Its Earliest African-American Photographers, is part of UA’s Rethinking Race series. It features 58 selected images from his work.
Guest-curated by S. Victor Fleischer, university archivist, head of archival services and associate professor, the exhibit is a collaboration between UA’s McClain Gallery, Pan-African Center for Community Studies and Archival Services of University Libraries. For more information, go to www.uakron.edu/ie/offices/.
Il Duomo — Nova’s Great Cathedral Mystery, which premieres at 9 p.m. on PBS, will consider the dome that crowns Florence’s great cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore — Il Duomo. it was built more than six centuries ago and is the largest masonry dome on earth. It is taller than the Statue of Liberty and weighs as much as a cruise ship. Historians and engineers have long debated how its secretive architect, Filippo Brunelleschi, managed to keep the dome aligned and symmetrical as the sides rose and converged toward the center, 40 stories above the cathedral floor. More than 4 million bricks might collapse at any moment — and we still don’t understand how Brunelleschi prevented it. To test the latest theories, a team of U.S. master bricklayers will help build a “mini-Duomo” using period tools and techniques.
Window Dressing — Canton Fine Arts will present its February luncheon program titled The Beauty of Stark County’s Stained Glass. The presentation and lunch will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the Wilkof Courtyard and the library of the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N. Anne C. Coen, professor at Kent State University and visual arts instructor at Malone University, is the speaker. She will showcase an array of the stained-glass treasures to be found in Stark County. For information, call Carol Paris, fine arts assistant, at 330-453-7666, ext. 105.
Stop, Look, Learn — One Hour/One Work from noon to 1 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Ave. Free for members; free with museum admission. Reservation recommended at http://mocacleveland.org. Maximum participants: 15. The educational program invites participants to take their time to deeply consider a single work. A museum educator will select a work of art and set a timer for one hour of focused looking, conversation, consideration, interpretation and understanding. 216-421-8671.
Tickets, Please — Feb. 11 is the deadline to purchase tickets for the Valley Art Center annual fundraiser which will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Margaret Bowen Gallery at Valley Art Center, Chagrin Falls. Tickets are $80 and include appetizers, drinks, music, entertainment, games, prizes and a silent auction. Purchase tickets or make a donation at www.valleyartcenter.org, call the office at 440-247-7507 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.