The Akron Art Museum will extend its Inside|Out project this summer as four new neighborhoods bring artwork to their outdoor spaces. The museum will install high-quality reproductions of artwork from its collection in Ellet, Middlebury, West Akron and Sherbondy Hill, and Copley Township from May through October 2017.
Funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Inside|Out has enhanced the art museum’s ability to reach out to community members who might not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with art, and to invite new audiences back to the museum to experience its exhibitions and programs.
The museum will install ten outdoor Inside|Out artworks in each neighborhood. Brochures and maps of the installation sites will be distributed throughout each neighborhood and will be available at the museum or online at AkronArtMuseum.org/inside-out.
At the University of Akron’s Zook Hall these days, people play with the lights.
An interactive sculpture, the Flux Chandelier, by New York new media artist Jen Lewin, is the latest addition to the newly renovated building, home to the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education. It is composed of clustered, interactive LED tubes that hang at varying heights and can produce an ever-changing range of colors.
Lewin’s light sculptures are as much about engineering as they are about art. The Flux Chandelier is no exception. No single computer drives the installation. The tubes are built to be intelligent on their own and the three different zones in the building are connected to each other.
The public art installation, made possible through the Ohio Art Council’s Percent for Art, includes a main chandelier that is suspended from the first floor atrium through a circular opening to the ground floor lobby of Zook Hall. Two smaller displays are located in the rear entry facing the Student Union and in a first-floor lounge area facing Buchtel Common.
What causes the Flux Chandelier to change color? People.
The piece tracks bodies that move underneath it.
“As you are moving, it will actually mirror the heights that are moving underneath it,” says Kathy Signorino, the Percent for Art coordinator. “If you stop, however, you can start to actually play with the piece. You can bounce light up and down and control it with your hands. Certain tubes are magical, you might say. By triggering them, you can create a completely different color palette.”
Poetry Reading — From 6-7:30 p.m. the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., holds the first public poetry reading from the children and adult participants of the Wick Poetry Center’s Traveling Stanzas: Writing Across Borders project, and celebrates the installation of two outdoor, interactive poetry kiosks with a ribbon-cutting.?The Traveling Stanzas kiosks installed in The Bud and Susie Rogers Garden will join the family of Traveling Stanzas designs in northeast Ohio and around the world. Visitors to the garden will be able to read a poem on screen, and press an audio button to hear the voice of the child or adult poet. Poems are presented on digital pages with illustrations created specifically for them by students and alumni of the School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University. Individuals can also visit the kiosks digitally by accessing the Poetry Map at www.travelingstanzasmap.com.
Kids’ Studio — Check out unique beings (some human, some not) in the Akron Art Museum’s Gross Anatomies, then create a creature manual for living on Earth. Scratch out one-of-a-kind illustrations for your hand-book using woodblock, linoleum and Styrofoam printing surfaces. $15 ($10/members). Register online at AkronArtMuseum.org/eventregistration, or call 330-376-9186.
Youth Pottery — Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls, holds two ceramics classes today: ?• 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. Fantasy Story Creations through June 17 for ages 7-12 with Jennifer Simonovski. All class materials included in price. $117.?• 10-11:30 a.m. Youth Pottery: Body Of Work also through June 17 for ages 13-18 with Jennifer Simonovski. This class focuses on building student’s artist skills by creating a unified body of work in clay. This class will focus on the production of several clay pieces, artistic statements and portfolio-building. All class materials included in price. $117. Half session options also available for both classes.
Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture for the Akron Beacon Journal. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640 or firstname.lastname@example.org.