The University of Akron and the Akron Art Museum co-host the first two Synapse Lectures at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and at 6 p.m. next Wednesday. — both at the museum, 1 S. High St.

In today’s talk, Charles Lindsay will discuss his work FIELD STATION, an evolving hybrid installation, at the Akron Art Museum as part of the exhibit Alchemy: Transformations in Gold (on view Oct. 7 through Jan. 21).

Lindsay, a multi-disciplinary artist, creates immersive environments, sound installations and sculptures built from salvaged aerospace and biotech equipment.

On Wednesday Matt Kenyon, University of Akron Myers School of Art resident artist, discusses his work in Heatsink, on view Friday through Oct. 20 at the school’s Emily Davis Gallery, 150 E. Exchange St., Akron.

Kenyon’s work focuses on critical themes addressing the effects of global corporate operations, mass media and communication, military-industrial complexes and general meditations on the threshold areas between life and artificial life.

AAM ‘Table’ Talks

On Tuesday, the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., holds On the Table: Creative Conversations throughout the day, and Akron residents are asked to participate in the discussions.

First, at 11:00 a.m., then again at 5:30 p.m., the museum and the Akron Community Foundation ask what can our creative community do to make Akron a stronger city?

Want to contribute to the creative exchange? Meet up in the Bud and Susie Rogers Garden. Free. Register online: akronartmuseum.org.

Architecture dean talks

Mark Mistur, dean of Kent State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design, gives the keynote speech at the fall 2017 Bowman Breakfast on Wednesday in the Kent Student Center Ballroom. Doors open at 7 a.m., buffet breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m., and the program will follow at 8 a.m. Mistur will speak about “Design and Innovation at Kent State.” Admission is $10, payable by cash or check at the door. Reservations can be completed online or by contacting Mary Mandalari at 330-672-8664 or mmandala@kent.edu.

‘Optics of Memory’

From 6:30-10 p.m. Friday the Akron Art Museum’s Bud and Susie Rogers Garden offers films, live music and a unique performance by Kasumi as part of Optics of Memory.

Admission to this performance is free and open to the public.

Thursday

Opening — Kent State University’s School of Art holds a reception for Table Service, featuring functional ceramic tableware created by members of Northern Ohio Clay. A 5-7 p.m. reception is set for Thursday at the Downtown Gallery, 141 E. Main St., Kent. The exhibit remains on view through Oct. 28.

Saturday

Opening — FRIENDZ OF NEO, the Hall of Fame City ComicCon, is at the Canton Memorial Civic Center, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.$10 Adults; $5 children 13 and under; 5 and under free. More info: www.facebook.com/HallofFameCityComicCon.

Opening — The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s Saturday–Jan. 14 at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Blvd., University Circle. $15 (CMA members free); seniors and students $13; children 6-17 and member guests $7.

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 dtgshinn@att.net.