Kick off your summer in a big way at the Friday opening of Serial Intent at the Akron Art Museum.
The museum at 1 S. High St. opens the exhibit that brings artists who work in series, such as Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Sol Lewitt, for a summer-long stay. An opening party for the show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday for members and at 7:30 p.m. for the public.
Working in series is an important concept in the realm of art, as artists, as far back as artworks have been recorded, have been called upon to create multiple pieces that are meant to be viewed as a single work — masterpieces that are meant to be experienced the way we experience the world, in motion and over time.
Serial artworks encourage sequential viewing and often are narrative in nature.
Andy Warhol’s 1971 print Electric Chair, for instance, depicts a lone photographic image of an electric chair, screen printed in vivid red and yellow with emphatic brush strokes over the surface, emphasizing the subject matter and evoking the violent symbolism of this execution tool.
Serial Intent presents 10 of Warhol’s Electric Chair prints, as well as groupings from several print, drawing and photography series held in the Akron Art Museum collection. In addition to Warhol, Indiana and LeWitt, artists in the show include Jacob Lawrence, Michael Loderstedt, Craig Lucas and Karl Blossfeldt, among others.
Art, wine fest in Kent
Hit the bricks of downtown Kent from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday for Main Street Kent’s Art & Wine Festival.
Fifty pop-up tents filled with local artists will feature glass, fiber, paint, jewelry, metal, drawing and other forms of art. Ohio wineries will set up in the street, showcasing their best varieties of wine. (This year’s participants are Barrel Run Crossing, Grape and Granary, Gervasi, Troutman Vineyards & Winery, The Winery at Wolf Creek, McAlpine Meadery, It’s Your Winery, Maize Valley Winery, and Nauti Vine Winery.) The Hometown Bank Plaza stage will be filled with talented local musicians and their array of instruments. Food trucks will offer tasty street food for guests to savor while enjoying the day.
Entry to the festival is free; $20 for a commemorative wine tasting glass and 10 taste tickets. 330-677-8000; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.mainstreetkent.org.
Opening — Harris-Stanton Gallery, 2301 W. Market St, Akron, holds a 5:30-8 p.m. opening for its 30th Anniversary International Exhibition, on view through July 15. Visiting from South Africa, artist Khehla Chepape Makgato will be on hand for the opening reception. info@HarrisStantonGallery.com; HarrisStantonGallery.com; 330-867-7600.
Arty BBQ — The Akron Art Museum holds Family Days: Backyard Art-BQ from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, 1 N. High St. Admission is free. Bring a picnic blanket and some wet naps — they will be cooking up some sweet and sticky art recipes in the garden kitchen. When the feast is done, wash away the day with square-dancing in the sprinkler. Free museum admission and activities. Registration is requested. Call 330-376-9186, or go to: akronartmuseum.org.
Art Talk — The Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 E. Blvd., presents its Distinguished Lecture in Chinese Art at 3 p.m. today in Gartner Auditorium. Giving the talk, How to Read Chinese Paintings, is Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chair of the Department of Asian Art at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Spanning a thousand years of Chinese art, from the eighth through the 17th centuries, the talk examines multiple layers of meaning — style, technique, symbolism, past traditions and the artist’s personal context — in the treatment of landscapes, flowers, birds, figures, religious subjects and calligraphies. The talk is free, but a ticket is required. Register online at engage.clevelandart.org, or call 216-421-7350.
Grant Writing — A three-day Proposal Writing Boot Camp will be held today through Wednesday at The Well, 647 E. Market St, Akron. Cost: $695. Learn to firm up your fundraising skills. Go to marketplace.foundationcenter.org/Training/Proposal-Writing-Bootcamp and click on the Akron event.
Opening — Two shows, A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Chinese Paintings, and A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Persian and South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts, open today at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, 87 North Main St., Oberlin, in the Ripin Gallery. Both shows remain on view through Dec. 22. 440-775-8670.
This past January, the Open Culture website highlighted a syllabus for a tentative course called “Calling Bull****,” designed by two professors at the University of Washington, Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West.
The 10 video lectures from the class are available online at: openculture.com/freeonlinecourses. The course “achieved the academic version of a chart-topping pop single,” according to the Seattle Times. “It reached its 160-student capacity shortly after registration opened this spring.” And now colleges across the globe have contacted the professors about teaching a version of the course.
The course itself was premised on this basic idea: BS “is everywhere, and we’ve had enough.”
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 email@example.com.