On the Table: Equity & Social Inclusion in the Arts, a new initiative in community building, will be launched at its first meeting from 8:30-10:30 a.m. next Wednesday at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St.

The first-of-its-kind initiative has been organized by the Akron Community Foundation. Its goal is to bring together thousands of diverse residents from all walks of life to share a meal and discuss meaningful ideas to strengthen our community.

This free, public AAM-hosted event focuses on equity and social inclusion in the arts and beyond, inspired by works in the Akron Art Museum collection. Gather at the museum for a cup of coffee at 8:30 a.m. then head into the galleries for a conversation with museum staff and community members. Space is limited. Register to attend at https://bit.ly/2MZKIrJ.

 

Kusama Filmmaker Talks

Kent State University’s School of Art alumna and filmmaker Heather Lenz will give a noon-1 p.m. artist talk about her film, "Kusama: Infinity" on Friday, Room 165, Center for the Visual Arts, 325 Terrace Dr., Kent. Lenz will talk about her experiences writing, directing and producing the documentary about artist Yayoi Kusama, currently the world’s top-selling female artist.

The documentary was shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Cleveland International Film Festival this past spring. "Kusama: Infinity" was picked up by Magnolia Pictures after its premiere at Sundance. The film was released in the United States on Sept. 7 and is on view at the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Wexner Center in Columbus.

Lenz spent over a decade working on the film, which included traveling to Japan to meet Kusama, who still works in her studio almost every day of the week.

This is the first event in the Fall 2018 Lecture Series, which includes: Oct. 5 — Scott Carter, Visiting Artist in Sculpture; Nov. 2 — Jonathan Juravich, Visiting Scholar in Art Education; Dec. 7 — Megan Holmes, Visiting Scholar in Art History.

Thinker

Art Thoughts: 2018 Keithley Symposium: Inspired by Rodin’s The Thinker concludes Friday. Explore the birth, lives, and afterlives of objects. Today’s keynote address by artist Jim Hodges opens the symposium at Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom A, 10038 Bellflower Road, Cleveland. Free. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/yac5vyzu.

Dorothy Shinn writes about art and architecture. Send information to her at the Akron Beacon Journal, P.O. Box 640, Akron, OH 44309-0640, or dtgshinn@att.net.