The winter season is cranking up at the Akron Art Museum. You have less than two weeks left to see "Jeff Donaldson: Dig" and "Allison Zuckerman: Pirate and Muse."
At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, you can participate in "Get Zucked: An Allison Zuckerman-Inspired Tour Experience," learning more about feminism, art history and digital art in an interactive scavenger hunt inspired by “Pirate and Muse.” Make a Zuckerman-inspired selfie, answer trivia and create artwork from the pages of an art history textbook. It's free, as is the entire museum on Thursday, but registration is required for the event at https://bit.ly/2FhMW5h.
The museum is also offering a members-only "Connect with Dot" tour at noon Friday with Chief of Staff Jennifer Shipman, to learn more about the museum’s interactive digital assistant that helps connect people to the collection and each other. Find out more at https://bit.ly/2FiykTa. It's free for members but registration is required at https://bit.ly/2Az7wLA.
The next meeting of the Akron Art Museum Book Club "Reading Under the Roof Cloud" is at 6 p.m. Jan. 17. It will examine Afrofuturism and the artwork of Jeff Donaldson through discussion of the novella "Binti" by Nnedi Okorafor, with guest moderator Bronlynn Thurman.
Binti is the first of the Himba people to be offered a place at prestigious Oomza University, but it will mean giving up her place in her family to travel the galaxy among strangers who do not respect her customs. The book is available for purchase in the museum shop.
Reading under the Roof Cloud is a regular art book club event and is free and open to all, no registration required.
After School Mind Unwind - Big-Eyed Clay Creature Dolls: 4-6 p.m. for ages 5-12 and adult companions. Tech-free open studio for kids to express themselves. Free and open to all, but registration is required at https://bit.ly/2SIksph.
Soul Train Opening: Christi Birchfield, Akron Soul Train’s November artist in residence, opens “I Speak in Idioms” at Project Three Gallery, 998 Kenmore Blvd., Akron, from 6-8 p.m. It remains on view through Jan. 31. Birchfield’s sculptural forms are inspired by life’s fleeting nature. “Acknowledging the temporality of living things, I record all that I can through both intentional application and chance operations, often through a printed means.” Christi has exhibited around Cleveland and was recently awarded an Artist Individual Excellence Award through the Ohio Arts Council. christibirchfield.com.
Call for Artists: Drop off entries for the “CVAC Winter Exhibition” from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Cuyahoga Valley Art Center, 2131 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. $10 per entry, limit four. Exhibition runs Jan. 15-Feb. 21; non-juried unless more than 80 submissions are received. Public votes for People’s Choice Best of Show, second- and third-place awards. Voting will conclude during the artists reception, from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 1. Read more at https://bit.ly/2FfdLr0.
Tolkien in New York: The largest exhibition of art related to the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is coming to the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City. “Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth” will assemble “the most extensive public display of original Tolkien material for several generations,” drawing from the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library (Oxford), Marquette University, the Morgan and private lenders. It will include photographs and memorabilia, plus Tolkien’s original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts and designs related to “The Hobbit,” “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Silmarillion.” Read more at https://bit.ly/2m5BI9b.
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.