Akron Art Museum displays ‘Heavy Metal’

“Heavy Metal,” an exhibition focusing on all things metallic, opens Saturday at the Akron Art Museum.

The show pairs internationally known artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Lorna Simpson with artists who live in the northeast Ohio community. Kusama’s popular “Infinity Mirrors” exhibition is touring the country and will be shown at the Cleveland Museum of Art in 2018.

Artists in the exhibition utilize metal or materials that resemble it to explore topics that include race and gender equality, personal narratives, the proliferation of warfare and others

Sculpture, jewelry, video, printmaking, painting, metalpoint, assemblage, tintypes and daguerreotypes will be on display.

According to associate Curator Theresa Bembnister said, “Metal is rich in cultural connotations. Regardless of whether they are using gold, copper, silver, iron or another metal, the artists in this exhibition are mindful of the meaning of their chosen materials. Some artists make statements regarding value by disguising cast-off or common everyday items, such as cardboard or clothing, to resemble precious metals.”

The show, which is supported by funding from the Ohio Arts Council, runs through Feb. 18, 2018, at the Akron Art Museum, 1 S. High St., Akron. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, and free for children 17 and younger. Admission is free on Thursdays. For more information, call 330-376-9185.

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