Our picks for art events in May
by Noor Hindi and Bronlynn Thurman
Mom, The Masterpiece
Friday, May 6 at Summit ArtSpace, 6:30 pm
Jennifer Davis of SmART Studio is back again with another painting event. This time, in celebration of Mother’s Day, you get the chance to paint that very special someone in your life, your mother. Davis is a fantastic teacher who does a brilliant job of guiding those who are initially hesitant about flexing their creative muscles. Tickets are $40 per person and those interested can find more information at facebook.com/events/1686792391577159/.
Just Go With It Improv
Friday, May 6 at Akron Center for Art Music & Performance, 7 pm
Join local improv group, Just Go With It and Oberlin College’s improv group, Sunshine Scouts as they tickle your funny bone and you laugh yourself into stitches. The show starts at 7:30pm and tickets are $5. Visit facebook.com/events/2002270679997518/ for more information.
Tuesday, May 10 at Akron Civic Theater, 5:30 pm
Collaborating for the first time, ArtsNow and OSC Tech Lab seek to bridge the gap between the blooming art and tech scenes in Akron. This event will give attendees an opportunity to interact and find innovative ways to reinvent Akron. This event is free, but registration is encouraged. Visit nvite.com/HackTheArts/b623 for more information.
Lend Me A Tenor
May 12 – June 5 at Coach House Theatre
Coach House Theatre is putting on a production called Lend Me A Tener, a rousing comedy about an Italian opera singer who is drugged and replaced by an assistant. Mishap, misunderstandings and mayhem ensues. Don’t miss it. Tickets are $22, but there will be a $12 preview on May 12 only. Find more information at coachhousetheatre.com.
May 13-14 at Springfield Junior/Senior High School, 7:30 pm
Join Springfield High School for its first musical, “Give My Regards to Broadway.” It’s an intriguing story about a young boy’s passion for baseball, which overtakes his father’s love of acting. Admission is $7 at the door.
Saturday, May 14 at Our Lady of the Elms, 7 pm
Breath of Dreams is a fundraiser for the organization Alchemy, a group that has received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee for its commitment to helping urban male youth. Alchemy facilitators use the telling and analysis of myths and fairytales to help urban adolescent boys develop a sense of purpose in life and to thrive as members of a family, school and community by “becoming the hero in their own story.” This event is free, but registration is encouraged. Visit alchemy.ticketleap.com/elms/ to register.
Wine and Shine
Friday, May 20 at Hazel Tree Interiors, 7 pm
Join photographer Svetla Morrison for an evening of wine, stories and laughter. Brazilian photographer Marcos Alberti inspired Svetla through his photography project, which included photographing friends after they’ve had three glasses of wine.
Saturday, May 21 at Riverfront Merchants, 11 am
Join the Riverfront Merchants for an afternoon of shopping to help promote small business, local arts and downtown Cuyahoga Falls. This celebration is a great way to kick off your summer and spend time with family and friends. Visit facebook.com/events/1125983074112558/ to stay up-to-date on all information.
Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
Saturday, May 28
Artist Talk featuring Mark Mothersbaugh and Curator Adam Lerner 2-3 pm. Ticket Required: $10 for Akron Art Museum Members and MOCA Cleveland Members, $20 for General Admission
FREE opening party for the exhibition from 3-7 pm
Exhibit runs from May 29 to August 28
Myopia is the first retrospective of the work of Mark Mothersbaugh, spanning the beginning of his career in the early 1970s through the present. Born in Akron, OH, and co-founder of the New Wave band DEVO, Mothersbaugh has been making art for more than forty years—since before the band’s inception in the early 1970s. This body of work presents a unique combination of cultural criticism and personal expression through drawings, films, paintings, sculpture and music. But more than that, his work provides a missing link in the history of contemporary art and culture. At once an artist, musician, and tinkerer, he offers a key to understanding the current state of art, with its hybridity, subjectivity and fluid boundaries. Mothersbaugh’s work reveals his unique artistic voice and also asserts his role in the intersecting legacies that have formed contemporary culture.
The Akron Art Museum is partnering with MOCA Cleveland to jointly present Mothersbaugh’s work in simultaneous exhibitions across Northeast Ohio. Myopia in Cleveland focuses on experimentation, performance, and sound. Works on view present the Mothersbaugh’s early sketchbooks and ephemera, documentation of DEVO’s first performances, the band’s commercial and conceptual development, and Mothersbaugh’s ongoing experimentation with manipulated musical instruments. Myopia at the Akron Art Museum turns its attention on Mothersbaugh’s visual art practice, including installations of recent sculpture, prints, rugs, and a collection of 30,000 postcard-sized drawings the artist has created and utilized for inspiration and exploration throughout his career. By visiting the exhibition in both venues, audiences will get a wide-ranging perspective of Mothersbaugh’s prolific output of artwork, music, ideas, restless invention, and distinctive sense of humor.
Taken together, this incredibly unified body of work reveals the artist’s persistent attempt to navigate between the conflicting forces of cynicism and freedom, and irony and originality. Like his early work with DEVO, Mothersbaugh explores the complex relationship between what is synthetic and what is authentic. For questions or more information call 330.376.9186 x214.