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Akron Art Museum

Love this building! In 2007 the firm Coop Himmelb(l)au integrated approximately 21,000 square feet of the 1899 building with a new 63,300 square foot building

Akron is not a far drive from Cleveland so we planned on venturing to the area to see the NEO Geo exhibit at the Akron Art Museum. The building itself is a piece of art made up of sharp angles, cement and glass. It was expanded in 2007 and designed by Coop Himmelb(l)au who integrated 21,000 square feet of the 1899 building with a new 63,300 square foot building. On the architecture firm’s site they explain “The building is broken up into 3 parts: the Crystal, the Gallery Box, and the Roof Cloud.” Pretty spectacular!

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NEO Geo at the Akron Art Museum

This exhibit was my dream come true! Geometric shapes, lines and bright colors. All the pieces were created by artists working in the Northern Ohio.

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Natalie Lanese installation Depthless Without You

You can walk and stand inside this installation by Natalie Lanese. This was my favorite! It was so bright it made me dizzy in a good way.

Standing inside this amazing piece

Standing inside this amazing piece

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Kristina Paabus

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Something to Believe by Kristina Paabus

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24h by Kristina Paabus

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#432 by Janice Lessman-Moss

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Nepp by Gianna Commito

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Gianna Commito

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Eyeshadow Overlap Op by Michelle Marie Murphy

The museum is small but the collection is great! I went into the space just to see NEO Geo but was impressed with the pieces they have on exhibit and have acquired. I am personally more into contemporary work and they have plenty of it.

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Helen Frankenthaler, Wisdom , 1969

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Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers , 2008

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Alvin Loving, Untitled , 1971

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Chuck Close, Linda , 1975-1976

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They allow you to take photos of the artwork as long as you do not use flash.

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Giorgio Cavallon, Untitled , 1974 – 1975

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Yinka Shonibare, Gentleman Walking a Tightrope 2006

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James Gobel, I’ll Be Your Friend, I’ll Be Your Love, I’ll Be Everything You Need, 2009

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Robert Colescott, Bye Bye Miss American Pie, 1971

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The cafe was was cozy and modern. The person working behind the counter made a delicious french press from a their local roaster Akron Coffee Roasters.

inside_museumThe building curves and bends in unusual places. I found myself just walking around studying the inside.

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At the bottom of the stairs is a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg, Inverted Q , 1976

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Frank Stella, Diepholz , 1981

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Larry Zox, Untitled from the Scissors Jack Series, 1965-1966

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Sol LeWitt, Wall Drawing #1240 Planes with broken bands of color (Akron) , 2005

This museum is definitely a place you can go for a day trip and take your time exploring all the pieces on display. I’m excited to have them nearby. The staff that we encountered were friendly and eager to answer our questions. We went on a Sunday so most of the downtown area was silent. I want to go again soon during a Saturday to try a couple of the restaurants nearby.

For more information, check out their site.

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