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!
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.
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
Something to Believe by Kristina Paabus
24h by Kristina Paabus
#432 by Janice Lessman-Moss
Nepp by Gianna Commito
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.
Helen Frankenthaler, Wisdom , 1969
Mickalene Thomas, Girlfriends and Lovers , 2008
Alvin Loving, Untitled , 1971
Chuck Close, Linda , 1975-1976
They allow you to take photos of the artwork as long as you do not use flash.
Giorgio Cavallon, Untitled , 1974 – 1975
Yinka Shonibare, Gentleman Walking a Tightrope 2006
James Gobel, I’ll Be Your Friend, I’ll Be Your Love, I’ll Be Everything You Need, 2009
Robert Colescott, Bye Bye Miss American Pie, 1971
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.
The building curves and bends in unusual places. I found myself just walking around studying the inside.
At the bottom of the stairs is a sculpture by Claes Oldenburg, Inverted Q , 1976
Frank Stella, Diepholz , 1981
Larry Zox, Untitled from the Scissors Jack Series, 1965-1966
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.
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