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Animal as Muse

Presented by Akron Art Museum at Akron Art Museum, Akron OH

Mar 24 2016
Aug 14 2016
Animal as Muse

Animal As Muse showcases artwork from the museum’s collection that features artists’ conceptions of animals in many of the roles they play in humans’ lives.

Chances are, at some point in your life, a pet or animal has inspired your imagination or taught you something about the wonder of the world around you. Animals in art have appeared throughout history, dutifully serving as background detail, faithful friends and even stepping forward as portrait-worthy subject matter in iconic paintings and many other works. Animal As Muse showcases artwork from the museum’s collection that features artists’ conceptions of animals in many of the roles they play in humans’ lives. Artwork included in the exhibition ranges from fanciful and surreal conceptions of wildlife, such as Ellen Lanyon’s painting, The Disguise—in which a pair of lunar moths seem to combine to create the countenance of a lion—to realistic depictions of human-animal interactions. Among these is Sandra Weiner’s 1973 photograph, Easter Morning, Ninth Avenue, 1973, which captures a moment of play between a child and a pet dog on a sunny New York sidewalk.

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Admission: Adult $7 • Senior (65+) $5 • Student (with valid ID) $5 • Adult w/ tour (15 minimum) $6 • Child (17 & under) Free • Blue Star Families Free • Free for Members • FREE EVERY THURSDAY

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  • Ellen Lanyon, The Disguise, 1975, collection of the Akron Art Museum.


Akron Art Museum

1 South High, Akron, OH 44308


Members park free in the deck adjacent to the library
Park across from museum entrance on High Street
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Standard strollers welcome in most areas


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