Transportation has long fascinated artists, particularly as its speed and promise of taking us to far away places increased in the first half of the 20th century.
It’s the topic of the year-long exhibition Planes, Trains and Automobiles at the Akron Art Museum. The prints, photos and paintings that comprise the show are taken from the museum’s own collection and feature work by such artists as O. Winston Link, known for his black-and-white nighttime photos of train engines wreathed in clouds of smoke and Akron painter Raphael Gleitsmann, both of whose lives spanned most of the 20th century.
It will also feature a newly interactive soft sculpture by Los Angeles-based Isla Hansen called Aeromorphiscope, inspired by puppetry and cartoons. It includes touch-activated animations, 3-D graphics hat can also be animated by viewer touch and animatronic elements.
The show opens with a reception Thu 7/26 @ 4:30-6:30pm that features hands-on art activities and storytelling by Kyle Jozsa of Akron’s Wandering Aesthetics. It’s free and open to all.