Christopher Pekoc: Hand Made November 15, 2014 through April 26, 2015

Christopher Pekoc’s mixed media assemblages are distinctive among the work of his colleagues in Cleveland and far beyond. At a time when artists are engaging with new media, Pekoc uses humble processes and materials—among them gelatin silver photography, Xerox prints, shellac, sandpaper and punches—in novel ways to create evocative images. He employs stitching to supply content to his compositions, another uncommon approach. Hands in myriad gestures—extending invitation, protecting or playfully balancing balls—recur again and again in Pekoc’s assemblages. These constructions also convey the presence of the artist’s hand in their making, with scarred surfaces as metaphors of our imperfections.

This exhibition is organized by the Akron Art Museum and made possible by generous gifts from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, the John P. Murphy Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.

Join the artist Christopher Pekoc at the exhibition opening reception on Sunday, November 23 at 2:00pm.  FREE and open to the public

Nightlight Cinema Presents: Force Majeure (Ostlund 2014) and Dear White People (Simien 2014)

Force Majeure (Ostlund, 2014)

Always staying just this side of easy bourgie-bugaboo torment via the grace of his excellent actors and his own focused but effectively off-kilter sense of humour- a suddenly activated remote-control flyer gets the biggest laugh- Ostlund has crafted the best snowbound farce since The Shining (which it subtly emulates through date-stamped title cards and a key sequence on a vertiginous mountain road) and the best Swedish film about marriage since, well, Scenes from a Marriage.

–Adam Nayman, Cinema Scope

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:15pm

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 4:15pm

Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:15pm

Sunday, November 16, 2014 6:15pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 9:15pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 4:15pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 9:15pm

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 9:15pm

Friday, November 21, 2014 6:30pm

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:30pm

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:30pm

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30pm

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:30pm

Dear White People (Simien, 2014)

I’ve thrown a lot of big names around – Spike Lee, Godard, Kubrick – but I’m genuinely wowed by Simien’s ability to juggle big ideas while not losing sight of his characters, by his gorgeously assured filmmaking, by the little pirouettes of dead-on observation that dance between the film’s broader strokes.  Dear White People and its director are the real deal.  This is one of the best feature-filmmaking debuts of recent years.

–Bilge Ebiri, Vulture

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 9:15pm

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:45pm

Saturday, November 15, 2014 6:45pm

Sunday, November 16, 2014 3:45pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:45pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:45pm

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:45pm

A New Arts Initiative for

Republished from a September 20, 2014 article written by Dennis Scholl

Last year, Knight and the GAR Foundation released a survey on the arts in Akron that was telling.

We found a real hunger for arts and culture in the city. People craved it. But we also found some gaps: African-Americans and young people in particular were having trouble finding programming that spoke to them.

I was impressed by how the arts community turned the information into an opportunity. They met, began to talk about what culture meant to them and the broader community, to look at strengths, opportunities and a way forward.

To us at Knight, it was a great sign that Akron as a community was sitting down to reshape its cultural identity.

Knight Foundation wants to play its part in helping Akron shape its new vibrant cultural community.  So today we’re excited to announce $6 million in new investments in the arts in Akron, funding we hope will build on this momentum. To start, $3 million will go to five of the city’s anchor arts  institutions – groups that have excelled at artistic excellence and  in finding new ways to go deep into the community to create cultural opportunities for everyone. They include:

  • The Akron Civic Theater, which has excelled at making the theater available to the community with the help of our buy down program, where we subsidize fees so that smaller groups have a place to present their work at the beautiful Civic Theater. Knowing the Civic is available to them frees these organizations to focus on developing artistically excellent work.
  • Tuesday Musical Association, which brings the greatest performers in the world to Akron – and with our Stay a Day fund convinces them to stay an extra day to teach a master class and spend time with students. We’re helping them extend the time those artists spend in the city so they can meet with more local youth.
  • YEPAW, which has spent 25 years working with Akron kids, many of whom have gone on to excel at careers in the arts. Our funding will help them expand their summer program to 300 high school students, who will learn everything from piano to video production. I was touched to hear that one of the summer program graduates, Te’Anna Hunt, is organizing her first concert as a fundraiser for YEPAW. She is just 16 – but she credits YEPAW for not only helping her develop her music but also her leadership skills.
  • Akron Symphony, an extraordinary partner in our Random Acts of Culture program, where they literally did hundreds of performances that brought performers out of the Symphony Hall and into the street.  Knight funding is going to help them seek even greater community participation in their work.
  • And the Akron Art Museum – an ongoing investment of $1 million we announced last year to help present groundbreaking exhibitions, like that of contemporary artist Trenton Doyle Hancock that is open right now. The museum is now a nationally recognized expert in community engagement and in reshaping the way communities think about and interact with museums. You can read about these efforts in a new post by the museum’s Executive Director Mark Masuoka.

We’re also excited to bring the Knight Arts Challenge to Akron in 2015. It’s our fifth city for the challenge, a community-wide contest for the best arts ideas. It’s open to everyone – and we mean everyone – whether you’re a nonprofit, individual or a business with a great idea. We’ll be giving away up to $1 million a year over three years, and there will be lots of winners. We’ll  announcing more information as we get closer to the contest launch date next summer, but you can get a jump start by reading more about the challenge on our site and looking through past winners. Start thinking about your best idea for the arts in Akron. We can’t wait to see what you send us.

— Dennis Scholl, VP/arts at Knight Foundation