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Institute for Human Science and Culture

Institute for Human Science and Culture The Institute for Human Science & Culture (IHSC) hosts multidisciplinary public exhibits in the Oak Native American Gallery and Metzger Galleries.

We feature student work, local artists, and cultural heritage collections. A branch of the Cummings Center. The Institute for Human Science and Culture (IHSC) promotes education and research in history, preservation, documentation, and interpretation of the human experience. We feature rotating public exhibits and host The University of Akron Museums and Archives Studies Certificate program. Our c

We feature student work, local artists, and cultural heritage collections. A branch of the Cummings Center. The Institute for Human Science and Culture (IHSC) promotes education and research in history, preservation, documentation, and interpretation of the human experience. We feature rotating public exhibits and host The University of Akron Museums and Archives Studies Certificate program. Our c

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Illuminance by Vee Morman features mixed medium and ceramic art intended as décor and inspired by thoughts and perceptio...
04/29/2022

Illuminance by Vee Morman features mixed medium and ceramic art intended as décor and inspired by thoughts and perceptions of sex and gender.

See their work in our galleries tonight from 4-7pm during the opening reception for the Myers School of Art 2022 senior exhibitions. https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/Myers-2022

[Image descriptions:
1: Headshot of Vee Morman.
2: A green ceramic form with patches and smudges of purple, yellow, and dark green. The base branches in two directions—one rounded off, one open at the end with a lightbulb protruding from it.]

“Songs of Travel”: A Visual Journey by Zachary Tyler Gill explores traditional subjects through horizontal and vertical ...
04/28/2022

“Songs of Travel”: A Visual Journey by Zachary Tyler Gill explores traditional subjects through horizontal and vertical strokes, achieving mechanical sensations and viewing life through a mechanist philosophy.

Join us tomorrow from 4-7pm for the opening of the Myers School of Art 2022 senior exhibitions: https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/Myers-2022

[Image descriptions:
1: Headshot of Zachary Tyler Gill.
2: Painting of a knight brandishing a sword running across a natural landscape full of greens, browns, and blues. The knight and landscape are painted with straight vertical and horizontal lines, appearing blocky and pixel-like.]

Emotional Creatures by James Edwards tackles topics of anxiety, depression, and inner demons through cast metal objects,...
04/28/2022

Emotional Creatures by James Edwards tackles topics of anxiety, depression, and inner demons through cast metal objects, from pendants working with organic forms to larger sculptural works.

See his work in our galleries this Friday at the Myers School of Art opening reception: https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/Myers-2022

[Image descriptions:
1: Headshot of James Edwards standing in front of a brick wall.
2: A cast metal sculpture on a white background. It appears to be a squinted eyeball with tentacles protruding from its side.]

The Feminine Image by Gabrielle Zink examines the portrayal of women in media and society through self-portraiture and s...
04/26/2022

The Feminine Image by Gabrielle Zink examines the portrayal of women in media and society through self-portraiture and still photography.

See Gabrielle's work and more from the 2022 Myers School of Art graduates in our galleries, this Friday 4-7pm: https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/Myers-2022

[Image descriptions:
1: Gabrielle Zink standing in a gallery with white walls. She is hanging framed photography on the wall.
2: Portrait of Gabrielle Zink sitting by a pool. She is wearing a white swimsuit and holding a cigarette, looking off to the left side of the image.]

It’s nearly National Postcard Week! Come help the Akron Postcard Club prepare the mailings for this annual event on Wedn...
04/23/2022

It’s nearly National Postcard Week! Come help the Akron Postcard Club prepare the mailings for this annual event on Wednesday, April 27 from 6-7pm. All attendees will receive a copy of our newly created postcard designed exclusively for National Postcard Week 2022.

Details at https://uakron.edu/chp/institute/postcard-club

Image description: Collage of National Postcard Week postcards from years past. Center card features a person in a straw hat and sunglasses eating a cream puff beside a typed greeting: “Greetings from Iola!” Dated to National Postcard Week 1989, the card includes the caption: “Fond memories of Wisconsin. Computer portrait: Enjoying one of Wisconsin’s famous cream puffs, Wisconsin State Fair, Summer 1988.

What curiosities wait to be discovered in The University of Akron's long-lost “Museum of Zoology”? Explore the new UA st...
04/22/2022

What curiosities wait to be discovered in The University of Akron's long-lost “Museum of Zoology”?

Explore the new UA student-designed exhibit, Cabinets of Curiosity: Natural History Mysteries, featuring century-old taxidermy bird specimens including the now-extinct Ivory-Billed Woodpecker. The new exhibit opens at the Institute on April 29th: https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/natural-history-mystery

Read more about the Museum of Zoology [Un]Class from the Akron Beacon Journal: https://www.beaconjournal.com/story/news/2022/03/20/ivory-billed-woodpecker-gets-top-billing-university-akron/7029429001/

[Image descriptions:
1: An exhibition display featuring a cabinet of shells and taxidermy birds with a large egg under a glass dome on top. A painting alongside this cabinet depicts mutated birds surrounded in foliage
2: A small taxidermy owl with bright yellow eyes perched in a display case.]

04/12/2022

The Document Academy - DOCAM is a global collective that celebrates documentation and documents of all kinds. We’re hosting DOCAM’s 2022 meeting at the CCHP from August 12 – 13th!

Learn more and submit a paper or creative work proposal today: https://documentacademy.org/?2022

[Image description:
Logo for DOCAM 2022 in Akron, Ohio. The logo is in dark blue and gold.]

We're joining this month's US National Archives #ArchivesHashtagParty and exploring the theme of #ArchivesOnMyStreet (an...
04/08/2022

We're joining this month's US National Archives #ArchivesHashtagParty and exploring the theme of #ArchivesOnMyStreet (and there's a lot to share!)

Down the street from our building are a series of commemorative markers recognizing the city's history as the "Rubber Capital of the World." At its peak, the rubber industry employed 40,000 Akronites!

In 2021, a statue of a rubber worker was installed at the base of Mill Street. This 15-foot bronze statue created by artist Alan Cottrill.

The unique contributions of African Americans are specifically recognized nearby on a plaque that also acknowledges the discrimination and racism they faced within the factories.

Mill St. also recognizes the history of women's contributions to the rubber industry. Unlike other factories in Akron, rubber manufacturers employed women as early as 1870, however women made 60% less than men and married women earned less than single women.

And slightly further up the streets stands an historic plaque to the 1930s Rubber Strikes. In response to Depression-era layoffs and wage cuts, Akron rubber workers organized the United Rubber Workers. A series of strikes were held at different factories, building to a "sit-down" strike at Goodyear in 1936. A settlement was not reached for 37 days.

Image descriptions:
1. A bronze statue of a rubber worker holding a tire stands in the center of a roundabout in downtown Akron.
2. An outdoor text panel recognizing the contributions of African Americans to Akron's rubber industry history that features both text and a series of photos of African American rubber workers.
3. An outdoor text panel recognizing the contributions of women to Akron's rubber industry history that features both text and a series of photos of women rubber workers.
4. An Ohio Historical Marker recognizing the 1936 Akron Rubber Strike.

Guest speaker alert! Tony Pankuch will be joining us tomorrow at Akron Postcard Club to talk about their research on “Fe...
03/29/2022

Guest speaker alert! Tony Pankuch will be joining us tomorrow at Akron Postcard Club to talk about their research on “Feminist Leap Year” postcards. They’ll touch on gender roles, LGBTQ+ identity, and women’s suffrage in the early 20th century. Free event, 6-7pm.

Details at https://uakron.edu/chp/institute/postcard-club

Image descriptions:
1. Portrait of Tony Pankuch with short brown hair and glasses.
2. A postcard of a person with a butterfly net sneaking up behind another individual reading the newspaper. A third person in the foreground says “Be careful Clara, that’s a fine specimen.” The postcard is labelled “In 1908” and features a lemon logo of one figure chasing another surrounded by the words “Leap Year.”

Joyous St. Patrick’s Day greetings from the Institute for Human Science and Culture and the David P. Campbell Postcard C...
03/17/2022

Joyous St. Patrick’s Day greetings from the Institute for Human Science and Culture and the David P. Campbell Postcard Collection. Visit today to browse our full collection of classic St. Patrick’s Day postcards!

[Image description:
An arrangement of St. Patrick’s Day themed postcards depicting clovers, Irish landscapes, and figures dressed in green. In the center is a glittery embossed pink and green postcard that reads “Best Wishes for St. Patrick’s Day”.]

Today! Free film screening and guided tours of Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. Screenings start every hour between 3-...
03/11/2022

Today! Free film screening and guided tours of Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. Screenings start every hour between 3-7pm, on the hour; tours on the half hours. Walk-ins welcome!

In partnership with Curated Storefront.

Image description: Ceramic jug in the shape of a face with a confused expression. Words around the jug read: Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. Free film screening, tours. Today 3-7pm.

Only a few more days left to see Pioneer Winter’s Birds of Paradise before it closes. This multimedia exhibit, developed...
03/10/2022

Only a few more days left to see Pioneer Winter’s Birds of Paradise before it closes. This multimedia exhibit, developed in collaboration with The National Center for Choreography at The University of Akron, celebrates the enduring nature of queer & marginalized people through choreography.

Visit today through Saturday, 11am – 4pm: https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/birds-of-paradise

[Image descriptions:
1: A gallery space with white walls. Banners are hung each displaying a dancer in motion in front of a black background. A television near the banners displays a video of one dancer, with headphones hanging below the screen.
2: A banner hanging on a gallery wall, depicting a dancer wearing a yellow flowing dress. Their arms are outstretched downward to either side.]

This International Women's Day we celebrate those who carved new paths, led the way, spoke up, and spoke out. Who has in...
03/08/2022

This International Women's Day we celebrate those who carved new paths, led the way, spoke up, and spoke out. Who has inspired you?

Image description: Collage of postcards featuring photographs of women.
1st Row: Dorothy Dandridge, Barbara Fritchie, Queen Elizabeth II, Carrie Fisher, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, Annie Oakley, Michelle Obama, and Calamity Jane.
2nd Row: Bettie Davis, Amelia Earhart, Georgia O’Keeffe, Lucille Ball, Judy Garland, Frida Kahlo, and Hillary Clinton.
3rd Row: Mama Hale, The Supremes, Audrey Hepburn, Dolly Parton, and Julia Morgan.
4th Row: Eleanor Roosevelt, Elizabeth Ryan, and Mildred “Babe” Didrikson.

#ArchivesHashtagParty #ArchivesTrailblazers #InternationalWomensDay

What secrets lay buried in the sand?Just one week until our mockumentary film screening and evening tour of Clayton Bail...
03/04/2022

What secrets lay buried in the sand?

Just one week until our mockumentary film screening and evening tour of Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. RSVP now to explore the mysteries of Bigfoot on Friday, Mar. 11: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibit-reception-clayton-baileys-world-of-wonders-tickets-264452463437

[Image description:
An exaggerated ribcage and skull in a pit of sand located in the center of a museum exhibit. On the surrounding walls are surreal ceramic artworks and signage, including a large banner that says “Breaks the Bone Barrier”]

Curated Storefront

Only a few more days to see “The Art of Claire Heldman: Lakota Wiá” before it closes this weekend. The exhibit honors Cl...
03/03/2022

Only a few more days to see “The Art of Claire Heldman: Lakota Wiá” before it closes this weekend. The exhibit honors Claire’s mother through unique handcrafted pieces of cultural and artistic significance.

Claire Heldman was named Artist of the Year by the Ohio Arts Council in 2004, and her work is featured in the Governor’s Multicultural Gallery in Columbus. https://uakron.edu/chp/whats-on/lakota-wia

[Image descriptions:
1: Colorful beaded jewelry in a glass museum display case. Necklaces, charms, earrings, and other accessories are displayed on a red background.
2: A small silver statue of a Native American man seated on a horse, holding one hand up to his forehead. Black and white paintings of Native American people are displayed on the wall behind the statue.]

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Join our guided "dig" through the oldest postcards in the David P. Campbell Col...
02/23/2022

Looking for something fun to do tonight? Join our guided "dig" through the oldest postcards in the David P. Campbell Collection from 6-7pm.

Details and RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/guided-dig-into-postcard-history-tickets-272968685687

Image description: Collage of postcards. The two most prominently visible show a postmark from Norfolk, VA dated Feb 25, 1907 and a wooden pier with two people standing high above a beach.

Rise of the Kaolithic Creatures! 😱We’ve rescheduled our mockumentary screening & guided tour of Clayton Bailey’s World o...
02/22/2022

Rise of the Kaolithic Creatures! 😱

We’ve rescheduled our mockumentary screening & guided tour of Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. Register now to witness this shocking, unbelievable, inconceivable event on Friday, March 11th. Brought to Akron by Curated Storefront. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/exhibit-reception-clayton-baileys-world-of-wonders-tickets-264452463437

[Image description:
A display of ceramic creations, including a horned skull, a large, deformed jug with a skull and crossbones symbol, and a pink veiny creature with a wide gaping mouth.]

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"Emotional Creatures," the Senior BFA Exhibition in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from James Edwards will be on view at the Cummings Center Institute for Human Science and Culture April 29–June 12, 2022. The culmination of the past two semesters of work, this body of work is made up of metal sculptures that personify emotions and states of mind into physical beings. Congratulations, James! Join us for an opening reception featuring four our our graduating seniors on Friday, April 29 from 4–7 pm. The Cummings Center is located at 73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio, 44325.
Gabrielle Zink presents her BFA in Photography: "The Feminine Image" April 29–August 27, 2022 at the Cummings Center Institute for Human Science and Culture. From the artist statement: "Through today's media, women are portrayed through a hyper-feminine lens of perfection. The idea of “the perfect woman” is engraved in the minds of society. This collection of photographs investigates the portrayal of the feminine image. These characters represent women who have succumbed to the unrealistic standards of social media." Congratulations, Gabby! Join us for an opening reception featuring four our our graduating seniors on Friday, April 29 from 4–7 pm. The Cummings Center is located at 73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio, 44325.
Zachary Tyler Gill's Senior BFA Exhibition in Painting & Drawing "Songs of Travel": A Visual Journey will be on view at the Institute for Human Science and Culture April 29–June 12, 2022. Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1896 poetry book “Songs of Travel and Other Verses”, followed by Ralph Vaughan William’s vocal adaption made between 1901 and 1904, these works are an attempt at adapting music and poems into a visual narrative. Congratulations, Zachary! Join us for an opening reception featuring four our our graduating seniors on Friday, April 29 from 4–7 pm. The Cummings Center Institute for Human Science and Culture is located at 73 S. College Street, Akron, Ohio, 44325.
Have an experience! The number of cool things to do downtown grows every day, from Tea Time with the Ohio Tea Lady, to striking a pose with some amazingly artful backdrops at OH SNAP Photo Lab, The Great Escape Room adventures, acclaimed movies at The Nightlight, Curated Storefront's Clayton Bailey exhibitions in the Polsky Building & at the Institute for Human Science and Culture (not to mention [email protected] at Akron-Summit County Public Library & family fun at Akron Children's Museum). Best of all, you're invited to try as much of it as you want. Check out our events calendar for more things to do downtown http://bit.ly/DAP_Calendar
Horn dogs! Jaw harps! Mutant heads! Bigfoot’s skeleton! Join us at the Cummings Center’s Institute for Human Science and Culture for a wild evening in renowned ceramist and prankster Clayton Bailey’s World of Wonders. Friday, January 28, 4 - 7 pm An opening reception for the exhibit, brought to Akron by Curated Storefront and featuring Bailey’s one-of-a-kind Kaolithic curiosities, will be held at the Cummings Center on Friday, January 28th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm. Visitors will enjoy a free mockumentary screening followed by a guided tour of the exhibit hosted by research assistants of Bailey’s frequent collaborator/alter-ego Dr. Gladstone. Learn more about these wonderous curiosities from the world’s foremost Kaolithic experts! Screenings of the 30-minute mockumentary will begin at 4:00pm, 5:00pm, and 6:00pm. After each screening, visitors will be invited into the gallery for a 30-minute tour. Light refreshments will be offered throughout the evening. Visitors are asked to RSVP for a timed ticket to this event via Eventbrite. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-clayton-baileys-world-of-wonders-tickets-231888774567
"Dumpster Dive" is a site-specific work created by students in response to the environment of the Institute for Human Science and Culture’s 3rd floor atrium. Students used non-traditional materials to create their sculptures and to think outside the norms of 3-dimensional art, enveloping the installation's environment in a manner reminiscent of everyday encounters. Students who helped create this work are part of the Art Installation course offered by the Myers School of Art, where they learned through lectures and studio practices about the medium, history, and evolution of installation art and its use by contemporary artists. Join us for the opening reception for this work, along with the launch of Birds of Paradise by choreographer Pioneer Winter, at the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology on Friday, December 3 from 4–7 pm. The event is free, but tickets are required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opening-reception-birds-of-paradise-dumpster-dive-tickets-201813368217?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb
Happy Friday, October 1, 2021 Everybody! It's looking like a gorgeous weekend, so get out there & enjoy. If you need some ideas, inspiration for your weekend, look no further: 1. Akron Children's Museum is back & open to all visitors starting today. Schedule a visit with your family today! Also today: the new exhibition, Lakota Wiá by Claire Heldman opens at the Institute for Human Science and Culture (part of the Cummings Center for the History of Psychology) with a reception from 4 - 7 pm. OH SNAP Photo Lab hosts their 1st Friday Divas in Denim night out from 7 - 9 pm. Akron-Summit County Public Library presents Late Night at the Library from 6:30 - 10:30 pm. Plus: live music at Jilly's Music Room & NOMZ. That's just Friday!!! 2. On Saturday, bring the family to Akron-Summit County Public Library for Touch-a-Truck on Main Street from 2 - 4 pm. All manner of cool vehicles will be there, along with fun activities and Akron Children's Museum's van with magnet-blocks, too. Also on Saturday: Check out Akronym Brewing's Oktoberfest in the new biergarten. Akron Civic Theatre presents Cabaret, old chum. Plus, achieve dance enlightenment at Musica and Baxter's Speakeasy with 90s Dance Night and Techno Masquerade, respectively. Or, enjoy the amazing music of the The Happy HiFis w. Peep at Jilly's 3. On Sunday, get your brunch on at Akronym Brewing or NOMZ. Ohio Tea Lady is hosting Teatime from 1 - 2:30 pm (be sure to register by the end of the day today (Friday)). Akron Art Museum hosts Family Day: Cardboard Challenge from 11 am to 2 pm, which will be 100% fun for all ages. Head over to Guzzetta Hall for the The University of Akron School of Music Wind Symphony (7:30 - 9 pm). Galen Karriker conducts the Wind Symphony’s first “in person” concert titled, “Healing, Hope, and Peace.” 🥯🥖🍰🍪 BONUS: Sweet Mary's Bakery is OPEN this weekend: Friday 10/1 & Saturday 10/2, 8 am - 4 pm, Sunday 10/3, 9 am-3 pm. Whew, that is a lot! And it's not all. Not even a part of it. Get the whole picture from DAP's event calendar: http://bit.ly/DAP_Calendar
This weekend is Native American First People’s Day! Join Institute for Human Science and Culture for a weekend full of history, art, and amazing food!
Ending soon! Don't miss your chance to see Growing Pains by Anika Calcei, closing Saturday, September 11th. Growing Pains is a multimedia observation of the simultaneous presence of grief and nostalgia that comes with the loss of childhood—whether it be people, objects, or memories—that part with us as time moves forward, becoming unreachable. These unreachable entities shift like waves that rarely hold permanence in the forefront of our minds, but that also intricately lace themselves in our lives. Bringing attention to these moments interwoven with our deepest memories is a way to acknowledge and accept these ever-changing lives we lead, filled with grief and pain and joy and love. Image description: Collage of photographs. The largest features a plastic basket of laundry at the bottom of the stairs; three smaller photographs each feature a person sitting in a folding chair. Text on the collage reads: "Growing Pains, Anika Calcei. Exhibition Closes: Saturday September 11, 2021." #UAkron #Akron #DowntownAkron #AkronArt Institute for Human Science and Culture