Akron, OH Museum Hosts Contemporary Art and Culture of Anime

posted on by George Phillips
From September 21st through January 5th 2003, the Art Museum in Akron, Ohio is hosting a wide range of anime art-related lectures, workshops, parties and more!

Excerpted from the Press Release:
My Reality: Contemporary Art and the Culture of Japanese Animation

When: Sept. 21, 2002 - January 5, 2003
Where: Akron Art Museum, Akron, Ohio

Contemporary artists around the world are inspired by the sense of
fantasy and play that characterize anime, the stylized form of film
and comic book animation that originated in Japan after World War II.
The artists featured in this exhibition-both Asian and Western-use
anime's combination of technology, science fiction and endearing
figures to create works that comment on social conventions and the
enormous impact of popular culture. Their works are alternately hip
and witty (Lee Bul's portable karaoke booth), slick and futuristic
(Mariko Mori's photographic self-portrait as a cyborg), and
completely beguiling (Takashi Murakami's colossal cartoon-styled
sculpture of a mouse standing among brightly colored mushrooms).

Special Events:

Sept 21: My Reality Public Opening & Anime Techno House Party, 8-11 p.m.

Oct 13: A Behind the Scenes!! Look at Anime (for adults), 2:30-4:30
p.m. (Featuring Blue & Poe Gallery co-director Tim Blum)

Nov 2: Anime-A-Go-Go: An Afternoon of Japanese Children's Films, 1-4
p.m. (Featuring "Astro Boy" and "Kiki's Delivery Service")

Nov 9: Manga Mania - Anime Cartoon Workshop (Part 1) with Kelly
Palmer, 1-3 p.m.

Nov 16: Manga Mania - Anime Clay Figure Workshop (Part 2) with Kelly
Palmer, 1-3pm

(Join Cleveland artist Kelly Palmer for this two-week workshop
focusing on anime cartoon figures.)

And many more events!

You can visit the Akron Art Museum Online at

Thanks to Jay Fubler Harvey for the information!

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