The installation of Diana Al-Hadid's monumental sculpture 'Nolli's Orders,' which can be seen Nov. 23 through March 16 in the Akron Art Museum's Sandra L. and Dennis B. Haslinger Family Foundation galleries normally dedicated to contemporary paintings from the museum's collection.
Known for her innovative art making techniques, Al-Hadid's sculptures have the appearance of unfinished buildings or archeological remains.
Commanding in scale, 'Nolli's Orders' hovers between architectural ruin, landscape and figurative sculpture. Thirteen-feet high and constructed of steel, polymer gypsum, fiberglass, wood, foam and paint, it was inspired by the 18th century Italian architect and surveyor Giambattista Nolli, whose iconic 1748 map of Rome articulated the interplay between buildings and outdoor space, figure and ground.
"I am fascinated with boundaries--where something starts and stops, how we define a place, is it architectural, sculptural, experiential, etc," she said.
A Kent State University graduate, Al-Hadid was born in 1981 in Aleppo, Syria and grew up in Canton. After receiving a BFA from Kent, she earned her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. Al-Hadid lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The museum is at One South High, in downtown Akron.
Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and major holidays.
Adult general admission is $7, and student and senior 65 and older are $5. Children 17 and under are free, and members are free. Admission to the galleries is free every Thursday.
For details, call 330-376-9185 or visit www.akronartmuseum.org.