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Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Lorain’s FireFish Spectacle Signals Restoration

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 23, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Recent Stories, Visual Art

A giant fish paraded through the center of town, floated down the river and set on fire barely scratches the surface of the display at the second annual FireFish festival, which took place last Saturday. The city of Lorain’s downtown and boardwalk areas were transformed into thoroughfares of public art...

Framing the Allen: Abstraction Shows Artist Evolution

Framing the Allen: Abstraction Shows Artist Evolution

Rachel Mead, Columnist
September 23, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Allen Memorial Art Museum holds nearly 14,000 objects in its own collections. With the physical limits of its galleries, there is no way to exhibit all of this art. This is the first installation in a bimonthly column in which the Review will be bringing unseen favorites of the AMAM staff to t...

More than Matisse: Art Rental Continues to Broaden Arts Exposure

Rachel Mead
September 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Art Rental Program at the Allen Memorial Art Museum has been active for over 75 years, allowing students to rent pieces of art from the museum’s collection every semester for only $5 each. Professor of Modern Art Ellen Johnson, OC ’33, founded the program based on her dedication to bringing people...

Fred Wilson Intervenes at AMAM Sculpture Court

Fred Wilson Intervenes at AMAM Sculpture Court

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories, Visual Art

This year, everyone who walks through the front doors of the Allen Memorial Art Museum will be confronted by an unexpected sight. The King Sculpture Court is full of imposing, broken statues. They may look like something from another time and place, but they have really come from nowhere farther than ...

“Inside” Takes Players on Minimalist Journey

“Inside” Takes Players on Minimalist Journey

Avi Vogel, Columnist
September 9, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Visual Art

In the middle of a dark forest, guided forward only by sparse patches of light, a little boy makes his way toward an uncertain goal. In this beautiful minimalist world, his way is sometimes barred by puzzles — none difficult enough to ever pose a significant barrier. In that sense, Inside is simple in its...

New AMAM Exhibit Promises Time Well Spent

New AMAM Exhibit Promises Time Well Spent

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 2, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

While Oberlin students spent this week finding time in their schedules for classes, the Allen Memorial Art Museum was also tackling the idea of time. The museum has organized an exhibit called Time Well Spent, which opened in the Ripin Print Gallery in late July. The exhibit showcases pieces, mostly d...

In “Clash Royale”, Fun Prevails Despite Freemium Model

Avi Vogel, Columnist
April 22, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

There are 10 seconds left in the match. My opponent and I each have one tower left. Mine has a little over 100 hit-points, and there’s a swarm of little skeletons coming my way. My opponent’s base has 200 hit-points. There’s no way to get any of my units there in time. I deploy a unit to reveal...

Tran, Bhattacharyya Illustrate Asian Histories

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
April 8, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

For College seniors Gaby Hurtado-Ramos, Anders Villalta, Sreyashi Tinni Bhattacharyya and Richard Tran, engaging a wider community both through and beyond the art that they create, is critical. That prerogative comes through in their senior exhibition, I Will Not Be Buried, which opens today at the F...

Screenshot Show Challenges Curatorial Norms

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
March 11, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Exhibition Initiative’s Screenshot Show, opening this Sunday at Storage gallery, looks to question preconceptions about digital art and blur curatorial boundaries. The show’s concept is simple: display screenshots that people have taken on their digital devices in a gallery setting. This leaves r...

Nguyen Blurs Line Between Candid and Staged

Nguyen Blurs Line Between Candid and Staged

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
February 19, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Holding Water, the current exhibit at the Richard D. Baron ‘64 Art Gallery, is deceptively simple at first glance. Unlike many art shows. in which each piece is accompanied by a title and a short paragraph with contextual details, the photographs by Duy Phuong Le Nguyen — Oberlin’s artist in resid...

AMAM Highlights Disabled Artists in A Picture of Health

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
February 5, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Features, Visual Art

Since mid-January, visitors to the Allen Memorial Art Museum who climb the stairs to the Ripin Gallery have been able to peruse the exhibit A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing. The exhibit includes everything from paintings and sculptures to amulets and an interactive rotorelief, all of w...

Painting Exhibit Depicts Bodies, Human Agency

Painting Exhibit Depicts Bodies, Human Agency

Luke Nikkanen
February 5, 2016
Filed under ARTS, Recent Stories, Visual Art

Judit Reigl’s Body of Music exhibit, the first retrospective of her work in the United States, is a visceral exploration of the forces that govern the human body and our autonomy. In an exhibit that opened Tuesday at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, her works embody our collective desire for freedom ...

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