The Oberlin Review

Nina Fox, OC'19, stands with her art rental piece.

Art Rental Gets COVID-Safe Makeover

September 9, 2020

Even in the face of a global pandemic, the classic Oberlin tradition of Art Rental will continue this Saturday — but with some significant changes.  The Oberlin Art Rental was founded in 1940, 80 years ago, by Professor of Modern Art Ellen Johnson, OC ’33. The program provides Obies with the opportunity to bring original art from the museum into their dorm rooms and is a major selling point for prospective students.  “It was one of the main reasons I chose to come to Oberlin in the fir...

The new maximum occupancy of the AMAM’s Stern Gallery is only seven people due to pandemic safety concerns.

COVID-19 Brings Challenges, Opportunities for AMAM

September 4, 2020

This year, the Allen Memorial Art Museum has restricted access to Oberlin College ID-holders. However, some of the changes brought on by COVID-19 have given the AMAM’s staff the time to work on virtual initiatives and programs which increase museum accessibility beyond the College. Since students were sent home in March, AMAM curators and leadership pivoted to online outreach and worked to innovate the museum’s role in a socially-distant world.  This past June, the AMAM created a Spot...

Art by College fourth-year Sam Battle. “I really like to make art about nature, especially using topics from biology that a lot of people aren't super familiar with as metaphors,” Battle said. “I like being able to educate people about the crazy things their bodies can do, as well as connecting that to emotion and feeling.”

Students Create Art in Place 

May 5, 2020

    Art is always created in context — a truth made all the more apparent by the events of the past few months. Student artists at Oberlin, separated from campus resources, have had to adapt their creative practices for the semester, using this time to process the pandemic through art or to take a creative break from the world. Second-year Sociology and Studio Art double major Jacob Valero used his creative practices to help him adjust at the beginning of the pandemic.  ...

“This Ain’t No Video Game, We Want Outta This Circus:” Oberlin Artist Explores Stigma During COVID-19

Casey Troost, Staff Writer

May 3, 2020

A new collaborative art project created by Oberlin resident Tekikki Walker, OC ’12, and Calgary-based Simone Saunders was unveiled online on April 29 as part of The Social Distancing Festival. The online festival aims to showcase work by artists whose careers have been impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, like the closure of galleries. In an effort to foster an artistic community, festival organizer and curator Nick Green paired artists on the “Long Distance Art” portion of the site. Green paired Walker, who creates digital collage and photo sculptures, with Saunders, who primarily works with hand-tufted textiles. The duo created a project responding to how the pandemic has impacted Black Americans. Walker and...

Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, OCSA Program Seeks to Promote Open Dialogue

Jaimie Yue, Arts & Culture Editor

March 13, 2020

As novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to spread worldwide, global populations have responded with fear, anger, and despair. However, amid these emotional reactions, it is easy to forget the need for open communication, especially on campus. Oberlin’s Chinese Student Association seeks to change that with their program “CSA @ AMAM: Culture, Life, and Family Bonding in the Context of Coronavirus” at the Allen Memorial Art Museum today. Event attendees pre-registered for the program, which is capped at 40 people. Today’s program is not the first College event related to COVID-19. On Feb. 13, OCSA hosted a candlelight vigil at Asia House to commemorate those who have died from the virus and pray for Wuh...

College fourth-year Kaitlyn Rivers reads her poem “Palatable Perception” in front
of “Untitled (Revenge)” by Felix Gonzalez-Torres.

Poetry Event “Afterwords” Reflects on Allen Exhibition

March 6, 2020

Students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Allen Memorial Art Museum for “Afterwords: An Evening of Poetry at the AMAM” this past Tuesday. The event was in tandem with the “Afterlives of the Black Atlantic” exhibition, also at the AMAM. “Afterwords’’ featured spoken word poetry by nine students who not only responded to the exhibition, but added to the art and left the audience with more to reflect upon.  The event was co-organized by members of OSLAM and the Oberlin Creati...

The Body Behind the Art: Figure Models Discuss The Job

Aly Fogel, Arts & Culture Editor

February 21, 2020

Walking through an art museum, it’s easy to find the names of the artists whose work hangs on the walls, but it’s rare that a museum-goer can name the models depicted in the artwork. Figure models serve as muses for artists, visual references that both the creator and the viewer appreciate, but these models are rarely given credit for their work. This is especially true for women of color, who have historically been misrepresented by white, male artists.  In the Oberlin art community, figure models are often Oberlin students modeling for their peers in Studio Art classes. Some of these students also model for community classes at the Firelands Association for the Visual Arts. There are still racialized and gende...

Featuring pieces from Oberlin’s Special Collections and Anti-slavery Collection, “Subjects of Freedom” is a critical examination of the Oberlin’s historical narrative concerning slavery and abolition.

Art History Students Curate Exhibition About Abolitionism

February 14, 2020

“Subjects of Freedom” seeks to challenge Oberlin’s popular abolitionist narrative as the newest student exhibition at the Mary Church Terrell Main Library that opened Monday. It was curated by students in the seminar “Slavery and the Problem of the Visual,” pioneered by Assistant Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey, and acts as a companion show to “Afterlives of the Black Atlantic,” which opened at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in September. Institutionalized slavery ...

Works of art are lined up before students arrive to rent them for the semester.

New Approach to Art Rental Attracts Record Number of Students

September 20, 2019

A crowd of over 340 students lined up outside the Allen Memorial Art Museum last Saturday to participate in this semester’s Art Rental Program. For only $5, students were able to rent pieces of art from the museum’s collection, an event that College paraphernalia has boasted since 1940.  However, as College fourth-year and chair of the newly-formed Art Student Committee Jacey Davidson explained, Art Rental is not always easy to navigate.  “As someone who has participated in it for a long time, it’s been really hard,” David...

Attendees at the FAVA gallery panel this Wednesday. The panel was part of the “E. Pluibus” exhibition, which will continue through Sunday.

“E. Pluribus” Recontextualizes 9/11 in Analysis of Conflict

September 13, 2019

Walking into the Firelands Association for Visual Arts gallery for a panel focusing on the 18th anniversary of 9/11, I expected tense silence. Instead, I was met with excited conversation and laughter between an intimate audience and the panelists. The mood didn’t match the somber nature of the day, but I sensed that this would inspire the crowd to continue the conversation after the event.  The panel concluded the FAVA’s “E. Pluribus” exhibition, a collection of artworks depicting war fro...

Slavery’s Modern-Day Impact Felt in “Afterlives of the Black Atlantic”

Jaimie Yue, Production Editor

September 6, 2019

“Afterlives of the Black Atlantic,” the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s latest exhibit, seeks to redefine the written history of slavery. The show commemorates the 400th anniversary of when African slaves on the English warship White Lion landed at Point Comfort in the Colony of Virginia on August 20, 1619. This date marks the 400 years since the beginning of institutional slavery. Curated by Assistant Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey and the Allen’s Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Dr. Andrea Gyorody, the exhibition will be on display at the museum until May 2020.  The exhibit argues that slavery is neither geographically exclusive nor exclusive to the ...

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