The Oberlin Review

Director of Allen Memorial Art Museum Moves to Cornell

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

November 4, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Campus News, NEWS, Visual Art

After seven years as John G.W. Cowles director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Stephanie Wiles will leave Nov. 7 to become director of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University. The search for a new director will begin soon, with hopes of completion by the spring. Katie Solender, OC ’77, will serve as an interim director and a member of the search committee to find the replacement. While serving as director, Wiles organized and executed countless exhibitions, obtained major endowments and grants of over $3 million for the museum, led the museum to increase its online presence and oversaw the recently completed LEED gold-certified renovation of the museum. She worked to increase the museum’s...

Art Departments Collaborate with Gordon Square Arts District

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Literature & Poetry, Music, Theater & Film, Visual Art

Oberlin College’s departments of Theater, Art and Dance are collaborating with the Gordon Square Arts District located in Cleveland’s west side. Oberlin students will soon have the opportunity to get involved in art exhibitions, Winter Term projects and other artistic programs from the neighboring city of Cleveland. The Gordon Square Arts District is an initiative that has worked since 2006 to bring economic and artistic development to an area in Cleveland previously in decay. The three founding partners of GSAD are Cleveland Public Theatre, Near West Theatre and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization. With the goal of sparking economic development and job creation, the GSAD works to bring arts...

Art Exhibition in Mudd Seeks to Create Political Dialogue Among College Students

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor

October 14, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Oberlin Peace Activists' League erected Ten Years of War this past week in Mudd Library. The eclectic collection of art aimed to draw attention to the United States' militaristic involvement in the Middle East over the past 10 years with a five-day display in one of the most student-populated venues on campus. As this past decade has seen countless deaths from the U.S., Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and even farther abroad, the pieces in Ten Years of War were intended to portray the magnitude of the horrors of U.S. war overseas. “The work produced by each artist portrays an individual, and ultimately a community perception, on modern day issues of peace and conflict,” said OPAL Co-Chair and College junior L...

Kantara Project Rides Magic Carpet to Oberlin

Peter Meckel, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Kantara Project is coming to Oberlin this October. Founded by Alia Kate, OC ’08, the Kantara Project is an educational program that aims to develop and inform the world view of its participants as they learn about the traditional art of weaving in Morocco. A Politics major with a concentration in international relations, Kate took a leave of absence in 2008 to learn Arabic and volunteer for a human rights organization in Morocco. While there, she was deeply moved by the art and culture of Moroccan rug weaving. “Initially, I was drawn to the carpets because of the artistry,” she said. But after witnessing the financial exploitation of women rug-weavers by larger Moroccan industries, she wanted to make a difference....

Latino/a Art Exhibit Fills Campus Cultural Gap

Robin Wasserman

October 7, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

A wooden stick figure sits inside a glass jar, head in its hands, oblivious to the colorful paper cranes that explode from its prison. A second wooden figure climbs onto the jar, peering down into it. “Flight,” according its the creator, College sophomore Krista LaFentres, was inspired by memories of when she was younger and “felt on the other side of things.” The sculpture currently resides in La Casa Hispánica as part of a student art exhibition for Latino/a Heritage Month. LaFentres began organizing the exhibition last April after she was unable to participate in a similar project that year. Finding the Art department inaccessible and wanting to get more involved in La Casa Hispánica, LaFentres decided to...

If You Have a Space, Curate: The story of the Exhibition Initiative

Georgia Horn Weinberg, Staff Writer

September 30, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

After meeting with and attending lectures by a number of prominent New York curators as part of their Winter Term project in January 2010, Anna Poe-Kest, OC ’11, and Martha Moldovan, OC ’11, founded the College’s only student curatorial group, Exhibition Initiative. “If you have a space, curate,” they told me when I met with them during the spring of 2010 to discuss the group’s nascent identity. Since then, they have done just that. Beginning in May 2010, the group curated their first annual show,In|Flux, in Hales Gymnasium, and collaborated with the Plum Creek Review on an exhibition of the Art Library’s collection of Mail Art the following November. During the spring of 2011 the group hosted Roni...

3 Door Studios Invigorates Town’s Art Scene

Peter Meckel, Staff Writer

September 23, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

You can find the 3 Door Studios art collective located in the old, Victorian-style house on 121 South Main Street. In the year since renovation began, 3 Door's five resident artists have transformed the house from a dilapidated party center into an attractive workshop, boasting four individual art studios and a community gallery. The interior walls are painted bright, inviting colors, and found-art sculptures decorate the first floor; the atmosphere is inviting and the creativity in the air is almost palpable. The residents of 3 Door hail from diverse backgrounds, each with their own story to tell. Haley Heidemann, who comes from a lumber farm in Elyria, is someone whose contribution to the art scene you already know:...

Art Lovers Warm Cold Courtyard

Art Lovers Warm Cold Courtyard

September 23, 2011

Not many college students can have a Miró hanging in their dorm room for $5 per semester. At Oberlin, we get the opportunity every semester. The Allen Memorial Art Museum held its biannual art rental program last Saturday, Sept. 17. In exchange for a $5 fee and, for some, a chilly night’s wait, students are allowed to rent a maximum of two works from the museum for the semester. The night before the rental, the Allen’s courtyard was cluttered with mattresses, food and students, scores...

Yellin and Lachow’s Not-so-Fatal Attraction

Yellin and Lachow’s Not-so-Fatal Attraction

May 6, 2011

Artists and College seniors Claire Lachow and Isabel Yellin closed out this year’s Senior Studio series with their playful twists on classical tradition and abstract expressionism. Their show, Attraction is a Basic Instinct, created what was simultaneously a dramatic and understated finale to the year’s exhibitions. Lachow’s work is a clever reimagining of the ancient Greek ritual of arkteia, a ceremony in which, according to Lachow’s artist’s statement, pubescent girls were allowed ...

Vera Obscura Upsets Senior Studio Dominance

Jimmy Hagan, Arts Editor

May 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Vera Obscura, an independent senior art show that opened last Saturday night at the Richard Baron Gallery behind Slow Train, dispelled the myth that Senior Studio is the only premier venue for the top talent in the Oberlin art community. The show consisted of impressive and exciting work by College seniors Eli Steltenpohl and Sophie Miles and College fifth-year Jake DeVito. In general, Vera Obscura presented a complex investigation of various media and artistic disciplines. While Miles’s work addressed the idea of portraiture and the myths the genre reinforces about identity, Steltenpohl’s focused on the artificial distinction between sculpture, toolmaking and organic forms found in nature; additionally, ...

Solarity’s Neon Garden Presents Eye-Popping, Seizure-Inducing Blacklight Spectacle

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Dance, Theater & Film, Visual Art

For many, Neon Garden began at 8 p.m. Saturday night in a very long line in front of the Science Center. Scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., the event’s pre-sale tickets had been sold out a week before, and countless Obies wanted to get the remaining 150 tickets at the door. The exact nature of the ticket numbering system remains unclear due to the amount of confusion in the long, disorganized queue, which ended with many students leaving frustrated and disappointed. This review is for those left behind. It is also for the chosen few who got in, covered in paint and wearing everything from tutus and bikinis to short shorts and Speedos. Neon Garden was Solarity’s big debut. Co-founded by College sophomores Eli Clark-Davis,...

“Imprinted Legacies” Takes on Family History

“Imprinted Legacies” Takes on Family History

April 29, 2011

“They used to call me chop-suey in Hawaii whenever I went there with my family,” said College senior Claire Stepherson, explaining the first part of her artist statement. “My skin would get really dark, and my hair would be really light.” Hidden in the back room of the FAVA Gallery, students and faculty alike acclaimed Stepherson’s exploration of her identity with praise and awe. Her media of choice — molasses, hair pomades and shoe polish— were particularly impressive and related...

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