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Film Illustrates Printmaker’s Passion for Letterpress Art

Isabel Klein

September 18, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

For 40-year-old Amos Paul Kennedy Jr., watching someone work an old-fashioned letterpress in Colonial Williamsburg was inspiration enough to trade in his business suit and high-paying corporate position for overalls and a salary of $7,000 per year. Since opening his own printing company, Kennedy has been making exquisite posters printed with pithy and thought-provoking phrases, which he sells for only $15–20 to increase their accessibility. Director, producer and editor Laura Zinger and her team followed Kennedy for 18 months to film a documentary about his life, Proceed and Be Bold!, which was screened at the Allen Memorial Art Museum on Wednesday, Sept. 16, followed by a question and answer session with Kennedy....

Meiji-Era Sculpture Returns to AMAM

Harley Bosco

September 11, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Upon hearing about the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s new Return of the Dragon exhibit, I couldn’t help but be excited: The exhibit, which honors the return of the infamous Coiling Dragon statue to King Sculpture Court, sounds more like the anticipated sequel to a popular chain of movies than an art show. I perhaps built the exhibit up in my mind. I expected something grand — the kind of visually overwhelming stimuli a summer blockbuster might bring. In some sense, it was like a summer blockbuster, but in all the wrong ways. As I approached the AMAM, I prepared myself to be totally blown away by the might of, well, dragons. After all, dragons are one of the most aweinspiring creatures in mythology. How could one not...

Arts Festival Seeks to Revitalize Abandoned Spaces

Arts Festival Seeks to Revitalize Abandoned Spaces

September 4, 2015

Just up the road in Lorain, Ohio, a festival is heating up. On Sept. 26 from 4 to 10 p.m., the FireFish Festival will rock the lo­cal arts scene, bringing people together for an evening of food and drink, music and movement and, as the name might suggest, fire breathers. The venue? A stretch of empty storefronts and quiet alleys on Broadway Avenue in downtown Lorain. Some of Oberlin’s own artists will perform alongside featured acts Grupo Fuego, The Great Lakes Light Opera, Sheela Das and the...

Jaar Discusses Major Projects, Artistic Ethos

May 1, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Alfredo Jaar is a Chilean-born visual artist and architect based in New York. Both a Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow, Jaar is most renowned for his work that engages with socio-political issues, such as The Rwanda Project (1994-1998). He has exhibited his work globally, from the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. On April 23, Jaar came to Oberlin and gave a talk titled “It Is Difficult”, in which he discussed his major projects and artistic ethos. The Review spoke with Jaar via Skype after he returned to New York. Your art, for the most part, responds to issues of violence and oppression. Could you talk about how your dedication to this sort of activist artwork d...

Feature Photo: AMAM Thursday Lecture Series

Feature Photo: AMAM Thursday Lecture Series

April 3, 2015

Haitian-born artist Edouard Duval-Carrié addresses an audience at the Allen Memorial Art Museum for the museum’s First Thursday lecture series, which takes place on the first Thursday of each month. Duval-Carrié gave a talk focusing on his painting Justicia, which he created as a response to the 18th-century Haitian Revolution. The painting, now on display in the AMAM’s Latinx exhibit, is one of the artist’s better-known works. After studying at L’école Nationale Supérieure des Beau...

Mudd Library’s Special Collections and Letterpress Thrive Thanks to Vermue

Mudd Library’s Special Collections and Letterpress Thrive Thanks to Vermue

April 3, 2015

Ed Vermue and I failed to acknowledge one another as we impatiently brushed past in the hallway before whirling in a simultaneous double-take, recognition arriving just a second too late. I had caught him miderrand, and rather than pop back into his office (for reasons I discovered later), we settled into a pair of comfortably cushioned chairs in the hallway just outside of the Special Collections on the fourth floor of Mudd library.   Between a row of blue lockers and the wall of windows...

Newman Takes Over Art Installation Show This Spring

March 13, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Features, Visual Art

Few who are familiar with Oberlin would doubt its commitment to the arts. Not only does it boast the Conservatory, which hosts more musicians and more talent than some cities, let alone schools, but also many students in the College who play instruments, act, sing, dance, paint and create art with any combination of those media. And yet, in spite of all these willing performers and the constant presence of art and music on campus, Conservatory seniors Elise Moltz and Sam Phillips-Corwin saw a gap in the community. Moltz and Phillips-Corwin are co-founders of Zoo, an art installation project that takes place twice a year within the space of a student’s house. “I was in the Conservatory, and I realized what I w...

Art History Department to Add African Art Professor

Jake Frankenfield

February 27, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Susan Kane — one of the Art History department’s six art historians and one of the biggest assets of Oberlin’s Art department — has announced she will retire at the end of this semester. The Art History department will use Kane’s retirement as a chance to reflect on the current structure of the department and to determine how it will be shaped in the coming years.   Former department co-chair and current Professor of Art Bonnie Cheng, the only non-Western art historian at Oberlin, went to great pains to stress that this transition has been a long time coming. According to Cheng, Kane’s retirement will mean that the department now has the funding to hire a new professor. Art History Department Chair Erik...

Art Installation Highlights Important Cultural Themes

Art Installation Highlights Important Cultural Themes

February 27, 2015

On Friday, Feb. 20, the Allen Memorial Art Museum and Oberlin’s Department of Art celebrated their first collaboration with the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery when they opened a new immersive art gallery installation featuring art by Brazilian-born installation artist Eli Sudbrack, also known as assume vivid astro focus. The installation avaf@AMAM, which the Gallery will house through May 1, samples a medley of artistic media created by both Sudbrack and Paris-based artist Christophe Hamaide-...

Greenwood Curates AMAM’s New Japanese Print Exhibition

Nicholas Vigilante

February 6, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Ainsworth collection of Japanese prints on display at the Allen Memorial Art Museum aims to challenge preconceived notions of Asian art. With the debut of his exhibition, recently appointed Joan L. Danforth Assistant Curator of Asian Art Kevin Greenwood encourages museumgoers to observe the similarities between Western and Eastern art. Greenwood’s appointment has been a major turning point for the AMAM, as the museum had been in need of a curator of Asian art since 2003. “I’m just really excited to be here,” Greenwood said. “I’m looking forward to a long career here.” According to AMAM Curator of Collections Andria Derstine, the new position was made possible through a grant from the National Endowment...

TED Fellow Questions Sound Perception at AMAM

TED Fellow Questions Sound Perception at AMAM

February 6, 2015

Multimedia artist Christine Sun Kim often shies away from communicating with the media. Signing to her interpreter, Denise Kahler, Kim explained the reasoning behind this. According to Kim, journalists often box her in as simply a “deaf artist.” Rather than being seen solely in this way, Kim should be seen as a deaf artist who has come to work with sound in a unique, unconventional manner. Hours before her performance and talk in the Allen Memorial Art Museum on Monday night, Kim explained ho...

Kid Business Struggles to Keep Up with ExCo Cast

Kid Business Struggles to Keep Up with ExCo Cast

December 12, 2014

Last Saturday night at the Cat in the Cream, members of the short-form improvisational comedy troupe Kid Business struggled to achieve the same level of humor as the up-and-coming talent of the 2014 improv ExCo class. Shortform improv requires audience input to guide the direction of each short improv game. Audience members seemed to revel in their ability to influence the direction of each improv game; each time the audience was given the green light, loud cries for different character roles or...

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