The Oberlin Review

Acoustics Meet Art in the Allen

Jake Frankenfield

December 4, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Music, Visual Art

Wandering among fine art and listening to Oberlin’s classical guitarists, visitors at the Allen Memorial Art Museum enjoyed a space where visual and sonic art converged Thursday evening. The museum was transformed from gallery to concert hall as two of its more expansive spaces — dedicated to mid 20th-century American Art and European Art from before 1825 — had rows of seats placed in the middle of them. The guitarists were seated in between two sculptures in either room; they were clearly the focal point of the event. The guitarists — double-degree junior Rebecca Klein, Conservatory first-year Collin Sterne, Conservatory senior Stephen Fazio, double-degree sophomore Mohit Dubey, Conservatory sophomore Brian...

Grashoff ’s New Book Uncovers Microscopic Life

Grashoff ’s New Book Uncovers Microscopic Life

October 30, 2015

Photographer Linda Grashoff ’s new book They Breathe Iron brings together two dichotomies: nature versus technology and science versus art. 27 of the photos in They Breathe Iron are on view at Ginko Gallery & Studio through Nov. 15. Sometimes resembling oil spills, the photos demonstrate how advanced technology can measure and record subtleties of our environment, despite the numerous environmental disasters technology itself has created. However, Grashoff ’s photos actually depict beautiful ...

Paabus’ Prints, Sculptures Form Layered Landscapes

Paabus’ Prints, Sculptures Form Layered Landscapes

October 30, 2015

The Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery, located in the Ward Alumni Center, is bursting at the seams with Oberlin Professors Kristina Paabus’ and Jacob Ciocci’s vastly different yet equally compelling bodies of work. In their current exhibit, Fear Chaser, which opened Oct. 9 and will remain on display until Dec. 4, exhibit-goers are immediately thrust into Paabus’ wide array of screen prints and sculptures. Within each work, Paabus seeks to create “hybrid spatial conversations [that] explore ...

Feature Photo: Nature Revealed

Feature Photo: Nature Revealed

October 2, 2015

Through Nov. 8, the gallery at Firelands Association for the Visual Arts will display papercut art by regional artist Julie Friedman. Founded in 1979, the nonprofit organization located in the heart of Oberlin strives to enhance accessibility to the visual arts by holding various art exhibitions and community programming. Friedman, a graduate of Kent State University, studied under book artist Walter Hamady while pursuing a Master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin and now focuses...

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...

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