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The Oberlin Review

On the Record with Organizers of ‘Safe+Sound’ Sexualized Violence Exhibition

On the Record with Organizers of ‘Safe+Sound’ Sexualized Violence Exhibition

May 2, 2014

Last Thursday, multimedia exhibition Safe+Sound went on display in the Tappan Square bandstand to raise awareness of sexualized violence in the Oberlin community. The day before the exhibition, the Review spoke with the event’s organizers, College sophomore Tinni Bhattacharyya and College junior Sophie Hess about the process of putting the exhibition together and how they hope to accomplish their goal. What is the origin of Safe+Sound? Tinni Bhattacharyya: The project started because both of u...

‘Runway Through Africa’ Models High Fashion in Sold-Out Shows

‘Runway Through Africa’ Models High Fashion in Sold-Out Shows

April 11, 2014

Who says that fashion is always vain? Models sporting College sophomore Sophie Umazi Mvurya’s fashion collection, titled “Umazi,” strutted down the catwalk last Friday and Saturday at Runway Through Africa; between the two sold-out shows, the event raised $757 for the Yakubu Saaka Scholarship Fund, which aims to fully cover the Oberlin College tuition of an African student. The show, sponsored by the African Student Association, Abusua and Students of Caribbean Ancestry, also succeeded artist...

Mini Books Exhibit Highlights Power of Paper Art

Mini Books Exhibit Highlights Power of Paper Art

April 4, 2014

A visitor to the Clarence Ward Art Library will be intrigued by colorful signs and a table of free prizes like miniature magnifying glasses and fortuneteller fish, but, if one visits before May 31, attention might instead alight on an exciting, albeit tiny, new exhibit on display. The exhibit, titled <3” (three inches or less) handcrafted miniature books, features four display cases full of skillfully crafted miniature books, each less than three inches long. Each book is a true work of ar...

Tour Draws Visitors to Intersection of Literary, Visual Arts

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer

March 7, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

It’s often said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the written word’s impact on visual art is rarely considered, much less the idea of bookmaking itself as a form of visual art. Though last Friday afternoon was brisk, a fair number of students, faculty and community members braved the cold to satisfy their curiosity on this subject at the Books in Art event at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Liliana Milkova, the Allen’s curator of academic prgrams, organized the event with College sophomore Jesse Gamoran. Gamoran is the student coordinator of the Oberlin College Student Friends of the Library, the on-campus organization that also sponsored the event. SFOL aims to engage students with all of the libraries...

New Curator’s Exhibit Explores Artists’ Imagination

New Curator’s Exhibit Explores Artists’ Imagination

February 14, 2014

Anyone who’s taken a drawing class has likely heard the instruction, “Draw what you see.” But how does one draw what one can’t see? As an exploration of this topic, the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s Curator of European and American Art Andaleeb Banta has put together a collection of prints that depict various elements of the fantastic titled Between Fact and Fantasy.   Banta joined the Allen this past July, after working at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where ...

Alternative Poster Sale Promotes Student-Made Art

Emma Baxter

December 13, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

South Dome Studios played host to a new kind of arts event last weekend, as 10 student artists displayed their work in Oberlin’s first alternative poster sale. “Selling art wasn’t the activity that I thought I would be getting myself into,” said College senior and co-organizer of the poster sale Tom Kearney. “There’s just certain parts of fine art that bother me, and one of those is that it’s very expensive.” The relationship between money and art is interesting to Kearney, who came up with the idea for the alternative poster sale after going to the College’s annual poster sale held in Wilder Bowl. “I was inspired in a certain way,” he said, recalling the event. “I went last year and...

Playboy Hoaxers Preach Sexual Consent, Support

Julian Ring, Arts Editor

December 13, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

In mid-September, what was ostensibly Playboy’s annual list of the top party schools surfaced online — only this time, their message was a bit different. Instead of ranking colleges based on their propensity for binge drinking and general licentiousness, Playboy’s list gave top honors to those schools that worked to promote awareness of sexualized violence and consent on campus. Assumed to be authentic, the list garnered significant attention online, as articles published by sites like the Huffington Post, Upworthy and BroBible all praised the typically illicit publication for taking a moral stance on the issue. So when it was revealed that, in fact, a team of activists from Baltimore had published the list u...

Senior Studio Half-Time Show Amps Anticipation for Spring Exhibitions

Senior Studio Half-Time Show Amps Anticipation for Spring Exhibitions

December 13, 2013

A cult leader cleansing the energy of Fisher Gallery with sage, an ominous cutout representation of gender neutrality and a striking series of nude self-portraits were among the spectacles to behold at this year’s Senior Studio Half-Time Show. On an evening when campus was teeming with student art events, the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s courtyard buzzed with excitement surrounding the nearby exhibition. The show was part of the Senior Studio capstone seminar, a newly required program for all...

Fischer Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collision

Fischer Gallery Hosts Mixed Media Collision

November 22, 2013

Last Saturday, SoundFarm, the concert series for improvised music, and Exhibition Initiative, the student-run visual art curatorial group, collaborated to create Counterpoints, a musical and visual improvisational show. The event, which took place in the Fischer Gallery, consisted of four acts. The first three acts were performed by two musicians and one visual artist, while the last act fea-tured one musician and one visual artist. The room was organized such that each act had a preset station,...

Oberlin Alumna Academizes Comics as Contemporary Literature

Grace Pullin

November 15, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Visual Art

Professor Hillary Chute of the University of Chicago gave an illuminating presentation last Thursday on a topic that was perhaps untraditional for the English Department. As part of the Oberlin Lectures in English & American Literature series, Chute discussed her personal and professional history with graphic narratives, the term she prefers to the common misnomer “graphic novel.” Aside from Chute’s anecdotes and interesting insights into the world of comics, the lecture directly addressed her field’s at times uneasy and often questioned position within the discipline of English, as well its general place within the formal academic sphere.   Throughout the lecture, Chute contextualized her study of t...

Four New Exhibits Trace Realism at the Allen

Odette Chalandon

September 20, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

19th-century French artist Honoré Daumier once said, “One must be of one’s own time.”  Indeed, the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s newest exhibits honor the words of the Realist movement’s founding father. Their four new exhibits were conceived when Associate Professor of French Libby Murphy approached the museum about curating an exhibit of 19th century French lithographs in conjunction with her class, “La Comédie Humaine,” which explores the social movements that gave birth to Realism. As an institution that’s part of an academic setting, the museum derives its exhibits from actual curricula. Murphy’s project served as the impetus for the creation of four new exhibits: Regarding Realism, Modern and Contempo...

Object Talk Explores Complexity of Robert Venturi’s Postmodern ‘Ironic Column’

Katherine Dye

September 20, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Sunday’s Object Talk at the Allen Memorial Art Museum was given by College junior Mallory Cohen about the “Ironic Column,” an ornamental element of the Allen Memorial Art Museum addition designed by renowned postmodern architect Robert Venturi. The column, located in King Sculpture Court just beyond the main courtyard, is a tall wooden structure which encases one of the supports of the modern addition to the museum, with circular flourishes toward the top that resemble the capital of an Ionic column. The column is a postmodern commentary on both classical and modernist architecture. The column’s qualities, such as its comically large and distinctly phallic capital, and the fact that it is made out of wood...

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