The Oberlin Review

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...

BYWAY Highlights Cohesive Array of Faculty Art

BYWAY Highlights Cohesive Array of Faculty Art

October 10, 2014

“The Future is in the Lobby” is an appropriate title for the first piece of art to welcome visitors into the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery for the faculty exhibit BYWAY. Assistant Professor of integrated media Julia Christensen’s 3-D printed sculpture exemplifies the innovative talent of Oberlin’s own professors. The exhibition, which features Christensen’s work and that of other Art professors Don Harvey, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kristina Paabus, Donna Coleman, Sarah Schuster, Susan Um...

Next Wave of Editors Revitalizes OCC

Liam McLean, Staff Writer

October 3, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Literature & Poetry, Visual Art

The Oberlin Comics Collective, a graphic arts collaborative and small press on campus, is expanding operations through an unconventional device: the risograph. This bulky print duplicator, developed in post-war Japan and marketed as a cheap and efficient alternative to the mainstream photocopier, has found niche appeal among contemporary artists and designers. For them, as for members of the OCC, its inexpensiveness represents control over their creative output and a DIY philosophy central to the collective’s identity. “We self-publish,” said Ben Garbus, OCC member and College sophomore. “That just means producing something from scratch and distribut[ing] it, and that’s what I love about what we do...

Art Library Displays Selections from Vast Mail Art Collection

Art Library Displays Selections from Vast Mail Art Collection

October 3, 2014

At the center of the Clarence Ward Art Library, there is a small display case that houses 10 highly detailed postcards embellished with text and imagery — an eclectic sample of Oberlin’s vast collection of mail art. Each piece is extremely personalized, some scattered with stamps, some with script, some with ink and paint, and most containing a combination of the three. The mail art movement dates back to the late 1950s and was conceived out of Marcel Duchamp’s ideas of art as a challenge...

Mysterious Artifact Discussed at Object Talk

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer

September 26, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

A small crowd gathered around one of the many glass cases that line the walls of the Allen Memorial Art Museum this past Sunday for the Museum’s first “Object Talk” of the semester. On this particular afternoon, everyone’s attention was focused on “Lipit-Ishtar,” a small clay cone covered in cuneiform that dates back to 1939–1928 B.C.E. According to College senior Rachel Webberman, a student docent, the cone was donated to the museum by the Oberlin College Classics department in 1942. Because the piece was likely looted from one of several sites by the Tigris River in what is now Iraq, the exact origins of the object are unknown. An assyriologist at the University of Chicago matched it with seven other...

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