The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Melissa Harris and Christian Bolles, Editors-in-Chief

Sydney Allen and Nathan Carpenter

May 11, 2018

College seniors Melissa Harris and Christian Bolles are the outgoing Editors-in-Chief of The Oberlin Review. Harris has been involved with the Review since her first semester at Oberlin, when she started out her journalism career as a staff writer. Since then she has worked as a Review Production Editor and News Editor and has interned for publications such as The Chronicle Telegram and Homeland Security Today. Bolles got involved his sophomore year at Oberlin and served as an Arts & Culture Editor before his tenure as EIC. Bolles is most known for his movie reviews. They were interviewed by the incoming Editors-in-Chief, College junior Sydney Allen and College sophomore Nathan Carpenter. This interview has be...

New AMAM Exhibit Promises Time Well Spent

New AMAM Exhibit Promises Time Well Spent

September 2, 2016

While Oberlin students spent this week finding time in their schedules for classes, the Allen Memorial Art Museum was also tackling the idea of time. The museum has organized an exhibit called Time Well Spent, which opened in the Ripin Print Gallery in late July. The exhibit showcases pieces, mostly drawn from the Allen’s own collection, that represent aspects of time ranging from the cycles of the seasons and times of day to memory, mortality and the role of time in creating art. Andaleeb Banta, w...

Mysterious Artifact Discussed at Object Talk

Aviva Blonder, Staff Writer

September 26, 2014

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...

Four New Exhibits Trace Realism at the Allen

Odette Chalandon

September 20, 2013

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

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...

Corin Hewitt Illuminates Compression of Time in Work of de Chirico

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

April 19, 2013

Anyone who has taken a 20th-century Art History class at Oberlin will recognize Giorgio de Chirico’s 1915 painting “La Solitudine,” in which a classical reclining sculpture is pictured sitting in a piazza while a train races along the background horizon, reminding the viewer of time’s endless march forward. With incongruous shadows shooting off in every direction and a nausea-inducing tilted perspective, Corin Hewitt, OC ’93, deemed the work “psychologically trying” in his April 12 Artists on Artists talk, “Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Interiors.” Brought back to the Allen Memorial Art Museum by members of the student-run Exhibition Initiative, Hewitt — a true Oberlin grad at heart — began...

Upcoming AMAM Exhibits Promise Thematic Continuity

Audrey Saunders

February 8, 2013

This spring, lucky visitors to the Allen Memorial Art Museum will have access to four new exhibits furthering the theme of “Religion, Ritual, and Performance,” including religious books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, leaves of devotional Russian manuscripts, Yorùbá art and instruments, as well as modern illustrations of several well-known texts. Since late August the independent exhibits “Ritual, Religion, and Performance in the Renaissance” and “Religion, Ritual, and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art” have impressed visitors with their immense variety and recognizable evolution of ideas — all while remaining relevant to their common theme. New visitors to the AMAM, as well as those...

Sunday Object Talk: Tilmann Riemenschneider’s “Bust of St. Urban”

Stephanie Tallering, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

An appropriate follow-up to College junior Sarah Riecke’s discussion of Baldassare Peruzzi’s painting “The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine” on April 15, College senior Alison Eby delivered a short talk last Sunday on Tilmann Riemenschneider’s “Bust of St. Urban,” created circa 1500. When examined in tandem, these two fascinating works provide a cross section of artistic practice and religious thought in the early 16th century. “The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine” (1502–3) depicts Saint Catherine’s mystical vision of receiving a wedding band from the Christ Child, and has scenes from her life painted in the background. St. Catherine was said to be an early Christian martyr, though the ...

Oberlin Students Perform Steve Reich’s Grammy Winning Piece at AMAM

Julia Hubay, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Last Thursday, the Allen Memorial Art Museum hosted an evening of cross-genre minimalism as a part of its First Thursdays series. The event featured a performance of Steve Reich’s Grammy award-winning Different Trains and highlighted the AMAM’s impressive collection of minimalist sculpture. Sarah Hamill, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art, began the evening with an introduction to the piece of music to be performed. She explained that the innovation and minimalism of Different Trains caused a shift in contemporary musical composition when Reich wrote the piece 20 years ago. Hamill described Reich’s inspiration for the piece, which included the time he spent as a child traveling on trains between...

Sunday Object Talk: Lichtenstein’s Craig

Stephanie Tallering, Staff Writer

March 2, 2012

This past Sunday, College sophomore Miranda Cohen delivered a talk on Roy Lichtenstein’s 1964 painting Craig, currently on view in the Ellen Johnson Gallery. Lichtenstein’s painting sits adjacent to influential works by Pop art icons Claes Oldenburg and Andy Warhol. Along with the nearby Sol LeWitt works in the gallery, help to create a dynamic representation of art in the 1960s. In this setting, Cohen explained aspects of Lichtenstein’s complex process and skillfully positioned the work in its historical context. The image Lichtenstein depicts is drawn from a panel of a popular 1960s comic strip called Young Romance. Craig shows a close-cropped image of a young woman in profile with her yellow hair juxta...

AMAM Makes Space for Spring Showings

Georgia Horn, Arts Editor

February 10, 2012

With the spring semester comes the opening of a series of new installations at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. In the Ellen Johnson Gallery, new additions include Carl Andre’s 8 Blocks and 8 Stones and Robert Smithson’s Slant Piece. Upstairs, in the Ripin Print Gallery, two new shows are on display: Artists on Artists and Italy on Paper. Although seemingly unrelated, both of the shows engage in a dialogue about the nature of portraiture, offering examples of more traditional portraits of people, portraits of portraits, and even portraits of spaces. Artists on Artists, an exhibit curated by Denise Birkhofer, assistant curator of modern and contemporary art, begins in the south hallway and continues cl...

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