The Oberlin Review

Art Rental Program Has Students’ Best Interest At Heart

Andria Derstine, John G. W. Cowles Director Allen Memorial Art Museum

February 21, 2020

 The Art Rental program at the Allen Memorial Art Museum has, for the past 80 years, been an important aspect of the AMAM’s offerings and a cherished tradition. Hence, it was with great interest that I and other museum staff read the opinion piece “Art Rental Needs to Address Accessibility Concerns,” published in The Oberlin Review Feb. 14, while noting with dismay that many fewer students than normal took part in Art Rental on Feb. 15, leaving the museum with 86 unrented works out of 395. Last September, following advertising by the Art Students Committee, approximately 35 percent more students than average came to the event, with those at the end of the line going away empty-handed (“New Approach to Art Renta...

Hannah Wirta Kinney.

Hannah Wirta Kinney, AMAM Assistant Curator

December 13, 2019

Hannah Wirta Kinney is the assistant curator of academic programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. One of the new curators this semester, Kinney started her position at the AMAM in September. Prior to working at Oberlin, she taught college classes on Renaissance and Baroque art, and has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum. She talked with The Review about her time at Oberlin thus far, and her thoughts about art and identity.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  Why ...

Security Notebook

February 22, 2019

Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 8:51 p.m. Campus Safety officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a Village Housing Unit. Smoke from cooking caused the alarm. The area was cleared and the alarm was reset. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 7:43 p.m. Officers were requested to assist an ill student in East Hall. The student advised officers that they were feeling better and declined transport to the hospital. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 8:38 a.m. Officers were requested to assist a student who had missed a step and fallen in the second-floor hallway of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The student reported they were OK and left the area. 9:08 a.m. A student reported that their backpack was miss...

Dr. Shelley Perlove, author and Professor Emerita of the History of Art.

Shelley Perlove, Professor Emerita of Art History

March 9, 2018

Dr. Shelley Perlove is a Professor Emerita of the History of Art at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her work has focused on 17th-century Italian and Dutch art — particularly on its incorporation of religious and material culture. She has published a number of scholarly works, including Bernini and the Idealization of Death and Rembrandt’s Faith: Church and Temple in the Dutch Golden Age, which won the Brown-Weill Newberry Library Award and the 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize sponsored by the...

“Lines of Inquiry” Showcases Rembrandt’s Technique, Breadth of Etchings

Ellis Lane

February 9, 2018

A spectacular selection of Rembrandt’s work stars at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings. The new exhibition, which opened Tuesday, was curated in collaboration with Cornell University’s Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, which hosted it last semester. Along with displaying examples of Rembrandt’s innovative printmaking, the selection also explores Oberlin’s personal history with these works, current digital projects, and innovations that are facilitating access to the works. Immediately upon walking into the AMAM, visitors are greeted by a video that introduces various 17th-century processes for papermaking, etching, watermarking, and printing that Rembrandt used to cr...

On the Record with Andria Derstine, AMAM Director

September 8, 2017

Andria Derstine is the John G. W. Cowles Director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, which celebrates its centennial season this year. Derstine, a graduate of Harvard University and the New York University Institute of Fine Arts, is leading the museum into its next 100 years, beginning with centennial programming that highlights the contributions that individuals have made to the museum since its founding. Prior to her directorship, Derstine was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and Assistant Curator in the D...

The Allen Memorial Art Museum hosted the opening “First Thursday” event of the academic year yesterday. This month’s event offered an evening of Chinese classical music performed on the guzheng by Ohio Heritage Fellow Weichih Rosa Lee. The performance complements the exhibition of Chinese paintings currently on view at the museum. “We haven’t had classical Chinese music at the AMAM in a long time, so this is a special treat,” Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art Kevin Greenwood wrote in an email to the Review.

First Thursday

September 8, 2017

Andrea Gyorody was recently hired
as the Ellen Johnson ‘33 assistant
curator of modern and contemporary

On the Record with Curator Andrea Gyorody

April 21, 2017

Andrea Gyorody was recently hired as the new Ellen Johnson ’33 assistant curator of modern and contemporary art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. She graduated from Amherst College in 2007 and went on to receive a master’s degree in Art History from Williams College. Currently a Ph.D. candidate in art history at University of California, Los Angeles and a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, Gyorody spent two years in Germany studying post-wa...

Senior Studio Art majors Maggie Middleton, Isa Diaz-Barriga and Jasper Clarkberg present their joint exhibit in the
Allen Memorial Art Building this evening.

AMAM Prepares for Joint Senior Studio Exhibit

April 14, 2017

Senior Studio art exhibition The Stories We Tell Ourselves by College seniors Maggie Middleton, Isa Diaz-Barriga and Jasper Clarkberg, aimed at challenging assumptions about identity based on geography, race and class, opens this evening with a talk by the artists in the Allen Memorial Art Building. Each group member approached the idea of cultural geography from different angles, drawing directly and indirectly from personal experience and cultural identity. “I know that I definitely take the storie...

Since 2002, the College and Conservatory, faculty members and the Oberlin community have received more than $3 million in federal funds from
the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, as well as
funds from state affiliates, the Ohio Arts Council and Ohio Humanities Council.

Trump Administration Threatens Oberlin Arts Funding

March 10, 2017

Before President Trump took office in late January, multiple publications reported that his transition team had begun compiling a list of federal programs to eliminate in an effort to trim domestic spending. According to The New York Times, that list is expected to be finalized by the Office of Management and Budget next week as part of the President’s first federal budget proposal. According to ABC News, the forthcoming budget draws heavily on budget outlines produced by the Heritage Foundation,...

Edward Hummingbird, director of Institutional Research and Planning at
the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute, who delivers a talk Wednesday
in conjunction with AMAM exhibition Exploring Reciprocity: The Power of
Animals in Non-Western Art

On the Record with Edward Hummingbird

March 10, 2017

Edward Hummingbird, a Cherokee from Oklahoma, was in Oberlin from Tuesday to Thursday this week to give lectures and a demonstration on Native art. Hummingbird currently serves as the Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning at the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. In addition to his administrative role, Hummingbird is passionate about education, and often speaks about the diffusion of Native knowledge into the American mainstream. Sponsored by the Environme...

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