The Oberlin Review

FAVA Unveils Nature-Themed Exhibition

Kirsten Heuring

September 8, 2017

The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts is an integral part of the arts community at Oberlin, offering art classes for both children and adults as well as organizing curated invitational shows, photography shows, and off-site exhibits of area artists among many other events. This fall, FAVA is showcasing two Ohio artists, Martha Gallagher Michael and Lisa Schonberg, until Oct. 31. Both artists have been placed side-by-side in the exhibition for their shared representation of nature in their illustrations. While nature is a common motif between the two artists, the two creators bring their subject to life in distinct and unique ways. Martha Gallagher Michael is a professor of special education and art education at ...

AMAM Celebrates Centennial Season

AMAM Celebrates Centennial Season

September 1, 2017

Since 1917, generations of students and scores of community members have walked through the doors of the Allen Memorial Art Museum for class, special programming, or simply for the pleasure of enjoying the extraordinary collection. Today, the museum is well known for its collection of early works by many famous artists, including Picasso, Monet, Cézzane, and Mondrian. The museum is also known for the Art Rental Program and the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. This academic...

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...

Outdoor Art

Outdoor Art

March 13, 2015

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 [email protected], 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

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...

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...

Derstine, Birkhofer Hope to Engage New Audience for AMAM

Derstine, Birkhofer Hope to Engage New Audience for AMAM

September 12, 2014

The Allen Memorial Art Museum kicked off the commencement of the academic year with an evening reception Thursday, Sept. 4, paying tribute to its featured exhibition, Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen. Hosted by John G. W. Cowles Director Andria Derstine, the event achieved a jovial ambience; chattering visitors milled about a colorfully decorated central courtyard, partaking of a vibrant selection of wine and Latin American foods, while a five-man band of Conservatory jazz majors lent a s...

Tour Draws Visitors to Intersection of Literary, Visual Arts

Michelle Polyak, Staff Writer

March 7, 2014

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...

Banchoff on Dali, the Fourth Dimension

Alex Howard, News Editor

February 24, 2012

In his lecture “The 4th Dimension and Salvador Dalí” on Monday night, Thomas Banchoff, professor of mathematics at Brown University, shared his experiences exploring the fourth dimension through the hypercube and how this led him to become great friends with artist Salvador Dalí. “The fourth dimension is my favorite mathematical, geometric subject. Salvador Dalí is the most unusual person I’ve ever met,” said Banchoff to open his lecture. Banchoff has been a professor at Brown for 25 years, and he specializes in differential geometry and topology of the third and fourth dimensions. Banchoff has taught a course every few years since he started teaching at Brown called “Exploring the Fourth Dimension.” Banchoff...

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