The Oberlin Review

The new maximum occupancy of the AMAM’s Stern Gallery is only seven people due to pandemic safety concerns.

COVID-19 Brings Challenges, Opportunities for AMAM

September 4, 2020

This year, the Allen Memorial Art Museum has restricted access to Oberlin College ID-holders. However, some of the changes brought on by COVID-19 have given the AMAM’s staff the time to work on virtual initiatives and programs which increase museum accessibility beyond the College. Since students were sent home in March, AMAM curators and leadership pivoted to online outreach and worked to innovate the museum’s role in a socially-distant world.  This past June, the AMAM created a Spot...

Community Pop-Up Museum Comes to Oberlin

Leo Lasdun, Senior Staff Writer

February 15, 2019

The Oberlin Heritage Center will host a “pop-up museum” at the First Church in Oberlin, United Church of Christ on March 10 with the theme of “Older Than I Am.” The exhibit transforms community members into curators by sourcing items from their own personal histories. Anyone interested is encouraged to display their artifacts. Mary Anne Cunningham, assistant to the director of the Oberlin Heritage Center, explained that the pop-up museum will complement the OHC’s mission of connecting community members with history. “We’re always looking for new ways to connect people with history,” Cunningham said. “We thought this would be a really fun way to engage people with one another and allow them to...

New Technologies Foster Improved Sensory Experience at Museums

Katie Lucey, Staff Writer

September 8, 2017

For thousands of years, museums have existed as the sole repositories of certain kinds of knowledge and culture. However, in this era of technological innovation and change, the sum of nearly all human knowledge, history, and widespread information can be accessed on the internet. Despite the leaps made by the likes of Google Images, technological innovations do not have to consign museums to obsolescence. New technology that makes art more widespread can raise fears that no one will want to go to physical museums anymore. But a great deal of the technology that raises these fears — such as technology that allows for the reliable, inexpensive replication of artworks — can also be integrated into museum exhibiti...

The Oberlin Gasholder Building, constructed in 1889 to store coal gas, will house the new Underground Railroad museum. The planning group is still finalizing
a construction timeline amid budget constraints.

City to Transform Gasholder into Museum

September 25, 2015

Oberlin has found a new use for an old building: a museum commemorating the city’s role in the Underground Railroad, housed in the Gasholder Building on South Main Street behind McDonald’s. City Council held a special meeting on Monday to continue planning for the new museum. The museum will contain artifacts, a library with books about the Underground Railroad and Black history, a lawn where company picnics and reenactments can be held, a small exhibit wall, a gift shop and an exhibit that...

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...

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer speaks about a selection from Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen, the exhibit featured as part of the museum’s opening reception on Sept. 4. Samba music, decorations, food and wine helped create a festive ambiance.

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...

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