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FALL 2018

September 21: Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson '33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
October 19: Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art
November 16: Emma Laube, Curatorial Assistant, Office of Academic Programs
Please note: no December talk

Monday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, Hallock Auditorium

Visiting artist Alexandra Bell gives a lecture on her Counternarratives project and the large-scale works she is installing on the facades of two campus buildings—the Terrell Main Library and the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Since 2014, Bell has been utilizing walls in public locations to mount works that call attention to how issues around race and violence are reported, either subtly or explicitly, in the New York Times. The Brooklyn-based artist, who holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, urges viewers to think critically about the circulation and consumption of news and the politics of the narratives presented.

Counternarratives is presented by the Oberlin College Libraries and the Allen Memorial Art Museum in conjunction with the AMAM exhibition Radically Ordinary: Scenes from Black Life in America Since 1968 and a related symposium [link], both organized by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the latter together with Assistant Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey.

Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now
Friday, November 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
King Sculpture Court
Curatorial leaders in the fields of African, African American, and diasporic art gather for a daylong symposium. Through formal presentations, object talks by students, and a panel of alumni, the symposium creates a space to talk about what it means to curate black art today, and how the museum itself is challenged and changed through a focus on works by artists of color.

The keynote address, delivered by Naima J. Keith, deputy director of the California African American Museum, takes place on Thursday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. No preregistration is required.
The symposium is cosponsored by the Department of Art, with generous support from the Art History Baldwin Endowment.

Symposium Schedule:

10 a.m. Doors Open

10:15 a.m. Kuumba Week Welcome by Candice Raynor and Introduction by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

10:20 a.m.–12 p.m. Curatorial Practice Now
Presentations by Lauren Haynes ’04, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Joseph Underwood, assistant professor of art history, Kent State University; and independent curator Niama Safia Sandy. Discussion moderated by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

12–12:30 p.m. Breakout Session
Object talks throughout the collection led by current students and recent graduates.

2-4 p.m. Oberlin and the Future of Museums
Panel discussion with Abbe Schriber ’09, PhD candidate at Columbia University; Alexandra Nicome ’17, interpretation fellow at the Walker Art Center; and Kantara Souffrant ’08, visiting assistant professor of art history, Oberlin College. Moderated by Octavia Bürgel ’19.  

Spring 2018

Curator Talk on Rembrandt
April 13, noon-12:45

Join Andaleeb Badiee Banta for a curator-led tour of her exhibition "Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt's Etching." This exhibition, co-organized with Cornell University, displays sixty exquisite etchings by the Baroque artist with excellent impressions, varied states, and a range of the subjects and themes Rembrandt explored in the print medium. Meet in the King Sculpture Court.

AMAM in the AM

Third Friday of the Month, 10:15 a.m.
January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 18

Meet in the King Sculpture Court.

​Led by a museum curator, each of the informal talks in this new series offers a more focused examination of works of art on view in the galleries. ​Earlier talks explored Japanese Satsuma ware of the mid 19th to the early 20th century, the influence and spread of Chinese porcelain, the Romanesque bishops flanking the museum’s main entrance, and Japanese netsuke.

January 19: Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson '33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

February 16: Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art

March 16: Andaleeb Badiee Banta, Curator of European and American Art

April 20: Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art 

May 18:  Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art 

Frank Lloyd Wright House

Sunday April 8th, 4p.m.

Sunday, April 8 at 4 p.m. In continued celebration of the museum centennial and Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday (both in June 2017), Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Andrea Gyorody presents a special program at the Weltzheimer-Johnson house on Ellen Johnson’s personal art collection, which Johnson bequeathed to the Allen after her passing. Gyorody’s talk will focus on the dialogue between Johnson's collection— including works by Christo, Carl Andre, Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, and Roy Lichtenstein—and Wright’s architectural design, which Johnson herself referred to as a “work of art.” A reception will follow the program. Advance tickets for Gyorody’s talk available through the AMAM Education Department by contacting Jill Greenwood at  or 440-775-8671.

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Saturday March 3, 2018

Please join us Saturday, March 3 as we host our very first Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon with the Oberlin College libraries! We will be joining many other colleges and museums in gathering together to create and improve Wikipedia pages on cis and transgender women in the arts. If you've never edited a Wikipedia page, we'll teach you! The event will run from 12pm to 4pm, with instruction on a rolling basis. You can drop in for as long (or as little) as you want, and there will be snacks! Please bring your laptop and charging cord. For more info about the organization Art+Feminism, visit their website at


Fall 2017

Welzheimer/Johnson House

Sunday, October 1, 4 p.m.

We think of Frank Lloyd Wright as the quintessential American architect, but he had a deep relationship to the art and architecture of Japan. To mark the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth, Kevin Greenwood, the Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, gives an overview of Wright’s dialogue with Japan, especially in reference to Oberlin’s Usonian house. He also talks about Wright’s work as an art dealer, referencing a Japanese woodblock print in the AMAM collection—sold by Wright. A reception will follow this brief talk.
$5.00 Admission Fee/person


Centennial Symposium
Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
King Sculpture Court

A daylong event in which former AMAM directors, art professors, and alumni share their perspectives on the importance of academic museums. The keynote speaker is Stephan Jost, director of the Art Gallery of Ontario. This event is free and open to the public.

Spring 2017

Special Lecture
Wednesday, March 8

Artist and art historian Edward Hummingbird of Albuquerque’s Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute gives a lecture in conjunction with Exploring Reciprocity: The Power of Animals in Non-Western Art.

AMAM Centennial Events:

Saturday, May 20
Guest lecture by Ted Lentz (OC ’67), president of the Cass Gilbert Society, on the architect’s many projects at Oberlin College; and Museum Director Andria Derstine on the history of the King Sculpture Court ceiling.

Monday, June 12
Join us for a 100th birthday cake on the museum’s front lawn. The entire community is invited to this free event, and the AMAM will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on this, the exact date of our opening in 1917.

Fall 2016

Tuesday, October 25, 5 p.m

Beijing-based artist Michael Cherney is best known for landscape photography that evokes traditional Chinese ink painting. He also produces calligraphic works using Chinese script, including his 2009 work Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie. This work, on loan from the artist, was inspired by a poem by the musician Bob Dylan, and is on view in the exhibition Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America.

Spring 2016

In collaboration with the art department, three programs were held in conjunction with the exhibition A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing. All were sponsored by the Baldwin Fund of the Oberlin College art department; support for the April 11 and 20 programs also came from an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to the AMAM.

Tuesday, April 5, 5 p.m.
Sandra Cavallo, Professor of History, Royal Holloway, University of LondonAs air quality became a concern in 16th-century Italy, design strategies were employed to enhance the effects of “good air” on spiritual and physical health. Architects and doctors offered ways to prevent the corruption of air in the home, influencing domestic design and the material culture.

Monday, April 11, noon
Mindy Fullilove, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University

While the United States has ample space and natural resources, wastefulness has resulted in many neglected urban environments. This lecture, “Place Matters: Some Observations on Urbanism and Health,” explores the intersection of race, health, and social cohesion.

Wednesday, April 20, noon
Tessa Storey, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London

Exercise of both mind and body were considered essential for good health among elites in early modern Italy. Moreover, the design of one’s living space was regarded as vital to health. This talk, focusing on engravings by G.B. Falda, explores the interactions between idealized spaces and Roman health practices of the era.

Spring 2015

Lecture—‘To Be And/Or Realized:’ Edgardo Antonio Vigo’s Artistic Practice
Wednesday, April 1, 4:30 p.m.
Mudd Center (Room 050), 148 West College St.

Vanessa Davidson, Shawn and Joe Lampe Curator of Latin American Art, Phoenix Art Museum, will speak on the Argentine artist who helped to pioneer the mail art movement. Presented in conjunction with an exhibition of mail art at Oberlin College’s main library, An Exercise in Freedom: the Mail Art of Edgardo Antonio Vigo, which runs from March 30 through June 5.

CANCELED: Artist Talk—Art and Change: The Space in Between
Tuesday, April 21, 4:30 p.m.
Art Building, Classroom 1

Margarita Cabrera’s 2006 soft sculpture titled Platinum Blue Bicycle, which deals with themes of immigration and mobility, is on view at the AMAM. Cabrera’s talk is co-sponsored by programs in Hispanic studies, Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, PRESHCO, Latin American studies, and comparative American studies.

Fall 2014:
Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen: A Symposium

In conjunction with Ohio’s first major survey exhibition of Latin American and Latino art of the 20th and 21st centuries, the AMAM has invited scholars to share their knowledge about the art of the region in a free, public symposium on October 3-4. All symposium events are free and open to the public. Registration is required, however, for the Saturday study session.

Friday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building
“Passion for Objects: Collecting and Exhibiting Latin American Art in the U.S.”
Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Fine Arts, New York University

Saturday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.–noon
Allen Memorial Art Museum

Saturday, Oct. 4, 1:30–6 p.m.
Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center (Room n292), 119 Woodland St., Oberlin

Wednesday, November 5, 7 - 8:30pm
Hallock Auditorium, Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
122 Elm Street

Film screening: Keeping Time: The Life, Music & Photographs of Milt Hinton combines rare footage, photographs, and interviews with legendary musicians. The film follows the jazz musician’s journey—from the Jim Crow South to New York City— through his unforgettable photographs of 20th-century America.

Spring 2014
Thursday, April 17 at 5pm
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building

“Voice Amplified/Voice Interrupted: The Use of Punctuation Signs in Soviet Posters”

Art Historian Masha Kowell of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California, traces the syntactic, semantic, and graphic evolution of punctuation signs deployed in Soviet propaganda posters. She links their usage to shifts in Soviet censorship and artists’ resistance or complicity with it.

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Russian Department and the Clowes Lecture Fund, and the departments of History and Sociology.

Fall 2012

As part of our First Thursdays series of evening events, the following programs will be offered:

October 4 at 5:30 pmDr. Laurence Kanter (OC ’76), Chief Curator and Curator of Renaissance Art, Yale University Art Gallery, will present a lecture entitled “Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, and the ‘Birth’ of the Renaissance.” This talk is free and open to the public. Funds towards this program were generously provided by the Oberlin College Art Department's Clarence Ward Fund, and the Oberlin College Alumni Association.

November 1 at 5:30 pmAudrey Flack, painter, sculptor, and pioneer in Photorealism, will discuss her works in the AMAM collection.

December 6 at 5:30 pmOberlin College’s Renaissance Recorder Ensemble will perform period music related to the ongoing “Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance” exhibition, with a talk to follow. Kathryn Montoya, director and recorders, guest performer Michael Leopold, lute.

Fall 2010

"Side by Side: Oberlin's Masterworks at The Phillips Collection"
Lectures and Public Programs -
a complete list of events related to this special exhibition
can be found here.

Photography and Politics Lecture Series
This fall, Dr. Liliana Milkova, AMAM Curator of Academic Programs, will teach a module course, “Photography and Politics,” which explores the ways various ideological and political regimes have co-opted photography in their service due to the its seeming power of authentication and objective documentation. The course will place special emphasis on revolutionary, totalitarian and war contexts, and examine photographs in the AMAM’s collection with an eye towards recovering their contemporary political meanings. Four inter-disciplinary public lectures will accompany the class and offer students the opportunity to meet in person prominent practitioners and scholars in the field.

September 29: Trevor Paglen, Photography and the Creation of the World

Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines. His visual work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Andy Warhol Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Aperture, and Art Forum. He is the author of four books: Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (2006), I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (2007), Blank Spots on a Map (2009), and Invisible (forthcoming August 30, 2010). Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley. He currently resides in Oakland, California and New York City.

Lecture begins at 5pm, and takes place in Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.

October 5: Andy Grundberg, Culture Wars Revisited: Mapplethorpe, Photography, Pornography
and the Real

Andy Grundberg is a curator, teacher, arts consultant and former New York Times critic who has been involved with photography and art for more than twenty-five years. Among the major exhibitions he has organized are Photography and Art: Interactions Since 1946 (1987), Points of Entry: Tracing Cultures (1996), Ansel Adams: A Legacy (1997), and In Response to Place: Photographs from the Nature Conservancy’s Last Great Places (2001). His books include Alexey Brodovitch (1989), Mike and Doug Starn (1990), and The Crisis of the Real (1999), a collection of essays, which examine the notion that photography both reflects and helps shape the contemporary art world. Grundberg is currently the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and the Chair of Photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C.

Lecture begins at 5pm, and takes place in Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.

October 11: Mark Levitch, Filling the Void: The Culture of Photography in Great War France

Mark Levitch holds a Ph.D. in modern and contemporary art history from the University of Pennsylvania. Previously an intelligence analyst at the State Department, Levitch works as a researcher and writer at the Department of Photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. He is also the author of Pantheon De La Guerre: Reconfiguring a Panorama of the Great War (2006), the first historical and scholarly exploration of the Pantheon. Oberlin’s Professor of History Leonard Smith writes: “Levitch’s fine archaeology of the Pantheon provides a great service to historians of the memory of the Great War.” Levitch combines cultural history, art history and material culture studies to trace the changing reception of traditional art in the new age of mechanical media.

Lecture begins at 5pm, and takes place in Classroom 1 of the Allen Art Building.

October 14: David Odo, Reframed Meanings: Early Photography of Japan as Souvenir/Science

David Odo is the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery. He previously taught in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Odo received his D.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and has held numerous research fellowships, including appointments at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Freer/Sackler Galleries, Harvard University, and the University of Tokyo. He has edited, curated and published work on early Japanese and Asian photography. His most recent publications are Unknown Japan: Reconsidering Early Photographs, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008) and “Expeditionary Photographs of the Ogasawara Islands, 1875-76” (in History of Photography, 2009).

Lecture begins at 5pm, and takes place in Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Center for Environmental Studies.

Film Screening

Monday, October 18: 7:00-9:00pm
The Desert of Forbidden Art (2010), directed by Tchavdar Georgiev and Amanda Pope
West Auditorium (Science Center)

This screening is held as part of the Oberlin College mini-course: “Contraband Canvases: How modern Soviet art found a home in the desert.” This course is a collaborative effort of the Oberlin Center for Russian, East European and Central Asian Studies, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. It will focus on the life and achievements of Igor Savitsky (1915-1984), who rescued 44,000 works of unsanctioned Soviet art and founded a museum to house it far from the eyes of the Kremlin.

Lecture Series: Four Oberlin College faculty will deliver preparatory lectures the week before the screening. This series —“Contraband Canvases: How Modern Soviet Art Found a Home in the Desert”— will begin on October 12 with an overview of Central Asian history by Visiting Assistant Professor of History Marko Dumancic.  On October 13 Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature Tim  Scholl and Associate Professor of Russian Arlene Forman will present an introduction to Russian Modernist and Socialist Realist art, and on October 14 Associate Professor of Politics Stephen Crowley will explore the politics of the region today. The series will conclude on October 20 with a lecture by Russian and Soviet art specialist Pamela Kachurin of Duke University.

PLEASE NOTE: All lectures will take place in King 106, and run from 7pm until 9pm.

Download the "Forbidden Art" press release PDF here.

Spring/Summer 2010
Gallery Talks at The Met for the AMAM’s Masterworks Exhibition

In conjunction with the exhibition Side by Side: Oberlin’s Masterworks at the Met, the AMAM and The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Education department have teamed up to organize a series of gallery talks about the Oberlin works in the Met’s galleries.

March 25: Andria Derstine, AMAM Curator of Collections and Curator of European & American Art, will lead a walking tour and talk.

April 30: Nancy Thompson, Associate Museum Educator at the Met—and a 1978 graduate of Oberlin College—will lead a tour. Nancy minored in art history at Oberlin, where she was inspired by Professor Bill Hood, and worked at the AMAM during the summer of 1977. Nancy went on to receive a PhD in Classical Art and Archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU.

June 10: Penelope Fisher (OC 2008 - Art History and Philosophy) will lead a walking tour through the exhibition in the Met's galleries. Penelope was a volunteer student docent at the AMAM throughout her time at Oberlin. She also worked in the Education Department as the teaching assistant for the Practicum in Museum Education (or, docent training course) and was the department's summer intern in 2008, assisting with numerous public programs, as well as co-organizing the exhibition "The Painted Arrow People: Art of the Cheyenne."

July 13: James Zemaitis, Senior Vice President and Head of the 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design department at Sotheby's, will lead a gallery tour. He is an Oberlin alumnus of 1990, having received a B.A. in art history before pursuing graduate work at Rutgers University.

August 24: Professor William Hood, the Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art Emeritus at Oberlin College, will lead a gallery tour. Professor Hood, a specialist in Italian Renaissance art, taught extensively with the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum from 1974-2007 while he was on the College faculty. Since 2008 he has taught Italian Renaissance art at Columbia University in New York.

Fall 2009

Tuesday, September 22 @ 5:00pm, Classroom 1
Pamela H. Smith, Professor of History at Columbia University
“Butter and Gold, Lizards and Vermilion: Art and Science in Early Modern Europe”

Butter, gold, vermilion, and lizards were all materials employed by sixteenth-century European metalworkers.  What understanding of matter and the transformation of materials stood behind the use of these substances?  This lecture describes a “vernacular science” of matter and nature that informed metalworking practices, and considers the origin and transmission of these ideas and techniques.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Art Department's Baldwin Fund.

Thursday, Oct. 1 @ 5:00pm, Hallock Auditorium, A. J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Frederick Ilchman, Mrs. Russell W. Baker Assistant Curator of Paintings, and
Rhona MacBeth, Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo Conservator of Paintings
“Beneath the Surface of Tintoretto’s Nativity”

A curator and paintings conservator from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston describe the technical innovations that allowed Venetian Renaissance artists such as Titian, Tintoretto, and Veronese to create a startlingly new approach to painting.  They will share remarkable recent discoveries – made with the help of x-radiography, infrared reflectography, and other scientific methods – that allow us to look below the surface to reveal the complex genesis of Venetian painting.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Art Department's Baldwin Fund.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 @ 5:00pm, Classroom 1
Gregory D. Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Conservation Science, Buffalo State College
“What's Wrong with This Picture? The Technical Analysis of a Known Forgery”

This lecture will explore the role of the conservator and conservation scientist in authenticity studies that straddle the Arts-Science interface. Dr. Smith will take the audience through the technical analysis of the famous Robert Lawrence Trotter American folk art forgery case and describe the construction of a typical folk art painting while highlighting the “red flags” that might indicate a fake or forgery.

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Friday, Oct. 9 @ 4:00pm, Ripin Print Gallery
Andria Derstine, Curator of Collections and Curator of European & American Art, will lead a tour of "Out
of Line: Drawings from the Allen from the Twentieth Century and Beyond

Monday, Oct. 12 @ 5:00pm, Craig Lecture Hall, Science Center
Jay Pasachoff, Director of Hopkins Observatory and Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy,
Williams College
“Art and Astronomy”

Dr. Pasachoff, an internationally-recognized expert on total solar eclipses and co-author of Fire in the Sky: Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in British Art and Science, will lecture on the intersections between astronomy in art in conjunction with the “Starry Dome” exhibition.   

Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Friday, November 6 @ 4:00pm, Ripin Print Gallery
Franny Brock (OC '09) will lead a tour of "Out of Line: Drawings from the Allen from the Twentieth Century and Beyond."

Thursday, Dec. 3 @ 5:00pm, Classroom 1
Erik Inglis, Professor of Art, Oberlin College
“The Stars above Paris: Monuments to François Arago, the greatest astronomer in 19th-century France”

In conjunction with the “Starry Dome” exhibition, Professor Inglis will lecture on monuments to Francois Arago, a renowned astronomer in France in the 19th century and the subject of a major 1994 Parisian monument by the Dutch conceptual artist Jan Dibbets.

Fall 2008

October 16, 5:00pm
Classroom 1, Art Building
Dr. Joyce Szabo, Professor of Art History, University of New Mexico, will lecture on the Cheyenne warrior-artist Howling Wolf.

October 27, 7:00-9:00pm
Craig Auditorium, Science Center
Kate Bredeson, Lecturer of Theater and Performance Studies, University of Chicago, will present "From Odéon to Avignon: Theater and Performance of May '68."

October 28, 4:30-6:00pm
AMAM/Classroom 1
A viewing of the exhibition Aux Barricades! will be followed by a discussion led by Libby Murphy, Assistant Professor of French, and Andria Derstine, AMAM Curator of Western Art.

October 29, 7:00-10:00pm
Severance 108
A screening of Jean-Luc Godard's La Chinoise will be accompanied with commentary by Grace An, Assistant Professor of French and Cinema Studies.

October 30, 7:00-9:00pm
Craig Auditorium, Science Center
Kristin Ross, Professor of Comparative Literature, NYU, and author of May '68 and Its Afterlives, will speak on the events during May 1968.

Saturday, November 8 – 5:00pm
A jazz concert marking the 60th anniversary of the start of construction on Frank Lloyd Wright’s first Usonian style home in Ohio, this concert is also held as part of Oberlin College’s 175th Anniversary festivities. Tickets are $15/adult, and available in advance of the concert. Please contact the AMAM Education Department for more information.

November 13, 4:30pm
Classroom 1, Art Building
Dr. Anne Helmreich, Associate Professor of Art History and Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, will present "What is so British about British Art?"

November 13, 7:30pm
Classroom 2, Art Building
Professor Marcello Barbanera, Università di Roma, La Sapienza, will lecture on "The Metamorphosis of Ruins for Cultural Identity."

Spring 2008

Thursday, April 17, 4:30pm
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building
(Reception to follow - East Gallery)

Lecture by Dr. George Keyes (OC 1968), Chief Curator and Curator of European Art, Detroit
Institute of Arts, on the collecting of old master paintings by midwestern museums, and aspects of Northern Baroque art at the AMAM .
(Sponsored in part by the Oberlin Alumni Association)

Monday, April 21, 4:30pm
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building

Lecture by Dr. Carol Eaton Soltis, Consulting Curator, The Center for American Art,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, on "Painting Portraits in Philadelphia, 1790 - 1860".
(Sponsored in part by the Art Department Baldwin Fund)

Friday, May 2, 4:00pm
Ripin Print Gallery

To celebrate the gift of 153 photographs to the Allen Memorial Art Museum from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Dr. Andria Derstine, Curator of Western Art, will conduct a tour of the exhibition and discuss the importance of the gift to the AMAM collection.

Friday, May 9, 3:30pm
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building

Presentation by Ms. Lisa Wisniewski, Creative Manager - Antenna Audio/Discovery Media, Inc.
Ms. Wisniewski will be speaking about the growing field of museum interpretive technologies, and some of her work on projects around the country, including the reinstallation of the Detroit Institute of Arts collection which incorporates a large number of interpretive technologies to help engage the casual visitor.
(Sponsored by a grant from the Ohio Arts Council)


Friday, May 23, 2:00pm
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building

Stephanie Wiles, John G. W. Cowles Director, will talk about exciting developments for the Allen as we approach our centennial anniversary.

Saturday, May 24, 2:00pm
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building

Andria Derstine, AMAM Curator of Western Art, will lecture on the AMAM's new François Boucher painting, Allegory of the Education of Louis XV.


Tuesday, September 18, 7:00 pm
Ellen Johnson Gallery

Contemporary artist Diana Cooper responds to works on display in the exhibition, "Repeat Performances: Seriality and Systems Art Since 1960," and discusses ways in which Minimalism has effected her own art and working processes.

Thursday, October 18, 5:00 pm
Weltzheimer-Johnson House

Bruce Richards, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, will discuss Oberlin College's Frank Lloyd Wright House in his lecture, "Weltzheimer-Johnson House: Good for Performance?"

Friday and Saturday, November 9 & 10
West Auditorium, OC Science Center

"Global Compass" - Five International Curators and Critics Give Their Perspectives on Art Now
Click Here for more information

Thursday, November 15, 5:00 pm
Allen Art Building, Classroom 1

"The Connoisseurship of Drawings"
In conjunction with the exhibition On Line: European Drawings, 16th - 19th Centuries, Dr. Diane
De Grazia, a noted specialist on European Art, will lecture on the connoisseurship of drawings, with particular focus on the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Friday, November 16, 4:00 pm
King Sculpture Court

"A Celebration in Honor of William Hood"
Please join the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the Art Department of Oberlin College in celebrating
the career of William Hood, Mildred C. Jay Professor of Art.

Saturday, December 1, 2:00 pm
King Sculpture Court

"A Celebration of Baroque Music for the Bassoon"
Bassoon professor George Sakakeeny of the Oberlin College Conservatory will be joined by Catharina
Caldwell, Webb Wiggins, Michael Lynn, and Kathie Lynn Stewart in a concert of French, Italian, and
German music of the 17th and 18th centuries, for bassoon, cello, harpsichord, and baroque flutes. Works
by composers Corrette, Bertoli, Boismortier and Telemann will be featured.

Friday, March 16, at 4:30 pm
Ellen Johnson Gallery

Heather Galloway, conservator, Intermuseum Conservation Association, will discuss the recent conservation of the AMAM’s early Sol LeWitt work 49 Three-Part Variations on Three Different Kinds of Cubes.

Friday, February 16, 4:30 pm
John N. Stern Gallery

Photographer Philip Trager discusses his work in the exhibition Philip Trager: A Retrospective in the AMAM’s Stern Gallery, with a reception following.

Charles Beebe Martin Classical Lectures
Craig Lecture Hall, Oberlin College Science Center

Monday, March 5, 7:30 pm:   “Painted pottery and its history”

Tuesday, March 6, 7:30 pm:   “The politics of war”

Thursday, March 8, 7:30 pm: “Athletes and the politics of desire”

Friday, March 9, 4:30 pm:      “Pots and politics”

Robin Osborne, Professor of Ancient History, University of Cambridge, is the speaker for the Charles Beebe Martin Classical Lectures, sponsored by the Oberlin Department of Classics. The AMAM has recently reinstalled a selection of Greek, Cypriot, Etruscan and Roman art in conjunction with the lecture series. Professor Osborne’s theme is “The Politics of Pictorial Representation in Early Athenian Democracy.”

Friday, March 9, 5:00 pm
Ellen Johnson Gallery

Opening reception for the exhibition Sol LeWitt at the AMAM

Saturday, March 10, 10:00–12:30 pm
Sculpture Court

30th Anniversary Celebration of the Venturi Wing

Architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown join former AMAM director and art department chair Richard Spear in recollections of the 1977 addition to the AMAM building and the Art Building. Frederick Fisher (OC 1971) of Frederick Fisher and Partners Architects in Los Angeles will briefly talk about the impact the building had on the development of his career.

This conference has been organized with support from the Clarence Ward Lectureship in Architecture


New Frontiers: American Art Since 1945
Saturday, October 28
King Sculpture Court, 2:00 pm

An Oberlin student ensemble will play works from 1950 to the present in conjunction with the exhibition New Frontiers

"An Insider Look at the American Painting Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art"
Thursday, November 2
Classroom 1, 4:30 pm

Mark Cole, Associate Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the CMA, will discuss highlights from their American Paintings collection and outline the history of collecting at the CMA, relating it to the development of the discipline of American art history as a whole.

“Adolph Gottlieb”
Thursday, November 9
Classroom 1, 4:30 pm

Sanford Hirsch, Executive Director of the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, will speak on Gottlieb’s work in conjunction with the opening reception of Adolph Gottlieb: Early Prints from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation.

Love and Soul
Friday, March 17, 4:00 pm
Willard-Newell Gallery

Join Professor Nicholas Jones to examine John Keats' poem "Ode to Psyche" and Jacques-Louis David's great painting Cupid and Psyche in the context of post-Napoleonic Europe.

Performing Images, Embodying Race
Ellen Johnson Gallery
Friday, February 24, 4:00 pm

Robert Lancefield, curator of Performing Images, Embodying Race, will discuss the exhibition.

Support for this lecture has been provided by Oberlin College's grant from the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative.

April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building
Friday, March 3, 4:30 pm

Lecture by April Gornik on the current exhibition April Gornik: Paintings and Drawings

"American Luminism"
King Building, 106, 10 North Professor Street
Thursday, April 13, 4:30 pm

William H. Gerdts, Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Graduate School of the City University of New York, will present the Fifteenth Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture.

"Negotiating 'Looking Relations' in San Francisco's Chinese Opera Theaters"
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building
Tuesday, April 25, 4:30 pm

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, Associate Professor of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Support for this lecture has been provided by Oberlin College's grant from the Freeman Foundation Undergraduate Asian Studies Initiative.

"The Weltzheimer/Johnson House in Context: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian Houses"
Classroom 1, Allen Art Building
Friday, April 28, 4:30 pm

Ann Gilkerson, Visiting Assistant Professor of Modern European Architecture


Japanese Woodblock Priniting
October 8, 2:00 pm
Fisher Hall
Artist and master woodblock printmaker Keiji Shinohara will give a free lecture and demonstration on traditional and contemporary hanga (Japanese woodblock printing). Currently a Visiting Artist at Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connectiuct, he studied traditional ukiyo-e techniques at Uesugi Studio in Kyoto, Japan for 10 years. Shinohara creates stunning prints of his own and has also worked closely with such artists as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Chuck Close.

Trace Elements
Thursday, November 3, 5:00 pm
Classroom 1, Art Building
Jennie Hirsh, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Princeton University, will discuss the faculty exhibition on view in the Stern and Johnson Galleries.

Marble Wilderness: Greek Landscapes in Myth and Art
May 5, 5:00 pm
Classroom 1
Claire Lyons, Collections Curator, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, "Marble Wilderness: Greek Landscapes in Myth and Art"

Sponsored by the Department of Art's Baldwin lecture fund

Jim Dine, Then and Now
May 27, 3:00 pm
Classroom 1
Stephanie Wiles, Director of the AMAM, will discuss works in the current Jim Dine drawings exhibition and the artist's first one-man museum show, which was held at the Allen in 1965.

What is Technical Art History?
May 28, 2:30 pm
Classroom 1
Maryan W. Ainsworth (OC '71), Curator of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss her interdisciplinary approach to the study of paintings.

Finding Ruins
May 29, 2:30 pm
Classroom 1
Stephen D. Borys, Curator of Western Art, will speak about the Splendor of Ruins exhibition currently on view at the museum.

Books from the Grand Tour: Architecture, Archaeology and the Dilettante
March 11, 4:30 pm
Clarence Ward Art Library
Joshua Castano (OC '06) will speak at the Clarence Ward Birthday Celebration on his exhibition project Books from the Grand Tour: Architecture, Archaeology and the Dilettante. This show will be on view in the Clarence Ward Art Library from March 11–June 1, 2005

The Ghosts of Old Rome: Classical Ruins and the Grand Tour
April 14, 5:00 pm
Classroom 1
Edgar Peters Bowron, Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, "The Ghosts of Old Rome: Classical Ruins and the Grand Tour"

Sponsored by the Department of Art's Baldwin lecture fund

Claude and Architecture: Sources, Contexts, Meanings
April 21, 5:00 pm
Classroom 1
T. Barton Thurber, Curator of European Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, "Claude and Architecture: Sources, Contexts, Meanings"

Co-sponsored by the AMAM and Department of Art's Chloe H. Young Lectureship fund

Jim Dine: Reading Between the Lines
April 26, 5:00 pm
Classroom 1
Judith Brodie, Curator of Modern Prints and Drawings,
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Jim Dine: Reading Between the Lines"


Christian Holstad

April 8, 2004, 4:30 pm
Classroom 1, Ward Art Building
Christian Holstad, whose work has been selected for this year's Whitney Biennial in New York, is the creator of When the Color Runs Out , which is featured in the current AMAM exhibition Making the Body in Contemporary Sculpture .

Rona Pondick
May 12, 7:00 pm
Classroom 1, Ward Art Building
Groundbreaking artist Rona Pondick's work (her Baby Blue is featured in the current AMAM exhibition Making the Body in Contemporary Sculpture ) is the subject of   Rona Pondick: Recent Work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, from May 14≠August 8, 2004.

Dennis Doordan
Clarence Ward Lecture in Architectural History

March 14, 2004, 4:30pm
Classroom 1, Ward Art Building

The Curious Case of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Cold War, presented by Dennis Doordan, Professor of Architecture and Desighn History, University of Notre Dame. Dr. Doordan's talk concerns the 1951 Italian exhibition, Sixty Years of Living Architecture, and early example of American cultural diplomacy during the Cold War. Wright's concept of Usonia figured porminently in European and American responses the exhibition, and and the shows centerpiece was the famous large modle of Broadcre City.


Katherine Solender
Prince of Orange Lecture

Friday, November 7, 2003, 2:30pm
Stern Gallery
Acting Director Katherine Solender will give a 2:30 gallery talk on J.M.W. Turner's historic painting Prince of Orange, William III, Embarked for Holland, and landed at Torbay, November 4, 1688, after a Stormy Passage. Prince of Orange is on loan from the Tate Britain and can be seen in Stern gallery from mid-October, 2003 through Spring, 2004.


Dr. Jeffrey Hamburger

Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture
Monday, October 14, 2002, 4:30 p.m.
Fisher Hall

Dr. Jeffrey Hamburger, Professor of Art History, Harvard University, will give a talk in Fisher Hall entitled St John the Divine: Imitating the Image of God.

Janice Lessman-Moss
Saturday, April 27, 2002 - 2:00 p.m.
Art Building, Classroom 1
Professor Janice Lessman-Moss, Head of the Textile Arts program at Kent State University, will give a weaving demonstration and talk about the use of textiles as a creative art form.

Walter Denny
Classical Carpets from the Islamic World and the Nomadic Tradition
Sunday, March 17, 2002 - 2:00 p.m.
Art Building, Classroom 1
Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Environmental Center
Distinguished scholar Walter Denny (OC 1964) is Director of the Art History Program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His primary field of research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, in particular, the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks and Islamic carpets. In his lecture, Professor Denny will discuss the role of nomadic weaving traditions in forming and influencing the history of Islamic carpets from the 14th century onward.

Thomas Barfield
In the Land of Wool and Silk: The Historic Role of Nomads in Central Asian Culture, Trade, and Politics
Thursday, March 7, 2002 - at 7:00 p.m.
Art Building, Classroom 1
Professor Thomas Barfield, Chairman of the Anthropology Department at
Boston University, has conducted fieldwork among nomads in northern
Afghanistan; research on the cultural and economic impacts on the Kazaks in
China from the disbanding of the failed collective units established in the
1950s; and most recently, work on refugee repatriation and war
reconstruction for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.


Patrick Killoran
Performative Object
Friday, December 7, 2001 - 4:30 p.m.
Classroom 1, Art Building
This young New York-based artist, who has shown at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, the Sydney Biennial, and MOMA's P.S. 1 in Queens, and was a fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, is a conceptual and performance artist.

Fred Wilson
The Silent Message of the Museum
September 20, 2001 - 4:30 p.m.
Fisher Hall
Fred Wilson is a conceptual artist whose installations examine the relationship between museums and the societies they serve and represent. He is best known for his Mining the Museum installation at the Maryland Historical Society in 1994. He has been the subject of numerous art critical essays and reviews in journals such as Artforum, and news media such as The New York Times and Village Voice. Wilson has earned several prestigious grants and awards including one from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 1999.