Women Bound and Unbound

Ripin Gallery
February 5–July 14, 2019

A team of five Oberlin College faculty members—Taylor Allen (biology), Cindy Chapman (religion), Ana María Díaz Burgos (Hispanic studies), Stiliana Milkova (comparative literature), and Ellen Wurtzel (history)—has curated an exhibition to support their teaching and research during the 2018–19 academic year.

The first exhibition of its kind at the AMAM, Women Bound and Unbound presents an interdisciplinary look at artistic representations of women. The faculty curators approached the subject through their five respective fields in order to interrogate the selection and depiction of women—some historical, some imagined—engaged in a variety of activities and within a range of spaces.

The works on view, all culled from the AMAM collection, span a period of more than 500 years and represent a variety of cultures and mediums. Collectively, they explore ideas of women as mothers, sinners, saints, witches, warriors, citizens, socialites, and sometimes simply as bodies.

Félicien Rops (Belgian, 1833–1898)
Le Pêcher Mortel [Original Sin], late 19th century
Soft-ground etching
Prints and Drawings Acquisition Fund, 2015.41