First Thursdays

Fall 2017 dates: September 7, November 2, and December 7.

The Allen offers programs on most First Thursdays of the month. There after hours events are free and open to the public. Porgrams begin at 5:30 p.m and galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m.

September 7, 5:30 p.m.
Sculpture Court

Oberlin Shansi and the museum present an evening of Chinese classical music to mark the opening of fall exhibitions. Weichih Rosa Lee will perform selections from the Chinese classical repertoire on the guzheng, a stringed instrument similar to the zither. Lee has received many awards, both in her native Taiwan and in the United States, including the 2014 Heritage Fellowship Award from the Ohio Arts Council. A reception will follow the performance.


In lieu of our regular First Thursday this month, the AMAM and the Department of Art present a Centennial Symposium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 7.

November 2. 5:30 p.m.
Sculpture Court

Edith W. Clowes, Brown-Forman Chair in the Humanities and professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Virginia, discusses the religious and mystical (as well as revolutionary) explorations of Russian and Russian-emigre artists, including Goncharova, Chagall, and Roerich, who have works in the museum collection. She places her topic in the wider literary, musical, historical context of the Russian Renaissance that lasted from 1890 to 1930. Clowes also considers the legacy of this artistic explosion 100 years later. This event is cosponsored with OCREECAS. A reception will follow.

December 7, 5:30 p.m.
Sculpture Court

An informal discussion on the Allen’s most important acquisition of Chinese paintings, which came to the museum from George J. Schlenker in 1997. Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art Kevin Greenwood will host guests Charles Mason and Arnold Chang, both of whom were involved in the acquisition. Mason, former curator of Asian art at the Allen, is now curator of the Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Chang, an artist and founder of the Chinese painting department at Sotheby’s, appraised the Schlenker collection. They will describe individual works and their significance, as well as tell how the Allen came to own this valuable teaching collection through the expertise of the late James Cahill, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and one of the foremost scholars of Chinese art history in the United States. A reception will follow this conversation.

See past First Thursday events