First Thursdays

Spring 2018 dates: February 8, March 1, April 5, May 3

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.

Feb. 8, 5:30 pm (please note that this is not the first Thursday of the month, but rather of the academic semester)
Julie Nelson Davis, professor of history of art at the University of Pennsylvania and former assistant professor of art and East Asian studies at Oberlin College (1999–2002), presents a lecture based on her forthcoming book, Ukiyo-e in Context. The Japanese prints called ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” are widely appreciated for their depictions of the diversions of contemporary life. Davis puts these works into a larger context, showing how they were made in tandem with popular entertainments, appreciated by for their technical and creative artistry, and collected and recorded in period documents. Cosponsored with the Department of Art and the East Asian Studies Program.

March 1, 5:30 pm
Kirsten Pai Buick, professor of art history at the University of New Mexico, gives a lecture on the final years of Edmonia Lewis (1844–1907), a sculptor who attended Oberlin College from 1859 to 1863. Titled “CODA: Mary Edmonia Lewis, Catholicism, and the Quest for Freedom,” this talk tells how Lewis, a devout Catholic who moved to Rome in 1865, garnered a church patronage that far outlasted her support from abolitionists in America. Cosponsored with the Department of Africana Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Program.

April 5, 5:30 pm

“Rembrandt: The Last Renaissance Artist” is the title of a guest lecture by Catherine Scallen, Andrew W. Mellon Associate Professor in the Humanities and Associate Professor of Art History at Case Western Reserve University. Rembrandt was a printmaker and painter of the 17th century, but his choice of subjects and thematic presentation allied him more with earlier Renaissance art. Scallen examines this retrospective side of Rembrandt’s art and offers possible motivations—centering on his personal ambition as an artist.

May 3, 5:30 pm
Come hear Andaleeb Banta, Kevin Greenwood, and Andrea Gyorody make pitches to acquire new works of art for the Allen. Our curators have selected several works of art that each feels will enhance the permanent collection and educational mission of the college. Everyone may attend, but only museum members may vote for the purchase of their favorite works. Viewing of proposed works begins at 5:30 p.m. in the King Sculpture Court. Food and drink will be available throughout this fun evening you won’t want to miss.

See past First Thursday events