First Thursdays

These free programs are presented in the King Sculpture Court, followed by a reception. Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m.

Friday,* September 6, 5:30 p.m.
\ `sə-kər \ : An Artist Talk with José Rodríguez
New York-based artist José Rodríguez talks about his work through the lens of his experiences growing up in an Afro-Cuban household. Rodríguez tells of his encounters with African-based spiritual practices in New York, Cuba, and Brazil. Cosponsored by the Ellen H. Johnson Endowed Fund for Contemporary Art.

 *Please note this event will be held on a Friday, not a Thursday.

Thursday, October 3, 5:30 p.m.
Making Modern Japanese-Style Painting: The Past and Present of Nihonga
Chelsea Foxwell, associate professor of art history at the University of Chicago, discusses Kano Hōgai’s 1888 painting, Merciful Mother Kannon, which was reproduced on a cloisonné vase on view in the AMAM exhibition The Enchantment of the Everyday. Foxwell explores the paradox of “modern” traditional-style Japanese painting and considerations for its future. This event is sponsored by Oberlin College's Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment (LIASE) implementation grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.
Musical Performance
Join us for an evening of music by students of Sibbi Bernhardsson ’95, professor of violin in the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Some of the conservatory’s finest string players will perform selections from the Viennese school and other Austrian composers who were contemporaneous with the painting Pale Face, by Gustav Klimt, which is on loan to the AMAM from the Neue Galerie, New York.

Thursday, December 5, 5:30 p.m.
Lecture by Christina Sharpe
Christina Sharpe, professor in the Department of Humanities at Toronto’s York University, focuses her research on Black visual, queer, and diaspora studies. The Guardian named her most recent book, In the Wake: On Blackness and Being, as one of its best books of 2016. The book explores how contemporary Black lives are animated by the afterlives of slavery. Cosponsored by the Art History Baldwin Lectures Endowment.



See past First Thursday events