During these special hours, the museum galleries will remain open until 8pm, and as always, will be free and open to the public.
All museum galleries will be open for you to revisit old favorites, explore the new installations, discover new works, listen to our audio tours, or browse through our collection catalog. AMAM staff and student docents will be on hand to answer questions and chat with you about the museum's holdings.
First Thursday Programs – All programs begin at 5:30pm, unless otherwise noted:.
First Thursday Events, Fall 2013:
September 5 -
Opening Reception of Fall Exhibitions. Tours will be offered by AMAM Director Andria Derstine, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer, and Curator of Academic Programs Liliana Milkova. Light refreshments will also be served.
October 3 –
“Proper Women, Necessary Women” - Libby Murphy, Associate Professor of French, and Greggor Mattson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will discuss the gender and sexuality roles eveident in the prints in the exhibition “The Human Comedy.” Female dandies, laundresses, housewives and courtesans populated the 19th century imagination, animating realist portrayals in art, literature, journalism and social science.
November 7 -
“The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History” Robert M. Edsel, author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, will present this year's Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture at the AMAM. The Jantz Lectureship rotates among the AMAM, the OC Library, and the German department, honoring distinguished graduate and literary scholar Harold Jantz (OC 1929). Edsel's talk, about the looting of art by the Nazis and its restitution at the end of the Second World War, touches on the three themes of the Lectureship -- art, literature, and German history. The Monuments Men, a group of American and British scholars and army officers -- including Charles Parkhurst, who became the AMAM's director from 1949-62 -- located and helped restitute many of Europe's art treasures following Nazi theft. Edsel's book has been made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray, and will open in February 2014. Edsel's Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art received the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest US honor for excellence in the humanities field. A book-signing will follow.
December 5 –
**PLEASE NOTE: The lecture by Linda Nochlin has been moved to Friday, December 13, beginning at 5:30pm.
For the December First Thursday, the AMAM galleries will remain open until 7pm, as part of the downtown Oberlin Art Walk.This event highlights the many artists and art spaces in Oberlin through a collaborative downtown event. All sites are easily navigable on foot and are within close proximity to each other in the heart of Oberlin. For more information, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.
Special Event: Friday, December 13 at 5:30pm -
Linda Nochlin, distinguished scholar and Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, will speak on the subject of Realism in art. Nochlin's scholarship in the field of 19th-century art is vast, and her book Realism (1971) remains the standard source for the art movement of that name. Her seminal essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?", published the same year, is a classic. Among her many other publications are Women, Art and Power (1988), The Politics of Vision: essays on nineteenth-century art and society (1989), and Representing Women (1999). She has received honors and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among many other organizations.