First Thursdays

When you think of public programs at the AMAM, think first, second, and third. On the first Thursday of the month, the museum has after-hours events with guest scholars and artists discussing works on view. The Tuesday Teas series is offered on the second Tuesday of the month, and on each third Friday, "AMAM in the AM" is back with informal gallery tours by curators.

First Thursdays Fall 2018
Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m. A free program is presented in the King Sculpture Court, followed by a reception with light refreshments in the East Gallery.

September 6, 5:45 p.m.
New York-based artist Barbara Bloom gives a talk on her installation THE RENDERING ( H x W x D = ), on view in the Ellen Johnson Gallery in the Allen Memorial Art Museum. This installation, commissioned by FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, uses works from the Allen’s collection, which Bloom projects from the walls through fabricated architectural sculptures. Long associated with the artists of the Pictures Generation, Bloom has spent the past four decades questioning modes of collecting, display, and design, with an eye toward disrupting the world of objects around us, as well as our habits of seeing.

Presented with support from the Eric & Jane Nord Family fund and the Nord Family Foundation.

October 4, 5:45 p.m.
Pictures Generation artist Philip Smith is in conversation with Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, in conjunction with the exhibition Barbara Bloom in Context: Works from the Pictures Generation, on view in Ripin Gallery. Smith will discuss his role in a movement that explored the influence of mass media and imagery through reproduction, quotation and re-contextualized visual references, as well as his 2009 memoir Walking Through Walls, which chronicles his childhood in Florida.

November 1, 5:45 p.m.
Naima J. Keith, deputy director of the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, delivers the keynote address for “Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now,” a day-long symposium (taking place Friday, November 2) focused on the foregrounding of African, African American, and diasporic art in museums today. Keith was recently named co-curator of the next iteration of Prospect, a prominent art triennial that takes place around the city of New Orleans. Previously a curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Keith joined CAAM in 2016 and has since revitalized the institution, with exhibitions and programs that prioritize cutting-edge contemporary African American art and issues of social justice.

Presented with support from the Art History Baldwin Endowment.

December 6, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion related to the exhibition “A Different Kind of Picture: Pinhole Photography by Adam Fuss,” which was organized by Curator of Academic Programs Liliana Milkova and Olivia Fountain ’17, Anne Lunder Leland Fellow at the Colby College Museum of Art. Milkova offers an overview of Fuss’s career and his interest in camera-less techniques. Fountain addresses Fuss’s images in terms of the widespread practice in Classical antiquity of applying color to sculpture (called polychromy), as well as contemporary critiques of museum displays and narratives. Drew Wilburn, the Irvin E. Houck Associate Professor in the Humanities and chair of the Classics Department, discusses three-dimensional viewership in antiquity and how the pinhole technique subverts ancient modes of seeing. Chris Trinacty, associate professor of classics, will discuss the classical idea of animated statues and the reception of the Pygmalion myth.

This event is cosponsored with the Classics Department.
Due to a scheduling conflict, artist Adam Fuss is unable to join us.



See past First Thursday events