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 museum curators.

First Thursdays Spring 2019
These free programs are presented in the King Sculpture Court, followed by a reception. Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m.

February 7, 5:30 p.m.
“Cabbages, Cucumbers, Christ, and a Cook”
James Clifton, director of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation and curator of Renaissance and Baroque painting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, gives a lecture on Joachim Wtewael’s work, The Kitchen Maid, on view at the AMAM through July 21. In the painting, a young woman impales plucked chickens on a skewer while staring frankly at the viewer. Vegetables in the still life beside her symbolically suggest that her gaze is sexually provocative, while in the background Christ imparts words of wisdom to Martha and Mary Magdalene. How might the two parts of this picture be reconciled? Meet Joachim Wtewael: conservative Calvinist, Utrecht city council member, flax merchant, upright citizen, and painter of Bible stories and mythological erotica.

March 7, 5:30 p.m.
Musical Performance
Alexa Still, associate professor of flute, and her Oberlin Conservatory of Music students perform selections of solo flute and chamber music related to the exhibition Women Bound and Unbound.

April 4, 5:30 p.m.
“Beautifully Unfaithful: What Makes a Good Literary Translation?”
Mark Polizzotti, publisher and editor-in-chief at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, asks why certain literary translations sing, while others merely sink. Is a “faithful” translation always best, and what do we even mean by “fidelity”? Can we, and should we, judge translations—or any creative act—in the first place? Polizzotti addresses the aesthetic and ethical ramifications of these and other questions. Cosponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature.

May 2, 5:30 p.m.
Artists Jon Rubin and Dawn Weleski discuss their collaborative project, Conflict Kitchen, a fully functioning restaurant that operated in Pittsburgh from 2010 to 2017. The restaurant’s changing menu focused on food and culture from regions in diplomatic or military conflict with the United States, including Afghanistan, Palestine, and North Korea. This event is made possible through the Ellen H. Johnson Endowed Fund for Contemporary Art.



See past First Thursday events