In addition to the gallery talks listed below, please see the listings for our First Thursday and Tuesday Tea series for more information on upcoming events.
AMAM in the AM Fall 2018 & Spring 2019
Led by a museum curator or curatorial assistant, each of these informal, in-gallery talks provides a more focused examination of works of art on view. Earlier talks explored Japanese Satsuma ware, the influence and spread of Chinese porcelain, the Romanesque bishops flanking the museum’s main entrance, and the relationship between Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse. Join us the third Friday of the month to learn more about the collection. Talks begin at 10:15 a.m.; meet in King Sculpture Court.
September 21: Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson '33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
October 19: Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art
November 16: Emma Laube, Curatorial Assistant, Office of Academic Programs
Please note: no December talk
January 18: Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson '33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
February 15: Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art
March 15: Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson '33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
April 19: Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs
Monday, October 29, 5:30 p.m.
Adam J. Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, Hallock Auditorium
Visiting artist Alexandra Bell gives a lecture on her Counternarratives project and the large-scale works she is installing on the facades of two campus buildings—the Terrell Main Library and the Allen Memorial Art Museum.
Since 2014, Bell has been utilizing walls in public locations to mount works that call attention to how issues around race and violence are reported, either subtly or explicitly, in the New York Times. The Brooklyn-based artist, who holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University, urges viewers to think critically about the circulation and consumption of news and the politics of the narratives presented.
Counternarratives is presented by the Oberlin College Libraries and the Allen Memorial Art Museum in conjunction with the AMAM exhibition Radically Ordinary: Scenes from Black Life in America Since 1968 and a related symposium [link], both organized by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, the latter together with Assistant Professor of Art History Matthew Rarey.
Creating Space: Curating Black Art Now
Friday, November 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
King Sculpture Court
Curatorial leaders in the fields of African, African American, and diasporic art gather for a daylong symposium. Through formal presentations, object talks by students, and a panel of alumni, the symposium creates a space to talk about what it means to curate black art today, and how the museum itself is challenged and changed through a focus on works by artists of color.
The keynote address, delivered by Naima J. Keith, deputy director of the California African American Museum, takes place on Thursday, November 1 at 5:30 p.m. No preregistration is required.
The symposium is cosponsored by the Department of Art, with generous support from the Art History Baldwin Endowment.
10 a.m. Doors Open
10:15 a.m. Kuumba Week Welcome by Candice Raynor and Introduction by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
10:20 a.m.–12 p.m. Curatorial Practice Now
Presentations by Lauren Haynes ’04, curator of contemporary art at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; Joseph Underwood, assistant professor of art history, Kent State University; and independent curator Niama Safia Sandy. Discussion moderated by Andrea Gyorody, Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
12–12:30 p.m. Breakout Session
Object talks throughout the collection led by current students and recent graduates.
2-4 p.m. Oberlin and the Future of Museums
Panel discussion with Abbe Schriber ’09, PhD candidate at Columbia University; Alexandra Nicome ’17, interpretation fellow at the Walker Art Center; and Kantara Souffrant ’08, visiting assistant professor of art history, Oberlin College. Moderated by Octavia Bürgel ’19.