Tuesday Tea Talks
Join us on the second Tuesday of each month to hear a wide range of gallery talks that highlight works in the permanent collection or in current exhibitions. All talks begin at 2:30 pm and are followed by tea and light refreshments in the East Gallery.
September 9—Why was Asian art so attractive to American collectors in the first half of the 20th century? Kevin Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Assistant Curator of Asian Art, tells about early donors to the museum's Asian Collection, placing their activities in a cultural and historical context, and highlighting AMAM treasures.
October 14—Oberlin College Professor of History Steven Volk discusses Frida Kahlo and a trio of other artists known as los tres grandes--Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, and David Siqueiros--Whose works helped to form Mexico's post-Revolutionary identity.
November 11—Carol Lasser, professor of history, Oberlin College, will explore what the Ohio Star Signature Quilt reveals about the culture of early Oberlin. Begun by Sarah Mahan in 1847, the year before she died, and finished by her widowed stepmother in 1851, the quilt is both a map of friendships that knit together the fledgling community and a memorial used in the rituals of mourning in the early American Republic.
December 9—Patricia Murphy, executive director of the Oberlin Heritage Center, presents a biographical sketch of American master architect Cass Gilbert, who designed the museums's 1917 building. Murphy looks at Gilbert's ambitious, and not entirely realized, plans for Oberlin and how the museum fit within the context of his career.