Tuesday Teas

Tuesday Tea Talks Spring 2020

Second Tuesdays in the East Gallery. Tea and light refreshments follow each program. Free and open to the public.

February 11, 3 p.m. 
In 1988, Zhāng Péilì recorded himself breaking and repairing a mirror over three painstaking hours in a work titled 30 x 30, today considered the first video art by an artist in China. Curatorial Assistant Emma Laube ’17 discusses her exhibition Boredom Aesthetics: The Early Videos of Zhāng Péilì, examining television and avant-garde culture in late 20th-century China.

March 10, 3 p.m. 
Alexandra Letvin, assistant curator of European and American art, focuses on the Allen’s newly acquired Cross with Virgin, Christ, and Saints in her talk, “The Visual Culture of Colonial Peru.” She speaks about this work from 18th-century Cuzco in the context of artistic and religious practice in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru.

April 14, 3 p.m.
One applicant in the annual AMAM student paper competition will be selected by collections curators to give this Tuesday Tea program. Third- and fourth-year Oberlin College students are invited to submit research abstracts related to the AMAM collection.

May 12, 3 p.m.
Chinese decorative arts frequently feature symbols and motifs believed to attract good fortune or repel dangerous forces. In his talk, “Warding Off Evil on the Dragon Boat Festival: The Complex Symbolism of Auspicious Still Life,” Kevin R. E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, takes a deep dive into the symbols in an 18th-century painting that is newly on view.

Past Tuesday Tea Lectures