Allen Memorial Art Museum
Exhibitions 2017–18

The most important, enduring, and popular works in the collection go on view in celebration of the museum’s centennial. Exhibitions, programs, and an October 7 symposium highlight the growth of the Allen’s collection and the people who shaped its 100-year history.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Free Admission
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August 15, 2017 to May 27, 2018

Maidenform to Modernism: The Bissett Collection

Enid and Joseph Bissett were among the most important donors to the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, giving 24 artworks during the 1950s and 60s. Read more

August 15, 2017 to May 27, 2018

This Is Your Art: The Legacy of Ellen Johnson

Ellen Johnson ’33 often told students in her contemporary art course, “This is your art,” insisting that they investigate the sometimes obtuse (and frustrating) art of their own time before it had been digested and normalized by art history. Read more

December 19, 2017 to July 1, 2018

A Century of Asian Art at Oberlin: Japanese Prints

From depictions of Japan’s “floating world” in ukiyo-e prints of the 18th century to the sōsaku-hanga “creative prints” movement of the 20th century, this exhibition illustrates the breadth of the Allen’s Asian collection. Read more

January 4, 2017 to July 15, 2018

Handle with Care: Embracing Fragility

Works by Marsha Brown, Toni Catany, Chuck Close, Raquelín Mendieta, and Liliana Porter explore how materials can take on gendered and racialized connotations based on their physical fragility. Read more

February 6, 2018 to May 13, 2018

Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings

Treasured for their innovation and ability to capture the human psyche, Rembrandt’s etchings in college and university art collections in the United States have long inspired research, technical investigation, and multidisciplinary teaching approaches. Read more

Piano 2018 | Violin 2019
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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