Allen After Hours (formerly known as First Thursday)

Galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m. (except February 26) for a variety of free programs. A reception will follow.

Thursday, February 6, 5:30 p.m.
Some of the museum’s most important Japanese woodblock prints are featured in the exhibition Ukiyo-e Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection. But who was Mary Ainsworth? How did she develop such a fine collection? Kevin R.E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, answers these questions as he discusses recent discoveries about Ainsworth and her collection.

Wednesday, February 26, 7 p.m.
Apollo Theatre, 19 E. College St., Oberlin; the museum will close at 5 p.m.
In 2006, as part of a residency at the Louvre Museum in Paris, author Toni Morrison invited spoken word poets to reflect on the colonial histories of that museum and its holdings. The AMAM presents a free screening of The Foreigner’s Home, a 2018 documentary about Morrison and her Louvre project. Following the film, directors Rian Brown-Orso and Geoff Pingree, members of the cinema studies faculty at Oberlin, will take questions from the audience.

Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m.
Poets from the Oberlin College community gather to reflect on the exhibition Afterlives of the Black Atlantic. “Afterwords: An Evening of Poetry at the AMAM” also remembers Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, who explored ideas of identity, exile, and belonging in a residency at the Louvre. Co-organized with the Creative Writing Program and OSLAM.

Thursday, April 16, 5:30 p.m.
POSTPONED: We will hold this event later in 2020
The AMAM marks the quincentenary of the death of Raphael (1483–1520). The artist was praised during his lifetime as the “prince of painters,” but the moniker long obscured his artistic achievements in other modes. We now recognize his role as Rome’s chief architect and a designer in many media.

Yvonne Elet, associate professor of the history of art and architecture at Vassar College, explores Raphael’s program of grand-scale designs that integrated architecture, landscape, sculpture, decoration, gardens, waterworks, urban design, sightlines, and performance. She sketches a new and holistic view of the artist’s importance to Western art and architecture.

This program is funded through the Jantz Lectureship, which honors Harold Jantz ’29, one of Oberlin’s most distinguished literary scholars. Established in 1988, the endowed lectureship supports lectures and symposia related to German literature and literary history, German and American literary relations, art and art history, and bibliophilism. Lectures and programs are selected on a rotating basis by the Oberlin College Libraries, German department, and Allen Memorial Art Museum.

Thursday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty celebrates the essential role of Black cooks in creating the creole cuisines of the Atlantic world. In his book, The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South, Twitty chronicles his extensive genealogical research and work as an historical interpreter throughout the American South.



See past First Thursday events