Teaching Exhibitions

Faculty are encouraged to organize teaching exhibitions drawn from the AMAM holdings and that are designed specifically to accompany Oberlin College courses. These focused installations provide students with ongoing access to visual material throughout the semester. In addition, they provide opportunities to highlight new directions in scholarship and to share those ideas with our broader public. Contact the Office of Academic Programs, at least 20 months (or four semesters) in advance of the proposed installation date to discuss your proposal. Please note that proposals that demonstrate a clear connection to a specific class taught at Oberlin and that contribute to research on the collection or showcase less familiar portions of the AMAM’s collection will be favored. Please be advised that not all objects in the Museum’s collection may be available for exhibition due to conservation concerns or installation restrictions, and that exhibition spaces will be determined at the AMAM’s discretion based on availability and appropriateness for the proposed exhibition. If your proposal is approved, AMAM staff will work with you to develop your idea, select appropriate objects, and help with the final exhibition installation. Please be aware that the curation of a teaching exhibition is a multi-phase process that will require your active involvement at every stage over the course of the 18 months that precede the installation of the exhibition. All faculty and other guest curators are required to sign a contract with the AMAM as to their roles and responsibilities.

Faculty-curated exhibitions include:

Exploring Reciprocity: The Power of Animals in Non-Western Art: Curated by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara in conjunction with her spring 2017 courses “Indigenous Environmentalism” and “Nature, Culture, and Interpretation.” Curatorial assistance was provided by Sam Tunick (OC ’18).

The Body: Looking In and Looking Out:  On view during the fall 2015 semester, this exhibition was curated by Associate Professor of English Wendy Beth Hyman and students in her spring 2015 senior seminar "Words and Things." Curatorial assistance was provided by Wendy Kozol, professor of comparative American studies and Curator of Academic Programs Liliana Milkova.

In the fall of 2015, students in Professor of Comparative American Studies Wendy Kozol’s course “Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality” curated an online exhibition titled “Capturing the Body: Ownership and Resistance in Visual Culture” using works drawn from the holdings of the AMAM and the Oberlin College Libraries. This exhibition was conceived as a virtual counterpart to the The Body: Looking In and Looking Out teaching exhibition. “Capturing the Body” focuses on artistic representation that uses the body to explore questions about identity, power, and oppression.

On the Threshold: Doors and Windows Represented: Curated by Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Stiliana Milkova in conjunction with her spring 2015 course “Literature, Architecture, and Real Estate.”

The Human Comedy: Chronicles of 19th-Century France: Curated by Libby Murphy, associate professor of French, in conjunction with her fall 2013 course “La Comédie Humaine: Social Identities in Nineteenth Century France.” Curatorial assistance was provided by AMAM Curatorial Assistant Sara Green (OC ’12) and Curator of European and American Art Andaleeb Badiee Banta.

Private Prayer, Public Performance: Religious Books of the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance:  Organized by AMAM Curatorial Assistant Sara Green (OC ‘12) and Professor of Medieval Art Erik Inglis in conjunction with his spring 2013 courses.

Ritual and Performance in the Yorùbá World: On view during the spring 2013 semester, this exhibition was curated by Ian MacMillen, Postdoctoral Fellow at Oberlin College and Conservatory, with assistance from Dessane Cassell (OC ‘14).

Beyond the Surface: Text & Image in Islamic Art: Curated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Religion and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Esra Akin-Kivanc , with assistance from Anna-Claire Stinebring (OC ‘09). The exhibition coincides with Professor Akin-Kivanc’s  fall 2012 course “Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture” and her spring 2013 course  “Introduction to Muslim Cultures and Civilizations: A Humanistic Approach.”

Hybrid Images: The Photography of Sculpture, 1860 to 1990: This exhibition was curated by Sarah Hamill, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art, in conjunction with her fall 2012 course “Sculpture and Photography.” Curatorial assistance was provided by John Michael Morein (OC ’13).

Ephemeral Installations and the Aesthetics of Nature: Curated by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Janet Fiskio in conjunction with her spring 2012 course “Nature, Culture, and Interpretation.”