Allen Memorial Art Museum

Allen Memorial Art Museum Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) is recognized today as one of the five best college and university art museums in the United States. Since its beginning, the museum has always been free for everyone.

Admission to the AMAM is always free and open to the public. The AMAM has an outstanding collection of nearly 14,000 works of art – including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings and photographs – that provide a comprehensive overview of the history of art from a variety of cultures. The collection is particularly strong in European and American paintings and sculpture from the 15th century to today, and has important holdings of Asian paintings, scrolls, sculpture and decorative art, including a large group of ukiyo-e prints. The museum also houses the Eva Hesse archives, which includes the artist’s notebooks, diaries, photographs and letters, and is proud to oversee, along with the Art Department, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Weltzheimer/Johnson House. The collection is housed in an impressive Italian Renaissance-style building designed by Cass Gilbert and named after Dr. Dudley Peter Allen, a distinguished 1875 graduate of Oberlin College. In 1977, a gallery for Modern and Contemporary art was added to the Cass Gilbert building. Designed by the architectural firm of Robert Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown, the gallery was funded by Ruth Coates Roush (OC 1934) and dedicated to professor of art Ellen Johnson (OC 1933).

Happy 4th of July, Oberlin! The Allen is closed today in observance of the holiday, but we will be back to regular hours...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July, Oberlin! The Allen is closed today in observance of the holiday, but we will be back to regular hours this weekend:10-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday!

Image: Roy Lichtenstein, "Modern Art," 1967, poster. Gift of Leo Castelli Gallery, RC 1968.13

We bid a fond farewell to Ava Prince, curatorial assistant in the Education Department this past year. She holds the dis...
07/01/2019

We bid a fond farewell to Ava Prince, curatorial assistant in the Education Department this past year. She holds the distinction of being the first full-time, post-baccalaureate assistant in this department. Ava achieved the highest (and still growing) Facebook reach for the Weltzheimer/Johnson House (over 27K), she broke new ground in accessibility outreach, she spearheaded an extremely successful middle school poetry program, and gave tours to hundreds of school children. She brought smiles to all her colleagues for her kind heart and sense of humor. Ava, you will be missed!

Today is social media day!!As the art world continues to evolve alongside photo-sharing social media platforms like Face...
06/30/2019
Tracing the Roots of Photo Sharing, From Mail Art to Instagram

Today is social media day!!

As the art world continues to evolve alongside photo-sharing social media platforms like Facebook or Instagram, institutions like the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are looking to Mail Art -- a 20th-century artistic movement centered on sending small scale works through the postal service -- as one of the predecessors to our most popular websites and apps, questioning the common mythology that the internet has radically changed the way we share pictures. This article on the exhibition explore how image sharing in American culture has been evolutionary, not revolutionary.

The Clarence Ward Art Library at Oberlin College houses two mail art archives which contain well over 25,000 works created from mid-1970's to the present, consisting of over 1,800 mail artists from 60 countries. Of that number approximately 300 artists are available for viewing by appointment. You can search the collection here:
http://www2.oberlin.edu/library/art/MailArt1.html

A new exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art shows that image sharing is evolutionary, not revolutionary.

Oberlin College Communications produced a podcast this past January for which they interviewed participants in the Winte...
06/26/2019
"Diving into the Art World" | Oberlin College and Conservatory

Oberlin College Communications produced a podcast this past January for which they interviewed participants in the Winter Term Practicum in Museum Education, an intensive course which gives students hands-on experience in gallery teaching, a chance to speak with museum professionals, and visit art museums across NE Ohio. Students who complete this practicum are trained as docents at the Allen Memorial Art Museum!

You can listen to the episode below to hear Audrey Libatique '22, Leina Fieleke, '21, and Walker Shadle '19 share their perspectives on how this practicum has helped them consider careers in the art world and approach conversations around art differently.

This episode of An Oberlin Minute spotlights the Practicum in Museum Education winter term, which explores the Allen Memorial Art Museum and familiarizes students with museum education and gallery teaching.

Registration for this year's Chalk Walk was at a record high and a 15% increase from last year! Thank you all for showin...
06/25/2019

Registration for this year's Chalk Walk was at a record high and a 15% increase from last year! Thank you all for showing up and sharing with us your magnificent masterpieces on Oberlin's sidewalks!

Registration for this year's Chalk Walk was at a record high and a 15% increase from last year! Thank you all for showing up and sharing with us your magnificent masterpieces on Oberlin's sidewalks!

This week, AMAM education staff hosted Chalk Walk workshops with Oberlin Early Childhood Center and Kendal Early Learnin...
06/21/2019

This week, AMAM education staff hosted Chalk Walk workshops with Oberlin Early Childhood Center and Kendal Early Learning Center! Thank you all for hosting, it was such a delight to work with your kids. We are just as excited about Chalk Walk as they are!

Join us this Saturday in downtown Oberlin for Chalk Walk! This free event is open to people of all ages and skill levels. The Oberlin Chalk Walk provides pastels and other supplies to participants at no cost (monetary donations are appreciated to help keep this event free for everyone).

Registration and information tents can be found throughout downtown on the day of the event - no preregistration required.

For more information on Chalk Walk RSVP to the event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/604968589941730/

Master artist, Dan Cherney, returns to Oberlin Chalk Walk this Saturday, June 22nd!Dan Cherney has been an artist at the...
06/20/2019

Master artist, Dan Cherney, returns to Oberlin Chalk Walk this Saturday, June 22nd!

Dan Cherney has been an artist at the Oberlin Chalk Walk since 2007. Dan graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art where he majored in illustration, and also obtained a teaching certificate from Cleveland State University. He uses these skills now as a teacher of art in North Olmsted, Ohio. He began doing Maddonari-style outdoor chalk art several years ago after being inspired by the now famous chalk artist, Kurt Wenner.

Come see Dan at work this Saturday on South Main Street by the tattoo shop and the Oberlin Kitchen! For more information on the event, visit: http://www.oberlinchalkwalk.com

The Allen is proud to announce that Robin VanLear is returning to Oberlin as a master artist for the 14th annual Oberlin...
06/19/2019

The Allen is proud to announce that Robin VanLear is returning to Oberlin as a master artist for the 14th annual Oberlin Chalk Walk 2019!

As the Cleveland Museum of Art's coordinator of community arts, Robin VanLear has led hundreds of adults and children in making art with their friends and families through the museum’s signature outreach programs: Parade the Circle, the Chalk Festival, the Winter Lights Lantern Festival, and the Community Festivals program.

Through her work both in Cleveland and in Oberlin, VanLear has shown us the connections between art in the museum's galleries and what we can make at home. She has helped us to see art not only as relevant to today's world, but as something important in our lives.

Come see her work for yourself this year in front of Hall Auditorium this Saturday (June 22nd). For more information on the event, visit: http://www.oberlinchalkwalk.com

Stay tuned for more information about the other master artists sponsored by the AMAM!

This is the last week to view "Art and Being in the Garden of Ryōan-ji," which closes this Sunday, June 23rd! This exhib...
06/18/2019

This is the last week to view "Art and Being in the Garden of Ryōan-ji," which closes this Sunday, June 23rd!

This exhibition displays artists from 1950 onward who have used the dry landscape garden at Ryōan-ji temple in Kyoto, Japan as inspiration, forming artistic interrogations of random chance, mindfulness, and perception or using the garden's minimalist geometry to make works of pure modernist abstraction.

[Images: Top: John Cage (American, 1912–1992), "R 2 [superscript] 1 [subscript] (Where R=Ryoanji)," 1983, etching. Friends of Art Fund, 1983.29.1
Bottom: Sekino Junichirō 関野準一郎 (Japanese, 1914–1988), "The Stone Garden," ca. 1965, color woodblock print. Gift of Dr. Sanford L. Palay (OC 1940), 1999.3.27].

We are so excited to welcome back Héctor Castellanos Lara and Wendy Mahon as Chalk Walk master artists this year! The tw...
06/17/2019

We are so excited to welcome back Héctor Castellanos Lara and Wendy Mahon as Chalk Walk master artists this year! The two have been collaborating on works for the Oberlin Chalk Walk every year since the event began in 2006!

Both artists have worked separately at the Cleveland Museum of Art's Chalk Festival for many years, but the Oberlin Chalk Walk brings the two together.

Come see their work for yourself this year in front of Ben Franklin this Saturday (June 22nd). For more information on the event, visit: http://www.oberlinchalkwalk.com

Stay tuned for more information about the other master artists sponsored by the AMAM.

Happy Father's Day, everyone! In this pivotal moment in the tale of 14th-century hero, Hino Ashin (日野阿新), the young warr...
06/16/2019

Happy Father's Day, everyone!

In this pivotal moment in the tale of 14th-century hero, Hino Ashin (日野阿新), the young warrior has just killed the man who executed his father, a high counselor to Emperor Go-Daigo (1288-1339). Here he is caught suspended mid-air, grasping a stalk of bamboo to slow his fall as he leaps across a moat while pursued by the man's forces.

This print and more stories of filial piety are on view now in the exhibition, "The Three Friends of Winter: Pine, Bamboo, and Plum," in Ripin Gallery through July 14th!

[Image: Yōshū Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838-1912), "Hino Ashin Swinging on a Bamboo, from an untitled series of historical subjects," 1898, color woodblock print. Allen Memorial Art Museum, 1943.292].

Today in Oberlin we commemorate the date when the last enslaved people in America were freed, nearly two and a half year...
06/15/2019

Today in Oberlin we commemorate the date when the last enslaved people in America were freed, nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863.

This series of ink drawings by Will E. Smith depict families in Northeast Ohio as they learn about African American history and the region’s role in the Underground Railroad. Smith, who taught at Cleveland's Playhouse Settlement (now Karamu House) in the 1930s, produced these drawings for a pamphlet illustrating a play by Marjorie Witt Johnson (OC 1935), "From House to House," (translated into Yorùbá as "Latí Ilé si Ilé" for performances in Nigeria).

Find these drawings in the upcoming exhibition, "Afterlives of the Black Atlantic," which invites new and nuanced conversations about: routes and mapping, consumption and trade, diaspora and dispersal, identity and belonging.

Stop by Tappan Square today for this year's annual Oberlin Juneteenth celebration, “Children Are Our Blessing." There will be games, a parade, performances, delicious food vendors and food trucks offering BBQ and other tasty selections, vendors, bike raffles and more! As we celebrate, we remember and we reflect.
https://juneteenthoberlin2.wixsite.com/oberlin

Happy birthday to the Allen Memorial Art Museum!Below an image from the Oberlin archives includes the construction detai...
06/12/2019

Happy birthday to the Allen Memorial Art Museum!

Below an image from the Oberlin archives includes the construction details of the Allen Memorial Art Building by Cass Gilbert back in 1917, along with details from the facade today. The building is one of four Cass Gilbert buildings on Oberlin's campus, including Finney Chapel, the Cox administration building, and Bosworth Hall.

Visit the AMAM and see the exhibition "Nature and Nostalgia in Early 20th-Century Japanese Art" before it closes this Su...
06/10/2019

Visit the AMAM and see the exhibition "Nature and Nostalgia in Early 20th-Century Japanese Art" before it closes this Sunday! The exhibition features Japanese paintings and prints that are traditional in subject matter but modern in style, reflecting the contradictions and tensions of a rapidly changing nation in the early 20th century.

Image: Yoshida Hiroshi (Japanese, 1876-1950), "Fujiyama from Miho," 1935, color woodblock print. Gift of Margaret and Owen Jones, 1997.22.20

06/06/2019
Artist Julia Christensen works w/ NASA scientists on spaceship & art concepts // Art+Technology Lab

For the past eight months, Oberlin Associate Professor of Integrated Media, Julia Christensen, has been working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory's (JPL) A-Team to envision an artwork for a long-term interstellar space mission.

LACMA has produced a wonderful video succinctly describing the project, and for more information on the progress of the mission, read an interview with Christensen here:
https://unframed.lacma.org/2019/05/02/julia-christensen-and-tree-life

Julia Christensen’s ongoing project, Upgrade Available, investigates how “upgrade culture”—the perceived relentless need to endlessly upgrade electronics and...

"The Body is the Map: Approaches to Land in the Americas after 1960" is extended through July 28th! The works in this ex...
06/05/2019

"The Body is the Map: Approaches to Land in the Americas after 1960" is extended through July 28th!

The works in this exhibition—a survey of postwar art in the Americas from the AMAM collection—speak in vastly different ways across mediums about the relationships between body and land.

Looking for something to do today? There are still tickets available to purchase via cash or check for 3:00 and 4:00 tou...
06/02/2019

Looking for something to do today? There are still tickets available to purchase via cash or check for 3:00 and 4:00 tours at the Frank Lloyd Wright House!

NOW is your chance to reserve tickets for our Frank Lloyd Wright Open House tomorrow, June 2nd, using the link below!
06/01/2019
Frank Lloyd Wright Open House, June 2

NOW is your chance to reserve tickets for our Frank Lloyd Wright Open House tomorrow, June 2nd, using the link below!

Please join us for June's Weltzheimer-Johnson open house! Designed for the Weltzheimer family in 1948, the house is the first of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian homes built in Ohio and one of the few nationwide open to the public. There will be docent presentations on the architecture and history of th...

Make sure to check out Oberlin High School's Art Walk/Sale this evening from 7-9:30 in front of Ben Franklin in Downtown...
05/31/2019

Make sure to check out Oberlin High School's Art Walk/Sale this evening from 7-9:30 in front of Ben Franklin in Downtown Oberlin!

It was sculptures like "The Fall of Icarus," currently on view in Willard-Newell Gallery, which led the Inquistion to ch...
05/31/2019
These Gravity-Defying Sculptures Provoked Accusations of Demonic Possession | JSTOR Daily

It was sculptures like "The Fall of Icarus," currently on view in Willard-Newell Gallery, which led the Inquistion to charge Italian sculptor Francesco Bertos with collusion with the devil! In this fascinating JSTOR Daily article, Amelia Soth looks into the associations between artistry and witchcraft.

This article was inspired by research done by AMAM Practicum in Museum Education student, Lucy Soth, for a Sunday Object Talk on our Bertos sculpture back in March!

Demons and artists, it seems, pull from the same bag of tricks. They take ordinary matter and transform it into something more wondrous, more terrifying.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian homes, such as Oberlin's Weltzheimer/Johnson House, were part of Wright's innovative projec...
05/29/2019
Reading Broadacre | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian homes, such as Oberlin's Weltzheimer/Johnson House, were part of Wright's innovative project called Broadacre City which he presented in the midst of the Great Depression in April of 1935. While never realized, Broadacre City challenged many pressing economic, social, and environmental issues, which all continue to remain relevant today. Read more in the article below.

Learn more about the Usonian model and reserve tickets now for the Weltzheimer/Johnson Open House this Sunday, June 2nd, using the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frank-lloyd-wright-open-house-june-2-tickets-55217529116

On April 15, 1935, in the heart of Rockefeller Center in New York, Frank Lloyd Wright mounted an exhibition featuring a radical project called Broadacre City, in which he proposed to resettle the entire population of the United States onto individual homesteads. A veritable Trojan horse that challen...

The exhibition "Zao Wou-Ki: Prints in Context," curated by curatorial assistant Emma Laube in the Office of Academic Pro...
05/28/2019

The exhibition "Zao Wou-Ki: Prints in Context," curated by curatorial assistant Emma Laube in the Office of Academic Programs, has been extended and will now close on July 14th! Stop by the education hallway to see it before it closes.

Image: Zao Wou-Ki (French, born in China, 1921-2013), "Rocky Coast," 1968, etching. Gift of Thomas G. Campbell (OC 1955), 1974.75.

Happy commencement to our graduating docents and student employees at the Allen Memorial Art Museum! We've loved learnin...
05/27/2019

Happy commencement to our graduating docents and student employees at the Allen Memorial Art Museum! We've loved learning, growing, and teaching with you. To the class of 2019, we wish you best of luck with your future endeavors!

All four exhibitions in Ripin Gallery have been extended through July 14th! Don't miss this opportunity to view  "Women ...
05/24/2019

All four exhibitions in Ripin Gallery have been extended through July 14th!

Don't miss this opportunity to view "Women Bound and Unbound," "The Three Friends of Winter," "The Thingness of Things," and "Centripetal/Centrifugal" this summer! We look forward to seeing you soon.

This is the last week to view "Women Bound and Unbound," a faculty-curated interdisciplinary exhibition on artistic repr...
05/20/2019

This is the last week to view "Women Bound and Unbound," a faculty-curated interdisciplinary exhibition on artistic representations of women, spanning a period of more than 500 years and representing a variety of cultures and mediums. Collectively, they explore ideas of women as mothers, sinners, saints, witches, warriors, citizens, socialites, and sometimes simply as bodies. The exhibition closes on Sunday, May 26th.

Image: Ana Mendieta (American, born in Cuba, 1948-1985), "Body Tracks," August 1974, suite of five chromogenic prints. Gift of Cristina Delgado (OC 1980) and Stephen F. Olsen (OC 1979), 2011.14.3.

A happy commencement week to our graduating seniors! The Allen will be open for normal operating hours over the course o...
05/19/2019

A happy commencement week to our graduating seniors! The Allen will be open for normal operating hours over the course of the week, so make sure to bring your family and friends.

Image: Diane Arbus (American, 1923-1971), "Their Numbers were Picked Out of a Hat. They Were Chosen King and Queen of a Senior Citizens Dance in NYC. Yetta Grandt is 72 and Charles Fahrer is 79. They have never met before, from the portfolio A Box of Ten Photographs," 1970, gelatin silver print. Friends of Art Endowment Fund, 1974.23I.

Don't miss "The Thingness of Things," an exhibition of object portraiture, before it closes on May 26th! Eleven of the w...
05/16/2019

Don't miss "The Thingness of Things," an exhibition of object portraiture, before it closes on May 26th! Eleven of the works are accompanied by poems written by Oberlin College students with the guidance of faculty poets Chanda Feldman and Lynn Powell.

Image: Janet Fish (American, b. 1938), "Oranges," 1973, pastel on sandpaper. Fund for Contemporary Art, 1974.6.

Happy mothers day, everyone! This 1953 print by Elliot Erwitt, "Mother and Child," is currently featured in the exhibiti...
05/12/2019

Happy mothers day, everyone!

This 1953 print by Elliot Erwitt, "Mother and Child," is currently featured in the exhibition "Women Bound and Unbound," on view in Ripin Gallery. Make sure to visit the exhibition before it closes on May 26th and remember to call your mom!

05/12/2019

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we deeply regret that the museum is unable to open today (5/12). We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Phoebe Pan (OC '20) interviewed Elka Lee-Shapiro, former curatorial assistant in Asian art and curator of the exhibition...
05/11/2019
Calibrating Approaches to Art: Elka Lee-Shapiro ’18 | Oberlin College and Conservatory

Phoebe Pan (OC '20) interviewed Elka Lee-Shapiro, former curatorial assistant in Asian art and curator of the exhibition, "Centripetal/Centrifugal: Calibrating an Asian American Art," on view in Ripin Gallery until May 26th!

Regarding the exhibition, Lee-Shapiro says "At the end of the day, it came down to a question of, ‘What are we working with, and what’s something interesting I can say?’ I put a lot of thought and research into how to organize the show under a racial rubric, while still letting the works, their subjects, and the connections between them shine through."

Read more about Elka's post grad career trajectory below!

Elka Lee-Shapiro ’18 is working with various arts organizations and museums to show how engagement with art can result in social and political impact.

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