Oberlin Exhibitions Explore Legacy of the Slave Trade, Everyday Objects of Asia, and Ukiyo-e Prints

THE REMARKABLE BREADTH of the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s collection shines in three exhibitions that run through late May at Oberlin College. Afterlives of the Black Atlantic presents works from the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa that explore the complexities of memory, identity, and belonging in the wake of the transatlantic slave trade. The exhibition—commemorating 400 […]

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The Allen Partners with FRONT Triennial in Three Oberlin Venues

The theme of architecture acts as a common thread binding three Oberlin exhibitions presented by the Allen Memorial Art Museum as part of the FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. The museum’s Ellen Johnson Gallery, designed by Robert Venturi in the 1970s, offered a launching point for New York-based artist Barbara Bloom. Her installation responds to this complex, postmodern […]

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The Members Speak: Voting for Art at the Allen

  Members of the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College have an intriguing privilege: They get to hear pitches from curators, and vote on which works the museum will acquire for its permanent collection. On the evening of May 3, members (and a bevy of onlookers) will gather for the vote, and a party. The Purchase Party is a […]

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Rembrandt Etchings in Academic Museums Continue to Inspire and Engage

Rembrandt’s etchings have long been treasured for their technical innovation and perceptive portrayal of the human psyche. They have figured prominently in many American academic museum collections, in part because they reward intensive study. Lines of Inquiry: Learning from Rembrandt’s Etchings, an exhibition on view this spring at the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College brings together 60 prints […]

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Fred Wilson Unearths Hidden Truths at the Allen Memorial Art Museum with “Wildfire Test Pit”

test pit – a small preliminary excavation made to gain an idea of the contents of an archaeological site. Much like an archaeologist, New York artist Fred Wilson has made a career digging to uncover long lost or hidden treasures.[1]  Wilson burrows into the conventional Western history of art, mines academic and historical writing, and in many cases, he physically […]

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Alternative Historical Narratives Emerge in Two Exhibitions by Fred Wilson

Artist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Fred Wilson has created two exhibitions—one of works that he made or fabricated, and one drawn from the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum—that explore themes of race, time, memory, and meaning. Both call on viewers to reconsider the historical narratives typically disseminated by scholars and museums.   Wilson has been making trips […]

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