Rembrandt Etchings in Academic Museums Continue to Inspire and Engage

A transmitted light photograph shows the Basilisk watermark embedded in the paper used for Rembrandt’s 1639 etching, Self-Portrait Leaning on a Stone Sill. Collection of the Yale University Art Gallery.

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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The Seismic Power of Feminist Art: Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum Presents A Century of Women in Prints

Jean Kabota Cassill, Full Sky Empty Sea, 1972, intaglio

“Excellence has no sex,” the German-born American artist Eva Hesse once remarked in an interview. That unassailable truth is born out in A Century of Women in Prints, 1917-2017, on view through December 17 in the Stern Gallery West of the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin. Curated by Andaleeb Badiee Banta, with the assistance of Oberlin student Claire Rasmussen […]

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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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