• Latin Icon and Migration Exhibit has the goal to showcase Oberlin students’ artwork around Hispanic/Latin America and their oral narratives. 
Notions of consumerism, identity and acceptance are displayed in this exhibit through many different mediums such as mapping, paintings, collages and bookmaking. 
The exhibit features threes participants, Margaret Middleton (OC ‘17), Annika Stridh (OC ‘14) and Gabriela Hurtado Ramos (OC ‘16). Each of these participants have different experiences around issues of migration and heritage. 

    Latin Icon and Migration Exhibit has the goal to showcase Oberlin students’ artwork around Hispanic/Latin America and their oral narratives. 

    Notions of consumerism, identity and acceptance are displayed in this exhibit through many different mediums such as mapping, paintings, collages and bookmaking. 

    The exhibit features threes participants, Margaret Middleton (OC ‘17), Annika Stridh (OC ‘14) and Gabriela Hurtado Ramos (OC ‘16). Each of these participants have different experiences around issues of migration and heritage. 

    Apr
    15
    2014
  • Apr
    15
    2014
  • Message for obie artists
Here is a blurb from yer fellow Obie, Alec Mapes-Frances. He’s currently writing a piece for Wilder Voice on the history/theory of the selfie and is looking for an artist to semi-collaborate with who will create some work corresponding with and inspired by his topic. For this piece specifically, Alec is looking for one or more people to create some form of visual and/or media based work with the “selfie” in mind. While most pieces at Wilder Voice have only one artist creating work, due to the nature of this piece we felt that multiple artists could be interesting and valuable in creating a visual response.

If you are interested, contact Alec at amapesfr@oberlin.edu (and pleaes Bcc  Taia Kwinter, please!) and we’ll be in touch with you to talk more about the project and move forward with creating work! 

Here is Alec’s description: 


I’m looking for artists/photographers/image-makers who’d be willing to provide work to be published with my upcoming piece in Wilder Voice magazine. The piece is about selfies. 

In contemporary discourse, the selfie has been recognized as a new kind of photography, coinciding with radical technological changes and new ways of thinking about representation, bodies, and the psychosocial. Whether deemed positive or negative, the selfie is often identified as a ‘symptom’; that is, as a sign of some condition or desire located at the very base of our collective online psyche. Overwhelmingly, the diagnosis has been ‘narcissism’—or, on the opposite side, a healthy will to ‘self-expression.’ My Wilder Voice piece is intended to intervene in this limited discussion and provide new ways of looking at the selfie which account for its multiplicities and its tendency to efface traditional conceptions of selfhood. I’m exploring the selfie’s discontinuities and lacunae, its concealment and displacement of bodies, its quasi-‘schizophrenic’ unfixing  of the self.

If you’d be into responding to these ideas photographically/visually, please get in touch at amapesfr@oberlin.edu. Thanks very much!

Alec Mapes-Frances




(text courtesy of Taia Kwinter, photo courtesy of The Telegraph)

    Message for obie artists

    Here is a blurb from yer fellow Obie, Alec Mapes-Frances. He’s currently writing a piece for Wilder Voice on the history/theory of the selfie and is looking for an artist to semi-collaborate with who will create some work corresponding with and inspired by his topic. For this piece specifically, Alec is looking for one or more people to create some form of visual and/or media based work with the “selfie” in mind. While most pieces at Wilder Voice have only one artist creating work, due to the nature of this piece we felt that multiple artists could be interesting and valuable in creating a visual response.
    If you are interested, contact Alec at amapesfr@oberlin.edu (and pleaes Bcc  Taia Kwinter, please!) and we’ll be in touch with you to talk more about the project and move forward with creating work! 
    Here is Alec’s description: 
    I’m looking for artists/photographers/image-makers who’d be willing to provide work to be published with my upcoming piece in Wilder Voice magazine. The piece is about selfies. 
    In contemporary discourse, the selfie has been recognized as a new kind of photography, coinciding with radical technological changes and new ways of thinking about representation, bodies, and the psychosocial. Whether deemed positive or negative, the selfie is often identified as a ‘symptom’; that is, as a sign of some condition or desire located at the very base of our collective online psyche. Overwhelmingly, the diagnosis has been ‘narcissism’—or, on the opposite side, a healthy will to ‘self-expression.’ My Wilder Voice piece is intended to intervene in this limited discussion and provide new ways of looking at the selfie which account for its multiplicities and its tendency to efface traditional conceptions of selfhood. I’m exploring the selfie’s discontinuities and lacunae, its concealment and displacement of bodies, its quasi-‘schizophrenic’ unfixing  of the self.
    If you’d be into responding to these ideas photographically/visually, please get in touch at amapesfr@oberlin.edu. Thanks very much!
    Alec Mapes-Frances
    (text courtesy of Taia Kwinter, photo courtesy of The Telegraph)
    Apr
    15
    2014
  • Apr
    10
    2014
  • NEW FALL 2014 HALF COURSE ON CONSERVATION!

    ARTS 220 Conservation of the AMAM King Sculpture Court 

    Fridays, 2:30-4:20pm (Art 172/ Seminar Room)    

    First Module, Half Course 

    Heather Galloway - Course Limit: 12, Consent of Instructor Required

    Taught in conjunction with the cleaning of the Allen Memorial Art Museum King Sculpture Court, this class will look at conservation decision-making as it relates to the decorative painted surfaces. The class will introduce students to the interdisciplinary nature of conservation by emphasizing the ways that conservators draw on science, art, and art history in their work.  We will examine a number of factors that determine protocols for the cleaning and retouching of the Allen’s decorative cycle. These include scientific analysis, cleaning tests, the aging characteristics of paints and varnishes, and archival research. We will take the opportunity to observe the conservation work as it unfolds.

    Intended to be open to students from all disciplines, the course has no prerequisites. As the class size will be kept small to accommodate teaching in the museum consent is required. Please email hgallowa@oberlin.edu and indicate your year, major and your interest in the class. 

    (picture from the Allen’s official blog)

    Apr
    10
    2014
  • Call for 2-D Art

    To be shown in Fisher Gallery this commencement 2014 alongside artworks from the Allen’s Art Rental Program! 
    A group of Exhibition Initiative members are working to put on an art show that is centered around the theme of two dimensional artworks. The incentive for this show is specific to Oberlin, an environment where many recent student shows have overlooked more traditional mediums, reaching out to artists who make work within the realm of two dimensions - such as drawing, painting, and collage. Several ExI members are working on this show, eager to remind the audience of the great value of traditional mediums: that paintings on a wall can still inspire its viewers - even if its been done a million times before. Additionally, the group is working with the Allen to incorporate other two-dimensional works from the museum’s Art Rental Program to create themes with which the student work that is submitted can react to and interact with. 
    The show will feature three over-arching themes identified by works from the Allen. Please submit works inspired by / in response to / in dialogue with the following works from the Allen’s Art Rental Program under one of the following themes:
    -Approaches to portraiture / Alice Neel, Olivia ; Rev. Albert Wagner, Remember It’s Just Maybe
    -Approaches to abstract work / Frank Stella, Lithograph; Forbes Whiteside, Untitled
    -Approaches to process-based work  / Claes Oldenburg, Plate XII;  Barbara Strasen, A Day in the Desert, #23
    Please visit exhibitioninitiative.com for more information. Email image submissions to exhibition.initiative@gmail.com by APRIL 25, 2014! Include dimensions please! This event is in conjunction with Exhibition Initiative.
    Apr
    10
    2014
  • Safe + Sound: call for artists

    Safe + Sound is a collaborative public media installation that functions as a monument to the impact of sexual and intimate violence, through the process of storytelling. The installation aims to break the silence by sharing the stories and experiences of community members related to any form of sexual harassment, assault, exploitation and violence. No experience is insignificant and we believe this is an issue that can impact all of us.

    Break the silence by sharing your experiences and telling your stories. Experiences and stories can be shared in many forms. 

    Written stories can be submitted anonymously via this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1HLJhnzbK2tPDBSq4iztoCaAGmsThbl_dRPXM0d1Kv1s/viewform

    Works of visual art and audio pieces can be submitted to Sophie Hess (shess@oberlin.edu) or Tinni Bhattacharyya (sbhatta2@oberlin.edu). If there is another way you would like to express your experiences feel free to contact Sophie or Tinni.

    Submission deadline: WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16TH

    Apr
    10
    2014
  • oberlin-college:

The most well-read patron of Oberlin’s libraries: The Reading Girl. (via Oberlin College & Conservatory)

    oberlin-college:

    The most well-read patron of Oberlin’s libraries: The Reading Girl. (via Oberlin College & Conservatory)

    Apr
    10
    2014
  • Apr
    10
    2014
  • Apr
    08
    2014
  • Q: This is a little silly asking this through tumblr but I am doing research for an art history class about the correspondences between Sol LeWitt and Eva Hesse. Do you have any suggestions about where to search for primary documents (scans of their postcards/letters/conversations)?

    -asked by jketcher

    A: 

    archivesofamericanartlibrarian:

    jketcher:

    archivesofamericanart:

    Not silly at all! Although the best way to get a question like this answered by our reference staff is to submit it through our Ask Us page, we gladly accept questions in any format.

    In our collections your best bet would be the microfilm of the Eva Hesse papers, which contains 524 letters and postcards. To consult these you would talk to one of the librarians at your school and they can arrange for us to send a copy of the microfilm through interlibrary loan, or, if you are near DC or NY you can come to our offices to consult the microfilm. You may also want to check out our oral history interview with Sol Lewitt from 1974 (the transcript is online), although he only mentions Hesse briefly.  

    Beyond our collections, you will definitely want to check out the Eva Hesse Archives at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Museum of Art - they have digitized what looks like a substantial portion of the archives and it does appear to include correspondence from Lewitt.

    Good luck!

    Bettina Smith

    Digital Projects Librarian and Tumblarian, Archives of American Art

    Social media is amazing, people are lovely, and I’m geeking out a little bit. 

    Always happy to support the cause of geeking out over art history!

    Especially if it involves Oberlin! ;)

    Apr
    08
    2014
  • Oberlin Senior Studio Dates

    Clarence says: It’s that time of year! Come out and support our senior studio art majors. They will be great shows (as always)!

    Annika Stridh, Lily Zimmerman, and Kelsey Scult, April 11th, Fischer Gallery
    Melissa Ewing, April 17th, 39 N. Cedar Street
    Dyeemah Simmons and Mark Blanchard, April 18th, Fischer Gallery
    Julia Harris, Mary Okoth, and MJ Robinson, April 25th, Fischer Gallery
    Katie Rotman, Taylor Herman, and Conor Donahue, May 2nd, Fischer Gallery
    Apr
    08
    2014
  • Currently on display at Printed Matter in New York is book art by former Oberlin professor, Athena Tacha.

The focus of Tacha’s practice ranges broadly. She examines abstract geometries, creates intimate narratives, and builds scientific records. The mediums Tacha utilizes are as diverse as her subject matter, and her talents as photographer, sculptor, author, designer and architect are evidenced in the diversity of publications she has produced over the past four decades.

The show features a complete run of her printed works. For more information, click here.

    Currently on display at Printed Matter in New York is book art by former Oberlin professor, Athena Tacha.

    The focus of Tacha’s practice ranges broadly. She examines abstract geometries, creates intimate narratives, and builds scientific records. The mediums Tacha utilizes are as diverse as her subject matter, and her talents as photographer, sculptor, author, designer and architect are evidenced in the diversity of publications she has produced over the past four decades.

    The show features a complete run of her printed works. For more information, click here.

    Apr
    08
    2014
  • Lecture by James Zemaitis (OC ‘90)

    Wednesday, April 9

    4:30pm

    Classroom 1

    "James Zemaitis, an alum of Oberlin College and former student docent at the museum (winter term 1990), will be giving a talk on his career in the auction house field. 

    "Adventures in Modernism: One Obie’s Journey in the New York Design World" - He once sold a sofa for $250,000. Furniture aficionado James Zemaitis has propelled the market for modern fine art in senior positions at Sotheby’s, Phillips, and Christie’s. Currently a curatorial consultant for the Indianapolis Museum of Art and pursuing study at Bard Graduate Center, Zemaitis earned his bachelor’s degree in art history at Oberlin College."
    (thanks to Jason Trimmer)
    Apr
    08
    2014
  • AMAM Education and Public Programs Summer Interns

    The Curator of Education at the Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking two (2) student interns who will work from June 1 – August 29 to help with Education Department programs.  Major duties will include: assisting with the seventh annual Oberlin Chalk Walk event and related public workshops; helping plan and run two week-long summer camps for teens and elementary school children (one in June, one in August); working on the creation of new gallery labels, and other interpretive matierals for the museum’s fall exhibitions and permanent collection; providing tours of the galleries to school-age and public groups; training and docenting at the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed house for Sunday Open House days; creating and adding to museum’s online and social media content; archival and research work, and administrative duties. Duties will be worked on collaboratively with both interns, as needed, but specific projects will be divided up between the two positions.

    The ideal candidate will have working knowledge of Art History and/or have taken the Practicum in Museum Education course.  Applicants must be detail-oriented, capable of working both collaboratively and independently, possess strong research skills, and be comfortable speaking to and working with learners of all ages.  Basic computer proficiency is needed.  Background working with kids a plus.

    Both positions will be paid at a rate of $8.50/hour, and should expect to work between 20-25 hours per week.

    Please submit a cover letter describing your interest in the position and relevant abilities (please note that the cover letter will serve as your writing sample), a copy of your current resume to Jason Trimmer, Curator of Education, at jtrimmer@oberlin.edu. Applications can also be dropped off at the front Visitor Services desk of the museum.

    Applications must be received by Friday, April 18, no later than 5pm. Candidate interviews will take place at the end of April.

    Apr
    08
    2014
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