Here’s the lowdown on the hours and programs at the AMAM for this coming weekend:
AMAM Commencement Weekend Hours:
Saturday, May 25 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday, May 26 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Docent-led tours of the museum will be offered on Saturday (11am and 3pm) and Sunday (2pm).
Additionally, the Weltzheimer/Johnson House will be open from 10am until 5pm on Saturday and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday.
We hope to see you around the museum and around campus at one of the many great events taking place prior to Monday’s Commencement ceremonies!
Although books of hours were the most common devotional books of the fifteenth century, there were also more varied collections of prayer. This leaf comes from one such prayer book. It shows the hand of the resurrected Christ, whose palm bears the stigmata associated with his crucifixion. Set against a yellow background meant to imitate gold leaf, this inexpensive image was used by readers who looked at the image while contemplating Christ’s death and subsequent resurrection. The text encircling the image translates as, “Whatever has been, or will be, appointed through the right hand of God the omnipotent father shall be blessed.”
This image is one of only two printed works in the exhibition Private Prayer, Public Performance. A woodcut, it was made around 1450, roughly contemporary with Gutenberg’s invention of printing with movable type, which would spell the end of manuscript illumination. This work illustrates that transition perfectly: although the image is printed, the prayer on the other side of the page is handwritten.
This work will be on view in the 2nd floor Ripin Print Gallery through July 31 in the exhibition Private Prayer, Public Performance: Religious Books of the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance.
Hand of God, Leaf from a Prayerbook, ca. 1450
Friends of Art Fund, 1956.2
The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College will offer FREE admission to the Weltzheimer/Johnson House on Sunday, May 19 (from 12pm to 5pm), as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day and Weekend on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Last year, more than 120 other AAMD member museums across North America participated in Art Museum Day.
For this special weekend, the AMAM has also teamed up with the Oberlin Public Library to present a related talk. Cheryl Kuonen, director of the Wickliffe Public Library, will be presenting a talk on Frank Lloyd Wright’s art and architecture at the Oberlin Public Library Sunday at 1pm. This talk promises to enrich the experience of visiting one of the few Wright structures open to the public in Ohio.
“Art museums bring communities together and engage people of every background in the shared exploration of human expression across time and cultures,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of the Association of Art Museum Directors. “AAMD is so pleased that the Allen Memorial Art Museum is joining us in celebrating Art Museum Day and is encouraging everyone in Oberlin and northeast Ohio to participate and share their experiences in a public forum.”
Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. These member institutions—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international museums. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration.
A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums can be found on the AAMD website here. Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.
For more information on the lecture or visiting the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, located at 534 Morgan Street in Oberlin, please contact the AMAM Education Department at (440) 775-8671, or email jtrimmer [at ] oberlin.edu.
As part of a recent Kress Foundation Digital Resources planning grant, the AMAM and the Oberlin College Library teamed up to provide high-quality scans of all available Allen Memorial Art Museum Bulletins. The Bulletin is a series of scholarly journals published by the Museum since 1944 which contain articles related to exhibitions and works in the collection. A valuable resource for faculty, students, staff, and scholars around the world, these Bulletins provide a wealth of information on collection works, often dating back to when a piece was first acquired by the AMAM.
To browse the complete selection of scans, click here to visit the Oberlin College Digital Resource Commons page.
This Thursday and Friday, April 25 and 26, we will be hosting a very special symposium on Renaissance art in conjunction with our year-long exhibition “Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance” which presents important Renaissance paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts from the AMAM and the Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG) collections. The symposium - free and open to the public - will be held in the museum’s King Sculpture Court, and will last from 11am to 6:30pm on April 25, and from 9am to 5pm on April 26.
Presenters include Oberlin College faculty members from the Art, English, History and Musicology departments, three Oberlin College students who were selected via a competitive process, faculty from Case Western Reserve University, Washington & Lee University, Miami University of Ohio, and Ohio State University, along with staff from the AMAM, the YUAG, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Intermuseum Conservation Association.
These two days promise to be exciting ones, and the public is warmly urged to attend. Presentations will range widely on topics related to medieval, Renaissance and baroque art, literature, history and music, as well as pilgrimage and religious practice.
A complete schedule of speakers and events can be found on the symposium’s page here.
If you are in town, we hope you can make it out to some of the talks!
Check out our new video (with music and captions!) documenting the recent creation of a sawdust carpet in the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s King Sculpture Court. The carpet was de-installed on April 14. During that time, we had a large number of visitors who saw the installation, from a second-grade tour to adults and admitted students in town for All Roads Lead to Oberlin visitation days.
And, if you like this be sure to visit our Vimeo page for our other videos. More to come!
Corin Hewitt (OC ‘93) Talks About Giorgio de Chirico
Friday, April 12th at 3:00pm
Allen Memorial Art Museum
This event is sponsored by the Exhibition Initiative
Giorgio de Chirico
Italian, born in Greece, 1888-1978
Oil on canvas
Come out this weekend for a very special day of events and activities at the AMAM! In conjunction. On Saturday, April 6, from 12pm until 4pm, the museum will be offering a free Community Day. This event will feature Cleveland-based artist Hector Castellanos working on a day-long project creating a Guatamalan sawdust carpet that will measure 4 feet wide by 24 feet long (see example images above).
Traditionally, sawdust carpets are made prior to the Catholic Holy Week, and are created out of multi-colored sawdust in intricate patterns and designs. The sawdust carpet will remain on view at the museum through Sunday, April 14.
Art-making activities offered will include a colored sand art project, a collaborative pastel mural recreating a work from the AMAM collection, a book-binding activity, as well as storytelling. This event is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Community Day is a free event, and is open to all members of the public.
As part of the “Muse in the Museum” First Thursday event this week, we’ll be featuring poems submitted for our call for entries. Today, we feature a work by Nancy Boutilier, Visiting Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin College:
Making A Mountain Out of a Molehill
It’s all about foregrounding, really.
36 views and you can make
the mountain 36 sizes:
smaller than a bread box,
the size of a fishing hut,
or dwarfed by a set of ornamental curls,
the sea full of decorative waves
fixed in their turbulent pose.
The mountain never changes,
even as it is made a footnote to the footbridge of Fukagawa,
or proportioned to the size of the baskets
balancing on the sandaled man’s shoulders,
or almost lost amid the haystack of Meguro.
At the water wheel, the beach, the island, the lake—
take the time to see the mountain
and altered endlessly
backdrop here, obscured there, only a shadow on the trees
or a glimpse reflected in the river’s flow.
The mountain never changes,
only the looking.
So like a 36-winged blackbird
shutter-speed slowed to see motion frozen
in splintered slices or descending the staircase,
the mountain is as untrustworthy
as a broken clock
and it’s quitting
burning a hole
the size of a molehill
in some lover’s heart—
hole enough to hollow
the four moist chambers
and even a mountain
can’t stop the beating
of the blackbird
wings or the woman
next door who says no
of course you didn’t hear that.
we were watching
a movie. you must have heard
in the movie. we had it up
loud. sorry to bother you.
i’m so sorry. we’ll turn it down
And I don’t need 36 views
of her bruises to know
there’s a mountain
Katsushika Hokusai (Japanese, 1760–1849)
Fuji from beneath Mannen Bridge in the Fukagawa District of Edo, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji, early 1830s
Color woodblock print
Mary A. Ainsworth Bequest, AMAM 1950.725
The Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) at Oberlin College seeks
applicants for a part-time assistant to coordinate the museum’s
publications, during the time that a search for a full-time
Publication, Membership and Media Manager is underway. We anticipate
a start-date for the Assistant in April, and it is likely that the
position can be continued into the early summer.
Responsibilities: Working closely with the director and curators, the
Assistant will help with the design and printing of a broad range of
museum materials, including development materials, brochures, labels
and vinyl wall texts, signage, posters, banners, and postcards, and
the design of email announcements.
Requirements: Design experience with the Adobe Creative Suite
(InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator); copywriting and editing skills;
excellent oral and written communication skills. The Assistant should
be detail-oriented, creative, proactive, reliable and congenial, with
the ability to coordinate multiple tasks/projects. A strong interest
in the visual arts is desired, as is previous experience with design
and the flow of work that surrounds museum exhibitions. Candidates
invited to interview will be required to perform an editing task.
To Apply: Submit a letter of application, writing sample (maximum 6
pages), curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references
by April 10, 2013, to: Sally Moffitt, Allen Memorial Art Museum,
Oberlin College, 87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074. Applications
received after the deadline may be considered until the position is
Happy Spring Break, Oberlin!
Color engraving and etching
Overall: 17 3/4 x 23 7/8 in. (451 x 606 mm)
Gift of Robert M. Light in memory of his parents, Freeman and Ara Light, 1959.58
Overall: 15 3/4 x 10 3/8 in. (400 x 264 mm)
Gift of Sarah G. Epstein (OC 1948), 1997.41.22
A Showery Day in Spring
Image: 14 3/4 x 25 7/8 in. (37.5 x 65.7 cm) Framed: 20 7/8 x 32 x 1 1/4 in. (53 x 81.3 x 3.2 cm)
Gift of A. Augustus Healy, 1919.12
Evening Bell at the End of Spring, from the series Eight views for the Four Seasons
Overall: 10 1/16 x 7 7/16 in. (255 x 189 mm)
Mary A. Ainsworth Bequest, 1950.345
New Audio Tour created! The AMAM and Oberlin Conservatory group Collegium Musicum Oberliniense have collaborated on three audio stops to bring to life the liturgical chants from manuscripts on view in the Private Prayer, Public Performance exhibition. Each audio stop features the musical performances introduced by Sara Green, curatorial assistant and exhibition co-organizer, and Professor of Musicology Steven Plank, director of the CMO. You can listen here (in high-quality stereo) to one of the beautiful performances by the Collegium Musicum group.
Student Performers include: Katelyn Emerson, Sarah Kahn, Dorothy Klement, Mariko Wakayama, Sara Lynn, Emily Ostrom, Lily Manshel, Anita Peebles, Ann Schaefer, and Kathleen Murphy.
All three stops, including commentary by Green and Plank, are available on our handheld audio guides in the museum galleries. Streaming audio in stereo of all three CMO performances can be found on the main AMAM site here.
Third Bessarion Master (Lombard, active mid-15th century)
Leaf from a Gradual, with the Initial G (“Gaudeamus”): All Saints,
Ink, tempera, and gold leaf on parchment
R. T. Miller Jr. Fund, AMAM 1940.96
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