Monthly Archives: February 2008

Want Art on a Thursday Night?

THIS and Thursday nights to come you can see Lovis Dies, a show of student art. Beginning at 8pm at 16.5 South Main Street, these student shows are presented by 13 and Lovin’ It and So What Magazine. All students, faculty, and friends are welcome.

TONIGHT: “Two Minutes in Heaven are Better than One Minutes in Heaven: Photography by Helen Levi, with work done in collaboration with Helen Stuhr-Rommerein.

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Posted by on February 29, 2008 in Uncategorized



The Grape needs you!

One of Oberlin’s campus publications, The Grape, is putting out a call for artists who would like to be featured on the front and back covers. Campus publications have switched to a printing firm that allows for full-color on the front page, and The Grape would like to feature Oberlin artists. The Grape is a bi-weekly publication and sources say that they are looking for any sort of artwork, but may be interested in finding artists to illustrate their covers in a way relating to feature stories.

Contact the editors of The Grape at The.Grape [at]

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Posted by on February 28, 2008 in Uncategorized


“Musician. Humanitarian. National Threat.”

OBIE SIGHTING: John Scheinfeld, OC ’75, will be back in town on Thursday to be a special guest at the screening of “The U.S. vs. John Lennon.”
What makes John such a special guest? He is the co-producer, co-writer, and co-director (with David Leaf) of this film which explores how John Lennon moved from being music sensation to antiwar activist, using extensive archival footage. Be sure to come by Hallock Auditorium (in the AJLC) Thursday night at 7:30 PM to check out this 2006 documentary with its maker.
This screening and meeting with the filmmaker is sponsored by the Cinema Studies Dept, Office of the President, and Alumni Office.

film website:

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Posted by on February 26, 2008 in Uncategorized


AMAM Acquires Important Painting by François Boucher

On February 12th the Allen Memorial Art Museum debuted its latest acquisition in the East Gallery. After much research done by Andria Derstine, the Museum’s Curator of European Art, and Stephanie Wiles, the Museum’s Director, the Allen purchased Allegory of the Education of Louis XV by François Boucher. Completed in 1756, this work is painted using only shades of black, white, and grey—called a grisaille. Though Boucher frequently used grisailles as compositional studies for larger color works, he created this piece as a study for a number of engravings revolving around the life of King Louis XV. This purchase was made possible by the R.T. Miller, Jr. Fund, the Museum Friends of Art Fund, and the Ripin Art Purchase Fund. It currently remains on display on the South wall in the East Gallery above the fireplace.

On April 8th at 2:30 pm please join Andria Derstine who will be giving a lecture on this magnificent new acquisition as part of the museum’s Tuesday Tea series.


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Posted by on February 24, 2008 in Allen Museum



Visiting Artist: Carroll Dunham

Carroll Dunham, a painter whose work revolves around human sexuality, will be speaking about his work on Tuesday February 26 at 5:00 pm in Classroom I of the Art Building. His work can be quite explicit in its imagery. Stylistically his non-realistic images extrapolate the direct essence of intimate human interactions that have come to focus very explicitly on genitalia. The work is very direct and expressionist in its manner of execution and the drawing style reflected seems to be intentionally cartoon-like. His work appears to relate more to the world of underground comic books than to the work of the Abstract Expressionist Willem DeKooning. There is a childlike freshness to the work that contradicts the mature content His paintings tend to be very large and they are both visually and conceptually challenging.

This lecture is sponsored by the Ellen Johnson Fund and accompanies a show of Dunham’s prints that runs in the Allen Memorial Art Museum from February 5 to March 23.

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Posted by on February 21, 2008 in Uncategorized


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Need Money For Your Exhibition?

Funding is available to students on a competitive basis through The PoGo Family Foundation for student-curated exhibitions of 2-D or 3-D art. The grants are intended to cover the costs of materials to mount the exhibit, documentation and related marketing materials for a gallery and/or Internet-based exhibit. The exhibition requires faculty sponsorship and should be developed either in conjunction with an existing course or an approved independent study program. Questions about the program and possible grant applications should be addressed to Professor Johnny Coleman, Associate Professor of African American Studies and Art (johnny.coleman [at] or x56908).


Full guidelines and application form are available through the Grants Opportunities link or on the Student Grants tab of the Sponsored Programs Blackboard site.

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Posted by on February 20, 2008 in Uncategorized


Michael Trigilio of Neighborhood Public Radio visits Oberlin


As part of the Margin Release new media lecture series at Oberlin this spring, Michael Trigilio of Neighborhood Public Radio will be speaking at the Cat in the Cream on Monday, February 25 at 12 noon. NPR is an activist/artist group based out of Oakland and San Fransisco that presents shows created by and intended for the people in the place it happens to be broadcasting from. Check out their website:

In conjunction with the talk, the studio art class “Margin Release” and TIMARA class “Digital Art and Public Performance” will be presenting FMemory Sunday, February 24 at 2 PM in the art building. Anyone is welcome to come or just tune in. Bring your portable radio player (boombox, walkman, etc), if you have one.

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Posted by on February 18, 2008 in Uncategorized



Architectural and Temporal Transformation

February 13: 5:00 PM, Art Building, Classroom I

Felicity Scott, Columbia University: Groovin’ on Time

Clarence Ward Spring 2008 Lecture Series



The psychedelic experience of a spatial expansion of “consciousness” and sense of an interconnected “planetary culture” was widespread among the late-sixties counterculture. This identification with a global community and its concern for the entire Earth’s ecosphere was largely a postindustrial phenomenon, a reflection upon new technological potentials that, while apparently euphoric, were haunted by a politics of survival. In addition to this spatial sensation was an equally symptomatic sense of temporal transformation. The psychedelic experience of the “trip” involved an “expanded time phenomenon”, a sense of one’s ability to “dwell exponentially” in time, or to experience not the sequential passing of time but accelerating rates of change.



It was within this historical condition that Ant Farm was founded in 1968 on a platform of educational reform, one intending to bring architectural pedagogy into alignment with these radically transformed space-time relations and in so doing to offer a “turned-on” counterpart to normative models of pedagogy.


from Documenta 12

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Posted by on February 12, 2008 in Uncategorized


Architectural Design Studio Exhibition

on behalf of jesse lecavalier (ETH zuerich) and the students enrolled in the winter term course “PRIMER: Introductory Architectural Design  Studio,” i would like to invite you to a closing show of the students’ work on friday, february 8 at 7pm in the gallery between the two domes.


i will give a very brief presentation on the structure and method of the course, and then the students will present their projects and answer your questions.  afterwards, please join us for a reception in the gallery.


any and all are welcome;  we hope to see you there!




John Harwood

Assistant Professor of Modern Architectural History

Dept. of Art

Oberlin College

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Posted by on February 5, 2008 in Uncategorized


Call For Papers: Museum Tuesday Tea Series

Open To All Oberlin College seniors 

Date of Presentation:  Tuesday, May 13 at 2:30pm

The Allen Memorial Art Museum is seeking submissions from Oberlin College 

seniors for a lecture to be presented during the last Tuesday Tea of the spring

semester, May 13, 2008 at 2:30 pm.  With this opportunity, the AMAM hopes

to celebrate the achievements of a graduating Oberlin student.  


Tuesday Teas are part of a popular adult lecture series that occur on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year.  Past speakers have included AMAM staff, Oberlin College professors, outside scholars, and other art  professionals.  Tuesday Teas are held in the galleries and generally last about 30 – 45 minutes, followed by a question and answer period.  Light refreshments are then served in the East Gallery.


Papers should focus on a single work of art in the permanent collection or a special exhibition, preferably on display.  Proposals will be in part assessed on the work’s suitability for discussion in situ before a large audience.  A one-page abstract should be submitted, along with a resume and letter of interest, to Jason Trimmer, Curator of Education, at the address below by Tuesday, March 4, 2008, no later than 5:00pm.  An Art History or Studio major is not required, but the student’s academic background and familiarity with his or her subject will be taken into consideration.


Abstracts will be juried by AMAM curatorial staff and the selection announced

by March 17, 2008.


For more information or questions, contact:

Jason Trimmer

Curator of Education

Allen Memorial Art Museum

(440) 775-8671

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Posted by on February 4, 2008 in Uncategorized