Monthly Archives: October 2008

Internship Info Session

This Monday November 3rd the Art Department and staff members of the AMAM will be hosting an info session on internships in the arts. Students will be there to discuss their experiences in intern programs at the Frick, the Morgan Library, the Whitney, the Brooklyn Museum, and the DeKooning Foundation. It will be a great opportunity to hear about opportunities for the future. It will be held in Classroom 1 at 4:30pm. Pizza and refreshments will be provided!

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Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Uncategorized


Obie Sighting

We’d like to congratulate recent Oberlin alumns Ben Tear and Kevin Lubrano, who have been accepted into The Mountain School of the Arts, a highly competitive, tuition free ‘school’ in Los Angeles. It is comprised of weekly seminars, much like the Whitney Program (but only for three months) and has a long list of seminar leaders that make up some of the most interesting artists, curators and theorists from around the world. More information on the program can be found on the Mountain School’s website.

This courtesy of Nanette Yannuzzi.

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Posted by on October 30, 2008 in Obie Sighting


Historic Wall Painting Winter Term Class

This information is courtesy of Rian Brown in the Cinema Studies Department:

Dear all,
I wanted to make you aware of an on-campus group Winter Term Project that I am co-sponsoring with Susan Kane and John Harwood from the Art History Dept.  If you could help in spreading the word to students and advisees. Its a really great opportunity to be an integral part of an international project with Handshouse Studios and a major touring exhibition. We will be present at the Winter Term Fair on Monday Oct 27 if students would like to drop by and ask questions.

Handshouse Studio (
Lost Historic Wall Paintings: Oberlin College Winter Term 2009
January 5 – 16, 2009 – 9:00 – 5:00

Handshouse Studio is bringing the Gwozdziec Synagogue Lost Historic Painting project to Oberlin College as a winter term program, 2009. Students from all disciplines are welcome. In a 10-day workshop, we will produce a 1/2-scale replica of a portion of vaulted ceiling of the Gwozdziec Synagogue on scaled wooden panels using 18th century painting processes. A team of faculty and students from Mass College of Art and Design will work along side Oberlin students in this “learn by doing” workshop. This painting project is part of significant ongoing research of the wooden synagogues of Poland, ultimately leading to the making of a full-scale replica of the Gwozdziec synagogue roof and ceiling for the Museum for the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw. The goal of the Gwozdziec painting project is to make a complete and accurate 1/2 replica of the entire painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec Synagogue, built in 1715, to better
understand and appreciate the architecture and art of this unique synagogue. The completed painting will be added to the exhibit Wooden Synagogue: Recovering History Through Art and Architecture, which will open in the Mudd Library in Spring 2009.

For more information please contact
Rian Brown, Susan Kane or John Harwood

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Posted by on October 28, 2008 in Uncategorized


MASS MoCA is looking for spring interns

courtesy of Art Dept co-chair Erik Inglis:

MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is the largest center for contemporary visual and performing arts in the country. Housed on a restored 19th-century factory campus, our spacious, light-filled galleries feature changing exhibitions of the best art of our time, including dozens of newly commissioned works. Our year-round schedule of performing arts ranges from popular music to new theater, contemporary dance to rollicking dance parties, and from alternative cabaret to beautifully screened films. Artists who have been exhibited at MASS MoCA include Robert Wilson, Ann Hamilton, Gregory Crewdson, Matthew Ritchie, Tim Hawkinson, Oyvind Fahlstrom. Artists that have performed on our stages Bang on a Can All Stars, Laurie Anderson, Pam Tillis, Patti Smith, Philip Glass, Bill T. Jones, Joan Baez, Yo La Tengo and They Might Be Giants.

MASS MoCA seeks full-time interns for various departments. Spend any season in the culturally rich, naturally beautiful Berkshires, while gaining invaluable professional experience in the arts. Paid interns are given $100/wk stipend and free housing with a block of the complex.

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Posted by on October 27, 2008 in Uncategorized


College Night at MOCA

If any of you are staying in the Oberlin area for break, this is totally worth checking out:

FREE College Night @ MOCA Cleveland
Wednesday, October 22
8501 Carnegie Ave.

Free entry with college ID
Experience the fall season exhibitions, “Jorge Pardo: House” and “Sheila Pree Bright: Suburbia + Facing Race”
FREE food + donations bar
Enter to win door prizes
10% off in Artspace, MOCA’s museum store

From 6:00-7:00pm see student work presented in “Slideshow @ MOCA,” juried by Case Western Reserve University’s Graduate Art History Association. –


Posted by on October 16, 2008 in Uncategorized


Joyce Szabo Lecture Tomorrow

Allen Memorial Art Museum


Thursday October 16, 5:00pm—Allen Art Building,

Classroom 1

Dr. Joyce Szabo, Professor of Art History at the University of

New Mexico, will be speaking on the Cheyenne warrior-artist, Howling Wolf, in conjunction with the exhibition,

‘“The Painted Arrow People”: Art of the Cheyenne.’

Free and Open to the Public. More information on the “Painted Arrow People” exhibition can

be found at:

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Posted by on October 15, 2008 in Allen Museum, Visiting Speaker


Gadabout Traveling Film Festival

For those people who are done with midterms early, the Gadabout Traveling Film Festival makes its way to Oberlin on Thursday, October 16 at 8pm. Happening in King 106,the Gadabout is a festival in its 7th year. Besides an hour of international independent short films, the night Festival features art by the Justseed art collective, and artist Kristine Virsis will be there to show off her work as well as the work of the rest of the collective. There will also be live music by Halo Fauna, a trio on plan-it-x records.

For more information on the festival, go to

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Posted by on October 13, 2008 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker


Obie Artists featured in Student Slideshow at MOCA

3 Oberlin students have recently been named finalists in the “Student Slideshow@MOCA” juried art competition. The competition, sponsored by the Graduate Art History Association of Case Western Reserve University, recently named Oberlin seniors Ayla Zeimer, Helen Levi, and Cara Turett, as one of ten finalists from colleges and universites around Northeast Ohio.

At the slideshow, which will be held on October 22 at 6 pm, each of the ten finalists will show 8-10 slides of work over five minutes, and then receive feedback from the jury. The jury consists of Jennifer Finkel (Curator, the Cleveland Clinic Art Program), Paul Sobota (Front Room Gallery), Dana Depew (Asterisk Gallery), and Megan Lykin (Associate Curator, MOCA Cleveland). For more information, please visit, and if you are in town for fall break, please stop by!

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Posted by on October 13, 2008 in Obie Sighting


Amsterdam Over Winter Term?

Courtesy of Susan Umbenhour


Travel Project – 2 weeks – from January 8th- 22nd, 2009


Informational Meeting for students – Wednesday, October, 15th 4:30pm South Dome behind Clarence Ward Wing

Twelve students from the Art, Art History and Environmental Studies departments, led by Don Harvey and Susan Umbenhour, will travel to Amsterdam, Holland to engage in a two week workshop with Carolyn Strauss. As architect and designer, Strauss is an emerging leader in the sustainable design movement, the founder of Slowiab and one of the major international proponents of Slow Design whose principles have been around for five years and are now recognized in the seminal Design Dictionary published by Birkhauser. These students will become immersed in Slowlab’s philosophy through a series of presentations and dialogues, site visits, studio exercises, and other creative explorations—using local people, settings and projects to stimulate their understanding of slow design as a form of creative activism and a valuable path to sustainability. Her colleague and partner, Allastair Fuad-Luke are the momentum behind a group of cutting edge designers, artists, and architects and have grounded themselves in creative activism, a slower pace pathway to sustainable living and design.

Her movement shares principles and motivation with the Slow Food movement, which has been around for 17 years and is more widely known. The slow movement in general is a reaction against things like fast foods; the homogenization of cultures; the risks of monocultures in both agricultural and natural realms; the commercialization of daily life on a global scale. In turn, it champions local and regional differences and specificity; diversity in all forms of cultural activity and identity; small scale enterprise; and activities designed to bring people together in community oriented actions. A major focus of the workshop will be to build a continuing relationship with a design organization which offers a paradigm to assist Oberlin students in developing strategies for implementation on the Oberlin Campus.

The first six days of the workshop in Amsterdam will serve to introduce the six sustainable principles of Slow Design and discuss projects that are relevant to each principle. The next 3 days will be spent in Friesland (Eco Cathedral / Time Foundation)and the northern island of Terschelling studying further projects. The last three work days will be spent back in Amsterdam working on projects/strategies to bring dialogue and intervention to the Oberlin campus when students return for Spring Semester.

This latter aspect of the project is one we consider of highest importance.

By creating the necessity that students conceive and execute projects, we help assure that the information they gain is consolidated and assimilated by putting it into practice, and we allow the students to become ‘ambassadors’ for what we hope will become a joint research initiative for Studio Art, Art History/Architecture and the Environmental Studies curriculums.

Students interested in NETHERLANDS WT experience


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Posted by on October 9, 2008 in Uncategorized


Collegiate Journal of Art call for papers

This just in, courtesy of Prof. Erik Inglis:

With the help of fellow undergraduates at Dartmouth College and other colleges nationwide, we have issued four volumes of the Collegiate Journal of Art and plan to release our fifth volume in April. We are already working towards producing our fifth volume and would like to ask for your help in our project.

For our fourth issue we received a large number of very competitive papers, and we would like to continue improving and expanding the scope of our journal beyond Dartmouth in order to provide a forum and resource for the entire undergraduate art history community. We recognize the strength of your art history program and would like to solicit submissions from students of your undergraduate department for our upcoming issue. We hope that you will be able to help us in our endeavor.
We publish art history papers written solely by undergraduate students, hailing from schools across the country. We also include a creative writing section, internship and alumni resource section, and listings of college museum exhibitions. The journal serves as the only available national forum for the publication of undergraduate work in the field of art history. Therefore, the journal aspires to serve as a rich resource for students and faculty alike, and to stimulate interaction within the undergraduate art history community.

We plan to release our fifth issue in April and are currently calling for submissions. We hope that you will forward our request to your art history majors and minors. Submissions can be e-mailed to and become property of the journal. Submissions must be original work, cited
properly and will be subject to revision. We accept articles on any topic in the field of art history and there is no specific length requirement. We are primarily looking for perceptive, original viewpoints and  interpretations.

The deadline for submissions is December 1.

We very much look forward to reading another round of submissions and thank you for your help. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns.
Many thanks,

Virginia Deaton and Anna Dev
Co-Editors in Chief
Collegiate Journal of Art

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Posted by on October 6, 2008 in Uncategorized