Monthly Archives: November 2008

NY Times reviews Obie Alumn

Art critic Roberta Smith of the New York Times reviews Oberlin alumn Cory Arcangel’s new show in SoHo. Check it out here.

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Posted by on November 25, 2008 in Uncategorized


Cleveland Museum Internships

Erik Inglis passed along information about a number of unpaid internships the Cleveland Museum offers to students. While they can’t accommodate students only for winter term, they do have spring and summer part-time internship programs. All the information you need is below:

Undergraduate Internships at the Cleveland Museum of Art

The Cleveland Museum of Art welcomes those with an interest in learning more about its stellar collections and the various departments that contribute to its seamless functions. Unpaid interns are placed in a variety of departments that may potentially include curatorial, education, collections management, conservation, library, human resources, marketing/ external affairs, and performing arts and film. In return, interns receive orientation and a variety of experiences that give broad insight into how museums work, as well opportunities to interact with fellow interns. Internships are structured so that applicants may receive credit from their local colleges or universities. Interns are placed in fall, spring, and summer terms. Generally, a commitment of 160 hours during the term is required with a statement of purpose submitted to an academic advisor at the beginning of the term. Mentors from the CMA staff can provide interns with any necessary evaluation to comply with the granting college or university’s terms for independent study credit.

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a resumé of education and employment, including a list of any relevant courses taken, as well as a 500-word essay about career goals, interest in museum work, and reasons for applying. Please send all materials to Alicia Hudson Garr at

Spring 2009 term starts January 12, 2009 and runs for 16 weeks. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials in November 2008 for notification of placement in December 2008.

Summer 2009 session begins the week of May 25th; Summer session runs ten weeks through the week of August 3rd. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials by March 2009; applicants will be notified of their placements early April, 2009.

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Posted by on November 20, 2008 in Uncategorized


2 for 1 weekend in Fisher

You know it’s nearing the end of the semester when the art shows start racking up. This week Fisher, along with the ground floor of the venturi building, is playing host to 2 shows. The first is “PORTRAITURE: & How Meaning is Informed by the use of Multiples,” projects from students in Prof. Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias’s sculpture class. Opening up in conjunction with this show is the work of students in Julia Christensen’s Land Arts in an Electronic Age class; their show is “Diversify or Decay: The Rust Belt Buckles.” The official openings of both shows will be this Friday at 7:30 pm. See you there!

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Posted by on November 19, 2008 in Uncategorized


design the t-shirt sent to admitted students!

Remember the feeling when you got that acceptance letter to Oberlin? Remember the feeling when, a week later, you got the coveted Oberlin t-shirt in the mail? The offices of Admissions and Communications of Oberlin have decided that it’s time to re- that shirt, and they want YOU to be the one to come up with the new design. To that effect, they are announcing a design competition. You can check it out at their easy-to-remember url,

Here’s the long and short of it: They’re looking for a 2 or 3 color design, to be submitted as a CD by December 12 to the Office of Communications, in Illustrator, InDesign, Quark, Photoshop, or Freehand (the Adobe product). The judging panel consists of Marvin Krislov, Ben Jones (head of Communications), Debra Chermonte (head of Admissions/Financial Aid), Leslie Braat (Senior Associate director of Admissions), Megan Harding (Oberlin’s Brand Manager), and our very own Johns, Harwood (Architectural History) and Pearson (Silkscreen, Painting, and Drawing). The winner, besides all the fame and glory, gets $100.

Let’s get designing!

courtesty of Office of Communications

courtesty of Office of Communications

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Posted by on November 19, 2008 in Uncategorized


German artists in town for the week

Prof. Annmarie Sammartino has arranged for conceptual artists Renata Stih and Frieder Schnock to come to Oberlin this week. They will be presenting a free lecture called “Artists at Work–The New Berlin” on November 19 at 4:30 in Hallock Auditorium, in the AJLC. The talk is sponsored by History, Art History, Art, Jewish Studies and German Studies departments, and will be followed by a reception. Here’s what Prof. Sammartino wrote about Stih and Schnock:

Renata Stih & Frieder Schnock are conceptual artists exploring how
memory functions in the social sphere and how it is reflected
symbolically in the space of the city. Moreover, they consider how the
intrusion of art in public space affects everyday life in memorial
projects including “Places of Remembrance” in Berlin, “BUS STOP”,
“TheCity As Text — Jewish Munich.” According to the geographer Karen
Till, this work thematizes the fact that the history of Nazi
criminality “took place through people’s actions and movements through
homes, parks, city streets, public squares and trains stations,
surrounding greenbelts, forests and networks of concentration and
extermination camps and sits of persecution.”

They also focus on art collections as places of collective memory,like
the environment at the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart Who Needs Art – We Need
Potatoes (1998), The Art of Collecting – Flick in Berlin (2004).Show
Your Collection, an art documentation with major museums inMunich was
presented to the public with a performance as a ‘guidedtour’ in
October 2008.

As curators they worked, with the collections of the Peabody Essex
Museum in Salem/USA and the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale on the
multi-media exhibition called “LIFE~BOAT”.

Renata Stih is a professor at University of Applied Sciences in
Berlin, and shares her experience in painting, drawing, art and
technology, pop culture, theatre, film, and media. Dr. Frieder Schnock
is an art historian, critic, and curator, with a wide range of
interests ranging from 18th century landscape gardens and photography
to curatorial projects involving in museums, private collections, and

Their work has met with critical acclaim as “radical” and
“historically illuminating” attempts to provoke discussion about the
immediate but often obscured relationship of the German past to its

Check out their website to find out more. They do some really interesting work, and this talk is bound to be great.

But wait, there’s more! If you are an Oberlin student who wants to meet with the artists this week Tuesday or Wednesday for lunch/coffee, they are interested in meeting with you! Just email Prof. Sammartino to arrange a time.

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Posted by on November 17, 2008 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker


AMAM After Hours

Tomorrow marks the Allen Museum’s yearly night-time bash known as “Allen After Hours.” The museum will remain open at night from 7:00pm until 9:30pm so that students may come check out new exhibitions, live music, and catered food. This tradition began in 1997 and ceased in 2002, only to be revived by Education Director Jason Trimmer last fall. This year’s After Hours party will feature music by students Evan Adams, Alex Christie, and Michael Rosen, door prizes, and food provided by Pink Peppercorn catering. There will also be a live WOBC dj on site at the museum and a camera team making a short film to debut on the new Oberlin website.

AMAM at Night

In other AMAM news, the museum now has an official facebook group created by Education Assistant Alex Michel. You can check it out here. The museum is also hosting images of some works in the collection on Facebook application ArtShare. It allows you to feature art of your choosing on your Facebook profile. You can check that out here.

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Posted by on November 16, 2008 in Allen Museum


Big Box Reuse: The Phenomenon

We posted earlier in the week about Julia Christensen’s new book Big Box Reuse. Here is an update on press, lectures and signings, and where you can buy the book. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Uncategorized


Winter Term Opportunities with Extended Deadlines

According to Career Services, a number of Winter Term internships in the arts have extended their deadlines to apply. There are opportunities for you to work as an artist assistant, museum intern, and much more. The new deadline is SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16. All of the descriptions are after the jump so Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Uncategorized



Art History Research Workshop: Winter Term

Opportunities for Winter Term projects in the arts abound! Art History Professor Erik Inglis has just announced that he will be offering a prose seminar in the humanities. His explanation is below.

Research Workshop in Art History (and the Humanities)

Have you ever handed in a paper and known that it could have been much better if you’d had more time to work on it? Then this Winter Term is for you. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 13, 2008 in Uncategorized


“An embarassment of riches”

That’s how Prof. Jim Van Dyke described the art lectures at Oberlin lately. Earlier this week we saw artist and MacArthur grant winner Judy Pfaff come into town, and tomorrow we have two more lectures. At 4:30 in classroom 1, Dr. Anne Hemreich is coming from Case Western to speak on “What is so British about British Art?” If you haven’t heard yet, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is currently having an exhibition of British Art, and the talk is sponsored by both the AMAM and Chloe Hamilton Young Fund.
Then, at 7:30 tomorrow, Prof. Marcello Barbanera of the Universita di Roma (aka University of Rome for you non-Italian speakers). His lecture title is “the Metamorphosis of Ruins for Cultural Identity.” His abstract is after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on November 12, 2008 in Uncategorized