Monthly Archives: March 2009

Anna-Claire Stinebring to give AMAM Tuesday Tea

Congratulations to Senior Art History major Anna-Claire Stinebring, who has been selected by the Allen Museum to give a Tuesday Tea lecture! Every year the museum reviews papers from graduating seniors and selects one student to present his/her paper at the final Tuesday Tea of the semester. Anna-Claire will present her paper “The Manifestation of the Interior” on Baldassare Peruzzi’s “The Mystic Marriage of St. Catherine” (1502-1503). Come see her talk on Tuesday, May 12, at 2:30pm in the East Gallery.

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Posted by on March 31, 2009 in Allen Museum


Art Department info sessions this week

The Art History Faculty will be hosting two informational meetings this Thursday April 2 in Classroom 1 of the Art Building. The first one at 8:30pm is for students thinking about majoring in art history. The faculty will discuss the major’s requirements, how to plan for them, and answer any questions.

The second meeting, at 9:00pm on Thursday in the same classroom, is an informational session on honors in art history. All students interested in pursuing honors are encouraged to attend.

This information courtesy of Erik Inglis

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Posted by on March 31, 2009 in Uncategorized


Call for .ppt submissions

Primitive Species has put out a call for submissions for Oberlin’s very first BYO.PPT night. Yes, Bring Your Own Powerpoint. They say it better than we can:

This is an opportunity to present your esoteric research, Youtube archeology, Lunch break doodles, and magical physics demonstrations. It is also an opportunity to recapture a much abused performance style.

The presentation format is as follows:
RULE A) 20 slides, 20 seconds for a slide (this is flexible).
RULE B) you cannot present on the content of your day job, or main area of study (this is also flexible).

Please respond with the following information:
Your name, a one sentence Bio, and one sentence on the topic of your presentation.

There will be a projector provided, as well as a computer running keynote, a new’ish version of powerpoint, and the ability to display a series of jpgs off of your CD, USB key drive, or the internet.

Submissions are due to Primitive Species by April 6th, so it’s time to dust off those presentation skills. The event itself will be held at 9 PM on Wednesday, April 22, at 16 1/2 S. Main St.

For more information and to submit your .ppt, please email pioneerspecies [at]

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Posted by on March 29, 2009 in Uncategorized


Film Screening: Wild Combination

See the below information about the Viewing Positions film screening this week:

A Portrait of Arthur Russell by Matt Wolf

Wednesday, March 18, 2009, 9pm
16.5 South Main St.
Black doors to the right of Subway
Student Apartment
Oberlin, OH 44074


Disco-not-disco NYC genius Arthur Russell’s legend comes to Oberlin

OBERLIN, Ohio – Please join Pioneer Species and Viewing Positions: Contemporary Cinema in Context in screening filmmaker Matt Wolf’s stunning documentary Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell. Official selection at both the Berlin and Edinburgh Film Festivals, Wild Combination attempts to tell the story of avant-genius Arthur Russell, yet another AIDS victim whose work and mind have been lauded posthumously as something out of this world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 16, 2009 in Uncategorized


Film being shot by Oberlin Grad

Arcanum Productions is a film production company started and run by Oberlin alumnus Mika Johnson. Currently, the Arcanum is working on Johnson’s latest piece, entitled Amerika: A notebook in three parts. This film traces the journey through America of a Japanese woman named Kat. Kat’s journey is both physical and spiritual as she searches for a genuinely “American” experience.

What is most notable for Obies about this project is that parts of the filming will be down right here in Lorain County. Johnson is working to keep his costs under $1 million, and is shooting several scenes in the area with the aid of students in the Cinema Studies program. To read more about the project, you can visit its webpage.

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Posted by on March 15, 2009 in Obie Sighting


“Video as Video” Lecture and Screening

This Thursday March 12th at 4:30pm in Classroom 1, critic/curator Alicia Eler (OC ’06) and artist Peregrine Honig will lecture on their recent curatorial project “Video as Video: Rewind to Form,” which opened at Swimming Pool Project Space in Chicago in 2008. All the videos from the show will be screened on Wednesday March 11th at 7:30pm in Classroom 1.

Abhishek Hazra, Codework (2007)

Abhishek Hazra, Codework (2007)

Video as Video: Rewind to Form
Curating Contemporary Video Art

Art critic Alicia Eler and artist Peregrine Honig discuss the creative curatorial process and concept behind Video as Video: Rewind to Form, an international show exploring the idea of video as the new painting. Works in this show encompass a wide range of mediums, including drawing, sculpture, animation, performance art and film, and suggest video’s ability to bridge all art forms. Eler and Honig will also discuss video art’s conceptual nature, the influx of video art at art fairs, the convenience and portability of curating video, and challenges faced by video art collectors. All works from the show will screen the day before this lecture. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on March 10, 2009 in Uncategorized


Translation and Conversion in Istanbul

Art Professors Sarah Schuster and Nanette Yannuzzi-Macias are in the midst of an exciting project in Istanbul and online. The project/show, “Translation and Conversion: A Meditation on the Everyday in Three Parts” is up at Play Studio in Istanbul as well as online. The show, which was conceived not only by Schuster and Yannuzzi-Macias but also by İz Öztat, Suat Öğüt and Ian Warren, considers the space of “home” as a structure that permeates and controls our lives. This participatory piece invites anyone to submit an everyday event through video or text. These electronic submissions are then transformed into print onto a scroll at the gallery, and will then be re-transformed into electronic and disseminated to participant/viewers. This one part of the three part project runs from March 6 until March 20, and the artists also credit to senior art majors Amy Giovanna Rinaldi, Sarah Krugman and Hilary Zarabi Aazam.

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Posted by on March 9, 2009 in Obie Sighting


Women and Art Music (WAM!) perform next Monday

The newly formed Women and Art Music (WAM!) group will be giving its first public performance next Monday, March 9, at 8 PM in Fairchild Chapel. WAM! is a group of ten women musicians from Oberlin who are dedicated to celebrate women in the ever-growing new music scene by performing works by living women new music performers. WAM!’s inaugural performance will be the piece “six for new time,” by Pauline Oliveros. This piece holds special significance as Oliveros composed the piece ten years ago this month in Oberlin. Learn more about WAM! at its site.

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Posted by on March 3, 2009 in Uncategorized


Office of Undergraduate Research Presentations

This Thursday, pack your lunch and come to Wilder 101 for the presentations of Research Fellows who have been working in, you guessed it- Art!

First up at 12:20 is junior art history major Victoria Werner, whose paper is Assessing Small Finds as an Archaeological Conservator: Case Studies from Ancient Italy and Egypt. Werner’s sponsor was Archeology and Art History Professor Susan Kane, with whom Werner has spent summers on digs in the Sangro Valley.

At 12:50, senior art history major Natasha Davis reports on Urban Reclamation: The Role of Politicized Street Art in Berlin. Davis has now been researching street art in Berlin for two years as an OCRF, and her talk promises to be especially exciting.

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Posted by on March 3, 2009 in Obie Sighting


Architecture events this week

This week the Clarence Ward “Transnational Modernisms” Architectural series continues with a visit by Ken Tadashi Oshima from University of Washington. On March 7, Saturday, at 5:00 PM, Oshima will be giving a public talk on the Czech architects Antonin and Noémi Raymond, the design team that help introduce modernist architecture in Japan. On Sunday, March 8, Oshima will be leading a group to Toledo to look at The Glass Pavilion. This is especially exciting as Oshima has curated the first retrospective of the architectural firm that designed the Pavilion, SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa). If you wish to come on the tour of The Glass Pavilion, please contact John Harwood by 5 PM on Wednesday March 4, so you can reserve a space on the bus. The event will run from 10 AM until 3:30 PM. Oshima’s bio can be found after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on March 3, 2009 in Visiting Speaker