Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Exhibition Initiative: professional shows from new student group

copied from the Oberlin Review

“Student Organization of the Week: Exhibition Initiative”
APRIL 21, 2011

Toward the end of the 2010 Winter Term, College seniors Anna Poe-Kest and Martha Moldovan were brainstorming ways to gain experience in art curation before they graduated. They decided on the Exhibition Initiative.

The Exhibition Initiative, which now boasts upwards of 20 members, focuses on holding student-curated art exhibits. Because the organization is not part of any institution, its members are given the chance to approach curating art in an experimental and innovative manner while learning more about the logistics of producing an exhibition and promoting art on campus.

Their initial focus was on displaying student art, and their first showcase went up during last year’s Commencement. Last semester the group was approached by the Plum Creek Review with a proposal to produce an exhibit of the little-known “Mail Art” movement.

The success of this show made the two realize the number of different directions their organization could take. While students make up most of their targeted audience, the timing of their shows also allowed them to reach out to community members, alumni and parents.

In addition, the Exhibition Initiative brought the internationally acclaimed artist Roni Horn to campus this semester. Her visit included critiques of four students’ artwork and a discussion of her own work.
Poe-Kest and Moldovan hope that the Exhibition Initiative will continue with annual student shows while seeking different outlets, like putting on non-student-related shows and hosting more speakers.

“I think there is a lot of room for expansion. We’re really open to seeing where this can take us,” said Poe-Kest.
In the immediate future, the Exhibition Initiative is planning a second student art show to open during Finals Week and remain open through Commencement. They will also write a catalogue to accompany the exhibit.

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Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Uncategorized


Open House at the Art Library

Art Library Open House Sunday May 29, 2011, 1-4

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Posted by on May 28, 2011 in library info


Exciting events taking place on Commencement weekend!

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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Krislov in Rebecca Black Friday video?

In May of 2011, a group of administrators at Oberlin College created a parody of the legendary Rebecca Black Friday video to honor the graduating seniors at their commencement dinner.

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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


Christina Neilsen honored

Oberlin Professor Christina Neilsen, who specializes in Baroque and Renaissance art history, has received two prestigious fellowships and a grant to live in Florence for a year, hooray!  Read more at the official Oberlin website:

Congratulations, Christina!

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Uncategorized


Oberlin Summer Theater Festival’s 2011 Season

OSTF presents its family classics in rotating rep, FREE to the public, in Oberlin College’s Hall Auditorium (Rt 58 at Rt 511), throughout the month of July. Scroll down for the schedule.

Box Office opens June 1st. 440-775-8169

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THE LITTLE PRINCE July 1 – July 30

By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Adapted from the novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupe

Directed by Alexis Macnab
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
In this magical adaptation of the timeless classic, a pilot who is stranded in the desert meets a little boy, the prince of a far-away planet, who teaches him what is truly important in life.  (Recommended for ages 5 and up.)

  A RAISIN IN THE SUN July 8 – July 29

by Lorraine Hansberry

Directed by Justin Emeka
“What happens to a dream deferred?”
In this uplifting American masterpiece, an African-American family is united in love, courage and pride as they struggle to overcome poverty, prejudice and harsh living conditions.  (Recommended for ages 8 and up)

HAMLET July 15 – July 30 

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Paul Moser
“To be or not to be, that is the question…”
A family adaptation of one of the greatest plays ever written; this is the story of the Prince of Denmark, who prompted by the ghost of his father, feigns madness to exact revenge on his uncle who has murderously usurped the throne.  (Recommended for ages 12 and up)

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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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ANPO Screening – King 306

ANPO Screening – King 306

Don’t miss today’s screening of
ANPO: Art X War
King 306
4:30pm this afternoon

This new documentary focuses on artwork by artists who react to 66
years of continuous U.S. military presence in Japan, centering on the
protests against the 1960 renewal of the U.S.-Japan Security Treaty
(“Anpo”). It combines beautiful camerawork, a stimulating original
soundtrack, and some provocative questions about the U.S. nuclear

The film is approximately 90 minutes long. We would like to promote
discussion after the screening, particularly as the film does not
offer answers to many of the questions posed therein.

Please contact Jason Herlands with any questions:

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Posted by on May 11, 2011 in Uncategorized


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OFS Professor Night with BRETT KASHMERE

Presented by the Oberlin Film Series

Friday, May 6th @ 9pm
West Lecture Hall
Oberlin College

Brett Kashmere is a Canadian-born, Pittsburgh-based filmmaker, curator, and writer. Combining traditional research methods with materialist aesthetics and hybrid interfaces, Kashmere’s experimental documentaries explore the intersection of history and (counter-) memory, geographies of identity, and the politics of representation.  His films and videos have screened internationally at the London Film Festival, Made in Video: International Video Art Festival in Copenhagen, Anthology Film Archives in New York, the Kassel Documentary Festival in Germany, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center in Buffalo, Portland’s Cinema Project and PDX Festival, New York’s Eyebeam, the British Film Institute, and The Images Festival in
Toronto, among other places.  He currently teaches in the Cinema Studies Program at Oberlin College.

Screening Line-Up:

unfinished passages (version one) — 16mm, 9 minutes
“History breaks down into images, not into stories.”  — Walter Benjamin, Passagen-Werk

unfinished passages (version two) — digital video, 17 minutes
Archival images and a contraflow of texts trace the migration of the artist’s great-grandfather from England to the Canadian prairies.  Using the shadow play of light and darkness as a metaphor for human memory, unfinished passages reframes this forced immigration/orphan experience through the developing lens of the cinema.  (London Film Festival)

Valery’s Ankle — digital video, 33 minutes
In September 1972 Canadian hockey pros faced the amateur Soviets for the first time ever. Canada’s victory in this famous Cold War showdown, thanks to a last-minute winning goal, has become the most celebrated Canadian story of all time. But the games were also marked by extreme acts of violence that are only subconsciously remembered.  Team Canada’s performance throughout the series and Bobby Clarke’s
two-handed slash of rival Russian star Valery Kharlamov’s ankle, in particular, signal a “glitch” in the production of Canadian nationalism, identity, and masculinity. This fracture disrupts Canadian self-identification as polite, peaceful and sportsmanlike and enacts a shadow identity as frustrated, aggressive and vengeful.  (BK)

“… using the avant-garde apparatus to shift the artistic mythology from Paul Henderson’s overdone orificial penetration to this moment of violence and shame may well give momentum (and integrity) to the discourses of sports, masculinity, and nationalism in Canadian cinemas.” (Thomas Waugh, The Romance of Transgression in Canada: Queering Sexualities, Nations, Cinemas)

“This rumination on hockey and violence is an essay film in the best, most Markerian sense of the term: personal, contemplative, and dense, its tightly focused topic opens nonetheless onto a broad field of inquiry.” (Sean Rogers, Broken Pencil)
The Fifth Quarter — HD video, work-in-progress (excerpts)
The Fifth Quarter is an experimental documentary on the history and geography of basketball in America. Continuing my research into the cross-section of sports, identity, and nationality, The Fifth Quarter focuses on the evolution of basketball from its indoor middle class roots to an outdoor city game, with particular emphasis on its merger with hip hop in the mid-1980s and the rise of the “Dunkadelic Era.” (BK)

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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized

To call Chris Jordan a photographer or an artist is to deny the simultaneously empathetic and journalistic bent of his works.  Jordan, whose collection Running the Numbers was on display at the Allen Memorial Art Museum in 2008, is a master of subjectivity.

Chris Jordan creates art on a large scale–one might even call it mass produced–for a public which he believes is anesthetized by the overabundance of product as well as of information.  His pieces are designed to wake the American public by mixing objective fact with subjective truth.  Jordan’s relationship to his audience is incredibly complex, a fact to which his blog attests. He writes,

My friend the artist Richard Lang says the opposite of beauty is not ugliness, but indifference. For me this means that to live ethical lives, we are called to turn toward the staggering enormity of human-caused catastrophes like the Pacific Garbage Patch and the Gulf Oil Disaster, opening our heart to their horrors, and taking the risk that we might be overwhelmed by the potent feelings this process brings up in us. I can see no other acceptable approach, yet I fear that by dwelling on the awfulness of these tragedies—and the smorgasbord of others we survey in the news every day—we may lose our already tenuous connection with life’s beauty, mystery, humor, and joy. I want to learn to stand in the paradox of these conflicting realities, turning more fully toward each of them despite the anxiety involved, as they generate their respective teachings about what it means to live as an engaged citizen in our times.

He calls on America with a gentle but serious voice.  Unlike so many of those bemoaning the state of the modern American consumerist conscience, from aritsts to activists, Jordan works with rather than against the so-called failings of the human mind, including the “collective negligence” which have caused the very problems against which he works.   Jordan asks his viewer to respond to the problems of a consumerist world on both an emotional and intellectual level by mixing statistic with sweeping image in his Running the Numbers series, and questions the the nature of waste itself in the haunting, recently occupied wreckage of In Katrina’s Wake.  These impulses combine beautifully in Jordan’s present project, Midway, which documents the deaths of young albatrosses due to the over-consumption of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean.

In short, Clarence recommends that you check out Chris Jordan’s work!

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Posted by on May 2, 2011 in Uncategorized