Category Archives: Art Openings and Exhibitions

New Oberlin Screening Series

Beginning this Wednesday, April 13th, a student run program, FOCUS GROUP, will present weekly explorations of unique moving image artwork and experimental cinema. The series promises to bridge college and community by spreading its festive projections and ambulatory installations throughout the town of Oberlin. The arrival of spring will also be celebrated with several outdoor screenings. Watch for events featuring a broad range of genres, mediums (digital video, celluloid film, PowerPoint slides), and presentation formats, at such diverse locations as the Oberlin Cable Co-op, Tappan Square, Fairchild Chapel, and elsewhere over the next two months.

See schedule below for details.


Focus Group is a roving, weekly screening series of student curated film and video programs.  Screenings take place on Wednesday evenings (unless otherwise noted), at various locations throughout Oberlin.  Focus Group was formed in February 2011 by the members of CINE 323: Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts, a Cinema Studies course at Oberlin College.  All screenings are free and open to the public, and themed refreshments will typically be provided.

For more information, please contact:

Stella Byrne,


April – May 2011

Wed, April 13 @ 8pm
Curators: Sam Phillips and Kathleen Wright
Oberlin Cable Co-op (27 E. College St.)

Wed, April 20 @ 9pm
Curators: Jacob Dancy and Melissa Barton
Various Locations

Mon, April 25 @ 8pm — Special Night!
Co-presented with the Oberlin Film Co-op
Fairchild Chapel

Wed, April 27 @ 8pm
Curators: Rowan Norlander-McCarty and Gil Spears
Location TBA

Fri, April 29 @ 7pm — Special Night!
Curators: Stella Byrne and Rose Hermalin
Location TBA

Wed, May 4 @ 8pm
Curators: Liz Saltzman and Dan Siegelman
Location TBA

Sat, May 7 @ 10pm — — Special Night!
Curators: Cordelia Alquist and Diego Cohen
Location TBA
Wed, May 11 @ 9pm

Curators: Isabel Yellin and Jimmy Magliozzi
Tappan Square

** Details will be updated regularly at:


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A follow-up on Senior Shows

To preview some of the work of Claire Lachow, one of the studio art majors, check out this article at the Oberlin Review….



Senior Studio Shows!

With the new semester fully underway, senior studio art majors are preparing shows of their work to exhibit. Come check out their work in Fischer Hall!

March 18th- Cooper Rogers
April 8th – Sam Draisin and Stephanie Lo
April 15th – Emma Louise Rodriguez and Rose Hermalin
April 29th – Claire Lachow and Isabel Yellin


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Senior Studio – Half Time Show

Friday, December 3, 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery (behind Slow Train Cafe), 65 East College Street, Suit 5

Come see the work to get a preview for the spring exhibition series!

Senior Studio is:

Caroline Casey
Cooper Rogers
Claire Lachow
Calder Singer (performance @ 8:30 PM)
Logan Takahashi
Isabel Yellin
Sam Draisin
Stephanie Lo
Skylar Sweetman
Emma Rodriguez
Rose Hermalin
Mary Kate Kelly

With wine and snacks too.
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Posted by on November 30, 2010 in Art Openings and Exhibitions


Re-Imagining the Book 1998-2010

Re-Imagining the Book is a course in Book Arts that I’ve been teaching for over 10 years. During this time I’ve documented student work, which, until late last spring, sat on a shelf accumulating dust. With the help of two students- Rose Hermlin and Tikikki Walker we’ve begun to change that. We’ve created a blog that will eventually act as a depository of current art works
and an archive.
The most intensive and time consuming part of this project is transferring documentation from 35mm slide format (my earliest documenting form) to digital files (thank-you Joseph Romano-Visual Resources Curator!). Although far from finished we thought we’d share our results thus far.



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Posted by on November 29, 2010 in Art Openings and Exhibitions


Mail Art Show and Talk

Friday, November 12th, 2010
07:15 PM – 08:00 PM
Fisher Gallery

The Oberlin College Art Library owns a collection of thousands of pieces of Mail Art. Mail art is a worldwide cultural movement that began in the early 1960s and reached its peak of popularity in the 80s. It involves sending visual art through the international postal system in an effort to create a network of artists. The Exhibition Initiative has curated an exhibit of a selection of works from the library’s collection. Come hear Reid Wood, a mail artist and one of the main donor of the library’s collection, speak in the gallery at 7:15 pm on November 12th. The exhibition opening reception will begin at 8pm.


Performed by Christensen, Paul, and WAM! (Women and Art Music Ensemble)
Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Saturday, October 30th
7PM: Reception
8PM: Performance

Music, video, and poetry converge in an original sonic narrative that celebrates the spirit of the innocent victims of the notorious 1930’s Cleveland “Torso Murders.” Experience the beauty and drama of this new, MOCA-commissioned multimedia opera written and performed by artists Julia Christensen and Sarah Paul, with contributions from the Women and Art Music Ensemble (WAM!) of Oberlin Conservatory.
Tickets: $5.  Free for MOCA and Spaces members, and free for college students.  Call 216.421.8671 ext. 71 to reserve your tickets, or click this link:

Part Two: Edward Andrassy, video still.   Videos for the performance were made by Christensen on a residency at the Experimental Television Center in upstate New York.

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Posted by on October 17, 2010 in Art Openings and Exhibitions



Debra Yepa-Pappan and Student Art Show Opening

the ELC (76 South Professor), 7pm

This will be an opportunity for Oberlin students to display art that speaks to mixed identities and transnational communities.

Debra Yepa-Pappan is a Chicago-based visual artist. Her work reflects her Jemez Indian and Korean heritage as well U.S. popular cultural symbols and “traditional” symbols of native culture. Much of her work deals with her own multiraciality growing up Native and Asian-American, but also the “mixedness” of symbols and images themselves. Yepa-Pappan is very active in the Chicago urban indigenous community. Her work has appeared in galleries across the city of Chicago.

This event is part of Latino/a Heritage Month, the Indigenous Women’s Speakers Series and A Symposium on Multiracial Identities in the US presented by the MRC


Reel Feel Schedule

Below is the schedule of events for the Reel Feel Media Arts Festival.


8:30pm Watch You Move, screening curated by Kemi Gbadebo & Jack Mintz
Paved area in front of 128 Forest Street (behind Lord/Saunders House)

10pm The Childhood You Never Had, screening curated by Katie Buono & Ashley Roberts
Severence Hall, Room 108 (120 West Lorain Street)


8pm The Adolescent Identity: Shifting Perceptions of the Self, screening curated by Kate Ettinger & Amanda Mummery
64 North Pleasant Street (in basement)

10pm How to Be Good at Being Human, screening curated by Solomon Turner & Katie Gleysteen
Fairchild Chapel (50 West Lorain Street)


5pm Marco Polo, screening curated by Kelly Crimmins & Eliza Koch
Robert Carr Swimming Pool, Phillips Center (200 Woodland Street)

8pm [General Theory of Relativity], screening curated by Rachel Garcia-Grossman & Christina Boland
Grassy area next to 40 North Pleasant Street

10pm OM OHM UM, screening curated by Conor Shanahan & Logan Takahashi
Grassy area next to 40 North Pleasant Street

11:30pm Exhibitionism: The REEL FEEL Closing Party!
Location TBA

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Tomorrow night in Fisher Gallery, Julia Christensen’s and Brett Kashmere’s classes will present work along with acclaimed video artist Marisa Olson.

Schedule of Events:
7-10pm Exhibition Viewing and Reception (Refreshments will be provided)
8pm Marisa Olson Artist Talk / Illustrated Lecture
10pm REEL FEEL Opening Party, with music by Teengirl Fantasy and DJ Wabberjockey

According to Wikipedia, the term SOUNDINGS “generally refers to a mechanism of probing the environment by sending out some kind of stimulus.”  The SOUNDINGS exhibition on May 12 at Oberlin College will explore this idea, through student work comprised of a range of media, from sound to video to installation. How do we, as artists and thinkers making cross-disciplinary work in the context of new media, send stimuli into the environment in order to interact with our audiences––culling a read on the response, the temperature, the landscape around us?  How does this response develop a feedback loop with our own creative processes, integrating an interactive approach into our practices?

SOUNDINGS will feature work by visiting artist Marisa Olson, who prompted the Oberlin students’ projects with the title of the show.  Olson’s piece, Performed Listening (Boomerang), explores this impulse/response duplicity while recalling the seminal work by Richard Serra and Nancy Holt, who explored a similar question with the video/sound project Boomerang in 1974.

Alongside Olson’s work, the SOUNDINGS exhibition features the work of students from Julia Christensen’s “Creative Resistance” and “Performance/Installation Technology” courses, and is produced by Brett Kashmere’s “Exhibition Practices in the Media Arts” course.  Students involved include Maira Clancy, Brooklyn Demme, Theresa DeSaltels, Vivian Gentry, Adriana Meraz, Sarah Michelson, Cooper Rogers, Susan Russ, Kevin Soulivong, Erika Zarowin, Asha Tamarisa, Ben Bacon, David Bird, Luke Lovett, Nick Weiss, Chrissi Boland, Katie Buono, Kelly Crimmins, Kate Ettinger, Rachel Garcia-Grossman, Kemi Gbadebo, Katie Gleysteen, Eliza Koch, Jack Mintz, Amanda Mummery, Ashley Roberts, Conor Shanahan, Logan Takahashi, and Solomon Turner.

Marisa Olson’s visit is co-sponsored between the departments of Studio Art, TIMARA, and Cinema Studies through the Luce Margin Release New Media Lecture Series and Sight Lines: Dialogues in Film and Media, a Cinema Studies initiative with support from the Blanchard Fund.

Image: Installation view of Performed Listening (Boomerang) (2009), by Marisa Olson.

About Marisa Olson: Marisa Olson‘s work combines performance, video, drawing & installation to address the cultural history of technology, the politics of participation in pop culture & the aesthetics of failure.  Her work has recently been presented by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Centre Pompidou-Paris, New Museum of Contemporary Art, 52nd International Biennale di Venezia, National Museum of Contemporary Art (Athens, Greece), Edith Russ-Haus fur Medienkunst, Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst/ Montevideo, the British Film Institute, the Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, the Sundance Film Festival, and elsewhere. She is also a founding member of the Nasty Nets “internet surfing club” whose new DVD premiered at the New York Underground Film Festival. Her work has been written about in ArtForum, Art in America, Folha de Sao Paolo, Liberation-Paris, the Village Voice, New York Magazine, and elsewhere. While Wired has called her both funny and humorous, the New York Times has called her “anything but stupid.” Marisa studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College-London, History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, and Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Her critiques of contemporary art and digital visual culture have extended to writing for Flash Art, Art Review, Afterimage, Planet, and Art on Paper and to curating exhibitions and programs at the Guggenheim, SFMOMA, White Columns, Artists Space, the Performa Biennial, SF Camerawork, and Rhizome.  She has previously taught Film Studies and New Media classes at UC Berkeley and NYU’s ITP graduate program in the Tisch School of the Arts. She is Assistant Professor of New Media at SUNY-Purchase and remains a Contributing Editor at Rhizome, after several years of collaboration.  Marisa was born in Germany and lives in New York.


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