Category Archives: Visiting Artist

Roni Horn – Today!

Roni Horn explores the mutable nature of art through sculptures, works on paper, photography, and books. She describes drawing as the key activity in all her work because drawing is about composing relationships. Horn’s drawings concentrate on the materiality of the objects depicted. She also uses words as the basis for drawings and other works. Horn crafts complex relationships between the viewer and her work by installing a single piece on opposing walls, in adjoining rooms, or throughout a series of buildings. She subverts the notion of ‘identical experience’, insisting that one’s sense of self is marked by a place in the here-and-there, and by time in the now-and-then. She describes her artworks as site-dependent, expanding upon the idea of site-specificity associated with Minimalism. Horn’s work also embodies the cyclical relationship between humankind and nature—a mirror-like relationship in which we attempt to remake nature in our own image.

Since 1975 Horn has traveled often to Iceland, whose landscape and isolation have strongly influenced her practice. “Some Thames” (2000), a permanent installation at the University of Akureyri in Iceland, consists of 80 photographs of water dispersed throughout the university’s public spaces, echoing the ebb and flow of students and learning over time at the university.

Roni Horn has received the CalArts/Alpert Award in the Arts, several NEA fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Dia Center for the Arts, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and Tate Modern, London (2009). Group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial (1991, 2004); Documenta (1992); and Venice Biennale (1997), among others.

A survey show of Horn’s work, “Roni Horn aka Roni Horn, ” has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Tate Modern, London, the Collection Lambert in Avignon, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

Art21 page for videos, interviews, and images:

From "Else," 2010

From "Bird," 2008

Images of her work are also on display in the Art Library and on the first floor of the art building.

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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Visiting Artist


Integrated Media Candidate Presentations

The remaining three candidates for the “Integrated Media” position will be presenting their work and ideas to the Art Department faculty and students TOMORROW and next week:

“Integrated Media” Candidate Presentations
TIME: 4:45
PLACE:  Classroom 062, Art Building lower level
Each presentation will be followed by a dialogue between the candidate and students.  Pizza and sodas will be served.

Thursday, 12/02 Andrew Dimerjian
Monday,  12/06 Heather Dewey-Hagborg
Wednesday, 12/08 Bart Woodstrup

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Posted by on December 1, 2010 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker


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.


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


Artists in Residence: Brian Springer and Chris Hill

This year’s Margin Release class, taught by Julia Christensen, is fortunate to have two artists-in-residence for the semester, Brian Springer and Chris Hill. The class’ semester-long project this year is entitled “Archives Alive: An Interdisciplinary Portrait of Ohio,” in which students will undertake projects using archival materials from city, corporate, church, non-profit, radio, television, and other databases in the area to cull together a multimedia work from their research. This will culminate in a media arts show at the end of the semester exhibiting a portrait of the state of Ohio that stretches beyond artistic mediums and academic disciplines. Springer is perhaps best known for Spin, a documentary he made in 1995 in which he recorded back channel news feeds not intended for public viewing in an effort to dissect the methods by which television is used to create and destroy notions of reality in the American public’s consciousness. Chris Hill currently teaches media production and theory at Antioch College and served as a consultant to Video Data Bank in their production of Surveying the First Decade: Video Art and Alternative Media in the  US along with aiding them in archiving seventeen hours of historic video tape.

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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Visiting Artist


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Yoko Ono comes to Oberlin

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Today, Thursday May 6th, Yoko Ono will give a talk at Oberlin College’s Finney Chapel.   A celebrated artist working in the fields of conceptual art, installation, film, architecture, performance art and music, her ground-breaking work should prove inspirational for all who attend.

In preparation for her arrival, members of Kazim Ali’s FYSP 168 class, including Sophia Yapalater, Arielle Orenstein, and Ayako Harada set up a Wish Tree in Wilder Bowl.  The Oberlin Wish Tree is a part of a larger body of work that Ono has been gathering since 1981.  Everyone in the College and town of Oberlin is invited to participate; the project will not be complete without the help!  Below is the score for the project:

Wish Tree for Oberlin
Make a wish.
Write it down on a piece of paper.
Tie it to the branch of the wish tree.
Ask your friends to do the same.
Keep wishing
Until all the branches are covered with wishes.

The wishes will be collected on Friday May 7th and sent to Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Reykjavik, Iceland she plans to  store them in time-capsule boxes, bury them, and have a tree planted just above.  Ono hopes that in time this whole area will look like a forest.

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Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker


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Screening to feature works by filmmaker Jim Finn

The “Sight Lines: Dialogues in Film and Media” series continues this Thursday with a screening of films by Jim Finn.

Jim Finn’s award-winning movies have been called ‘Utopian comedies.’  His films have screened at Sundance, Rotterdam and other international festivals like AFI and Edinburgh as well as the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Danish Film Institute, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Harvard Film Archive. He has had retrospectives in Argentina, Spain, Colombia and Venezuela.

Jim will be in attendance, presenting his 2006 feature Interkosmos, the recent short Dick Cheney in a Cold, Dark Cell, and various other shorts. Check out what International Film Festival Rotterdam had to say about Interkosmos:

The East Germans started in the 1970’s, with their allies, on an ambitious, secret project to colonise the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. You didn’t know that, did you? Finn reveals all: with beautiful archive material, swinging musical numbers in retro-socialist style, beautiful miniature sets, guinea pigs and a dramatic plot theory.

The screening will be held at Hallock Auditorium in the AJ Lewis Center for Environmental Studies at 8pm. It is free and open to the public.

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Posted by on March 16, 2010 in Visiting Artist


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Miya Masaoka comes to Oberlin

The experimental musician Miya Masaoka is coming to Oberlin as a part of the Luce Margin Release lecture series.  Masaoka is an American artist who often performs on the Japanese 17-string koto zither.  Her work blends electronic innovations (such as using additional laser beams ‘strings’ above the koto zither ) and concept-based, often improvisational performance.  A member of the Bay Area Improv Scene, Masaoka is noted for her performance “What’s the Difference Between Stripping and Playing the Violin?”  on Market Street which combined dozens of musicians, male and female exotic dancers and taped interviews with sex workers. 

During her visit to Oberlin, Miya Masaoka will give a lunchtime lecture at the Cat and the Cream coffeehouse on Thursday November 19th at noon (pizza will be served).  Then, the following Saturday (the 21st) at 4pm two Oberlin student groups, WAM! and OINC, will perform Masaoka’s work, including “For Birds, Planes and Musicians” and “Jagged Pyramid”.  The concert will be directed by Julia Christiansen and Per Bloland.  Masaoka will play with students during the performance after intensive rehearsals.  The show will be at the ‘Sco in Wilder and is free of charge.

To find out more about Miya Masaoka, click here.  Here for more information about the Margin Release series.

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Posted by on November 16, 2009 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker


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Edgar Arceneaux of The Watts House Project

Edgar Arceneaux
The Watts House Project

April 19th
7:00 PM
Black River Cafe-After Hours

Reception to follow
Ellen Johnson Visiting Artist Lecture Series Spring 2009

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Posted by on April 17, 2009 in Visiting Artist


esc: artist series talk this Tuesday

Visiting Professor Arzu Özkal’s visiting artists lecture series will be hosting its first guest of the spring semester this Tuesday. Julie Perini will be giving a talk entitled “An investigation of our immediate surroundings as well as larger social structures” at 7:30 PM on Februrary 17 at 128 Forest St.

Here’s more info from Prof. Özkal:

Julie Perini is an artist working in time-based media including video, performance, film, mail, and installation. Her work has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. She is a recipient of the 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in Cross-Disciplinary/Performative work. Julie holds an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Media Study and a BS in Communication from Cornell University. Julie has taught college courses, community workshops, and high school programs on video and digital media production, film history, and performance art. Currently, she lives in Portland, OR and teaches in the Intermedia Department at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.
There will be snacks, beverages and stimulating conversations.
Hope to see you all there.

For more information and directions to the studio, please see

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Posted by on February 15, 2009 in Visiting Artist, Visiting Speaker