Category Archives: Visiting Speaker

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


For our own comfort, or for our collections? Towards a history of the museum environment

Mattias Legnér – Gotland University, Sweden, and OC STINT Fellow in History (Fall 2010)

Thursday 18 November
12:15 – 1:15 pm, Classroom I, Art Building

The second half of the 20th century saw a rapid expansion of HVAC systems in museums over the world. Climate technology offered the possibility of controlling the environment but proved to be costly and to create its own problems. The desire to control indoor climate – heat, moisture, light – by introducing technology and international standards came to define the field of preventive conservation in the later part of the century.

By studying how indoor climate issues have been considered and dealt with, we can better understand imagined and real relationships between people and objects in museums. It is acknowledged that climate is just one of many important factors when it comes to preserve collections for the future. The lecture focuses on the history of Nationalmuseum, the national museum of art in Stockholm, and how climate issues have been handled in the building over a period of 150 years.

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Visiting Speaker



“Asian American Art History: Hidden Right Before Our Eyes”
Gordon Chang, Professor of History, Stanford University
Monday, November 1, 2010 ● 4:30 p.m. ● Wilder 101

A professor of American history at Stanford University, Gordon Chang’s research focuses on the history of United States-East Asia relations and on Asian American history. He is particularly interested in the historical connections between race and ethnicity in America and foreign relations, and explores these interconnections in his teaching and scholarship. He is a recipient of Guggenheim and ACLS fellowships, and has been a two-time fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center.
Chang is the editor or author of a number of essays and books, including Chinese American Voices: From the Gold Rush to the Present (2006), Asian Americans and Politics: An Exploration (2001), Morning Glory, Evening Shadow: Yamato Ichihashi and His Wartime Writing, 1942-1945 (1997), and Friends and Enemies: The United States, China, and the Soviet Union, 1948-1972 (1990). His most recent work, American Asian Art: A History, 1850-1970 (2008) is the first comprehensive study of the lives and artistic production of American Asian artists active in the United States before 1970. He is currently at work on a “long” history of U.S.-China relations from the colonial era to the present.

Sponsored by Oberlin College Comparative American Studies Program, Oberlin College Shansi, Oberlin College Art Department (Baldwin Fund), Oberlin College Department of History (Anderson Fund), Oberlin College East Asian Studies Program, Oberlin College Multicultural Resource Center

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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Visiting Speaker


Reframed Meanings: Early Photography of Japan as Souvenir/Science

Thursday, October 14 · 5:00pm – 6:00pm
Hallock Auditorium, Lewis Center for Environmental Studies

David Odo is the Bradley Assistant Curator of Academic Affairs at the Yale University Art Gallery. He previously taught in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. Odo received his D.Phil. in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the University of Oxford, and has held numerous research fellowships, including appointments at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Freer/Sackler Galleries, Harvard University, and the University… of Tokyo. He has edited, curated and published work on early Japanese and Asian photography. His most recent publications are Unknown Japan: Reconsidering Early Photographs, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam (2008) and “Expeditionary Photographs of the Ogasawara Islands, 1875-76” (in History of Photography, 2009).
Part of the AMAM “Photography & Politics” Lecture Series, made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Art Department Baldwin Fund, as well as contributions from the History Department and the Department of French and Italian.
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Posted by on October 12, 2010 in Visiting Speaker


Trevor Paglen, Photography and the Creation of the World

On Wednesday, September 29, at 5 PM  Trevor Paglen will present a lecture on “Photography and the Creation of the World” at Hallock Auditorium in the Lewis Center for Environmental Studies. Trevor Paglen is an artist, writer, and experimental geographer whose work deliberately blurs lines between social science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines. His visual work has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Andy Warhol Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Aperture, and Art Forum. He is the author of four books: Torture Taxi: On the Trail of the CIA’s Rendition Flights (2006), I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to be Destroyed by Me (2007), Blank Spots on a Map (2009), and Invisible (August, 2010). Paglen holds a B.A. from UC Berkeley, an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley. He currently resides in Oakland, California and New York City.

(The Photography and Politics Lecture series is made possible by the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Art Department Baldwin Fund, as well as contributions from the History Department and the Department of French and Italian.)

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Posted by on September 21, 2010 in Allen Museum, Visiting Speaker


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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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Author of The Painter’s Handbook to give demonstration

Mark Gottsegen, an expert on oil paints, traditional painting materials and the chemistry behind modern paints, works as Administrator of the Artists Materials Information and Education Network, is Material Research Director at the Intermuseum Conservation Association and author of The Painter’s Handbook.  He will be in Oberlin on Thursday, May 6th at 4:30.  He will give a lecture and demonstration in Classroom I.  His demonstration will include how to grind oil paint starting with raw pigment, a valuable process to understand when squeezing your paint out of a tube.

This lecture was organized by Heather Galloway, painting conservator at the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland.

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Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Visiting Speaker


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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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Josh Neufeld in Oberlin

Oberlin alum Josh Neufeld (’89) will be in Oberlin this weekend to discuss his recently published book;  A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge . His book was reviewed in the New York Times, you can see a related post about it here.   The book grew out of his experiences while volunteering for the Red Cross after Hurricane Katrina.  He will give a talk about the book as well as his career and previous projects as an alternative cartoonist.  His talk will be followed by a discussion between Josh Neufeld and Kwame Webster, a current senior at Oberlin who is a character in the book.   Their discussion will be moderated by Caroline Jackson Smith, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance and also African American Studies.   This event will be in Hallock Auditorium (in the Environmental Studies building) at 3pm this Saturday, Nov. 7th.

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Posted by on November 4, 2009 in Obie Sighting, Visiting Speaker


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Two Lectures by Professor Pamela Smith

This coming week, the Oberlin Art History Department will host Pamela Smith, Professor of History at Columbia University.  The lectures are funded by the Baldwin Fund and organized by Christina Neilson.

Monday, September 21 at 2:30 pm in Classroom I of the Art Building Smith will deliver a lecture “Casting from Life: Art and Nature in Early Modern Europe.”  This lecture is an open session of Neilson’s Baroque class.

Tuesday, September 22 at 5:00 pm in Classroom I of the Art Building Smith will give a lecture titled “Butter and Gold, Lizards and Vermilion: Art and Science in Early Modern Europe”.

Butter, gold, vermilion, and lizards were all materials employed by sixteenth-century European metalworkers.  What understanding of matter and the transformation of materials stood behind the use of these substances?  This lecture describes a “vernacular science” of matter and nature that informed metalworking practices, and considers the origin and transmission of these ideas and techniques.

Pamela Smith is a specialist in early modern science and her most recent publication is a book she co-edited with Benjamin Schmidt called Making Knowledge in Early Modern Europe: Practices, Objects, and Texts, 1400 – 1800, in 2008.

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Posted by on September 20, 2009 in Visiting Speaker


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