The Official Blog of the Allen Memorial Art Museum

Oct 17

Check out AMAM Ceiling Conservation on Oberlin's Crowdfunding Platform -

The AMAM is currently raising funds to help support the conservation and restoration of our historic ceiling in the King Sculpture Court. This project  the ceiling has been decades in the making. Initial test-cleaning was done in 1998 by the Intermuseum Conservation Association (formed at Oberlin in 1952, through the efforts of then-AMAM director Charles Parkhurst). As part of a competitive process begun in 2012, they – now named ICA-Art Conservation – returned in 2013 and 2014 to conduct further tests and to develop the protocols for their work. At long last, conservators began work in June 2014.

We’ve posted our first update to the crowdfunding site: “Many, many thanks to those of you who have already generously given to the AMAM’s ceiling conservation project – 22 donors giving a total of $1,681 by October 16!” Read more by following the link above.

Oct 13

Need something to do with the kids when Oberlin schools are out this Friday? Need some stress relief from midterms? Come out to the annual Community Arts and Culture Day.  When the local schools are out for the annual NEOEA Teacher In-Service Day, six local organizations including Eastwood/Prospect PTO team up to offer activities and tours for families! All events are free and open to all members of the public **Oberlin Public Library (65 South Main Street), library staff and America Reads volunteers will explore the work of Frida Kahlo and lead ‘selfie’ making activities, books will also be given out free of charge.   **Oberlin Heritage Center (73 1/2 South Professor Street) will offer historic games, open the Little Red Schoolhouse, and feature musician Judy Cook  performing ‘Songs of Early America.’  (at 11:30am and 2pm)  **Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) (39 South Main Street) will offer art activities  in their second-floor  studio space.   **Allen Memorial Art Museum (87 North Main Street) will celebrate Latin  American art and culture with art activities including  cornhusk dolls, papel picado banners and flowers, and more.  Visitors to three of the four locations will be eligible to enter a raffle of great items donated by each organization. We hope to see you there!

Need something to do with the kids when Oberlin schools are out this Friday? Need some stress relief from midterms? Come out to the annual Community Arts and Culture Day.  When the local schools are out for the annual NEOEA Teacher In-Service Day, six local organizations including Eastwood/Prospect PTO team up to offer activities and tours for families!

All events are free and open to all members of the public

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Oberlin Public Library (65 South Main Street), library staff and America Reads volunteers will explore the work of Frida Kahlo and lead ‘selfie’ making activities, books will also be given out free of charge. 

**
Oberlin Heritage Center (73 1/2 South Professor Street) will offer historic games, open the Little Red Schoolhouse, and feature musician Judy Cook
performing ‘Songs of Early America.’  (at 11:30am and 2pm)

 **
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) (39 South Main Street) will offer art activities  in their second-floor  studio space. 

**
Allen Memorial Art Museum (87 North Main Street) will celebrate Latin
American art and culture with art activities including  cornhusk dolls,
papel picado banners and flowers, and more. 

Visitors to three of the four locations will be eligible to enter a raffle of great items donated by each organization.
We hope to see you there!

Oct 07

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Oct 05

AMAM Masterpiece Spotlight: “Amedeo Modigliani moved from his native Italy to Paris in 1906. He became known for the elongated faces and torsos of his sitters, and worked in both sculpture and painting, creating portraits of the many artists and writers who made Montmartre and Montparnasse their homes in the early years of the twentieth century.  This painting is among the more than two dozen female nudes Modigliani created in the last years of his life. It originally bore an inscription, “Modigliani / 3 Joseph Bara / Paris / 1917,” indicating that it was among the works painted at the home of Modigliani’s dealer, Léopold Zborowski, where the artist lived, worked, and was supplied with models and materials during 1917. His nudes are indebted to those of Titian and Giorgione, as well as Goya and Manet, but filtered through the artist’s stylization of face and body, and absent many indications of setting.  In December 1917, Modigliani had his first and only one-man exhibition, organized by Zborowski and held at the Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris. It is not known whether the present work was in the exhibition, but it is extremely likely, as Zborowski owned it at the time. The police closed the show, as a handful of nudes on display were found to be obscene. Despite the artist’s reductive, stylized forms, the depiction of nipples and pubic hair-as in this work, where the model boldly touches her genital area-certainly contributed to this sense of contemporary outrage and shock.  The work was once owned by the Parisian art critic, salesman, and anarchist Félix Fénéon, and was sold by the art dealer Pierre Matisse in 1950 to Joseph and Enid Bissett, who made their fortune through development of the Maidenform bra. The AMAM also has Head of a Man, painted by Modigliani around 1915-16, which, like the present work, was a gift of the Bissetts.”- text from the catalog Allen Memorial Art Museum: Highlights from the Collection

AMAM Masterpiece Spotlight: “Amedeo Modigliani moved from his native Italy to Paris in 1906. He became known for the elongated faces and torsos of his sitters, and worked in both sculpture and painting, creating portraits of the many artists and writers who made Montmartre and Montparnasse their homes in the early years of the twentieth century.

This painting is among the more than two dozen female nudes Modigliani created in the last years of his life. It originally bore an inscription, “Modigliani / 3 Joseph Bara / Paris / 1917,” indicating that it was among the works painted at the home of Modigliani’s dealer, Léopold Zborowski, where the artist lived, worked, and was supplied with models and materials during 1917. His nudes are indebted to those of Titian and Giorgione, as well as Goya and Manet, but filtered through the artist’s stylization of face and body, and absent many indications of setting.

In December 1917, Modigliani had his first and only one-man exhibition, organized by Zborowski and held at the Galerie Berthe Weill in Paris. It is not known whether the present work was in the exhibition, but it is extremely likely, as Zborowski owned it at the time. The police closed the show, as a handful of nudes on display were found to be obscene. Despite the artist’s reductive, stylized forms, the depiction of nipples and pubic hair-as in this work, where the model boldly touches her genital area-certainly contributed to this sense of contemporary outrage and shock.

The work was once owned by the Parisian art critic, salesman, and anarchist Félix Fénéon, and was sold by the art dealer Pierre Matisse in 1950 to Joseph and Enid Bissett, who made their fortune through development of the Maidenform bra. The AMAM also has Head of a Man, painted by Modigliani around 1915-16, which, like the present work, was a gift of the Bissetts.”

- text from the catalog Allen Memorial Art Museum: Highlights from the Collection

Sep 30

Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen: A Symposium October 3–4, 2014
This two-day symposium is organized in conjunction with the first major exhibition of the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s collection of Latin American art, Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen, on view through June 28, 2015. All symposium events are free and open to the public.
Friday, October 3:  5:30pm, Allen Art Building, Classroom 1 Keynote Lecture: “Passion for Objects: Collecting & Exhibiting Latin American Art in the U.S.” - Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Fine Arts, New York University. Followed by reception in AMAM’s East Gallery. Galleries remain open until 8pm.
Saturday, October 4:  1:30 – 3:30pm, Craig Lecture HallOberlin College Science CenterSymposium Panel 1Moderator: Denise Birkhofer, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College Lynda Klich, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History and the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY, “Hugo Brehme and Mauricio Yáñez: The Photography of Tourism in Mexico” Taína Caragol, Curator of Latino Art and History, National Portrait Gallery, “Framing Latino Art at the National Portrait Gallery” Patrick O’Connor, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature, Oberlin College, “How to Make Faces Mean: Some Stories about Latin American Icons” Yveline Alexis, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Oberlin College “Painting Resistance:  De-Coding Philomé Obin’s Art as Historical Acts, 20th century”
3:45 – 5:45pm, Craig Lecture HallSymposium Panel 2Moderator: Sarah Hamill, Assistant Professor of Art History, Oberlin College Ana Franco, Assistant Professor of Art History, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, “Disruptions in Colombian Modern Sculpture: The Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies” Denise Birkhofer, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, “Matta and the Exploding Dome”Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “The Space Mythologies of Raquel Forner” Katherine Brodbeck, Assistant Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art “Hélio Oiticica and the Development of New Media: Between New York and Brazil”This symposium is presented with the support of the Ohio Humanities Council.

Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen: A Symposium
October 3–4, 2014

This two-day symposium is organized in conjunction with the first major exhibition of the Allen Memorial Art Museum’s collection of Latin American art, Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen, on view through June 28, 2015. All symposium events are free and open to the public.

Friday, October 3:
5:30pm, Allen Art Building, Classroom 1
Keynote Lecture: “Passion for Objects: Collecting & Exhibiting Latin American Art in the U.S.” - Edward J. Sullivan, Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Fine Arts, New York University. Followed by reception in AMAM’s East Gallery. Galleries remain open until 8pm.


Saturday, October 4
1:30 – 3:30pm, Craig Lecture Hall
Oberlin College Science Center

Symposium Panel 1
Moderator: Denise Birkhofer, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

Lynda Klich, Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Art & Art History and the Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College, CUNY, “Hugo Brehme and Mauricio Yáñez: The Photography of Tourism in Mexico”

Taína Caragol, Curator of Latino Art and History, National Portrait Gallery, “Framing Latino Art at the National Portrait Gallery”

Patrick O’Connor, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Comparative Literature, Oberlin College, “How to Make Faces Mean: Some Stories about Latin American Icons”

Yveline Alexis, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies, Oberlin College
“Painting Resistance:  De-Coding Philomé Obin’s Art as Historical Acts, 20th century”


3:45 – 5:45pm, Craig Lecture Hall
Symposium Panel 2

Moderator: Sarah Hamill, Assistant Professor of Art History, Oberlin College

Ana Franco, Assistant Professor of Art History, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, “Disruptions in Colombian Modern Sculpture: The Fifties, Sixties, and Seventies”

Denise Birkhofer, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, “Matta and the Exploding Dome”

Sarah Montross, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, “The Space Mythologies of Raquel Forner”

Katherine Brodbeck, Assistant Curator, Carnegie Museum of Art
“Hélio Oiticica and the Development of New Media: Between New York and Brazil”

This symposium is presented with the support of the Ohio Humanities Council.

Sep 25

Extensive Archive of Avant-Garde & Modernist Magazines (1890-1939) Now Available Online -

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