Past First Thursday Events

During these special hours, the museum galleries will remain open until 8pm, and as always, will be free and open to the public.

The weeks are busy with school and work, and the weekends fill up fast with extracurricular activities - that's why the AMAM started a new public program for the fall semester 2011- First Thursdays! During these special evening hours, the museum galleries will be open for you to revisit old favorites, explore the new installations, discover new works, listen to our audio tours, or browse through our collection catalog. AMAM staff and student docents will be on hand to answer questions and chat with you about the museum's holdings.

First Thursday Events, Fall 2014:

September 4, 5–8 p.m.
Join us for an evening with Latin American food, wine, and music in celebration of the opening of the AMAM's fall exhibitions. Co-Sponsored with the Oberlin Business Partnership. Director's introduction begins at 5:30pm, with curator's tours at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, and 7:30pm.

Music performed by Oberlin Conservatory of Music students Zach Resnick, Dan Papalardo, Chase Kuesel, Jack Laskey, and Ben Rempel, with vocalist Regina Larre Campuzano.

October 3 (Please note: This is a Friday), 5:30 p.m.
Please follow this link for information on our Latin American Symposium

November 6, 5-8pm
Allen Art Building, Classroom 1
David G. Berger and Holly Maxson will give a lecture titled "The Hinton Photo Collection: 'Nothing beats a Trial but a Failure' " on their work with Milt Hinton and the photographs from the jazz bassist's estate currently on view at the museum. Following the talk a reception in the East Gallery will feature a performance by Peter Dominguez, professor of jazz studies and double bass in Oberlin's Conservatory of Music. Dominguez will play a bass that had belonged to Hinton.

December 4, 5:30 p.m.
Peter Dominguez, bassist, and Bobby Ferrazza, a professor of jazz guitar at Oberlin, will perform in conjunction with the Ripin Gallery exhibition An Insider's Lens: The Jazz Photography of Milt Hinton.

First Thursday Events, Spring 2014:

February 6.
Come celebrate the opening of three new exhibitions! Gallery tours will begin at 6 p.m., led by Andaleeb Banta, curator of European and American art; Liliana Milkova, curator of academic programs; and Curatorial Assistant Sarah McLusky. In addition, AMAM docents will lead art activities for all ages exploring the theme of printmaking and its techniques.

March 6
Philip Yenawine is co-founder of the non-profit organization Visual Understanding in Education (VUE). His presentation will range from philosophical (what is art for?) to theoretical (what does research into aesthetic thought tell us about viewing art?) and practical (how do we empower viewers?). Yenawine will lead a discussion using the vue curriculum, known as Visual Thinking Strategies, to illuminate these topics and offer visitors a chance to exercise their brains. This interactive curriculum is widely used in schools, as well as by the AMAM.

April 3
Fred (OC 1974) and Laura Ruth Bidwell will discuss their joint passion for collecting art and their creation of the Transformer Station, a platform for emerging and mid-career artists located in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood. The venue hosts contemporary art exhibitions, events, and music. Mr. Bidwell is interim director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Mrs. Bidwell was the founding curator of Akron’s Summit ArtSpace Gallery and is an established mixed-media artist, photographer, and videographer.

May 1
At the Weltzheimer-Johnson House
Pradnya Martz will give a talk titled “Growing with the Times,” discussing the largely unrealized landscape plan that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for Oberlin’s Usonian house. Martz has served as consulting curator for the house since 1998 and is an architect/project manager at Oberlin College. At the conclusion of her talk, Martz will lead a tour of the surrounding landscape and grounds.

First Thursday Events, Fall 2013:

September 5  -
Opening Reception of Fall Exhibitions. Tours will be offered by AMAM Director Andria Derstine,  Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer, and Curator of Academic Programs Liliana Milkova. Light refreshments will also be served.

October 3 –
“Proper Women, Necessary Women” - Libby Murphy, Associate Professor of French, and Greggor Mattson, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will discuss the gender and sexuality roles eveident in the prints in the exhibition “The Human Comedy.” Female dandies, laundresses, housewives and courtesans populated the 19th century imagination, animating realist portrayals in art, literature, journalism and social science.

November 7 -  
“The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History” Robert M. Edsel, author of The Monuments Men:  Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, will present this year's Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture at the AMAM.  The Jantz Lectureship rotates among the AMAM, the OC Library, and the German department, honoring distinguished graduate and literary scholar Harold Jantz (OC 1929). Edsel's talk, about the looting of art by the Nazis and its restitution at the end of the Second World War, touches on the three themes of the Lectureship -- art, literature, and German history. The Monuments Men, a group of American and British scholars and army officers -- including Charles Parkhurst, who became the AMAM's director from 1949-62 -- located and helped restitute many of Europe's art treasures following Nazi theft. Edsel's book has been made into a major motion picture starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett and Bill Murray, and will open in February 2014. Edsel's Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art received the 2007 National Humanities Medal, the highest US honor for excellence in the humanities field. A book-signing will follow.

December 5
**PLEASE NOTE: The lecture by Linda Nochlin has been moved to Friday, December 13, beginning at 5:30pm.
For the December First Thursday, the AMAM galleries will remain open until 7pm, as part of the downtown Oberlin Art Walk.This event highlights the many artists and art spaces in Oberlin through a collaborative downtown event. All sites are easily navigable on foot and are within close proximity to each other in the heart of Oberlin. For more information, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Special Event: Friday, December 13 at 5:30pm -
Linda Nochlin, distinguished scholar and Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts, will speak on the subject of Realism in art.  Nochlin's scholarship in the field of 19th-century art is vast, and her book Realism (1971) remains the standard source for the art movement of that name.  Her seminal essay "Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?", published the same year, is a classic.  Among her many other publications are Women, Art and Power (1988), The Politics of Vision:  essays on nineteenth-century art and society (1989), and Representing Women (1999).  She has received honors and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among many other organizations.

First Thursday Events, Spring 2013:

February 7 -
Tours will be led by Denise Birkhofer, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Liliana Milkova, Curator of Academic Programs, Erik Inglis, Professor of Medieval Art History, Sara Green, Curatorial Assistant, and Ian MacMillan, Visiting Professor in Ethnomusicology. Tours will begin at 5:45pm. 

March 7 -
5:30 pm— Electroacoustic Music inspired by works in the AMAM collection. Performed by TIMARA students enrolled in classes taught by Peter Swendsen, Assistant Professor of Computer Music and Digital Arts. This event is co-sponsored by the Oberlin College Administrative and Professional Staff (A&PS) Social Committee.

April 4 -
"The Muse in the Museum" - Poetry Contest - click here!

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with a special evening of readings at the AMAM! Organized by Lynn Powell, Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, this event will feature many local authors and students reading Ekphrastic poems, or dramatic
descriptions of works of art.

May 2 -
5:30 pm— Audrey Flack, a pioneer of Photorealism and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor will give a lecture titled: 

the Passion and the Sorrow 

in conjunction with the exhibition, "Religion, Ritual and Performance in Modern and Contemporary Art."  This talk is sponsored by the AMAM and the Art Department Ellen Johnson Fund. 

First Thursday Events, Fall 2012:

September 6 -
Fall Exhibitions Opening Reception with curators’ tours by AMAM Director Andria Derstine, Assistant Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer, curatorial assistant Sara Green, and Professor Esra Akin-Kivanc.

October 4 -
5:30 pm—Dr. Laurence Kanter (OC ’76), Chief Curator and Curator of Renaissance Art, Yale University Art Gallery, will present a lecture entitled “Ghiberti, Brunelleschi, and the ‘Birth’ of the Renaissance.” This talk is free and open to the public. Funds towards this program were generously provided by the Oberlin College Art Department's Clarence Ward Fund, and the Oberlin College Alumni Association.

November 1 -
5:30 pm— Nov. 1, 5:30 pm— POSTPONED: Audrey Flack, a pioneer of Photorealism and a nationally recognized painter and sculptor. AMAM Curatorial Staff discussed the many ways the collection is used on campus and in the community.

December 6 -
5:30 pm—Oberlin College’s Renaissance Recorder Ensemble will perform period music related to the ongoing “Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance” exhibition, with a talk to follow. Kathryn Montoya, director and recorders, guest performer Michael Leopold, lute.