Current Exhibitions

Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen
Ellen Johnson Gallery
September 2, 2014 — July 19, 2015

This fall, for the first time, the AMAM showcases its Latin American collection in a comprehensive exhibition of 115 modern and contemporary works. Represented are artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Uruguay, as well as those with Latino roots working in the United States. Ranging from Mexican Revolution-era prints by Diego Rivera to recent conceptual installations, the exhibition features works by such major figures as Enrique Chagoya, Alfredo Jaar, José Clemente Orozco, Roberto Matta, Ana Mendieta, and Doris Salcedo.

An accompanying catalogue chronicles how the Latin American collection began in the 1930s and was shaped, in part, through gifts from individual collectors who championed art from this region. Organized by Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer, Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen will anchor the AMAM’s yearlong theme: “The Americas.”

Psycho / Somatic: Visions of the Body in Contemporary East Asian Art
John N. Stern Gallery
June 16, 2015 — June 2016



Modern Works from the Permanent Collection
Stern Gallery

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s Self-Portrait as a Soldier goes on view once again after being part of highly acclaimed German and British exhibitions on World War I. The Kirchner painting joins other AMAM favorites such as Paul Cézanne’s Viaduct at L’Estaque, Amedeo Modigliani’s Nude with Coral Necklace, and Henri Matisse’s Young Girl Seated. Three-dimensional works include Pablo Picasso’s bronze Head of a Woman (Fernande Olivier) and Alexander Calder’s kinetic Yellow Stalk.


Pre-Columbian Ceramics at the Allen
East Gallery

As part of the yearlong “The Americas” theme at the AMAM, Pre-Columbian ceramics from Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru are on view. The selection includes Moche vessels embellished with human and animal forms and Mayan and Teotihuacán funerary objects.


Asian Art at the Allen: American Collectors in the Early 20th Century
South Ambulatory and East Gallery

Why was Asian art so attractive to American collectors in the first half of the 20th century? A number of prominent donors to the AMAM collection of Asian art are highlighted, including Charles Lang Freer, whose better known gift to the Smithsonian Institution provided impetus for the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Mary A. Ainsworth, an Oberlin alumna who quietly amassed one of the most important American collections of Japanese woodblock prints of her era. These installations offer a preview of this spring’s Ripin Gallery exhibition focusing solely on the Ainsworth bequest of more than 1,500 Japanese prints.



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