Current Exhibitions

Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen
Ellen Johnson Gallery
September 2, 2014–June 28, 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.”

Life and Art in Early America
Stern Gallery
July 2014 to June 7, 2015

The first 100 years of the United States witnessed a complex history of discovery and division. Drawing upon the AMAM’s remarkable collection of 19th-century American art, this exhibition reflects the variety and vastness of the cultural, racial, and natural landscapes of the United States. Portraits, landscape paintings, photography, textiles, decorative arts, works on paper, and sculpture illustrate the entrepreneurship, struggle, and sacrifice invested in the formation of a nation.

A Life in Prints: Mary A. Ainsworth and the Floating World
Ripin Print Gallery
February 3 - June 7, 2015

In 1906, seventeen years after her graduation from Oberlin College, Mary A. Ainsworth embarked on a sea voyage that would forever change her life. Traveling on her own in Japan, she encountered the “Floating World” of woodblock prints of the Edo period (1603–1868) and began to collect these fascinating images.


On the Threshold: Doors and Windows Represented
West Ambulatory
February 3 - May 24, 2015


Shifting Perspective: The World Through Another's Gaze
Education Hallway
February 3 - May 24, 2015


Richard D. Baron Gallery
65 East College St., Suite 5
February 20 - May 1, 2015
Open Monday through Friday: 9am to 4:30pm


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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