First Thursdays

Spring 2017 dates: February 2, March 2, April 6, and May 4.

Galleries remain open until 8 p.m. during our monthly evening hours. These free programs are followed by a reception (except on March 2) in the East Gallery.

February 2, 5–8 p.m.
AMAM galleries


Please come to an opening reception for new exhibitions, including a welcome program for the objects in a new installation of African art. The welcome will be led by Adenike Sharpley, OC artist in residence, and Matthew Rarey, assistant professor of the arts of Africa and the Black Atlantic. It will feature Oladipo Michael Oludare, a traditional Yoruba wood carver, dancer, visual artist, and painter from Osun State in western Nigeria, who is currently resident Wood Carver and Artist at the Essex Studio in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the opening, Michael will play the “talking drum” and recite Yoruba praise poems to ritually “welcome” the African objects to their new home. He has played throughout the United States for various educational and cultural institutions. Students in Professor Rarey’s fall seminar “African Art in Museums:  From Collection to Display” curated the new installation, on view in the East Ambulatory.  The museum will remain open until 8 pm, and a reception will be held in the East Gallery.

March 2, 5:30pm.
East Gallery

A panel discussion, “Animals in the Western and Non-Western Imaginations,” will be led by Chie Sakakibara, assistant professor of environmental studies. Panelists include: Tom Newlin, Russian (wolves/tigers/bears); Mary Garvin, biology (birds); Karl Offen, environmental studies (turtles); Matt Senior, French (monkeys); and Sam Tunick, OC ’18 (snakes).

April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Art Buiding, Classroom 1

Join us for a conversation with Mary Miss, whose untitled 1975 work is installed on the museum grounds. This American artist has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art.

May 4, 5:30 p.m.
The Hotel at Oberlin, Second Floor

Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., curator of northern Baroque paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will give a lecture titled “Oberlin and the Introduction of Dutch Caravaggism to America.” Following his Harold Jantz Memorial Lecture, a reception will be held at the museum and galleries will be open for viewing the AMAM’s Dutch paintings.

This guest lecture celebrates the legacy of Wolfgang Stechow, a distinguished professor of art history and specialist in northern Baroque art at Oberlin College, and Charles Parkhurst, director of the AMAM from 1949 to 1962 and a professor of art history. Wheelock will highlight the importance of St. Sebastian Tended by Irene, a 1625 painting by Hendrick ter Brugghen acquired by the Allen during Parkhurst’s tenure as director and considered one of the highlights of his career. The Dutch painting was loaned to the National Gallery of Art in 2011, where Wheelock is curator of northern Baroque paintings. 


See past First Thursday events