First Thursdays

Spring 2014 Dates: February 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1

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

All 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 Programs – All programs begin at 5:30pm, unless otherwise noted:.

First Thursday Events, Spring 2014:

February 6, 5–8 p.m.
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, 5:30 p.m.
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, 5:30 p.m.
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, 5:30 p.m.
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.

See past First Thursday events.