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


Opening reception for spring exhibitions. A welcome program will be held for the objects in a new installation of African art (5:30pm). It will be led by Adenike Sharpley, former artist in residence, with Matt Rarey, assistant professor, and Oberlin students in his seminar “African Art in Museums: From Collection to Display.”

March 2, 5:30pm.
East Gallery

Learn more about African art in the AMAM collection from those who curated its recent reinstallation: Matthew Rarey and the students in his course “African Art in Museums: From Collection to Display.” Rarey is an assistant professor of art history at Oberlin.

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.


See past First Thursday events