First Thursdays

Spring 2015 Dates: February 5, March 5. April 2, and May 7

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. Museum galleries remain open until 8 p.m. regardless of program location.

February 5, 5:30 p.m.
Art Building, Classroom 1

A talk titled “Bringing Home the Five-Legged Cow: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Painting,” by Noelle Giuffrida, assistant professor of East Asian art at Case Western Reserve University, focuses on the former Cleveland Museum of Art director and his relationships with German expatriate collector-dealer Walter Hochstadter, Cleveland collector Helen Wade Greene Perry, and Japanese dealer Setsu Inosuke. Each played a key role in facilitating Lee’s acquisition of important Chinese paintings for Cleveland during the 1950s and 60s.

Oberlin College Science Center, 119 Woodland Street
Dye Lecture Hall, A162

 Artist and activist Alfredo Jaar, who left his native Chile in 1981 at the height of Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, gives a lecture titled “It Is Difficult.” Jaar is known internationally for politically charged works that often call attention to genocide, military violence, and the imbalance of power between industrial and developing nations. Join us for a reception in the AMAM’s East Gallery following the talk.

Jaar's talk is funded, in part, through the Ellen H. Johnson Endowed Fund for Contemporary Art, and is co-sponsored by Latin American Studies.

April 2, 5:30 p.m.
First Church of Oberlin,
106 North Main St.

Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié gives a lecture titled "Comments on the North Caribbean Visual Landscape" in conjunction with Latin American and Latino Art at the Allen. The exhibition features his 1998 painting Justicia, which refers to the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1803.

Duval-Carrié's talk is funded, in part, through the Ellen H. Johnson Endowed Fund for Contemporary Art, and is co-sponsored by Latin American Studies and Africana Studies.

May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Art Building, Classroom 1

Join us for “A Muse in the Museum,” a community poetry reading that will feature works written in response to, or inspired by, works of art now on display at the museum. Poems will be selected from a call for entries that will be announced in March. Writers of all ages are invited to enter. The event is co-sponsored with the Oberlin College Creative Writing Program.

For more information, and to review the submissions guidelines, please click here.

See past First Thursday events