Allen Memorial Art Museum
Exhibitions 2016–17

For the 2016–17 season, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will feature the work of artist and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient Fred Wilson, who has created two exhibitions—one of works that he made or fabricated, and one drawn from the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum—that explore themes of race, time, memory, and meaning. Both call on viewers to reconsider the historical narratives typically disseminated by scholars and museums.

The theme of time will follow through other works on exhibit this season including works by artists from China, Japan, Korea, and Canada.

Museum Hours:
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1–5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Free Admission
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Through May 21, 2017

Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America

Inspired by the AMAM’s 2016–17 theme of time, this exhibition bridges wide temporal and cultural distances, linking the works of artists from China, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Canada, both well-known and anonymous, living and long gone. Read more

August 30 to December 23, 2016

Time Well Spent: Art and Temporality

The concept of time, at once a personal and universal concept that dictates the rhythm of human experience, has been variously represented and constructed through the centuries and across cultures. Drawing largely from the AMAM’s collection, this exhibition explores diverse characterizations of time as a natural and unstoppable phenomenon; a mechanized, measurable concept to be tracked, saved, and encapsulated; and a malleable and sometimes mystical force that determines the very architecture of our cosmos and collective memory. Read more

August 30, 2016 to June 12, 2017

Wildfire Test Pit

This site-specific installation by Fred Wilson functions as a metaphor for the biases in our perceptions of what and who should be remembered. Read more

August 30, 2016 to June 12, 2017

Black to the Powers of Ten

Race, time, memory, and meaning are among the concepts explored in this exhibition of works from 2003–2014 by the artist Fred Wilson. Through glass works designed and fabricated in Murano and the Seattle area, as well as in paintings, sculpture, prints, and video, Wilson challenges assumptions about history, culture, and display practices, offering alternative interpretations and encouraging viewers to reconsider how they think and what they know. Read more

Piano 2016 | Violin 2017
For young musicians ages 13 to 18
$20,000 first prize

Presented each July by Oberlin Conservatory of Music and The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cooper Competition showcases the most promising young musicians from around the world. Five days of performances on campus give way to the thrilling Concerto Finals at Severance Hall, where three finalists compete for the grand prize in concert with The Cleveland Orchestra.

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