Tuesday, August 16, 2016


“Time” will be the focus of exhibitions, lectures, and other programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum during academic year 2016–17.  Please contact the museum for high-resolution images of works in current exhibitions.

King Sculpture Court, August 30, 2016, to June 12, 2017
Questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion come to the fore in a site-specific installation by New York-based artist Fred Wilson. Using works primarily from the AMAM collection, Wilson makes juxtapositions that ask viewers to reconsider traditional social and historical narratives. His collaborations with museums and cultural institutions began in 1992 with his acclaimed exhibition Mining the Museum at the Maryland Historical Society. At the Allen, Wilson returns the museum’s central gallery to its 1917 roots as a space for displaying classical sculpture, creating an illusory setting of ruin and redemption. By showing how history may be obscured and distorted through the passage of time, Wildfire Test Pit exposes biases in our perceptions of what and who should be remembered.

Ellen Johnson Gallery, August 30, 2016, to June 12, 2017
Concepts of race, time, memory, and meaning are explored in a variety of mediums by New York-based artist Fred Wilson. When representing the United States at the Venice Biennale in 2003, Wilson began working with Murano glassmakers, reimagining their traditional forms—18th-century mirror frames and chandeliers—in the color black.  In addition to works of glass, Fred Wilson: Black to the Powers of Ten features recent paintings and sculpture that challenge our assumptions about history, culture, and display practices. Born in the Bronx, Wilson received a bachelor of fine arts from SUNY Purchase in 1976. He is a 1999 recipient of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant and a trustee of the Whitney Museum since 2008, when he replaced artist Chuck Close.

Ripin Gallery, through December 23
Across many centuries and cultures, time is represented as a natural and unstoppable phenomenon; a mechanized concept to be tracked, saved, and encapsulated; and a malleable, sometimes mystical force that determines the very architecture of our cosmos. Works in this exhibition range from memento mori (reminders of death) and depictions of times of day to historical commemorations and geological and astronomical chronologies.

Stern Gallery, through May 21, 2017
This exhibition bridges wide temporal and cultural distances, linking the works of artists from China, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Canada. On view are paintings and calligraphy that reflect the legacy of the Chinese literati tradition, as well as contemporary ceramics that respond to East Asian ceramic styles. These “conversations” reference earlier traditions while infusing them with the artist’s contemporary reality.

Education Hallway, through December 23
Many artworks produced during the Atlantic slave trade disseminated and reinforced pro-slavery ideologies by attempting to reduce people of African ancestry to their corporeality. Contemporary artists Carrie Mae Weems, Burton Silverman, William E. Smith, and Margaret Burroughs, reclaim and re-present this dim period in history through prints and photographs of their own.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS FOR FALL 2016—All programs are free

September 8, 5–8 p.m.
Opening reception for fall exhibitions focusing on the concept of time. Artist Fred Wilson will be on hand for informal discussion about Wildfire Test Pit, as well as his works in the Ellen Johnson Gallery exhibition Black to the Powers of Ten. His acclaimed museum “interventions” often expose biases embedded within the history of art and material culture.

September 11, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

September 13, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday Tea with printmaker and painter Charles Ritchie, who will discuss time as a touchstone for his work, as seen in the exhibition Time Well Spent: Art and Temporality. Ritchie is an associate curator at the National Gallery of Art.

September 18, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

September 25, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

October 2, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

October 6, 5–8 p.m.
A First Thursday program with food and fun in collaboration with the Oberlin College Student Program Board. All are welcome, especially current students.

October 9, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

October 11, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday Tea with Drew Wilburn, associate professor and chair of the classics department at Oberlin College, who presents a talk titled “Small Objects from Graeco-Roman Egypt.”

Tuesday, October 25, 5 p.m., Allen Art Building (behind the museum)
A talk by Beijing-based artist Michael Cherney discusses his calligraphic works, including his 2009 painting Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie. This work, on loan from the artist, was inspired by a poem by the musician Bob Dylan, and is on view in the exhibition Conversations: Past and Present in Asia and America.

October 30, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

November 3, 5:30 p.m., The Hotel at Oberlin, 10 East College St.
Artist Fred Wilson speaks about his recent works and influences, as well as the installations he has created in other museums and cultural institutions. Wilson is a 1999 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant. A reception follows at the museum, which will remain open until 8 p.m.

November 6, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

November 8, 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday Tea with Amanda Manahan, who highlights stories and accomplishments of African American business owners in Oberlin, Ohio. Manahan is education and tour coordinator at the Oberlin Heritage Center.

Saturday, November 12, noon–4 p.m.
Community Day is a chance to create your own artwork inside the museum, when workshops and activities for all ages will be offered in the East Gallery.

November 13, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

November 20, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

December 1, 5:30 p.m., in the Art Building behind the museumScreening of Eva Hesse, a 2016 documentary about this pioneering artist. Director Marcie Begleiter spent 10 days at the museum viewing materials from its extensive Eva Hesse Archives, an experience that ultimately led her to make the film. Run time is 108 minutes.

December 4, 2 p.m., Sunday Object Talk

December 13, 2:30 p.m.“William Hogarth’s Sense of Time” is the topic of a Tuesday Tea talk by Laura Baudot, associate professor of English at Oberlin College. Hogarth, one of the first and most important modern British artists, was fascinated with the depiction of time.

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