Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074


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Allen After Hours / Art and Artlessness: The Aesthetics of Life and Art

Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Allen After Hours / Art and Artlessness: The Aesthetics of Life and Art

Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In the Analects, Confucius remarked, “Wildness results when nature overpowers refinement. Superficiality results when refinement overpowers nature. One can only become a gentleman when refinement and nature are balanced.” While Confucius was reflecting on how to live one’s life, practicing artist Mansheng Wang believes this philosophy applies equally to art. Join us for a talk in which Mansheng discusses a balance between the refined and the natural—between art and artlessness—as the aesthetic sense he strives for in his artistic practice.

Access Statement:
These events are held in a wheelchair- and rolling walker-accessible building. The lecture space is wheelchair accessible, with moveable seating, and near wheelchair-accessible restrooms. Restrooms are gender-specific; visitors are invited to use the restroom of their preference. Listening devices will be available for use during the presentation, but ASL interpretation will not be offered. Most talks will be recorded and available with closed captions on the museum’s Vimeo page after the event. Please email access questions to Jill Greenwood,

Mansheng Wang (Wáng Mǎnshèng 王满晟), (American, born in China 1962), The Breath of Autumn, 2017. Ink, walnut ink, tempera, acrylic on poster paper. Oberlin Friends of Art Fund, 2022.30.

[alt text] A craggy mountain is detailed with thin, bold lines that create repetitive arches, with small trees placed on rock-tops throughout the depiction, reminiscent of an Asian landscape.


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