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


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Language Arts

February 19 - August 13, 2021
In Ripin Gallery

Language Arts

February 19 - August 13, 2021
In Ripin Gallery

Created by a diverse range of artists over the last 50 years, the prints, drawings, photographs, and posters in Language Arts stage encounters between text and image. In these works, drawn from the AMAM collection and the Art Rental Collection, text plays many different roles: it functions as a direct, often weaponized message in the work of Jenny Holzer; as a medium for conceptual artists Felix Gonzalez-Torres and Danh Vo; as a source of description or competing information in photographic work by Jess Dugan, Alfredo Jaar, and Lorna Simpson; as a found object, plucked from daily life and imported into the work of art, in prints by Analia Saban, Eduardo Paolozzi, and Fred Tomaselli; and as both subject and material in works by Claes Oldenburg, Bruce Nauman, Sarah Charlesworth, and Robert Indiana. Together, these explorations of text and image, or text as image, argue for their mutual interdependence, refusing the supremacy of one over the other.

Organized by

Andrea Gyorody

Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

With assistance from

Amy Baylis ’20

Curatorial Assistant


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