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


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The Allen's collection is particularly strong in 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, Japanese prints, early modern art, African art, and more.

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Identity and Belonging in Early Modern Europe

January 18 - July 17, 2022
In Ripin Gallery

Identity and Belonging in Early Modern Europe

January 18 - July 17, 2022
In Ripin Gallery

What role do art and architecture play in shaping a shared civic, social, or religious identity? This question was of central importance to artists and their patrons in early modern Europe (ca. 1500–1800), a time of empire building and conflict abroad, as well as population growth and the expansion of cities at home.

The printed images in this exhibition reveal the ways in which identity and belonging were visually constructed in early modern Europe. They demonstrate how cities could be dynamic spaces transformed by ephemeral architecture as part of extravagant political and religious festivals, and how urban venues—from shopping arcades to theaters—could be sites for social engagement, sometimes across socioeconomic lines. By picturing people whose racial, religious, cultural, gender, or sexual identities transcended societal norms, prints could also reinforce understandings of difference by defining who did and did not belong to a community.

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Organized by

Alexandra Letvin

Assistant Curator of European and American Art


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Allen Memorial Art Museum Closed for the Summer

Starting May 27, the Allen Memorial Art Museum will close for the summer in the lead up to the completion of Oberlin College and Conservatory's Sustainable Infrastructure Program (SIP). Learn More