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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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Divergent Paths

August 10 - December 23, 2022
In Northwest Ambulatory

Divergent Paths

August 10 - December 23, 2022
In Northwest Ambulatory

This installation reconstructs the differing institutional journeys taken by two pairs of moccasins, made by unrecorded Native artisans of the Great Plains, after their arrival in Oberlin. Both were once part of a campus natural history museum focused on fossils, minerals, and other specimens. But in 1957 one pair was accessioned into the AMAM and the other was left, with hundreds of other ethnographic items, without formal institutional oversight. Tracing the moccasins' histories here centers Indigenous cultural items at Oberlin: the complicated histories of how Oberlin came to possess them and how we as a campus community can grapple with their future stewardship.

Organized by

Hannah Wirta Kinney

Curator of Academic Programs

Amy Margaris

Associate Professor of Anthropology


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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