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


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The Language of the Streets

January 25 - August 20, 2023
In Education Hallway

The Language of the Streets

January 25 - August 20, 2023
In Education Hallway

Last fall, Michelangelo Lovelace’s These Urban City Streets sparked conversations about place and belonging through its honest and loving depiction of inner-city Cleveland. In Lovelace’s painting, vibrant signage animates streets full of faceless people, bringing them to life through the energy of the text.

This exhibition responds to Lovelace by looking at how we engage with the words that surround us, whether that be advertising copy created for commercial gain or emotion-based human language. Four artworks by David Drebin, Walker Evans, Jenny Holzer, and Ernest C. Withers help us become aware of the conversations happening silently around us through the language of the streets.

Organized by

Julia Alexander

OC 2022, Curatorial Assistant in Academic Programs


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