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


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The Allen presents changing exhibitions along with engaging guest speakers and public programs.

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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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Refiguring Modernism: A Fractured and Disorienting World

July 5, 2023 - May 31, 2025
In Stern Gallery

Refiguring Modernism: A Fractured and Disorienting World

July 5, 2023 - May 31, 2025
In Stern Gallery

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Drawn from the Allen’s permanent collection, this exhibition spotlights pivotal moments in figuration and abstraction in the 20th century. Spanning Europe, the U.S., Peru, Mexico, and China, this presentation contextualizes canonical figures in the history of modern art alongside those often overlooked.

The dark, brooding tone in some of these works stems from experiences of war, trauma, mental illness, racism, and sexism. Yet even the most fractured, disorienting compositions are punctuated with glimpses of light and resilience. The simultaneity of hope and despair, light and dark, advances and setbacks, is as central to this selection of works as it is to the sociopolitical forces that shaped modernity.

From Cubism to Abstract Expressionism, the Harlem Renaissance, and Feminist art making, the exhibition includes works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, Richmond Barthé, Louise Bourgeois, Amedeo Modigliani, Louise Nevelson, Isamu Noguchi, José Clemente Orozco, Betty Parsons, Pablo Picasso, Horace Pippin, Miriam Schapiro, Fernando de Szyszlo, Bob Thompson, and Zao Wou-ki, among others.

Organized by

Sam Adams

Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary 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