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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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Everything Is Stardust: Artmaking and the Knowability of the Universe

August 1 - December 23, 2023
In Ellen Johnson Gallery

Everything Is Stardust: Artmaking and the Knowability of the Universe

August 1 - December 23, 2023
In Ellen Johnson Gallery

From distant galaxies to the depths of the ocean, artistic rendering is an essential tool for imagining and ultimately knowing uncharted realms. Combining precision and intuition, observation and imagination, the works on view in this exhibition make intelligible that which is too dark or distant to be seen.

This presentation expands on the adjacent exhibition of work by Anna Von Mertens, who writes, “We are stardust. Everything is.” Most of the atoms in our body were formed inside stars, supernovae, and neutron star collisions. Precious metals, too, are cinders of neutron stardust, forged in billion-degree supernovae. Thinking creatively about aerial perspective, geological time, and vision technologies, these works situate Earth within the cosmos, and make fathomable our infinitesimal existence within it.

The exhibition includes works by Berenice Abbott, Lynda Benglis, Vija Celmins, Michelle Grabner, Nancy Graves, Karen Gunderson, Wendy Red Star, and Hiroshi Sugimoto, 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