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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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Anthropocene Aesthetics

August 19 - December 12, 2023
In Ripin Gallery

Anthropocene Aesthetics

August 19 - December 12, 2023
In Ripin Gallery

Stemming from a new collaboration between Oberlin College and the United Nations, this exhibition from the Allen’s permanent collection addresses more than a century of the human impact on Earth as recorded in art. It moves from the industrial revolution and depictions of smog in Impressionist painting, through the 20th century and into the present—encompassing Land Art and a wide range of photography and printmaking.

Themes of water, industry, landscape, sustainability, and Indigenous knowledge guide this presentation, moving away from moral judgments, and thinking imaginatively instead of defensively about climate change. The exhibition includes works by Ansel Adams, Laura Aguilar, Margaret Bourke-White, Agnes Denes, Jeffrey Gibson, Roni Horn, Camille Pissarro, Robert Smithson, and Joseph Yoakum, among others.

Organized by

Sam Adams

Ellen Johnson ’33 Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Henry Wahlenmayer

OC 2023


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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