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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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Art at the AMAM

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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Faculty Research

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Teaching Exhibitions

These focused installations provide students with ongoing access to visual material throughout the semester. In addition, they provide opportunities to highlight new directions in scholarship and to share those ideas with our broader public.

Developing an exhibition takes at least four semesters, and requires faculty involvement during all steps of the process. Faculty members work closely with the curator of academic programs to develop a proposal that defines the scope of the exhibition, as well as to identify objects to for inclusion. The museum favors exhibition proposals that demonstrate a clear connection to a specific class taught at Oberlin and that contribute to research on the collection or showcase underutilized areas of the collections.

Faculty-curated exhibitions

Collective Gestures: The Impact of Experimental Performance at Oberlin in the 1970s

A spring 2022 exhibition tracing the 50-year history of Contact Improvisation, a collaborative dance form whose roots can be found in a 1972 winter-term residency by Steve Paxton. Paxton was a part of Grand Union, an improvisational group  invited for Oberlin’s 1972 winter term. Collective Gestures juxtaposes archival material with works from the AMAM collection. The show is presented in conjunction with a yearlong celebration of the history of contact improv, and was organized by Ann Cooper Albright, professor of dance at Oberlin College.

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Women Bound and Unbound

Organized by five faculty members in spring 2019, this exhibition presented an interdisciplinary look at artistic representations of women. The show interrogated the selection and depiction of women—some historical, some imagined—engaged in a variety of activities and within a range of spaces. Spanning a period of 500 years, the works explore ideas of women as mothers, sinners, saints, witches, warriors, citizens, socialites, and sometimes simply as bodies.

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Exploring Reciprocity: The Power of Animals in Non-Western Art

Curated by Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara in conjunction with her spring 2017 courses “Indigenous Environmentalism” and “Nature, Culture, and Interpretation.” Curatorial assistance was provided by Sam Tunick ’18.

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The Body: Looking In and Looking Out

On view during the fall 2015 semester, this exhibition was curated by Associate Professor of English Wendy Beth Hyman and students in her spring 2015 senior seminar “Words and Things.” Curatorial assistance was provided by Wendy Kozol, professor of comparative American studies and Curator of Academic Programs Liliana Milkova.

In the fall of 2015, students in Professor of Comparative American Studies Wendy Kozol’s course “Visible Bodies and the Politics of Sexuality” curated an online exhibition titled Capturing the Body: Ownership and Resistance in Visual Culture using works drawn from the AMAM and the Oberlin College Libraries. This exhibition was conceived as a virtual counterpart to the teaching exhibition The Body: Looking In and Looking Out. “Capturing the Body” focuses on works of art that use the body to explore questions about identity, power, and oppression.

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On the Threshold: Doors and Windows Represented

This exhibition was curated by Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature Stiliana Milkova in conjunction with her spring 2015 course “Literature, Architecture, and Real Estate.”

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The Human Comedy: Chronicles of 19th-Century France

Curated by Libby Murphy, associate professor of French, in conjunction with her fall 2013 course La Comédie Humaine: Social Identities in Nineteenth Century France. Assistance was provided by Curatorial Assistant Sara Green ’12 and former Curator of European and American Art Andaleeb Badiee Banta.

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Private Prayer, Public Performance: Religious Books of the Later Middle Ages and Renaissance

Organized by AMAM Curatorial Assistant Sara Green ’12 and Professor of Medieval Art Erik Inglis in conjunction with his spring 2013 courses.

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Ritual and Performance in the Yorùbá World

On view during the spring 2013 semester, this exhibition was curated by Ian MacMillen, postdoctoral fellow at Oberlin College, with assistance from Dessane Cassell ’14.

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Beyond the Surface: Text & Image in Islamic Art

Curated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Religion and Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Esra Akin-Kivanc, with assistance from Anna-Claire Stinebring ’09. The exhibition coincides with Professor Akin-Kivanc’s fall 2012 course “Approaches to Islamic Art and Architecture” and his spring 2013 course “Introduction to Muslim Cultures and Civilizations: A Humanistic Approach.”

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Hybrid Images: The Photography of Sculpture, 1860 to 1990

This exhibition was curated by Sarah Hamill, assistant professor of modern and contemporary art, in conjunction with her fall 2012 course “Sculpture and Photography.” Curatorial assistance was provided by John Michael Morein ’13.

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Ephemeral Installations and the Aesthetics of Nature

Curated by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Janet Fiskio in conjunction with her spring 2012 course “Nature, Culture, and Interpretation.”

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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