Posts tagged Allen Art Museum
Posts tagged Allen Art Museum
Our next Tuesday Tea lecture (tomorrow at 2:30pm) will feature Barbara Sawhill, a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies, who will be discussing the connections between learning a foreign language, identity and self-portraiture.
In her Communication and Conversation class, she asks her students - “Are you the same person when you speak in another language?” The class then visits the museum to discuss identity and likeness in self-portraits by artists in the collection in preparation for writing, in Spanish, their own verbal self-portraits.
One of the works they view, and one of the examples she will use at the tea, is this self-portrait by Alfred Leslie.
Alfred Leslie (American, b. 1927)
Friends of Art Fund, 1979.15
Need a study break? Looking for something to do? The museum is open tonight! Until 8pm!
Today sees the reopening of the Ellen Johnson Gallery of Modern Art - marking the first time since September 2008 that this gallery is on view. The museum is back to 100%! Over fifty works are on display, spanning in time from the early 1950s to 2011, representing a range of cultures across Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
And don’t forget about our ‘First Thursday’ evening hours this week - on October 6, we will remain open until 8pm. Come spend time with EJ and the rest of the galleries then!
First Thursday! The Allen Memorial Art Museum will be open from 10am to 8pm tonight. The Ellen Johnson Gallery for Contemporary Art is finally reopened too, which means the AMAM is fully operational again. Congratulations!
When the Ellen Johnson Gallery reopens next week for the first time in over two years, one of the many works on view will be our Sol LeWitt ‘scribble drawing.’ “Wall Drawing #1222” was created by the artist specifically for the EJ gallery. It measures 23 by 18 feet and was executed entirely in pencil. It was first shown in the 2007 exhibition ‘Sol LeWitt at the AMAM,’ along with works on loan from the LeWitt Collection.
To make this drawing, eleven people worked the equivalent of 101 draftsman days to cover the wall’s 396 square feet with graphite. A total of 330 six-inch leads and twenty-eight woodless graphite pencil sticks were used.
It was first drawn by Takeshi Arita and Sachiko Cho from LeWitt’s studio, and Oberlin College students Alisa Doga, Julia Feldman, Harry Gassel, Catherine Janis, Grace Kiniako, Sara Krugman, Hanna Siesel, Jeremy Wiles-Young, and museum staff member Michael Reynolds.
You can come out to see the ‘scribble drawing’ during our next ‘First Thursday’ evening hours - we’ll be open Thursday, October 6 until 8pm!
Did you know that there’s art in the Allen created by the hands of Obies? Sol LeWitt’s “Wall Drawing #1222” was executed by 11 students and staff members on the wall of the (soon to be reopened) Ellen Johnson Contemporary Art Gallery.
The AMAM has received a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold rating for its recently completed renovations, an ambitious goal established at the outset of the project. Read more in this article from the Oberlin College website (click through on the title above).
A sneak peek at one corner of the AMAM’s Ellen Johnson Gallery, currently being reinstalled. On the left, Ree Morton’s ‘Untitled’ from 1971-72, and on the right, Richard Tuttle’s ‘Water’ from 1965.
Opening: soon, soon…
When the museum reopened on September 6, over 200 objects were newly on view compared to the installation when the museum closed in December 2009. Many of these objects are on view for the first time in decades. Over the coming weeks, we’ll take a closer look at some of these works.
Today’s work is a bronze “Padmapani” sculpture from India (Kashmir) from the 11th century AD. The Padmapani (meaning ‘lotus bearer’) is also known as the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion. In his left hand, he holds the stem of a lotus and his right hand forms the gesture known as abyhaya, meaning fearlessness. The figure is draped in elaborate dress and ornate jewelry, a typical representation for bodhisattvas, meant to distinguish them from Buddha himself.
This beautiful sculpture is on view in the museum’s South Ambulatory Gallery.
Interior of Weltzheimer/Johnson House.
Another “classic” video on the Art Rental program - this time recorded during the event in fall 2008. Interested in exploring the works available for rental? Visit the museum’s online database and type “Art Rental” into the search to view the rental collection.
And help spread the word - join the event on our Facebook page! Art Rental starts this Saturday at 8am!
Hardcore art renters will probably be lining up starting around now. Head to the art museum courtyard! This is the most productive all-nighter you’ll ever pull.