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Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College

87 North Main Street
Oberlin, OH

Phone: 440.775.8665

Statement of Purpose:

The first college museum west of the Alleghenies, the Allen Memorial Art Museum was established in 1917 to aid in the teaching of art, and to house a substantial body of art objects already collected, including the Charles Olney Collection of paintings, ivories and bronzes received in 1904.    


See Hendrick Terbrugghen’s St. Sebastian Attended by Irene; Monet’s Wisteria and Garden of the Princess, and works by Matisse, Cézanne, Miro, Dürer, Rembrandt, Picasso, Warhol, Eva Hesse and Oldenburg.  Approximately 25% of the collection is non-Western art, primarily Asian that includes modern and contemporary as well as traditional, notably Japanese ukiyo-e prints.  The collection has a modest number of African, Latino and Pre-Columbian, and African American artworks In addition, the AMAM helps develop programming for a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house (1947-49).

The Museum is housed in a 1917 landmark building designed by noted American architect Cass Gilbert. In 1976 the Museum was expanded through the addition of a large new gallery for modern art, designed by the architectural firm of Venturi, Rauch and Associates. Decorative ironwork is by Philadelphian Samuel Yellin.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, english (1775-1851), "View of Venice: ducal Palace, Dogana," 1841, oil on canvas

The permanent collection contains 11,400 objects with 717 paintings, 566 sculptures, 8,259 works on paper, 753 decorative art objects including furniture, and 1,105 textiles.  The range of diverse cultures, media and historical periods represented in our collection coincide with curricular needs at the college and with public interests.  Also the Art Rental collection of 453 original works of art provides additional learning opportunities for students and college staff.  Approximately 75% of the collection is Western art, dating from antiquity to the contemporary with particular strengths in 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting, Old Master prints, 19th and 20th century European modernism, and contemporary American art. 

Peruvian, Moche, "Portrait Jar Depicting a Bliind Man, ca. 400-500 A.D., painted pottery.


Chinese & Japanese Art from Antiquity to the Present
September 17, 2002 - June 9, 2003
Highlights of the museum?s Chinese and Japanese art objects ranging in date
from neolithic times to the present day juxtapose several long-term loans
of Chinese bronzes and porcelains from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection.

Late Modern and Contemporary Sculpture
Through June 9, 2003
Minimalism juxtaposes popular culture in this mixed media installation.
Come see Eva Hesse?s Laocoön (1966), Jackie Winsor?s Four Corners (1972),
Red Grooms?s Token Booth with Nude Commuters (1975), Dennis Oppenheim?s
Heavy Dog Kiss (1993), and Donald Judd?s Untitled (1976),  Blue Bell (1998)
by Chakaia Booker, and Lave Tete (2001) by Alison Saar.

Red Grooms (American, b. 1937), "Token Booth with Nude Commuters 1975"
from exhibition: Late Modern and Contemporary Sculpture

Figure to Non-Figurative: The Evolution of Modern Art in Europe and North
America, 1830-1950
August 23, 2002 - June 9, 2003
Reexamining the definition and parameters of modern art, this exhibition of
over 80 paintings and sculptures ventures beyond the midcentury marks
(1830-1950) of the movement.  Opening with the beginning of Romanticism, as
shown in the grand Portrait of Eleanor, Lady Wigram by Sir Thomas Lawrence,
the exhibition concludes with Arshile Gorky?s pivotal work, The Plough and
the Song.
Arshile Gorky (American, 1904-1948), "the  Plow and the song," 1947
from exhibition: Figure to Non-Figurative

The Object Revisited: Four Centuries of European and American Decorative
August 27, 2002 - June 9, 2003
This exhibition focuses on many of the triumphs of decorative art and
design from the last four centuries, including Renaissance bronzes and
maiolica, Gallé and Tiffany art glass, and Art Deco sculpture.  As a Winter
Term project, Oberlin College senior Thomas D. Tredway assisted in the
exhibit preparation.

Sacred and Noble Patronage: Late Medieval and Renaissance Art
July 2, 2002 - June 9, 2003
Beginning with early 15th-century Italian gold-ground paintings and
continuing to the High Renaissance and Mannerism (including works from the
Northern European schools), we see in paintings, sculptures, and tapestries
the evolution and diversity of patronage from the church to the nobility
and merchant class.

From Baroque to Neoclassicism: European Paintings, 1625-1825
September 10, 2002 - June 9, 2003
This installation opens with the triumph of the Baroque, continuing through
the Rococo period to the end of Neoclassicism at the close of the 18th
century.  Also featured are two important loans for the fall term: Portrait
of a Man with a Rifle by Aelbert Cuyp (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam), and View of
Venice, Piazza and Piazzetta San Marco by Canaletto (Wadsworth Atheneum,


Red Grooms (American, b. 1937), "Token Booth with Nude Commuters 1975"
from exhibition: Late Modern and Contemporary Sculpture


Arshile Gorky (American, 1904-1948), "the  Plow and the song," 1947
from exhibition: Collecting the Vanguard: Art from 1900-1970






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Located at the intersectin of Ohio State routes 511 and 58 in downtown Oberlin - 35 miles south west of Cleveland.

Key Personnel:

Sharon F. Patton, the John G. W. Cowles Director

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