First Thursdays

Spring 2016 Dates: February 4, March 3, April 7, and May 5

During these special hours, the museum galleries will remain open until 8pm, and as always, will be free and open to the public.

All museum galleries will be open for you to revisit old favorites, explore the new installations, discover new works, listen to our audio tours, or browse through our collection catalog. AMAM staff and student docents will be on hand to answer questions and chat with you about the museum's holdings.

First Thursday Programs – All programs begin at 5:30pm, unless otherwise noted. Museum galleries remain open until 8 p.m. regardless of program location.

February 4, 5:30 p.m.
Live classical music related to works in the Judit Reigl exhibition will be performed in the museum’s King Sculpture Court. Faculty and students of Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music, along with special guest Benjamin Perl of the Open University of Israel, will give piano and vocal performances of works by Pierre Bernard, J. S. Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and György Kurtág. A reception will follow with refreshments in the East Gallery.

March 3, 5:30 p.m.
Join the AMAM for a conversation between New York-based painter Pat Steir and Ellen Johnson ’33 Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art Denise Birkhofer. Steir is well known for her dripped, splashed, and poured “waterfall” paintings. The museum’s West Ambulatory features her painting Tall Waterfall.

April 7, 5:30 p.m.
“Metaphorical Body: China’s Action Art in the mid-1980s” is the subject of a talk by Zhou Yan, visual resources curator in art history at Kenyon College. Chinese action artists of the mid-80s often wrapped their bodies, creating metaphors of cultural crises, enlightenment, individualism, or even utopian ideals. They staged powerful rebellions against mainstream art and challenged the rationalist painting in vogue at the time.

May 5, 5:30 p.m.
Christina Neilson, assistant professor of Renaissance and Baroque art history at Oberlin College, and Frances Gage, associate professor of art history at SUNY Buffalo State, give a lecture titled “The Patient Artist: Illness, Healing, and the Act of Creation in Early Modern Europe,” in conjunction with the Ripin Gallery exhibition they co-curated, A Picture of Health: Art and the Mechanisms of Healing.

See past First Thursday events