First Thursdays

Fall 2015 Dates: September 3, October 1, November 5, and December 3

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.

September 3, 5:30 p.m.
Artist Jim Dine continues his long association with the AMAM in a conversation with John G.W. Cowles Director Andria Derstine that coincides with the exhibition Body Proxy. Dine’s first solo exhibition was held at the Allen in 1965, during a residency at the invitation of Ellen Johnson. In 2005, the retrospective Jim Dine, Some Drawings originated at the AMAM.

Jim Dine studied at the University of Cincinnati and the Boston Museum School, and received his B.F.A. from Ohio University, Athens, where he was also enrolled in the graduate program. He moved to New York City in 1958, where he had his first group (1959) and solo (1960) exhibitions. Dine instantly became an active figure in the New York art world, creating and staging many of the first "Happenings" along with artists Claes Oldenburg and Robert Whitman. Since his first solo exhibition in 1960, Dine’s paintings, sculptures, photography, and prints have been the subject of nearly 300 solo exhibitions worldwide.

In addition to his public talk, Dine will assist with the installation of his large assemblage, Five Chicken Wire Hearts (for James Peto), in the Ellen Johnson Gallery.

Co-sponsored by the Oberlin Business Partnership.

October 1, 5:30 p.m.
In a talk titled “How a No. 2 Pencil Designed my Life,” designer D'Wayne Edwards will share his journey: how he was introduced to a simple instrument that allowed him to escape a dangerous neighborhood southeast of Los Angeles to design shoes for such athletes as Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter. Edwards is the former Footwear Design Director of Jordan Brand and also worked with Nike and Skechers. He is the founder of PENSOLE Footwear Design Academy—a program created to give talented designers, regardless of socioeconomic background, an opportunity to learn from the industry’s best.

November 5, 5:30 p.m.
Photographer and guest curator Laura Larson ’88 speaks about Hidden Mother, the exhibition of 19th-century child portraits in which mothers were concealed while holding their offspring still during long exposure times. Larson is an associate professor of photography and integrated media at Ohio University.

December 3, 5:00 p.m.
Join us for classical guitar music performed by students from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Guitarists will play music relevant to the theme or time period of the works on view in several galleries. The program is presented in collaboration with Stephen Aron, classical guitar instructor at Oberlin. Come and immerse your senses!

Co-sponsored by the Oberlin College Administrative & Professional Staff Council.

See past First Thursday events