1. AMAM In-Depth: Japanese Articulated Dragon Okimono


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    Kevin Greenwood, the Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, and student assistant Yorito Nakata, present this video on the AMAM’s Japanese Articulated Dragon. This work was installed in the museum galleries in the 2015-16 academic year as part of the exhibition “The Return of the Dragon.” http://oberlin.edu/amam/returnofthedragon.html Japanese Articulated Dragon Okimono, 19th century Ivory with paint Gift of Charles F. Olney, 1904.82

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    • AMAM In Depth Japanese Full Color Woodblock Prints: An Example of Color Application


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      This video walks viewers through the stages of creating a Japanese Full Color Woodblock Print, focusing on each stage of the color application process. The image being created is based on the print "Light Rain at Shono," No. 46 from the series "Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road" (Hoēidō edition, 1833-1834) by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). From the book: Nishikie suritate junjo, N.d., early 20th century). Courtesy Oberlin College Library Special Collections.

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      • AMAM In Depth: Installing "Windmills: Because Every City Deserves to Be Called Utopia"


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        During August of 2014, the Allen Memorial Art Museum installed the 'thread drawing' "Windmills; Because Every City Has the Right To Be Called Utopia" by the Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa. To create the work, dozens of pins are inserted into the wall, using the artist’s template as a guide. Thread is then wound around the pins to create the lines of the drawing. Despite Windmills’ monumental size, the resulting three-dimensional drawing appears fragile and evanescent. Thread lines shift and disappear based on one’s viewpoint, while even less-tangible shadows of the composition are projected onto the wall behind. Narrated by Denise Birkhofer, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Kendall Christian AMAM Head Preparator, and Michael Reynolds, Assistant Preparator.

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        • Community Day: Sawdust Carpets


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          For our spring Community Day event, on Saturday, April 6, from 12pm until 4pm, Cleveland-based artist Hector Castellanos worked on a project creating a Guatamalan sawdust carpet measuring 4 feet wide by 24 feet long. Traditionally, sawdust carpets are made prior to the Catholic Holy Week, and are created out of multi-colored sawdust in intricate patterns and designs. This work remained on view at the museum through Sunday, April 14. Art-making activities included a colored sand art project, a collaborative pastel mural recreating a work from the Allen Memorial Art Museum collection, a book-binding activity, as well as storytelling. Community Day was a free event, and is open to all members of the public. Public programming related to the "Religion, Ritual and Performance in the Renaissance" exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Music: "Gentle Marimbas" by Podington Bear http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Marimba_Vibraphone_Chimes__Bells/Gentle_Marimbas

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          • AMAM Tuesday Tea - Jackie Winsor


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            Lucas Briffa (Oberlin College 2012), Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Academic Programs, presents a lecture on the response of artist Jackie Winsor to the minimalist movement and its relevance to ritual and performance.

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            • AMAM Conservation of Cleopatra


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              Among the ten paintings in the collection of the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) that were gifts of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1961, is one by the artist Giampietrino of the death of Cleopatra, dating to circa 1515. The painting is the AMAM's closest link to the work of Leonardo da Vinci, as Giampietrino is known to have worked in his studio. It had been in storage, due to discolored varnish, uneven surface, extensive overpaints, and cleaving paint. With a generous grant fro the Kress Foundation, the painting was conserved from 2010-2012 at the Intermuseum Conservation Association in Cleveland (an organization founded in 1952 at Oberlin College with the support of AMAM director Charles Parkhurst). In this video, AMAM Director Andria Derstine and ICA paintings conservator Andrea Chevalier discuss the extensive process of research and conservation, which included submitting the painting to x-ray scans, ultraviolet imaging, infra-red reflectography, and comparisons to similar work in other collections.

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              • AMAM In-Depth: "The Crucifixion"


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                Sara Green (OC 2012) discusses Augostino Carracci's engraved reproduction of Tintoretto's "The Crucifixion."

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                • FAVA-AMAM Kids Summer Camp 2012


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                  The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA) and the Allen Memorial Art Museum (AMAM) collaborated on a summer art camp for kids ages 6 to 12. During the camp, students learned about a variety of materials, mediums, and techniques from practicing artists from around the city and region. The camp ended with a “closing reception” featuring a display of all the work they created during the week. For the museum component of the camp, students visited the AMAM galleries and discovered ways to incorporate all of their senses into the art-making process. In this video, we see the kids thinking about how to draw different tastes, and using movement and motion to create large group projects.

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                  • AMAM In-Depth: Claude Monet's "Garden of the Princess (Louvre)"


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                    Dr. Andria Derstine, John G.W. Cowles Director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, discusses one of our two paintings by the French painter, Claude Monet.

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                    • AMAM In-Depth: "Kneeling Donor with St. John the Baptist"


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                      Dr. Erik Inglis, Associate Professor of Art History at Oberlin College, discusses South Neatherlandish painter Vrancke van der Stockt's work "Kneeling Donor with Saint John the Baptist," from circa 1470. This work is on view at the Allen Memorial Art Museum.

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