Friday, December 11, 2009

From Oberlin's AMAM to NYC's Metropolitan:

As you all will not know because I've just started this blogging bunk, I serve as a docent to the Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum. Until spring semester 2011, the entire museum will be shut for renovations beginning December 23rd. If you're interested in that sort of thing, there are very detailed plans (well, as detailed as you'll find publicly) here. You can probably imagine this is both emotionally trying for the entire college, but also very, very necessary. Besides completely gutting the heating and cooling so we will have better temperature control, they're going into the plumbing, and -- if we get enough money to do so -- cleaning and restoring the ceiling to its former glory.

In the meantime, we have had to find homes for many of our nearly 14,000 pieces, not all of which can simply be put in storage. Pieces from our collection will be taken care of during the renovation by the fabulous Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Linked above in the super large text is the press release including a list of works, and exhibition dates. Can’t wait to see some of our pieces again! I already miss Adolph Gottlieb’s Rape of Persephone, shown above.

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