Oberlin College and Conservatory

First Thursday: Chinese Paintings in the Schlenker Collection

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Allen Memorial Art Museum
87 North Main Street, Oberlin, OH 44074

Join the Allen Memorial Art museum for a conversation about an important moment in the history of the Allen's Asian art collection, highlighting Chinese paintings on view at the AMAM until December 10.

In the 1960s and 1970s, renowned UC Berkeley professor James Cahill built a collection of Chinese and Japanese paintings to use in his art history courses, with funds provided by his stepfather, Dr. George J. Schlenker. Part of the collection came to the Allen in 1997.

Two of Cahill’s former students were involved in the acquisition, Charles Mason, former AMAM curator of Asian art and current director of the Kruizenga Art Museum at Hope College, and Arnold Chang, a renowned painter, connoisseur, and founder of the Chinese painting department at Sotheby’s.

In a discussion moderated by Kevin R. E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art, Mason and Chang will cover how the collection came to Oberlin, the significance of some of the paintings, and the legacies of James Cahill.

A reception will follow this conversation.

The Allen offers programs on most first Thursdays of the month. These afterhours events are free and open to the public. Programs begin at 5:30 p.m. and galleries remain open until 7:30 p.m.


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Arts, Info Sessions/Presentations


Academic, Art, Administrative, Allen Memorial Art Museum



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Jill Greenwood

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