Oberlin's Masterpieces on View at Metropolitan Museum
Founded in 1917, the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College is one of the finest college or university collections in the United States, serving as an invaluable educational resource for aspiring art scholars. While the museum is closed in 2010 for renovations, 20 of their masterpieces—19 paintings and one sculpture—are on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for five months in the special exhibition Side by Side: Oberlin's Masterworks at the Met
. These include the great Ter Brugghen painting Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene
(one of the most important North Baroque paintings in the U.S.), Cézanne's Viaduct at l'Estaque
, Kirchner's Self-Portrait as a Soldier
, and a striking Kirchner sculpture. Each of these works is integrated into the Metropolitan Museum's excellent collection, creating new, provocative juxtapositions.