OBERLIN, Ohio — With a permanent collection of over 14,000 objects, the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College is one of Northeast Ohio’s most spectacular cultural gems and one of the most important collegiate art museums in the nation.
Its holdings include important works by artists such as J.M.W. Turner, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Henri Matisse, Arshile Gorky and many others.
What’s never been quite so clear, however, is that the Allen also possesses what may be one of Ohio’s largest collections — if not the largest — of Latin American art.
Initiated in 1936 with an emotionally searing lithograph by Jose Clemente Orozco depicting the lynching of blacks in the American South,