Oberlin College art historian and curator Ellen Johnson gave the Class of 1928 Fund Lecture, "Oldenburg's Analogies, Metamorphoses, and Sources."   Originally the art librarian at her alma mater, her scholarship and keen appreciation of contemporary art and artists led to Johnson’s appointment to the art history faculty.  Starting in 1951, “Three Young Americans,” her biennial exhibitions at Oberlin’s Allen Art Museum, gave many contemporary artists, including Richard Diebenkorn, Frank Stella, Larry Poons, Bruce Nauman, Chuck Close, Jim Dine and Claes Oldenburg, some of their first academic recognition.  Johnson commissioned Oldenburg’s first site-specific sculpture, Three Way Plug, for the Oberlin Campus in 1970, and her book, Claes Oldenburg, appeared in 1971.