November 2006 Visual Arts CalendarOctober 31, 2006 | by Judy Moore
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday. Admission to the museum is free; unless noted, admission to all programs also is free. For more information regarding Block Museum exhibitions, programs or location, phone (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block Museum Web site at <www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu>.
BLOCK MUSEUM FALL 2006 EXHIBITIONS
“Keeping Shadows: Photography at the Worcester Art Museum,” through Dec. 10, Block Museum, Main Gallery. From 19th century daguerreotypes to digital images from NASA probes, this exhibition from the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass., illustrates the history of photography as a documentary medium and an art form as seen in the work of such master photographers are Imogen Cunningham, Man Ray, Ansel Adams and Robert Mapplethorpe.
“Torkel Korling: Bridging Commercial and Art Photography,” through Dec. 10, Block Museum, Print, Drawing and Photography Study Center. Working out of Chicago, Swedish-born Torkel Korling became one of the top commercial photographers of his time. This exhibition presents a selection of his photographs from the 1920s to the 1950s, including landmark photographs from “Life” magazine.
“Realist Tendencies on Paper,” Oct. 10 through Dec. 17, Block Museum, Alsdorf Gallery. Featuring work by John Baeder, Chuck Close, Ralph Goings, Kathryn Siegler and other artists, this exhibition surveys the complexity and challenges of creating photorealist effects in watercolors, drawings and prints.
“…even in a room full of darkness: An installation by Matthew Girson,” Oct. 10 through Dec. 10, Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery. Chicago-area artist Matthew Girson transforms the Katz Gallery into a room-size pinhole camera, exploring light and shadow as physical phenomena and as symbols for knowledge and ignorance.
“Theo Leffmann, Weaving A Life into Art,” ongoing display, Oct. 10 through Dec. 10, Block Museum, Theo Leffmann Gallery. Theo Leffmann is recognized as a rich contributor to the American fiber art movement in the late 20th century. The Theo Leffmann Gallery highlights selections from more than 75 fiber constructions by Leffmann in the Block Museum's permanent collection through the generous gift of Paul Leffmann.
NOVEMBER 2006 BLOCK MUSEUM EVENTS
Lecture, “Photography and the Arab Image Foundation,” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, Block Museum. Lebanese artist and curator Akram Zaatari will discuss historic and contemporary photography from the Middle East and the efforts of the Arab Image Foundation to preserve the region's photographic heritage. Presented in conjunction with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Contact with the Muslim World and the Northwestern University department of art history. Admission is free.
Artist Talk, “Coco Fusco on Military Interrogation: Intercultural Drama in the War on Terror,” 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, Block Museum. Interdisciplinary artist Coco Fusco will discuss and show excerpts from her recent performance and video work dealing with the role of female interrogators in the war on terror. Admission is free.
Family Program, Pinhole Photography, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19, Block Museum. Artists Matthew Girson and Shane Huffman will explain the basic principles of photography and lead families through the creation of their own pinhole cameras. The program is geared for children aged 7 to 14 and their parents, grandparents or guardians. Free to Block Museum members; $5 per family for nonmembers. All materials will be provided. Reservations are required. For reservations call (847) 491-4852 or e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. The program is sponsored by Good's of Evanston.
ADULT TOURS AT THE BLOCK MUSEUM
Weekend Docent-Led Tours, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 10. Block Museum docents will lead free tours of the galleries that begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are not necessary.
Docent-Led Group Tours by Appointment. The Block Museum offers free docent-led tours to groups of eight or more. The 45-minute to hour-long tours are available each day the museum is open. Arrangements for group or school tours should be made at least four weeks in advance by calling (847) 491-4852 or by completing the Group Visit Registration Form at <www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/guided-tours.html>.
BLOCK SCULPTURE GARDEN
The Sculpture Garden of Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art constitutes one of the most significant groupings of modern sculpture in the region. In 1987, Leigh Block, one of the museum's inaugural donors and a preeminent collector of modern art, bequested a large group of outdoor bronze sculptures to the museum. These pieces formed the core of the collection, which now features monumental sculptures by some of the 20th century's most renowned European and American sculptors. They include Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore. In 1989, the Block Museum opened its Sculpture Garden with nine of the monumental bronzes donated by Block. The Sculpture Garden was designed by Chicago architect John Vinci and through donations and acquisitions has grown to 22 pieces. Located on the University's Evanston campus, it is open year-round.
Block Sculpture Garden Tours
Block Sculpture Garden Tours are available by appointment by calling (847) 491-4852.