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September/October 2007 Visual Arts Calendar

October 1, 2007 | 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.


"Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film" exhibition, Sept. 28 through Dec. 9, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Main Gallery and Print, Drawing and Photography Study Center. "Master of suspense" Alfred Hitchcock is often seen as the sole author of the motion pictures he directed. This exhibition, organized by the Block Museum in collaboration with the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, explores the profoundly collaborative nature of Hitchcock's filmmaking methods. Sketches, designs, storyboards, script pages, and other production documents from such movies as "Shadow of a Doubt" (1943), "North by Northwest" (1959) and "The Birds" (1963) demonstrate the creation of a collective vision shared by the director, his key collaborators, and, ultimately, their audiences. The exhibition, which will include computer and multimedia technology, will be accompanied by an illustrated catalog published by Northwestern University Press and the Block Museum, a Block Cinema film series with speakers, and a symposium.

"Douglas Gordon: Feature Film" installation, Sept. 28 through Dec. 9, Block Museum, Alsdorf Gallery. Artist Douglas Gordon explores the impact of the motion picture soundtrack by filming James Conlon, music director of the Ravinia Festival and Los Angeles Opera, in close-ups as Conlon conducts Bernard Herrmann's score for the 1958 Alfred Hitchcock film "Vertigo." The "Feature Film" installation will be projected on two opposing gallery walls. Support for "Douglas Gordon: Feature Film" is provided by the Alsdorf Endowment; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and C. Richard Kramlich.

"Theo Leffmann: Weaving A Life into Art," ongoing exhibition, Sept. 28 through Dec. 9, Block Museum, Theo Leffmann Gallery. Theo Leffmann is recognized as a rich contributor to the American fiber art movement in the late 20th century. For more than 30 years, Leffmann liberated textiles from practical and decorative applications by using them as a means of personal expression. 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.


Weekly Saturday Guided Adult Tours of "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film" exhibition, 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, from Sept. 29 through Dec. 9. Block Museum docents will lead free tours of the galleries that begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are not necessary.

Docent-Led Group and School Tours by Appointment, from Sept. 29 through Dec. 9. 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. The Block also provides interactive tours and activities for school groups. 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>.


Gallery Talk, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Block Museum. Join Block staff for an in-depth exploration of objects in the Block Museum's exhibition "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film" related to the 1942 Hitchcock film "Saboteur." Block Cinema will screen the film at 8 p.m. The screening is presented free as part of Arts Week Evanston 2007, a celebration of arts and culture Oct. 5-14. The gallery talk also is free.

Gallery Talk, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Block Museum. Block Museum staff members will discuss objects in the exhibition "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film" related to the 1943 Hitchcock movie "Shadow of a Doubt," which Block Cinema will screen at 8 p.m. The talk is free; admission to the Block Cinema screening is $6 for the general public; or $4 for Block Museum members, senior citizens, and Northwestern faculty, staff and students with IDs.

Reception and Discussion, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, "Playing Along with Blackmail," Block Museum. Block Museum Film Curator and Director Will Schmenner will discuss the 1927 Alfred Hitchcock silent film "Blackmail." The Alloy Orchestra will provide live musical accompaniment during a 7 p.m. post-reception screening of the film. The event is free to Block Museum members and their guests: $10 for nonmembers; and $7 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty, staff and students with IDs. Reservations are required. For reservations call (847) 491-7540 or visit the Block Web site at <block-museum@northwestern.edu>.

Family Program, "Hitchcock Halloween," 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Block Museum. After a scavenger hunt in the Block Museum's fall 2007 exhibition "Casting a Shadow: Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film," families will create Halloween-themed crafts. The event is suitable for children aged 7 to 14 and their parents, grandparents or guardians. Free to Block Museum members; $5 per family for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For reservations call (847) 491-4852 or e-mail <block-museum@northwestern.edu>.

Artist Talk and Screening, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Block Museum. Since 1999 the Speculative Archive, a collaboration of Los Angles-based artists Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, has created videos, photographs, installations and published texts centered on war, state secrecy and the production of the past. The artists will screen new and old work as a platform to assess the forms and possibilities of documentary production in contemporary society. The event is co-sponsored by the Block Museum and Northwestern University's departments of art history and art theory and practice. This program is free and open to the public. Call (847) 491-4000 or visit the Block Museum Web site at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu for more information.


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.


Free Block Sculpture Garden Tours, by appointment only. The Block Museum Sculpture Garden features monumental works by Hans Arp, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Joan Miro and others. For more information about the sculpture garden, visit <http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/collections/sculpture.html>. For more information or to pre-arrange a tour of the Sculpture Garden call (847) 491-4852.


The Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Admission is free. The Dittmar Memorial Gallery places emphasis on ethnic cultural art, art by emerging artists, art by or about women, artwork by Northwestern undergraduate and graduate art students and traveling art shows. For information, call (847) 491-2348 or Norris University Center at (847) 491-2300, e-mail <dittmargallery@northwestern.edu> or go to the Dittmar Web site at <www.dittmar.northwestern.edu>.


"Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographer," through Oct. 5, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. A 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4 reception is free and open to the public. This traveling exhibition features 50 photographs by 97-year-old social documentary photographer Milton Rogovin. For the past 50 years, Rogovin has focused on photographing the poor and working class. His choice subject was best summed up in his own words, "The rich have their own photographers. I have chosen to photograph the poor." Rogovin has photographed miners in 10 nations, collaborated with the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and photographed a six-square-block neighborhood in Buffalo, N.Y., for 30 years. In 1957, he was called before the witch-hunting House Un-American Activities Committee. Because he refused to "name names," he was blacklisted and his optometry practice in Buffalo suffered. "My voice was essentially silenced, so I decided to speak out through photography," said Rogovin.

The Dittmar Gallery's fall 2007 exhibition is a collaborative effort between the Rogovin family and Syracuse Cultural Workers (SCW). Twenty-five of the photographs are from Rogovin's "Family of Miners" and the "Working People" series, including miners from Appalachia, Mexico, Cuba, Zimbabwe and Scotland. Included are female miners as well as women working in steel mills and foundries. Some of the workers are photographed at home with family. The other 25 photos are considered "the best of" Milton Rogovin. Included are images from Chile, the "Storefront Church" series, Native Americans, the Yemeni community and images from Buffalo's Lower West Side "Triptychs" and "Quartets" series. (For more information about Rogovin and to view some of his photographs, visit <http://www.miltonrogovin.com/home.php>.

The Dittmar Gallery's Rogovin exhibit is part of the University's fall 2007 One Book One Northwestern initiative focusing on James Baldwin's first novel, "Go Tell It on the Mountain." One Book 2007 affords an opportunity for the entire Northwestern community to focus its intellectual, artistic and creative energies around a single, radiant book. One Book 2007 is being coordinated through the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) Program in American Studies, and its co-chairs Jay Grossman, director of American Studies, and Lane Fenrich, WCAS assistant dean for freshmen. For more information about the fall 2007 exhibition and the full schedule of related events, visit the One Book Web site at <http://www.amstp.northwestern.edu/onebook/>.

Manny Monterrey, "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States" exhibition, Oct. 8 through Nov. 1, 2007, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. A 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10 reception welcoming Monterrey to the gallery is free and open to the public. Manny Monterrey's love and commitment to his Latino roots is evident through his successful multimedia creations and community activism. A producer, author and curator of Latino arts, Monterrey's work engages the Latino community, giving agency to many crucial issues. (For more information about Monterrey and his other Latino-inspired projects visit <www.kepplerspeakers.com> and search for Manny Monterrey.)

Monterrey created, co-authored and co-executive produced the successful and first of its kind multimedia award-winning production "Americanos: Latino Life in the United States." This project, released in 1999 and 2000, was sponsored by Time-Warner, Inc. Originally it included a book published by Little, Brown & Co.; a Sundance Film Festival award-winning HBO film; a 1999 through 2005 traveling Smithsonian Institution photo exhibition (the largest photo exhibition ever mounted by the Smithsonian); a Kennedy Center Presents concert with top-name musical artists on the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS); and a Warner Music compact disc of the music in the film and concert.

The Dittmar fall 2007 exhibition will showcase select images and text from the original work as part of Northwestern University's Hispanic Heritage Celebration in conjunction with the office of Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs. Monterrey will attend the Oct. 10 reception at the Dittmar Gallery.