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March 2008 Visual Arts Calendar

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February 19, 2008 | by Judy Moore
MARY AND LEIGH BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, is on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The museum's 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 http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.

BLOCK MUSEUM WINTER 2008 EXHIBITIONS

"Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print," through April 6, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Main Gallery.
This groundbreaking new exhibition examines the intersection of digital technology and the graphic arts. "Imaging by Numbers" surveys the use of computers in printmaking and drawing through approximately 60 works created by nearly 40 North American and European artists from the 1950s to the present. The exhibition focuses on artists who wrote their own computer code or collaborated with computer engineers. Beginning with photographs of electronic waveforms by Ben Laposky and Herbert Franke, "Imaging by Numbers" includes drawings made with plotter printers by the likes of Manfred Mohr and Edward Zajec, explorations of virtual worlds composed with 3-D imaging software by David Em and works created with inventive modifications and combinations of traditional and digital printing techniques by such artists as Lane Hall and Roman Verostko. Contemporary artists writing their own computer programs or altering existing software -- Joshua Davis and C.E.B. Reas, for example -- are also represented. "Imaging by Numbers" is curated by Block Museum senior curator Debora Wood and artist Paul Hertz. The exhibition and related programming are supported by C. Richard Kramlich; Flashpoint, The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences; ACM Siggraph; American Airlines; Hewlett Packard; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; and the Myers Foundations.

"Space, Color and Motion," through April 6, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Alsdorf Gallery.
Mounted to complement the Block Museum's Main Gallery exhibition, "Space, Color and Motion" presents time-based artworks by four artists -- computer-generated animations by Manfred Mohr, James Paterson and C.E.B. Reas and a computer-driven sand tracing installation by Jean-Pierre Hébert.

WINTER 2008 EXHIBITION TOURS AT THE BLOCK MUSEUM

Weekend Guided Adult Tours of the "Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print" exhibition, 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, through April 6. 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, through April 6.
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 http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/guided-tours.html

BLOCK MUSEUM MARCH 2008 PUBLIC EVENTS

Adult Studio Workshop: "Pixel Drawings," 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 15, Block Museum. Take an interactive tour of the exhibition "Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print" and learn drawing techniques reflecting the process and form of computer-generated art. Tickets are $15 for Block Museum members and $20 for nonmembers. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call (847) 491-4852 or e-mail block-museum@northwestern.edu for more information. Good's of Evanston has provided support for this event.

Family Program: "Patterns and Pieces," 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, Block Museum.
What makes an artwork unique? Find out on this special tour of the exhibition "Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print" and create your own unique patterns to make a masterpiece. Children and their parents, grandparents or guardians will draw, trace and layer a new image to take home. Free for Block Museum members; $5 per family for nonmembers. Space is limited. Reservations are required. Call (847) 491-4852 or e-mail block-museum@northwestern.edu for more information. Good's of Evanston has provided support for this event.

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, including 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

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.

DITTMAR MEMORIAL GALLERY

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 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 visit the Dittmar Web site at http://www.norris.northwestern.edu/dittmar.php.

"Nobody Never Gets to Heaven and Nobody Gets No Land," Works by Heather Marie Davis-Jones, through March 20, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. Artist Heather Marie Davis-Jones' work addresses exoticization, dislocation, racial stereotypes and disobedience. Old photographs, symbolism and appropriated images from explorer magazines, tourist books and found or collected objects are utilized to evaluate black, Negro, Afro and African identities in relationship to whiteness and the desire to assimilate or to be white. Her work addresses how people are defined and self-define -- by their culture, their country or their skin color -- and is a result of internal family racism, reactionary revolutions, interracial relationships and miscegenation. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, is free and open to the public.