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February 2008 Visual Arts Calendar

February 5, 2008 | 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 <http://www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu>.


"Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print" exhibition, Jan. 18 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" exhibition, Jan. 18 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 works 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.


Weekend Guided Adult Tours of "Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print" exhibition, 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18 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, Jan. 18 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 <www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/guided-tours.html>.


Symposium, "Patterns, Pixels, and Process: Discussing the History of the Computer Print," 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, Block Museum. This symposium brings together artists and scholars to map out a history of the computer print, from its pioneering stages, through the so-called paintbox era, and to its diverse contemporary environment. Participants include Debora Wood, Block Museum senior curator; Edward Shanken of UCLA's Art and Science Center; artists Charles Jeffries Bangert, Colette Stuebe Bangert, David Em, Roman Verostko, Sonya Rapoport and C.E.B. Reas; and scholar and artist Frieder Nake of the University of Bremen, Germany. Artist and co-curator of "Imaging by Numbers" Paul Hertz will moderate the symposium. Flashpoint, The Academy of Media Arts and Sciences, American Airlines and the Myers Foundations have provided support for this event.

Gallery Talk, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, Block Museum. Block Museum senior curator Debora Wood will guide an in-depth tour of the exhibition "Imaging by Numbers: A Historical View of the Computer Print." The event is free.


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 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>.

"Utilitarian Beauty: Reconstructing an African-American Tradition" an exhibition of quilts by Tracy L. Vaughn, members of the Black Threads Collective and Northwestern University students, through Feb. 10, Dittmar Memorial Gallery.
The displayed quilts were made by Tracy L. Vaughn, members of the Black Threads Collective and Northwestern University students in the tradition of African-American women communing and quilting. The quilts are a homage to their domestic, traditional utilitarian roots and are formal expressions of enduring artistic themes. Vaughn, assistant director of graduate studies and a faculty member of Northwestern University's department of African American Studies, uses non-traditional materials and methods in making these quilts, sewn without patterns or sewing machines, whenever possible.

"Nobody Never Gets to Heaven and Nobody Gets No Land," Works by Heather Marie Davis-Jones" Feb. 14 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 identifies 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. The exhibition and an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, is free and open to the public.
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