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Dittmar Gallery to Host Two Early Winter Exhibitions Jan. 6 to Feb. 8

Northwestern gallery to feature books by local artists and mixed media by Luke Tauber

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December 10, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Two exhibitions will share wall and floor space at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery early this winter. "Artist Made Books" will feature one-of-a-kind books and magazines by local artists. "Beethoven, Bach and the Composers Sleeping in the Coffin" is comprised of sculptures, paintings, drawings, digital photography and audio and video tributes to some of the world's great composers by Little City Foundation resident Luke Tauber.

The simultaneous Jan. 6 through Feb. 8 exhibitions, as well as a 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, opening reception at the gallery for both shows, are free and open to the public. The Dittmar Gallery is located on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on Northwestern's Evanston campus.

The "Artist Made Books" exhibition is a small collection of books, "zines" (nonofficial magazines produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomena) and graphic texts created by 14 Chicago area artists. They include Alejandro Ayala, Eric Bartholomew, Alyson Beaton, Roh Esta, Marcia Maltz, Zach Plague, Clare Rosean, Mark Rospenda, Kally Stachura, Anna Timmerman, Chris Tyre, Plamen Yordanov, Jennifer Yorke and Betsy Marie Zacsek. Most of the works in the show are made from book binding materials and some from homemade papers or copy machine paper.  

"Beethoven, Bach and the Composers Sleeping in the Coffin" is an exhibition of mixed media by Luke Tauber, who works out of the art studios at Little City Foundation in Palatine, an organization for the developmentally disabled. Many of Tauber's artworks reflect his interest in classical music and composers, his deceased family members and Western funeral practices. For several years, Tauber has worked on projects with Chicago-based artists Marc Fischer, John Grod, Jennifer Mannebach and Kerry Hagy.

Tauber's exhibition features art works inspired by the gravestones of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann. His extensive research into the lives of these composers allows him to investigate life and death in terms of artistic production. The Dittmar exhibition includes his life-size model of Beethoven's body along with charts that contemplate what Beethoven may have eaten and drank prior to his death in March 1827.

Tauber, who was born in Germany in 1946, also has memorialized family members who did not survive a Nazi concentration camp, as well his parents, who are Holocaust survivors. He has depicted his parents' graves in an Arizona cemetery, as well as Beethoven's final resting place in Vienna.

To view some of Luke Tauber's artwork and his short video, "A Symphony About a River," which will be featured in the exhibition and which humorously combines classical music and facts related to composer Robert Schumann's life, visit littlecityarts.org and click the "Artist Gallery" or "Virtual Gallery" and then the "Communication Talk" icons.

For more information, call the Dittmar Gallery at (847) 491-2348 or Norris University Center at (847) 491-2300, e-mail dittmargallery@northwestern.edu or visit the Dittmar Web site at www.norris.northwestern.edu/dittmar.php.