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January 2010 Visual Arts Calendar

Exhibitions and events at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art and Dittmar Gallery

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December 11, 2009 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, is located on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday. The museum will also be closed between exhibitions, from Dec. 14 through Jan. 14.

Admission to the museum and to all programs is free, unless noted. 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 JANUARY 2010 EXHIBITIONS

"A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections," Jan. 15 through March 14, Main Gallery and Alsdorf Gallery. "A Room of Their Own," which will explore the connections between visual art, literature and social reform, will feature more than 150 art objects created by members of the Bloomsbury group. The British group was a collective of artists and writers active during the first half of the 20th century. Included in the range of visual arts will be oil paintings, watercolors, drawings, books, decorative art objects and textile designs by Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Roger Fry, Dora Carrington and others. The winter exhibition is organized by the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., in conjunction with the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, N.C.

BLOCK MUSEUM WINTER 2010 EXHIBITION TOURS

Exhibition Tours, 1 p.m. (new time) Jan. 16 through March 14. Docent-led tours of "A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections" will be held Saturdays and Sundays. E-mail blockeducation@northwestern.edu or visit the Education section on the Block Museum Web site for information on tours for groups of eight or more people and activity-based tours for school classes.

BLOCK MUSEUM WINTER 2010 EVENTS

Lecture, "Roger Fry: Art and Life in Bloomsbury," 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, Block Museum. English artist and art critic Roger Fry (1866-1934) formulated many of the Bloomsbury group's ideas about aesthetics and, on a broader scale, beliefs about life. Christopher Reed, associate professor of English and visual culture at Pennsylvania State University, will examine these ideas by analyzing Fry's art, domestic designs and writings.

BLOCK SCULPTURE GARDEN

The Sculpture Garden of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art constitutes one of the most significant groupings of modern sculpture in the Midwest 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 best known European and American sculptors, including Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore.

In 1989, the Block Museum opened its Sculpture Garden with nine monumental bronzes donated by Leigh Block. The Sculpture Garden was designed by Chicago architect John Vinci, and, through donations and acquisitions, has grown to 22 pieces. Located on the Evanston campus, it is open year-round. For more information about the Sculpture Garden, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/collections/sculpture.html.

DITTMAR MEMORIAL GALLERY

The Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and admission-free, the gallery places emphasis on ethnic art, art by emerging artists, art by or about women, artwork by Northwestern art students and traveling art shows. For 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. The Dittmar Gallery will be closed between exhibitions from Dec. 7 through Jan. 5.

JANUARY 2010 EXHIBITIONS

"Artist Made Books" and "Beethoven, Bach and the Composers Sleeping in the Coffin," Jan. 6 through Feb. 8, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. The Dittmar Gallery will reopen Jan. 6 with two new winter exhibitions. "Artist Made Books" is a small collection of books, "fanzines" or "zines" (pronounced "zeens," nonofficial magazines produced by fans of a particular cultural phenomon) and graphic texts made by 14 local 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. "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. The Dittmar Gallery organized Tauber's exhibition with Frank Tumino, studio arts manager for Little City's Center for the Arts. For more information on Tauber, visit www.littlecityarts.org/pages/luke_tauber/49.php. Admission to an opening reception for both exhibitions from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the gallery, is free and open to the public.

(Nathalie Rayter, a sophomore in the School of Education and Social Policy, contributed to this story.)