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March 2010 Visual Arts Calendar

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February 18, 2010 | 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.

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.

SPRING 2010 EXHIBITION PREVIEW

"The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650" opens April 9 and runs through June 20, in the Block Museum's Main Gallery. The Spring exhibition explores a single printmaking technique -- engraving -- and its proliferation across Europe from 1480 to 1650. The exhibition features works by master artists active in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and France, including Albrecht Durer, Martin Schongauer, Marcantonio Raimondi and Hendrik Goltzius. "The Brilliant Line" is organized by the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, R.I.

BLOCK MUSEUM MARCH 2010 EXHIBITIONS

"A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections," through March 14, Block Museum, Main Gallery and Alsdorf Gallery. Vanessa Bell, E.M. Forster, Roger Fry, Virginia Woolf and other artists and writers of the Bloomsbury group changed British culture as they brought art, literature, social thought and domestic life into the modern age. This exhibition explores the work and significance of Bloomsbury artists through more than 150 paintings, works on paper, vintage small-press books and decorative objects by Bell, Fry, Duncan Grant and Dora Carrington, assembled from collections around the United States. 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.

"Theo Leffmann: Weaving a Life into Art," through March 14, Theo Leffmann Gallery. Theo Leffmann is recognized as a 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. Through the generous gift of Paul Leffmann, these works are part of the Block Museum's permanent collection.

BLOCK MUSEUM WINTER 2010 EXHIBITION TOURS

Exhibition Tours, 1 p.m. (new time) 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

Educating the Eye Lecture -- Prints: From Facsimile to Fine Art, 1480-2009," 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 10, Block Museum. David Robertson, the Block Museum's Ellen Philips Katz Director, will discuss and explore the history of printmaking as reflected in the Block's collection. The program includes a private viewing of selected prints from the Block collection. Light refreshments will be served at 9 a.m. Admission is free for Block Museum members and $10 for nonmembers. Reservations are suggested; call (847) 491-7540.

Gallery Talk, 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11, Block Museum. Block Museum curator Corinne Granof will lead a tour of the Block's Main Gallery exhibition "A Room of Their Own: The Bloomsbury Artists in American Collections." Admission is free.

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 daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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.

MARCH 2010 EXHIBITIONS

"AfriCOBRA and the Chicago Black Arts Movement," Feb. 12 through March 17, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. This is the first exhibition in decades to showcase many of the most famous artworks created during a black art collective's formative years. AfriCOBRA is an African-American artist collective that formed on the South Side of Chicago in 1968 and still exists today. It is among the nation's longest running artist collectives. Originally named COBRA (Coalition of Black Revolutionary Artists), the group by 1970 changed its name to the African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists. The Dittmar exhibition explores how AfriCOBRA influenced African-American visual artistic production on the national and international level. Its artists established aesthetic principles of bright colors, the human figure, lost and found line and lettering and images, which they agreed identified the social, economical and political conditions of African-Americans. Tracy Vaughn, director of Northwestern's Center for the Study of African American History, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, curated the exhibition. It is cosponsored by Northwestern's Dittmar Gallery, Center for the Study of African American History, and the department of African American studies. Admission is free and open to the public.

"Spring Cloud," March 31 through May 6, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. In "Spring Cloud,"  the Dittmar Gallery's spring exhibition, Michigan-based artist Mark Rumsey's installation allows viewers to experience an environment and study the relationship between light and form. The exhibition presents an imagined micro view of cloud structure -- crystalline droplets played upon by light and translated into macro scale. Light plays with the natural opacity of a matrix of velum droplets, creating layer upon layer of cast shadows. To fully experience the exhibition, viewers are invited to actively participate with the space by turning to see a certain angle, lying on the floor to gain a new vantage point, and moving around the space to discover the continuously unfolding patterns. For more information, visit http://www.markrumsey.com. An opening reception for "Spring Cloud" from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 1, at the gallery, is free and open to the public.

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