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April 2010 Visual Arts Calendar

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

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March 15, 2010 | by Judy Moore
Dittmar Gallery’s “Spring Cloud”
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.

BLOCK MUSEUM APRIL 2010 EXHIBITIONS

"The Brilliant Line: Following the Early Modern Engraver, 1480-1650" exhibition, April 9 through June 20, Main Gallery.
Composed entirely of lines, engravings are works of beauty and intricacy. "The Brilliant Line" traces the art form's development and proliferation in the print shops of Europe from 1480 to 1650. It showcases the technical virtuosity and inventiveness on display in rarely seen Renaissance and Baroque prints by master artists of the period, including Albrect Durer and Hendrik Goltzius. An in-gallery and online interactive component allows viewers to see how engravings are made, examine the complex layers of incisions engravers made to their plates and appreciate the visual language artists developed to depict tone, texture and volume. "The Brilliant Line" is organized by the Museum of Art at the Rhode Island School of Design.

"Engraving the Ephemeral" exhibition, April 9 through June 20, Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery.
Drawn primarily from the Block Museum's collection, this exhibition explores the innovative techniques and rich visual vocabulary European engravers of the 16th and 17th centuries developed to represent atmospheric and transitory conditions such as fire, clouds and light. An illustrated brochure will accompany the exhibition.

"Theo Leffmann: Weaving a Life into Art" exhibition, April 9 through June 20, Theo Leffmann Gallery. 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 SPRING 2010 EXHIBITION TOURS

Exhibition Tours, 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, from April 10 through June 20. Docent-led tours of the Block's spring exhibitions will be held every Saturday and Sunday. 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 EVENTS

The Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series, "All That Glitters: Ornamentation, Animation and Islam's Image Problem," from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15. Finbarr Barry Flood, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities, New York University, will discuss the validity of assumptions about the role of figural representation in Islamic art and the implications of reconsidering the relationship between image and non-figural ornamentation. The lecture is co-presented with the Northwestern University department of art history. Admission is free.

Block Museum Benefit, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 17, Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago.
Join the Block board of advisors and supporters for an evening in support of the Block Museum, including tours of the Union League Club's American art collection and dinner in the club's main dining room. Tickets are $250 per person. For more information, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/benefit/index.html or call (847) 467-2073.

"The Changing Status of Engraving in 16th Century Northern Europe, with an Afterthought on More Recent Engraving," from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 23, Hagstrum Room, University Hall, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston campus.
Stephen Goddard, senior curator print and drawings, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, will address the evolving significance of the printing method -- from the philosopher Erasmus' praise of Albrecht Durer as "the Apelles of Black Lines" to Hendrick Goltzius' invention of painting-like works emulating engraved compositions. The talk is co-presented with the Northwestern University department of art history. 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. The Block Museum opened the garden in 1989 with nine monumental bronzes donated by museum inaugural donor and preeminent modern art collector Leigh Block. Through donations and acquisitions the collection has grown to 17 pieces and includes works by some of the 20th century's best- known European and American sculptors, including Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore. 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. with free admission, 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 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.

APRIL 2010 EXHIBITIONS

"Spring Cloud" exhibition, March 31 through May 6, Dittmar Memorial Gallery.
In "Spring Cloud," Michigan-based artist and community activist Mark Rumsey's nearly room-size installation allows viewers to study the relationship between light and form. The work 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.
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