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November 2010 Visual Arts Calendar

Fall 2010 exhibits and events at the Block Museum and Dittmar Gallery

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October 13, 2010 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- “Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?” an exhibition of drawings by the late internationally renowned artist Leon Golub, and “Rapture,” an award-winning video work by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat, will be open to the public through Dec. 12.

The Dittmar Memorial Gallery’s first fall exhibition, Patricia Otto’s “Caged Dresses, Floating Kimono” runs through Nov. 1. The Dittmar will host guest artist Licha DeLaPena’s exhibition “Intense Brightness” from Nov. 4 to Dec. 9.

MARY AND LEIGH BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART

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 website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.

BLOCK MUSEUM FALL 2010 EXHIBITIONS

“Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?” exhibition, through Dec. 12, Main Gallery. Chicago-born artist Leon Golub (1922–2004) is known for his provocative large-scale paintings addressing issues of power and violence and for a figurative style inspired by classical sculpture and mass media photography. “Live & Die Like a Lion?” is the first major museum exhibition to focus on drawings from the last five years of Golub’s life. With bold text, erotic imagery and depictions of human figures, lions, dogs and mythic creatures, the exhibition features small but dramatic and colorful works. It also includes the only existing unfinished Golub painting as well as examples of the artist’s source materials. Curated by Brett Littman, executive director of The Drawing Center, New York, the exhibit is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and The Dedalus Foundation.

“Shirin Neshat: Rapture,” through Dec. 12, Alsdorf Gallery. Iranian-born Shirin Neshat has played a pivotal role in discourse about identity and gender in her native country and the broader Islamic world. “Rapture,” Neshat’s 1999 video work about gender and Islam, brought her international acclaim at the 48th Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion award. A dual-projection installation, “Rapture” is from the collection of Pamela and Richard Kramlich.

BLOCK MUSEUM FALL 2010 EXHIBITION TOURS

Docent guided Adult Tours of the Fall 2010 exhibitions, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 1 p.m. Saturdays from Sept. 25 through Dec. 12. Block Museum docents will lead free guided tours of “Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?” and “Shirin Neshat: Rapture” exhibitions at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 12. Tours begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are not necessary.

Docent-led Group and School Tours by Appointment. The Block Museum offers free docent-led tours to groups of eight or more. The 45-minute tours are available each day the museum is open. The Block also provides hourlong interactive tours and activities for school groups. Arrangements should be made at least four weeks in advance by e-mailing blockeducation@northwestern.edu. Visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/education for more information.

BLOCK MUSEUM FALL 2010 PROGRAMS AND LECTURES

Block Book Club, “Women without Men,” 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Block Museum. Revered Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur was jailed for writing “Women without Men,” an allegorical novel about the destinies of five women in Tehran. Brian Edwards, associate professor of English and comparative literary studies at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, will moderate a conversation about the book. A $25 fee includes a copy of the novel. Space is limited; to register e-mail blockeducation@northwestern.edu. A free screening of Shirin Neshat’s 2009 film version of the book will follow at 7 p.m. at Block Cinema.

Block Cinema screening, “Women without Men” (Germany, France and Austria, 35 mm 99 minutes), 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, Block Museum. Visual artist Shirin Neshat won the best director award at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for “Women without Men,” her feature film debut. The film is about four women brought together in the summer of 1953, as a coup d’état brings down Iran’s government. Admission is free. For more information on Block Cinema screenings, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/block-cinema.

Curator’s Gallery Talk, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, Block Museum. Gain greater insight into the late drawings of Leon Golub with Brett Littman, executive director of The Drawing Center, New York, and curator of the Block Museum exhibition “Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?” The exhibition runs through Dec. 12.

“Art and Oppression: Leon Golub and Shirin Neshat,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, Block Museum. Eduardo Cadava, professor of English at Princeton University, and Ranjana Khanna, the Margaret Taylor Smith Director of Women’s Studies at Duke University, will discuss the theme of oppression in Leon Golub’s and Shirin Neshat’s artwork.

Educating the Eye series, “Barbara Crane and Brad Temkin: Choices in Contemporary Photography,” 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, Block Museum. Join Chicago-based photographers Barbara Crane and Brad Temkin as they discuss the artistic and technical choices that go into creating their most powerful works. Light refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m. Free for Block Museum members; $10 for nonmembers. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (847) 491-7540. Visit the Block Museum membership page for more information on the Educating the Eye series.

BLOCK SCULPTURE GARDEN

The Sculpture Garden of Northwestern’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 prominent collector of modern art, bequested a large group of outdoor bronze sculptures to the museum. These pieces form the core of the collection, which now also features monumental sculptures by some of the 20th century’s most renowned European and American sculptors, including Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore.

In 1989, the Block Museum opened its Sculpture Garden with nine of the 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, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/collections/sculpture.html.

DITTMAR MEMORIAL GALLERY

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 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 website at www.dittmar.northwestern.edu.

“Caged Dresses, Floating Kimono” exhibition, Patricia Otto, through Nov. 1, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. Chicago-based guest artist Patricia Otto’s exhibition features two series of works. In both, Otto rehabilitated discarded and unwanted materials. She puts needle and thread to innovative use and “repurposes” materials and everyday objects in creative “green” and affirming ways. In “Caged Dresses,” she has sewed together pieces of unwanted, cut-up paintings on discarded wire tomato cages she re-fashioned into dress forms. Otto’s second series, “Kimono,” is comprised of reconstructed paintings, drawings and fabric scraps, all stitched together in a new relationship -- a kimono that floats with arms outstretched in Otto’s effort to “manifest spirit into body.” Otto has exhibited worldwide for more than 30 years and has artwork in the Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts Archive in Washington, D.C. She teaches painting and drawing at Truman College and provides art therapy that focuses on women and the creative process. For information, visit www.patottoart.com.

“Intense Brightness” exhibition, Licha DeLaPena, Nov. 4 through Dec. 9, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. Chicago-based artist Licha DeLaPena creates textured, vibrant acrylic  paintings inspired by her Logan Square neighborhood. Her artwork has been showcased around Chicago. For information on the artist, visit www.lichaatoktoberstudio.com. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the gallery is free and open to the public.