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December 2010 Visual Arts Calendar

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

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November 5, 2010 | by Judy Moore
“Shirin Neshat: Rapture,” through Dec. 12.
EVANSTON, Ill. --- “Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion?” -- an exhibition of drawings by the internationally renowned artist -- and “Rapture” -- an award-winning video work by Iranian-born artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat -- will be open to the public through Dec. 12, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art.

BLOCK MUSEUM WINTER 2011 EXHIBITION PREVIEW

The museum will re-open to the public Jan. 14 to March 13 for the winter 2011 exhibition, “Thomas Rowlandson: Pleasures and Pursuits in Georgian England.” One of the most popular caricaturists of his period, Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) applied his lighthearted, deft humor and masterly drawing ability to satirical depictions of political and social life in the late 18th and early 19th century England. As the first major exhibition of Rowlandson’s work in the United States for 20 years, “Pleasures and Pursuits” provides the opportunity for a reappraisal of the artist’s watercolors, drawings and prints while examining urban life in and around London during a time of remarkable economic expansion and social change. The

exhibition is organized by the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, with support from the Evelyn Metzger Exhibition Fund, and Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. A complementary exhibition, “The Satirical Edge in Contemporary Prints and Graphics,” also will be on view at the Block Museum from Jan. 14 to March 13.

The Dittmar Memorial Gallery continues to host guest artist Licha DeLaPena’s exhibition “Intense Brightness” through Dec. 9. The Dittmar Gallery will be closed for winter break from Dec. 10 through Jan. 4.

DITTMAR GALLERY WINTER 2011 PREVIEW

The Dittmar will re-open from Jan. 5 to Feb. 6 for the winter 2011 exhibition “Emotional DIY” by Soo Shin featuring her “emotional functioning” sculptures. To view Shin’s works, visit the artist’s website at www.soooshin.com.

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 regularly closed on Mondays. The Block Museum will be closed for winter break from Dec. 13 through Jan. 13, 2011. 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 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.

“Intense Brightness” exhibition, Licha DeLaPena, 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.

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