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June 2006 Visual Arts Calendar

June 1, 2006 | by Judy Moore

Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. The museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday. Admission to the museum is free; unless noted, admission to all programs is also free.

For 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>.


“Jim Dine, some drawings,” through June 18, Block Museum, Main Gallery and Print, Drawing and Photography Study Center. This exhibition of nearly 80 works on paper illustrates the range and mastery of celebrated contemporary artist Jim Dine's draftsmanship. Featuring work spanning four decades, this exhibition reflects Dine's intensely personal worldview and includes selections of Dine's noted drawings and collages of tools alongside powerful portraits and plant and figure studies in a variety of media. Also on display are several of Dine's famed drawings of classical antiquities done for Munich's Glyptothek museum in response to its collection, as well as many large pastels that seem to exist somewhere between drawing and painting.

MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory and Practice, through June 18, Block Museum, Alsdorf Gallery. This annual exhibition is the culmination of the course of study for the Master of Fine Arts degree from Northwestern University. The works vary in style and conceptual approach, each manifesting the individual vision of artists Heather Hollenbeck, Katherine Lampert, Josue Pellot and Shoshanna Utchenik.


MFA Exhibition Reception II, 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 2, Block Museum. A reception celebrating the “MFA Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory and Practice” is free and open to the public.


“Process of Abstraction: Two- and Three-Dimensional Work by Modernist Sculptors,” July 7 through Aug. 27, Block Museum, Alsdorf Gallery and Outdoor Sculpture Garden. Many significant sculptors of the 20th century regarded their work on paper as important correlates to their three-dimensional practices. Using the Block Museum's sculpture, drawing and print collections as a foundation, this exhibition will reveal how Modernist sculptors such as Jean Arp, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore investigated materials, process and formal elements in both two- and three-dimensional works.


Gallery Talk, 5 p.m. Thursday, June 8, Block Museum. Block Museum senior curator Debora Wood and education director Amy Brandolino will discuss the portraits in the Spring 2006 exhibition “Jim Dine, some drawings.


“Theo Leffmann: Weaving a Life into Art,” ongoing exhibition through June 18, Block Museum, Theo Leffmann Gallery. Theo Leffmann is recognized as a rich contributor to the American fiber art movement in the late 20th century. For more than 30 years, she liberated textiles from practical and decorative applications by using them as a means of personal expression. The Theo Leffmann Gallery highlights selections from the more than 75 fiber constructions by Leffmann in the Block Museum's permanent collection through the generous gift of Paul Leffmann.


Weekend Docent-Led Tours, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through June 18. Block Museum docents will lead free tours of the galleries that begin in the museum lobby. Reservations are not necessary.

Docent-Led Group Tours, by appointment. The Block Museum offers free docent-led tours to groups of eight or more. The 45-minute to hour-long tours are available each day the museum is open. Arrangements for group or school tours should be made at least four weeks in advance by calling (847) 491-4852 or by completing the Group Visit Registration Form at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/guided-tours.html.


The Sculpture Garden of Northwestern University'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 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 most renowned European and American sculptors. They include Barbara Hepworth, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore. In 1989, the Block Museum opened its Sculpture Garden with nine of the monumental bronzes donated by Block.

The Sculpture Garden was designed by Chicago architect John Vinci and has grown to 22 pieces through donations and acquisitions. Located on the University's Evanston campus, it is open year-round. Sculpture Garden tours are available by appointment by calling (847) 491-4852.


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 Dittmar Memorial Gallery places emphasis on ethnic cultural art, art by emerging artists, art by or about women, artwork by Northwestern undergraduate and graduate art students and traveling art shows. For information, call (847) 491-2348 or Norris University Center at (847) 491-2300, e-mail <dittmargallery@northwestern.edu> or go to the Norris Web site at <www.dittmar.northwestern.edu>.


Northwestern University Senior Art Show 2006, “Collage,” May 11 through June 18, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. This annual undergraduate student exhibition features the artwork of the 2005-06 Northwestern University department of art theory and practice majors. The show exemplifies the diverse ideas and styles of the artists in multiple media -- drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. A selection of works by Farah Ahmed, Marta Cuciurean-Zapan, Cheri Fakes, Miguel Jiron, Thomas Lee, Jessica Keenan, Larah Kent, Tiffany Sakato, Leah Sellers, Karen Shueh and Rebecca Zazove is featured. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 19, is free and open to the public.


Judith Covington exhibition, “Buggin' Out,” June 22 through Aug. 9, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. The whimsical surface of Judith Covington's work is underpinned by anxiety regarding current political and environmental conditions. As a sergeant specializing in nuclear, chemical and biological operations in the Army National Guard, Covington uses the gas mask and the mosquito as the chief symbols of her multimedia paintings and installations. The gas mask embodies fear of war and contamination, while the mosquito represents the threat of biological warfare. Covington integrates protective elements against these threats and combines frivolous color and humorous impossibility to arrive at a junction of pop, folk and transformed reality. An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 29, is free and open to the public.

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