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September/October 2006 Visual Arts Calendar

September 26, 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 also is free. 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>.


“Keeping Shadows: Photography at the Worcester Art Museum,” Sept. 22 to Dec. 10, Block Museum, Main Gallery. From 19th century daguerreotypes to digital images from NASA probes, this exhibition from the Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, Mass., illustrates the history of photography as a documentary medium and an art form as seen in the work of such master photographers are Imogen Cunningham, Man Ray, Ansel Adams and Robert Mapplethorpe.

“Torkel Korling: Bridging Commercial and Art Photography,” Sept. 22 through Dec. 10, Block Museum, Print, Drawing and Photography Study Center. Working out of Chicago, Swedish-born Torkel Korling became one of the top commercial photographers of his time. This exhibition presents a selection of his photographs from the 1920s to the 1950s, including landmark photographs from “Life” magazine.

“Realist Tendencies on Paper,” Oct. 10 through Dec. 17, Block Museum, Alsdorf Gallery. Featuring work by John Baeder, Chuck Close, Ralph Goings, Kathryn Siegler and other artists, this exhibition surveys the complexity and challenges of creating photorealist effects in watercolors, drawings and prints.

“…even in a room full of darkness: An installation by Matthew Girson,” Oct. 10 through Dec. 10, Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery. Chicago-area artist Matthew Girson transforms the Katz Gallery into a room-size pinhole camera, exploring light and shadow as physical phenomena and as symbols for knowledge and ignorance.

“Theo Leffmann, Weaving A Life into Art,” ongoing display, Oct. 10 through Dec. 10, 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 more than 75 fiber constructions by Leffmann in the Block Museum's permanent collection through the generous gift of Paul Leffmann.


Benefit Auction, “auctionBLOCK,” 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, Block Museum. Live and silent auctions of original photography by Alan Cohen, Barbara Crane, Jeanne Dunning, Laura Letinsky, David Levinthal, Luis González Palma, Tony Tasset and others, will be sponsored and conducted by Sotheby's with support from Good's of Evanston. Proceeds will support the museum's acquisitions. Admission is $125 ($60 of which is a charitable donation) and includes a buffet supper and drinks. For reservations, call (847) 491-7540 or e-mail <block-museum@northwestern.edu>. A complete list of participating artists is available on the Block Museum Web site at <www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/about/news/index.html>.

“Shadows in the Gallery” Lecture, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. “Keeping Shadows” organizer David Acton, curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Worcester Art Museum, and Chicago-area photographer Barbara Crane will explore the Block Museum's Main Gallery exhibition. Admission is free.

Adult Studio Workshop, “Inspirations from the Master Photographers,” 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, and Nov. 2 and Nov. 9, Block Museum. Award-winning photographer Linda Oyama Bryan will guide participants through the creation of images in the style of various photographic genres. Requirements include 35mm film or digital camera. Students are expected to take pictures on their own time outside of class. Sponsored by Good's of Evanston. Cost is $75 for Block Museum members; $90 for nonmembers. Registration includes all five sessions. Reservations are required. Call (847) 491-4852 or e-mail <block-museum@northwestern.edu>.

Artist Talk, Akram Zaatari, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. Internationally renowned Lebanese artist and curator Akram Zaatari, a Fulbright Fellow visiting Northwestern this fall, will present and discuss his work. A reception follows. Sponsored by Northwestern's department of art history, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and the Residential College Program in conjunction with the Council for International Exchange of Scholars and the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program: Direct Contact with the Muslim World. Admission is free.

Artist Talk, Matthew Girson, “Illuminating the Darkness,” 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25. Artist Matthew Girson explains the principles and philosophy behind his installation “…even in a room full of darkness” and its connection to his other projects. Admission is free.


Weekend Docent-Led Tours, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, through Dec. 10. 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.

Block Sculpture Garden Tours

Block Sculpture Garden Tours are available by appointment by calling (847) 491-4852.


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 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>. NOTE: The Dittmar Memorial Gallery will be closed from Sept. 22 through Jan. 3, 2007, during Norris University Center main floor remodeling.

“America 911 Remembered,” Photographs by Marshall Kappel, through Sept. 21, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. Photographer and Northwestern alumnus Marshall Kappel captured images from one of the most devastating times in American history. These photos show the resilience and hope of New Yorkers in the face of this tragedy. Almost instantly vendors began selling t-shirts and flags, mourners carried pictures of missing loved ones, military humvees, news reporters, rescue workers and followers of every belief flooded the streets of lower Manhattan. In this collection there is only one image of the burning towers and only one of the smoldering wreckage. Kappel's images are a visual ethnography of people's reactions to this tragedy. From the entrepreneurial to the sorrowful, the collection provides a rich account of everyday people responding to a national disaster. Admission is free.

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