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Summer 2010 Visual Arts Calendar

June 22, 2010 | by Judy Moore

Theo Leffmann's
Theo Leffmann's "Scimitar"

EVANSTON, Ill. --- The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, is located on Northwestern University's Evanston campus. Effective July 9 through Aug. 29, the museum's summer hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The museum is closed on Monday.

Admission to the Block Museum and to all programs is free, unless noted. For more information regarding exhibitions, programs or location, phone (847) 491-4000 or go to the Block website at www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu.


"'Land Without End' and Other Works by Theo Leffmann" exhibition, July 9 to Aug. 29, Alsdorf Gallery. The fiber art of Chicagoan Theo Leffmann (1911-96) evokes the ancient and the exotic, echoing pre-Columbian and non-Western processes and forms with a distinct personal vision. This exhibition features a selection of Leffmann's colorful, richly textured and playful weavings, wall hangings and sculptural objects from the Block's permanent collection. Influenced by her teacher, the modernist sculptor Alexander Archipenko, while studying at Chicago's New Bauhaus (now the Illinois Institute of Technology), Leffmann experimented with processes, textures and media. Working on and off the loom, she used techniques from traditional weaving and braiding to wrapping and crocheting and incorporated yarn, wool, metal, leather and other tactile materials. Her travels to South America, Africa and Asia had a profound impact on Leffmann's works. Not only did she collect natural objects that informed her art, she was inspired by non-Western forms of expression.


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 garden opened 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, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/collections/sculpture.html.


Tours of the Block Museum Sculpture Garden, 1 p.m. Saturday, from July 10 through Aug. 28. The free tours will focus on the Block's outdoor Sculpture Garden, including a recently restored cast bronze of Joan Miro's "Constellation" (1971).

Tours of the "'Land Without End' and Other Works by Theo Leffmann" exhibition, 1 p.m. Sunday, from July 11 to Aug. 29. Free, guided tours of the Block Museum's Theo Leffmann exhibition will begin in the museum's lobby. E-mail blockeducation@northwestern.edu or visit the "Education" section on the Block website for information on tours for groups of eight or more people and activity-based tours for summer camp groups.



Talk by designer and hand weaver Randall Darwall, 11 a.m. Saturday, July 10, Block Museum. Randall Darwall, an exhibiting artist at the Aug. 27 to 29 American Craft Exposition (ACE) at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive, Evanston campus, will discuss his work as a studio cloth maker and fiber artist. The admission-free program is presented in conjunction with ACE. A 10:30 a.m. coffee reception will precede Darwall's talk. For more information on the ticketed American Craft Exposition, visit americancraftexpo.org.


"Family Day," 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15. Children aged 5 and older and their families are invited to drop by for an afternoon of art making activities and more. Admission is free. Reservations are not required.


The Dittmar Memorial Gallery, Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston campus. Effective June 24 through Aug. 11, the Dittmar's summer hours will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Admission is free. 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 website at http://norris4.norris.northwestern.edu/dittmar.php


Stephanie Dean, "Modern Groceries" exhibition, June 24 through Aug. 11, Dittmar Memorial Gallery. Chicago-based photographer Stephanie Dean presents a series of still life photographs focusing on the way food is packaged and consumed. Unlike the 17th-century Dutch still life paintings they are modeled after, which depicted exotic and expensive luxuries, Dean's images depict grocery store packaged foods that put contemporary consumption into historical focus. Dean has an MFA in photography from Columbia College and a certificate in museum studies from Northwestern University. An adjunct faculty member at Oakton Community College, she has displayed works from her "Modern Groceries" series in Chicago, New York and Stockholm. For more, visit www.stephaniedean.com.

In conjunction with the summer exhibition, the Dittmar Gallery is sponsoring a drawing for a $100 Whole Foods Gift Card for everyone who visits the exhibition. The drawing will be held July 30, and the winner need not be present to win.

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

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