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Looking Forward to Fall: Upcoming Programs Surrounding Oppenheimer's Work

Visitors are welcome to view the exhibition during the museum’s gallery hours, in addition to attending the Block’s fall programs specially designed to complement, enrich, and expand the viewing experience. See the list of events below.

The exhibit consists of two works Oppenheimer planned and built to fit the museum’s galleries, creating an all-encompassing, interactive experience for the viewer. Oppenheimer’s sculpture “Civil/Evil” occupies the Block’s entire main gallery, filling the space with barrier-like cinder block walls that corral the viewer into different spaces. As the viewer is trapped, held, or released, the experience of an invisible circuitry created by institutional structures of power becomes real and relevant. The second new work, “DRAMA,” is a ten-minute film shown on continuous loop on five screens in the Alsdorf Gallery. Shot in a modern business office, this non-narrative video proceeds at a languid pace, evoking a sense of fragmentation and loneliness with its displays of everyday corporate life.

Civil/Evil, by Geof Oppenheimer

Gallery Talk: Art Historian David Getsy
Wednesday, October 28, 6:30pm
Block Museum

Join David Getsy, Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, for a gallery talk in conjunction with the exhibition, Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures.

Lecture: Cultural Critic Brian Holmes
Wednesday, November 4, 6:30pm
Block Museum

In his lecture, The Cyborg in the Sphere, Brian Holmes explores the contemporary construct of the financial sphere and its inhabitants, the "masters of the universe,” in the work of Geof Oppenheimer.

A Poem is a Sculpture
Wednesday, November 18, 6pm
Block Museum

Visitors are invited to join artist Geof Oppenheimer for an opportunity to read and reflect upon poems selected in conjunction with his exhibition, Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures.

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