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Fall opening debuts commissioned works by Geof Oppenheimer

Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures is the first solo museum exhibition devoted to the work of Geof Oppenheimer. The exhibition presents Oppenheimer’s two newest works commissioned by the Block—Civil/Evil, a large sculpture occupying the museum’s main gallery, and DRAMA, a video installation on the museum’s first floor. In celebration of the opening of the show, nearly 350 guests gathered on September 26 in Norris Student Center’s McCormick Auditorium to partake in a conversation around the special exhibition.

Discussion with Oppenheimer

Lisa Corrin, The Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum, participated in a lively conversation with Oppenheimer. Lisa inquired into his logic behind Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures, his artistic and creative processes, and the exhibition’s penetratingly relevant societal themes. A reception in Northwestern’s Arts Circle gave further opportunity for guests to meet Oppenheimer, and to discuss the works with him personally.

Arts Circle reception

In the debut installation of the Block’s recently expanded contemporary art program, Geof Oppenheimer investigates the power structures of human society, from political and economic systems to the proliferation of visual and textual rhetoric. The exhibition features two works commissioned by the Block: a large sculpture in the museum’s main gallery and a film on continuous view in the Alsdorf Gallery. The sculpture, titled Civil/Evil, examines power structures and how they are communicated through material and image, pressure and release, upon the individual. The film, titled DRAMA, invokes how our relations to one another are shaped and predetermined by systems of exchange and labor.

Oppenheimer meets visitors

The Block Museum would like to thank all of our friends and supporters who came out on a beautiful fall afternoon for the opening of Geof Oppenheimer’s exhibition. Learn about upcoming Block Programs related to Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures. The show will be on view at the Block through November 30, 2015.

Visitors at the exhibit