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Opening Day Conversation: "Blake, Now and Then" with Stephen Eisenman and W.J.T. Mitchell

Opening Day Conversation: "Blake, Now and Then"
2-4 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Sat September 23, 2017
2-4 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


The Block Museum exhibition, William Blake and the Age of Aquarius kicks off with an opening day program including a conversation with Northwestern University Professor of Art History and exhibition Curator, Stephen Eisenman and W.J.T. Mitchell, Blake scholar, editor of “Critical Inquiry” and Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago. The talk will explore Blake’s role within his own time, his influence on countercultural American artists and musicians of the 1960s and the ways in which Blake’s independence, imagination and resistance to authority continues to resonate in contemporary life.

This conversation will be preceded by Opening Day Celebration: Blake and the Age of Aquarius Block Museum "Be-In" from 10AM to 1PM.


About the Exhibition:

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius will explore the impact of British visionary poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) on a broad range of American artists in the post-World War II period. This exhibition will be the first to consider how Blake’s art and ideas were absorbed and filtered through American visual artists from the mid-1940s through the 1960s when Blake became a model of non-conformity, individuality, and resistance to authority.

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