Fall 2015 Events

Opening Day Program: A Conversation with Artist Geof Oppenheimer

Saturday, September 26, 2pm McCormick Auditorium, Norris Center

Artist Geof Oppenheimer joins the Block’s director, Lisa Corrin, in conversation about his two newly commissioned works, Civil/Evil and DRAMA. Reception with the artist follows at the Block.

Lecture: Artist Joan Jonas

Saturday, October 10, 2pm McCormick Auditorium, Norris Center

Pioneering video and performance artist Joan Jonas discusses her current work and her experience representing the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale. Introduction by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Northwestern’s Department of Art Theory and Practice. Reception follows at the Block. Support for this lecture is provided by the Kreeger Wolf Endowment.

Conversation: Artist Geof Oppenheimer and Guest Film Curator Will Schmenner

Thursday, October 15, 7pm Block Museum

Artist Geof Oppenheimer curates a special film series for Block Cinema parallel to his exhibition. Join the artist and London-based film curator Will Schmenner in a discussion of the series, followed by a screening of Lars von Trier’s art house satire, The Boss of It All (2006) at 8pm. See the Block’s website for further details on the film series.

Lecture: Emilie E. S. Gordenker, PhD, Director, Mauritshuis Museum Royal Picture Gallery

Monday, October 19, 6pm

Block Museum Dr. Gordenker shares her experience transforming one of Europe’s most beloved jewel-box museums, home to Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, into a museum for our time. Introduction by Claudia Swan, associate professor in the Department of Art History. This program is cosponsored by Northwestern’s Department of Art History.

Conversation: Sociologist Richard Sennett with Artist Geof Oppenheimer

Saturday, October 24, 12pm Bienen School of Music, Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall

Richard Sennett, innovative thinker about cities, labor, and culture, takes a bird’s-eye view of citizenship today in conversation with artist Geof Oppenheimer. This program is generously underwritten by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross and is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival as part of “Evanston Day.” CHF member $12 / general audience $15 / students and teachers $10 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 relation to the work of Geof Oppenheimer.

Department of Art History Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series: Art Historian Briony Fer

Wednesday, November 11, 5pm

Block Museum A maquette is referred to as a preparatory model for an intended work, usually on a small scale. In this talk, Briony Fer, professor of history of art at University College London, proposes that the idea of the maquette can also be expanded to a larger discussion of what art-making means today. Reception follows at the Block. This program is cosponsored by Northwestern’s Department of Art History.

Poetry Reading: 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.