Spring 2014 Events

Art Theory & Practice Visiting Artist Talk: Denise Markonish - A Spaceship, Wonder and Lots of Canadians: Curating at MASS MoCA

Wednesday, April 9, 2 6:00pm

Denise Markonish, curator at MASS MoCA, will discuss her work and curatorial projects.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Candice Breitz, “From A to B and Back Again”

Saturday, April 12, 2:00pm

Candice Breitz is a Berlin-based South African artist whose video installations address stereotypes and visual conventions in film and popular culture. Her talk coincides with the Block's recent Steichen|Warhol: Picturing Fame exhibition.

Lecture: Andrew Hemingway, “Style of the New Era”

Wednesday, April 16, 6:00pm

An emeritus professor in art history at University College London, Hemingway is a preeminent scholar on American artists and the 1930s. He will speak on the culture of the John Reed Club and proletarian art.

Warnock Lecture: Kerry James Marshall

Wednesday, April 30, 5:00pm

Join Northwestern’s Department of Art History for a lecture with Kerry James Marshall, renowned Chicago-based artist. Recipient of the MacArthur "genius" award, Marshall’s work reflects his upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama and early exposure to the Black Power and Civil Rights movements in Los Angeles.

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Department of Art Theory & Practice - Exhibition Opening Reception & Program

Thursday, May 1, 5:00pm

Join Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice graduates as they celebrate the opening of their MFA thesis exhibition.

Lecture: Biro-Bidjan Prints Explored with Dr. Nathan HarpazA Gift to Biro-Bidjan: Chicago, 1937-From Despair to New Hope

Sunday, May 4, 1:00pm

In response to the Left Front, Dr. Harpaz, director of the Koehnline Museum will illuminate a lesser-known period of history and share rare, archival photographs of Biro-Bidjan, a region originally established as an autonomous Jewish settlement in the former Soviet Union.

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities: Artist-in-Residence Lecture with Christopher Cozier

Wednesday, May 7, 5:15pm

The work of Trinidadian artist, curator and writer, Christopher Cozier, examines the contemporary Caribbean experience through drawing, printmaking, sound and installation. A Prince Claus 2013 Award recipient, Cozier will discuss his practice within a broader temporal, geographic and transcultural context.

Art Theory and Practice Visiting Artist Talk: Kerry Tribe - The Talking Dead: Index, Amnesia and the Afterlife of Film

Wednesday, May 14, 6:00pm

Kerry Tribe joins the Block as part of ATP’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series. An award-winning artist, Tribe’s work in film, video and installation serve as meditations on cognition, using image, text, and sound to explore what she calls “the phenomenology of memory.”

An Artists’ Congress

Saturday, May 17, 1:00-5:00pm with social to follow

A contemporary take on the historical American Artists’ Congress meetings from the 1930s, this 2014 Chicago-based Artists’ Congress will consider forms, systems, organizations, and relationships focused on art and concerned with social transformation.

Art Theory and Practice Visiting Artist Talk: Lucía Sanromán

Wednesday, May 21, 6:00pm

Lucía Sanromán, co-curator of SITE Santa Fe’s "SITElines 2014: Unsettled Landscape," will give a lecture about her practice.

Photography and the Archive in the African Diaspora

Thursday, May 22, 1:00 pm

Leading scholars and artists, including Tina Campt, Saidiya Hartman, Roshini Kempadoo, and Jacqueline Stewart, explore how photographic archives inform history, memory, artistic, photographic, and performative practices in the African diaspora while offering new perspectives on photography more generally.