Spring 2016 Events

SYMPOSIUM: Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future

Friday, April 1, 9:00am–7:30pm

Contemporary Native American art making is an act of conversation with the past, construction of the present, and envisioning of the future. This symposium will host interdisciplinary discussions focusing on image, sound, text, and body in relation to historical trauma, sovereignty, and nation building. Presented by the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies in partnership with One Book One Northwestern, Block Museum, Office of the Provost, Center for the Writing Arts, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, International Program Development, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and Department of African American Studies

SYMPOSIUM: Performed in the Present Tense 

Friday, April 8, 7:00–9:00pm, The GYM at 640 Lincoln St. Art Theory & Practice Building

Saturday, April 9, 10:00am–5:00pm, Block Museum

The symposium will investigate the contemporary legacy of Charlotte Moorman’s performances and her dedication to creating forums for experimental, collaborative, and boundarybreaking artistic practices. The opening evening of (re)performances features Ira Murfin and Stephan Moore’s interpretation of John Cage, Didier Morelli’s interpretation of Geoffrey Hendricks, and Elliot Mercer’s interpretation of Yvonne Rainer, followed by a conversation with Noémie Solomon (Brown University). Saturday’s presentations highlight artists, curators, and scholars who have engaged with (re)performance, performance scores, and the curating of performance art, including Brendan Fernandes, Travis Chamberlain, Jenny Schlenzka, Francesca Pola, Danny Snelson, and Mashinka Firunts. This program is cosponsored by the Departments of Art History, Art Theory & Practice, and Performance Studies; the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; the Dance Program; and Mellon Dance Studies.

DISCUSSION: Outing Queer Fluxus: Geoffrey Hendricks and David Getsy in Conversation

Wednesday, April 20, 7:00pm Block Museum

Author and art historian David Getsy will interview Fluxus artist Geoffrey Hendricks on his intermedia practice and his participation in Charlotte Moorman’s New York Avant-Garde Festivals. Since the mid-1960s, Hendricks’s work has been driven by a fascination with nature, collaborative rituals, and the exploration of expanded sexualities. This program is cosponsored by the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

SYMPOSIUM: A Feast of Astonishments: Emerging Scholars Symposium

Friday, April 29 10:00am–2:00pm (panel presentations)  4:00–6:00pm (keynote & reception)

Block Museum Six PhD candidates from programs across the country will present papers on Charlotte Moorman’s life and work, her various collaborations, and the larger impact of her creative vision on artistic practice from the 1960s to the present. The day’s discussions will culminate in a keynote lecture by Kristine Stiles (France Family Professor of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies, Duke University). This program is cosponsored by the Department of Art History.


Wednesday, May 4, 7:00pm Block Museum

Okkyung Lee, a New York based artist and South Korea native, has created a body of work blurring genre boundaries through collaborations and compositions. Her music draws from noise and extended techniques, jazz, Western classical, and Korean traditional and popular music.

OPENING & RECEPTION: Lake Cream: Department of Art Theory & Practice MFA Thesis Exhibition 

Thursday, May 5, 6:00–9:00pm, Alsdorf Gallery, Block Museum

Join us to celebrate the opening of Northwestern University’s Art Theory & Practice MFA thesis exhibition. This event is coorganized by the Department of Art Theory & Practice and the Block Museum, Northwestern University. Support provided by the Norton S. Walbridge Fund; the Myers Foundations; the Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund; and the Alsdorf Endowment.


Tuesday, May 10, 3:15–4:00pm University Library Main Lobby

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00pm Evanston Public Library Community Meeting Room

In conjunction with Evanston Literary Week (May 11–18, 2016), this two-night storytelling event will recreate Alison Knowles’ classic Fluxus work Shoes of Your Choice (1963). Performers and audience members will be invited to share the stories of the shoes on their feet. This participatory work was performed at Charlotte Moorman’s 4th Annual Avant-Garde Festival held in Central Park. This program is cosponsored by the Evanston Public Library and the Northwestern University Libraries.

DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY ELIZABETH & TODD WARNOCK LECTURE SERIES: Saloni Mathur: “A Fragile Inheritance: Reading Art Criticism in India”

Wednesday, May 18, 5:00pm Block Museum

Art criticism today has been destabilized by the globalization of contemporary art and the dizzying circuitry of the Internet age. This lecture will turn to the Indian subcontinent to consider alternative and radical possibilities for art criticism as an intellectual practice. Mathur is Associate Professor, Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art, Museum Studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles. This program is organized by the Department of Art History.

SYMPOSIUM: Black Feminist Futures

Friday, May 20, 5:00–8:00pm Block Museum

Saturday, May 21, 8:30am–7:30pm, Block Museum

This radically interdisciplinary conversation will survey discourses within and beyond the field of black feminist theory to investigate new conditions of possibility within the academy. The symposium will include presentations from leading scholars in the field, including Cathy Cohen, Carol Boyce Davies, and Kara Keeling. This program is cosponsored by the Graduate School, Edith Kreeger Wolf Endowment, Women’s Center, Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Center for African American History, Center for Global Culture and Communication, Program in Critical Theory, Black Arts Initiative, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, International Studies Program, Program of African Studies, Program in American Studies, and the Departments of African American Studies, Art History, Communication Studies, English, History, Latina and Latino Studies, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese.