Fall 2014 Events

Wangechi Mutu - Opening Day Celebration

Saturday, September 27, 2014 2-5pm

Artist talk at 2:30pm at Louis Theater

Wangechi Mutu will provide an overview of her work and participate in a conversation with Huey Copeland, associate professor of art history, Northwestern University.

Curators in Conversation: Notes towards documenta in Kassel in 2017

Saturday, October 11, 2014 2pm

McCormick Auditorium, Norris University Center

Polish-born art critic, curator, and newly appointed artistic director of documenta 14 Adam Szymczyk will discuss the conceptual framework of the next documenta exhibition for the first time in the US. He will be joined in conversation by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Northwestern visiting professor and former artistic director of documenta in 2012.

Art Theory & Practice Visiting Artist Talk and Screening: John Smith in Person

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 7pm

Join Northwestern’s Department of art theory & practice and Block Cinema for a film screening and discussion with London-based, experimental filmmaker John Smith.

Screening: Space Is the Place

(John Coney, 1974, US, 35mm, 85 min.)

Thursday, October 16, 2014 7pm

This Afrofuturistic extravaganza directed by John Coney stars the incredible Sun Ra who travels through space and time to save the black race while being pursued by the FBI.

Curator’s Talk: On Ecological Looking

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 5pm

Join Jacob Leveton, art history PhD student and curator of Ecological Looking: Sustainability & the End(s) of the Earth, for an in-gallery conversation that will bring together art historical, scientific, and activist perspectives.

Chicago Humanities Festival’s Evanston Day

Saturday, October 25, 2014 Tickets $9/$12/$5 (Member/General/Students and Teachers)

The Block will host three discussions. Visit chicagohumanities.org/events to purchase tickets.

Richard Gray Visual Arts Series: Liminal Camera, 12:30–1:30pm

The Bride of Christ Goes to Hell, 2:30–3:30pm

Riva Lehrer: A Self-Portrait in Formaldehyde, 4:30–5:30pm

Screening: Fantastic Planet

(René Laloux, 1973, France/Czechoslovakia, 35mm, 72 min.)

Thursday, October 30, 2014 7pm

René Laloux’s animated cult classic Fantastic Planet—which inspired Wangechi Mutu’s The End of eating Everything—shows a terrifying future in which human-like beings are kept as pets or exterminated by giant blue creatures.

Please note: Due to its violent and sexual content this film may be unsuitable for younger audiences.

Panel Discussion: Voyaging the Fantastic: Afrosurrealism and Afrofuturism in Wangechi Mutu and Contemporary Black Art

Saturday, November 1, 2014 2pm

Moderated by Northwestern African American studies faculty member Alexander Weheliye, this roundtable will bring together preeminent Chicago-based artists including D. Denenge Akpem and Krista Franklin for a conversation that takes Mutu’s work as a springboard for consideration of the place of Afrosurrealism and Afrofuturism in contemporary black art.

Department of Art History’s Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series: The Ise Shrines and the Metabolism of Japanese Architecture

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 5pm

Japan's Ise Shrines have been entirely rebuilt almost every 20 years since the late 7th century. Yukio Lippit, professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard University, will consider the various ways in which their "renewal" has been understood throughout history.

Panel Discussion: Deploying and Shattering Stereotypes

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 6:30pm

Joy Bivins, curator, Chicago History Museum and organizer of the recent exhibition, Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair; Maud Lavin, faculty member and cultural historian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Kathleen Bickford Berzock, the Block’s associate director of curatorial affairs and an expert on African art, will explore Wangechi Mutu’s work as a starting point for considering and challenging stereotypes around women and the body, blackness, and what it is to be African.

Interdisciplinary Gallery Talk

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:30pm

Join Melika Bass, faculty member, radio/television/film; Antawan I. Byrd, Northwestern PhD candidate in art history; and Sakhile Matlhare, Northwestern PhD candidate in sociology, as they bring their diverse perspectives to an in-gallery conversation about the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey.