Spring 2015 Events


Photography and the State of Kashmir
Wednesday, April 1, 6pm
Chicago-based photographer Larry Snider has traveled to regions across Asia including Ladakh, part of the Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, immersing himself in the landscape and culture and photographing the community. In conversation with Collecting Paradise curator Rob Linrothe, Snider will share his work and observations of the region, with Linrothe reflecting on the ways in which Ladakh’s environment and religious heritage connects to the present.

Collecting Kashmir: The Expeditions of Walter N. Koelz
Wednesday, April 8, 6pm
The collection of Walter N. Koelz, an American zoologist who undertook collecting expeditions in the Western Himalayas during the 1930s, has contributed significantly to our understanding of Himalayan art. In a gallery talk focused on Collecting Culture, which includes many objects from Koelz’s collection, Carla Sinopoli, University of Michigan anthropology faculty member and curator of Asian archaeology at the Museum of Anthropological Archaeology, will address Koelz’s collecting practices.

Block Cinema - Framing the Himalayas: Kashmir and Tibet on Screen
TICKETS: $6 / $4
January 23, 7pm - The Epic of Everest
January 30, 7pm - Lost Horizon
February 6, 7pm - Black Narcissus
February 13, 7pm - Haider
February 19, 7pm - Valley of Saints

Opening Day Program - The Last Supper

Saturday, May 9, 2pm Fisk Hall, room 217

The Block Museum welcomes Julie Green, who will present The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates. She will discuss her process and how the project relates to her larger artistic concerns. Following this talk, Green, Professor of Art at Oregon State University, will be joined in conversation by Rob Owen, Clinical Professor of Law at Northwestern, and Elliot Reichert, Curator of Special Projects at the Block, to discuss issues of representation, the criminal justice system, and social justice. The program begins at 2pm at Fisk Hall, with a reception to follow at the Block Museum. The museum is open from 10am - 5pm and parking is free.

Inside Northwestern University in Qatar: Celebrating Global Innovation

Wednesday, May 13, 4pm

This special program highlights the innovative work and significant cross-disciplinary achievements of the students and faculty based at Northwestern University’s campus in Qatar. Through a series of presentations featuring short films and other digital media, panelists will offer a faceted view of Northwestern’s global emphasis from within the Gulf region, as well as discuss points of intersection within Evanston. Reception to follow.

Seen from Inside: Perspectives on Capital Punishment

Tuesday, May 19, 6pm

In partnership with the Center for Capital Defense and the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, the Block will host a series of acts exploring various perspectives on capital punishment— an exhibition overview by Block Curator of Special Projects Elliot Reichert, followed by a capital case closing argument enacted by a death penalty defense attorney, a conversation with a former prisoner exonerated from death row, and insights from a family member of a homicide victim. Images from Julie Green’s The Last Supper exhibition will serve as interludes, offering moments of reflection on capital punishment.

Department of Art History’s Elizabeth and Todd Warnock Lecture Series: The Whisperers

Wednesday, May 20, 5pm

Christopher S. Wood, Professor of German at New York University, will deliver a lecture focused on tensions between the Holy Family and the religious community. Late medieval Italian depictions of the Presentations of Mary and Christ in the Temple of Jerusalem make visible for the first time the gossip of the community, and hint at the protagonists’ inner psychic life, sexual and familial. Wood’s lecture will interpret the gaze of the onlookers as a secularizing counter-mode to perspectival and devotional seeing

Art Theory & Practice Visiting Artist Talk and Screening: Consuming Spirits

Friday, May 22, 7pm

Together with Block Cinema, Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory & Practice will host Chicago-based animator, performance artist, and experimental filmmaker Chris Sullivan for a screening and discussion of his film Consuming Spirits (2012). A handmade independent feature animation shot frame-byframe on 16mm using paper cut outs, models, and tracing paper cell animation, the film chronicles the lives of three characters that live in a rust belt town called Magguson and work at its local newspaper The Daily Suggester. Though the characters first appear to be acquaintances, as the film unfolds, we find they have a long diabolical history, revolving around social service intervention, foster care, romance, and hatred.

When You CAN’T Shake It Off

Wednesday, May 27, 6pm

A cell phone camera captures the death of Eric Garner. White men toting assault rifles film confrontations with police officers over their right to openly carry firearms. A video of a cop lip-synching to Taylor Swift goes viral. Join Will Schmenner, Block Cinema interim curator, and Harvey Young, Northwestern University associate professor, as they discuss the role and use of social media in creating a national conversation about race, law, and the limits of police power. How does civil resistance operate in the Internet era?