Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory – Exhibition Opening Day [VIDEO]

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From January 21 to April 16 Kader Attia’s Reflecting Memory will be on display at the Block Museum. Attia’s exploration of cultural differences, specifically concepts of trauma and repair, afforded him the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp at the Centre Pompidou. The work being shown at the Block is based in part on his research at […]

Hasan Elahi Examines the Intersection of Technology and Art [Video]

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Artist Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience project examines the relationship between location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in today’s media age In Aspen, Colorado in 1978, a group of MIT researchers affixed a stop-frame camera atop a car and drove it throughout the popular ski resort town. Combining the footage with a computer, laserdisc player, and touchscreen […]

Artists and Scholars Give Their “Five Takes” on Tseng Kwong Chi during exhibition opening celebration [Video]

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The October 1, 2016 opening celebration of Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera included talks and performances by an exciting group of Chicago-based professors, curators, and artists. These five lectures, titled “Five Takes on Tseng Kwong Chi,” showcase an enormous breadth of responses to Tseng’s work. Watch the talks below.

Watch “Tracing the Building” with Walter Kitundu

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Walter Kitundu is a multimedia artist and MacArthur Fellow whose practice ranges from building instruments to photographing wildlife. His original musical instruments navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance. He has also made hand-built turntables that interact with the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. An internationally recognized artist, […]

Otto Piene’s “Grand Rapids Carousel” at Northwestern Arts Circle Celebration

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“He was a developer and a discoverer, so many of his ideas are relevant today, from project-oriented work, to discussion-led thinking, to the ephemeral; all of that is now commonplace. That is a central contribution of his work.” – Joachim Jäger, New York Times   Saturday, June 4th Inflation of Otto Piene’s: Grand Rapids Carousel 9AM, Arts […]

Trisha Brown Dance Company Performance of Roof Piece at Northwestern Arts Circle

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  “Trisha Brown’s dances are shaped by dreams of levitation, by geometry, enigma, physics, by memory, mathematics and geography, by language. Her gestural imagery challenges perception of the moving body, making the impossible appear possible.” – Marianne Goldberg, Fifty Contemporary Choreographers Trisha Brown is among the most acclaimed choreographers to emerge from the postmodern era. She first came […]

WTTW: Cellist Charlotte Moorman’s Legacy Showcased in Exhibit

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Watch WTTW’s Chicago Tonight coverage of the exhibition Feast of Astonishments, broadcast January 26, 2016 “Being labeled “the topless cellist” was a mixed blessing for one American artist of the avant-garde. Charlotte Moorman’s occasional nudity in her performances attracted the curiosity of “The Tonight Show” and TV audiences. It also may have distracted from the […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Riana Anthony Performs Morton Feldman

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  Morton Feldman’s “Projection One” (1950), performed by Riana Anthony, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Master of Music, Class of 2017. The piece explores categories of pizzicato, arco and arco-like ponticello, as well as harmonics. It was written on graph paper with the pitch range of the instrument indicated in boxes inside larger boxes, […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Myrtil Mitanga Performs Nam Jun Paik

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Nam Jun Paik’s “One for Violin Solo” (1962), performed by Myrtil Mitanga, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Class of 2017. The piece undermines clichés of the classical music genre through an unanticipated gesture. Charlotte Moorman, who valued drama, humor, theatricality, and subversion in her work, was drawn to the ceremony of the piece, as […]