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Chicago Architecture Biennial: Abraham Cruzvillegas

Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968) is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come out of the vibrant art and architecture scene in Mexico. Over the past 15 years, Cruzvillegas has developed a riveting body of architectural constructions that investigates what he calls autoconstrucción, or “self-construction,” a platform for architectural work informed by the sociopolitical contexts of Latin America and inspired by improvised building materials and techniques.

In conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Cruzvillegas will speak about a new series of work, The Water Trilogy, which comprises a set of exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo and Rotterdam. The constructions within The Water Trilogy focuses on water in urban contexts, including specific issues of pollution and water shortage.

Presented in partnership with the Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering and the Northwestern Block Museum of Art

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Wednesday, October 25, 6pm
at BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART
40 ARTS CIRCLE DR
EVANSTON, IL,  60202



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Visiting Artist Talk: Fred Moten, Three Short Lectures on Indiscretion

Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where he teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and literary theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), which was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the California Book Award for poetry; The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and a three volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018). Moten is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University. Moten has been the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, the Sherry Memorial Visiting Poet at the University of Chicago and a Visiting Artist at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. In 2016 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society.

This event is presented in partnership with the Black Arts Initiative, the Critical Theory Cluster, the Department of African American Studies, and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Collective Fund for Critical Race Studies.

The Visiting Artist lecture series is supported by the Myers Foundations and The Jerrold Loebl Fund for the Arts.

 

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Wednesday, November 8, 5pm
at HARRIS HALL, ROOM 108
1881 SHERIDAN RD
EVANSTON, IL,  60202



EVERYTHING IS FINE, MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Reception

 

Lama Altakruri, Kentaro Kumanomido, Sara Milkes, Craig Neeson, Titus Wonsey,

This exhibition and the associated events are co-organized by the Department of Art Theory and Practice, and the Block Museum at Northwestern University. Support provided by the Norton S. Walbridge Fund, the Myers Foundations, the Jerrold Loebl Fund for the Arts, and the Alsdorf Endowment.

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Thursday, May 4, 6pm
at Block Museum
40 Arts Circle Dr
Evanston, IL,  60202



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