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One night program of screening and performative works by Northwestern Art Theory and Practice MFA students, alumni and staff, as part of the 2018 MFA Thesis Exhibition.


Saturday, May 26, 7pm
at Nightingale Cinema
1084 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL,  60642

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Join the Department of Art Theory and Practice in showcasing the work of its students, and their new space in Kresge Hall. Food and raffles will be located in Kresge room 1345.


Thursday, November 9, 4pm

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.


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

Irena Haiduk: Bon Ton Mais Non

Arts Club Chicago presents Irena Haiduk's BON TON MAIS NON, the first step in surrounding yourself with things in the right way. Featuring Anna Shteynshleyger, Diogenes the Currency Debaser, Gertrude Stein and Idoli. The admission is free and open to the public and the event is a part of The Arts Club of Chicago at 100: Centennial Open House celebration.

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Saturday, October 22, 4pm
at The Arts Club of Chicago
201 E Ontario St.
Chicago, IL 60611

Visiting Artist Lecture: David Schutter

David Schutter’s practice is a form of phenomenological study that discusses the distances and problems encountered when making a painting. His works are as much performative re-enactments of specific canonical sources as they are discreet paintings and drawings, and as such form a painter’s repertory of extended rehearsals. These investigations are not homage, but instead a way toward understanding continued expectations that paintings function along historical values. In his approach to his subjects, Schutter locates his practice within the traditions of philosophical inquiry by beginning with the surfaces of things. His questions elicit responses to how we re-stratify our knowledge of the past while developing representations of the present, how we can uncover circumscribed categories and make new knowledge from the experience, and how repeated questions come to be ultimately forms of description in a world where the past is often a difficult and arguable anteriority.

David Schutter has had solo exhibitions at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Germany; the National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland; and with Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; and Aurel Scheibler, Berlin, Germany. Public collections include the Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Gemäldegalerie Berlin, Germany; and the National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland. His projects and research have been supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council. Schutter received his MFA from the University of Chicago and completed his undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia.                     


Tuesday, November 15, 7pm
at the GYM
640 Lincoln St
Evanston, IL 60202