Current Calendar of Events

September October November 


Thursday, September 10
Public Reception
NIU Art Museum, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 10
Embarrassment of Riches Artist and Curator Panel Discussion on Sustainability
Melissa Lenczewski, Director of NIU’s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy, will moderate a panel discussion with exhibition curator Peter Olson and several artists from Embarrassment of Riches, exploring their perspectives and inspirations in regard to the intersection of visual art and environmental science.
Altgeld Hall 315, 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 22
Koyaanisqatsi Film Screening
Screening of the celebrated director Godfrey Reggio’s 1982 documentary montage with musical score by Golden Globe winning composer, Philip Glass. Koyaanisqatsi, a Hopi word for life out of balance, examines the encroachment of urban life and technology on the environment. 86 minutes, Not Rated
Music Building Recital Hall, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 30
Picasso's Guernica as a Weapon of War, 1937-2003
Barbara Jaffee, Associate Professor, Division of Art History at NIU examines the complicated history of Picasso’s Guernica which the artist himself described as a weapon of war. This lecture explores the grandiose and apocalyptic canvas from its political creation for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition and its subsequent de-politicizing during display in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as an icon of arts-for-art’s sake. Most recently, artist Joshua Bienko’s latest appropriation of imagery from Picasso’s Guernica can be seen in the Unloaded exhibition.
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 – 6 p.m.


Thursday, October 1
UNLOADED (or guns: no means to any end) Curator and Artist’s Talk
Susanne Slavick, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Art, Carnegie Mellon University and curator of Unloaded discusses her own artistic practice and the exhibition’s response to the divisive social issues surrounding the availability, use and impact of guns in our lives.
Mini reception: Art Museum, 6-7 p.m. Presentation: Altgeld 125 or gallery, 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, October 6
The Right to Keep and Bear Arms in America: Stronger than Ever
A public lecture presented by Artemus Ward, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science at NIU examining the changes—both political and legal—in recent gun rights lobbyists’ action and Supreme Court decisions that have led to stronger present-day gun rights than ever before in American history.
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 – 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 8
Guns and Consequences: Voices of Poets Addressing Gun Violence in their Neighborhoods
Featuring performance and readings by NIU students and nationally known Chicago-based poets and spoken word artists. Co-sponsored by the Center for Black Studies, and the Student Diversity and Equality Committee at NIU.
Altgeld Hall 315, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, October 13
Gun Culture, Politics and Identity in American Society
Kirk Miller, Department of Sociology Chair and Associate Professor, NIU, describes contemporary American gun culture while highlighting the links to group and individual identity implicated in the politics of guns, security, race, class, and gender.
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 – 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 15
Jessica Fenlon, Artist Talk
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 – 6 p.m.

Friday, October 16
Taking Things Apart
Hands-on artist workshop on deconstructing difficult topics led by artist Jessica Fenlon
Jack Arends Hall Visual Arts Building 213, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Pre-Registration required; Limit: 12 participants but observers welcome

Saturday, October 17
Send and Receive
A participatory listening project performed by artist Jessica Fenlon that provides a space for viewers to reflect and share with the artist their own personal lived experiences with guns and response to the exhibition.
NIU Art Museum, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, October 19
Activism and Beauty
Artist and Principal at Bauer Latoza Studio in Chicago, Barbara Hashimoto, discusses the evolution for her private studio practice to include community development and collaboration with activists in the US and Europe through her environmental art project, The Junk Mail Experiment.
Jack Arends Visual Arts Building 111, 5 – 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 21
No Impact Man Film Screening
Film screening of the 2009 documentary No Impact Man following Colin Beavan and his family's year-long experiment in being impact free on the environment. 93 minutes, Not Rated
Montgomery Hall Terwilliger Auditorium, 7:15 – 9:30 p.m.


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For more information or registration details please call 815-753-1936 or email the Education Coordinator at shenn1@niu.edu.