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2017 Events

January

Wednesday, January 25 
“Sociological Perspectives on the Significance of Space and Place in Performance Art” 
Lecture by Jeffrey L. Kidder, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, NIU on the significance of space and place in performance art. Kidder’s essay on the social significance of space appears in the accompanying exhibition catalog for REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO: Bearing Witness.
5-6 p.m., Altgeld 125

Saturday, January 28
Guatemalan Museum Day at NIU
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Guatemalan food from Latin Patio Restaurant, Chicago
1-2 p.m., Push Factors Guided Tour with Museum Director Jennifer Kirker-Priest
Pick Museum of Anthropology, Cole Hall.

2:30-3:30 p.m., Guided Tour of the NIU Art Museum’s exhibitions with Museum Director Jo Burke.
NIU Art Museum, Altgeld Hall, First Floor, West End.

February

Wednesday, February 1
Artist Talk with internationally-known Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo.
5-6 p.m., Altgeld 315
Light reception with the artist immediately following the lecture
6-7 p.m., NIU Art Museum 

7-8:30 p.m., Altgeld 315
Guatemalan Poetry Event
Bilingual poetry reading and recital, including pieces written and performed by Regina José Galindo, readings of work by Ana María Rodas, Adolfo Méndez-Vides, Luis Alfredo Arango and Humberto Ak'abal. Hosted by Francisco Solares-Larrave with Frances Jaeger, Professors of Spanish Languages and Literatures, NIU.
Light reception with the artist before the Poetry Event 
6-7 p.m., NIU Art Museum 

Saturday, February 4
Regina José Galindo Performance 
An exclusive performance event with Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo. Galindo will present a unique live-physical performance in Chicago at the DFBRL8R Gallery dedicated to ephemeral and time based artistic practices. $10 Requested Donation.
Join the NIU Art Museum’s GET-ON-THE-BUS EXCURSION to this event and enjoy dinner at Latin Patio. Departs 3 p.m. Call 815-753-1936 for pricing and to RSVP before February 2.
7 p.m., DFBRL8R Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Sunday, February 5
“Social Practice and Performance” Roundtable Discussion featuring artists Regina José Galindo, Marc Joseph Jeffery, Joseph Ravens, Roberto Sifuentes and Lisa Vinebaum addressing socially driven projects, forms of spectatorship and public engagement. 
2-5 p.m., DFBRL8R Gallery, 1463 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Thursday, February 9
“Maya Pilgrimage and Migration in the Lacandon Rainforest” Joel Palka, Professor, Department of Anthropology, and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois-Chicago.
7-8 p.m., Cole 100

February 13 - February 17 
Visiting Artist Residency with Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay in the Print Department at the NIU School of Art and Design.

Wednesday, February 15
"The History of Popular Maya Painting in Guatemala" with gallerist and collector, Joseph Johnston, Arte Maya Tz’uhutil.
7-8 p.m., Altgeld 315 

Thursday, February 16
Artist and Collector Slide Talk with Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay with Joseph Johnston. 
5-6 p.m., Visual Arts Building 102 

Monday, February 20
"Visual Ethnography and Arts-Based Research: Two Videotaped Painting Lessons with Maya Painters Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay and Paula Nicho Cúmez" with Kryssi Staikidis, Associate Professor, Art Education + Design. 
5-6 p.m., Latino Resource Center 

Tuesday, February 21 
Artist and Collector Slide Talk with Paula Nicho Cúmez with Rita Moran. 
5-6 p.m., Visual Arts Building 102 

Wednesday, February 22
Informal Gallery Talks with Maya Artists and Collectors VISIONES E HISTORIAS: Maya Paintings from Guatemalaartists Pedro Rafaél González Chavajay and Paula Nicho Cúmez with collectors Joseph Johnston and Rita Moran discuss the exhibition.
5-6:30 p.m., NIU Art Museum

Thursday, February 23
Public Closing Reception with performance by Delia Victoria Cúmez Nicho of a Maya oral history shared with her by her grandmother that demonstrates the transmission of culture. 
5-7:30 p.m., NIU Art Museum

March

Wednesday, March 8
Curator and Artist Talk by Curators without Borders Director Heidi McKinnon and documentary photographer James Rodriguez.
5-6 p.m., Cole 100

April

Thursday, April 6
Public Reception 
5-6:40 p.m., NIU Art Museum

Visual Commentary: The Art of American Political Cartoons
Lecture by Kerry Freedman, Professor and Division Head, Art + Design Education, NIU.
6:45-7:30 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Saturday, April 8
Curators’ Gallery Talk with Peter Olson, Museum Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant Millicent Kennedy. 
1-2 p.m., Art Museum Galleries

Monday, April 10
Bite of the Print: A Medium Well Suited for Social Commentary
View prints from the collection with Museum Assistant Director Peter Olson.
2-3 p.m., Art Museum Galleries

Wednesday, April 12
Roundtable Discussion with the Northern Star Cartoonists
5-6 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Thursday, April 13
Docent Tour with the student curators of A Tale of Donkeys and Elephants
Noon-1 p.m., Art Museum Galleries

Events on campus also part of (RE)PRESENTING GUATEMALA
Thursday, April 13
Representing Revolutionary Campesino Politics in Guatemala’s 1950 Huelga de Dolores
Matt Maletz, History Ph.D. Candidate, NIU 
5-6 p.m., Latino Resource Center

Thursday, April 13
Daumier's France: Politics, Satire and Sociability
Lecture by NIU's Emma Kuby, Assistant Professor, Department of History and Brian Sandberg, Associate Professor, Department of History and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 
6:15-7:30 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Wednesday, April 19
The Evolution of Editorial Cartooning: Changes in Media and Messages
Guest lecture by Dr. Edward Lordan, Professor, Department of Communication Studies, West Chester University, PA
5-6 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Saturday, April 22
Color Your Politics
Be an illustrator for an afternoon and color cartoons from the exhibition! All ages, children under 9 with supervision. Pre-registration required.
2-4 p.m., Art Museum Galleries

Monday, April 24
Eugene V. Debs and the Fight for Free Speech in World War One
Guest lecture by Ernest Freeberg, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, University of Tennessee. Presented by the NIU Department of History.
6-7 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Tuesday, April 25
Promoting Democracy: The Progressives, Women’s Suffrage, and the Decline of the Political Machine 
Lecture by Matthew J. Streb, Professor, Department of Political Science.
5-6 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Thursday, April 27
Docent Tour with student curators of A Tale of Donkeys and Elephants
Noon-1 p.m., Art Museum Galleries

May

Open Late!
Saturday, May 6
Open Late for Artigras!
The annual NIU and DeKalb Celebration of the Arts. Visit niu.edu/artigras/
Noon-6 p.m.

Sunday, May 7
Members' Private Event. A Friends of the NIU Art Museum Members' Only Curator’s Talk with Museum Assistant Director Peter Olson along with Francophile and independent researcher Rich Rice who will present Goguettes, Goguettiers, and Some Popular Verse in Daumier’s Paris.
Watch for your invitation by mail. Not a current Member? Join or renew now to attend!

Thursday, May 11
Curators’ Gallery Talk with Peter Olson, Museum Assistant Director and Graduate Assistant Millicent Kennedy. 
Noon-1 p.m., Art Museum Galleries

Thursday, May 11
The Partisan Duopoly in US House Elections: An Analysis of Minor Party Failure Lecture by Scot Schraufnagel, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science.
5-6 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315

Thursday, May 18
Film Screening of Inspector General 
Henry Koster’s musical comedy starring Danny Kaye set in the period of the First French Empire follows a fool who is mistaken as an investigator in disguise by the town's corrupt officials. (1949, 100 minutes.)
Doors open 6:30 p.m., screening 7- 9 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St.
$7 Adults, $5 Members/Students.

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2016 Events

January

Saturday, January 23
Creating Narratives
Drawing Demonstration by Cindy Hellyer-Heinz, Instructor and Coordinator Foundations Program
Altgeld Hall 315, 1-3 p.m.

Private Member's and Friends Event
Sunday, January 24
Members and Friends of the NIU Art Museum & School of Art and Design
Private Event
Watch for your personal invitation in the mail!

Tuesday, January 26
When Art History was Global; a re-reading of Helen Gardner’s 1948 survey, ‘Art Through the Ages’
Slide lecture by Barbara Jaffee, Associate Professor and Co-Division Head, Art History
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 p.m.

Thursday, January 28
Searching for the Perfect Rock – A Year of International Research and Travel
Artist slide talk by Mike Barnes, Professor, Studio - Printmaking
Altgeld Hall 315, 6 p.m.

February

Wednesday, February 3
Principles of Dress: Textiles, Fashion and Design Reform in Austria-Hungary Before the First World War
Slide lecture by Rebecca Houze, Professor, Art History
Altgeld Hall 315, 12:10-12:50 p.m.

Wednesday, February 3,
Instant Green Grass 
Artist slide talk by Bart Woodstrup, Assistant Professor, Design and Media Arts – Time Arts
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 p.m.

Thursday, February 4
The Apotheosis of the Stupid
Artist slide talk by Ben Stone, Instructor, Foundations
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 9
Collaborative Art Practice
Artist slide lecture presented by John Siblik, Director, School of Art and Design with Visiting Artist Elissa Wenthe, Associate Professor of Art, Upper Iowa University
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 p.m.

Thursday, February 11
Birds in Art
Artist slide talk by Peter Olson, Assistant Director, NIU Art Museum, Instructor, Museum Studies
Altgeld Hall 315, 5 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16
Winding Cloth for Livia
Informal gallery talk with Christine LoFaso, Professor and Division Head, Fine Art, Studio - Fibers
NIU Art Museum Gallery, 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Thursday, February 18
Closing Reception
NIU Art Museum, Altgeld Hall, first floor, west end, 5-6:30 p.m.

Friday, February 19,
Rescuing a Vanishing Art: The Art of Reverse Glass Painting in Mainland Southeast Asia
A slide lecture by Catherine Raymond, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Burma Studies, Art History, presented with Carmin Berchiolly, Graduate Candidate, Art History
Order an Indonesian lunch for this lecture online by 6 p.m. Thursday, 2/18/16, at CSEAS Brown Bag Lunch Order, Pay for it in cash or check at the lecture. Cost is $5 for students and $6 for faculty, staff and others. Orders must be cancelled online by 10 a.m. Friday; otherwise you are responsible for paying. For lunch details or questions, email cseasbrownbag@gmail.com. You are welcome to bring a lunch and beverage if not ordering a lunch.
Campus Life Building 100, Noon–1:00 p.m.

April

Thursday, April 7
Altgeld Hall Art Receptions
Join us for a special evening celebration sponsored by the Office of the President. View the Art Deco Exhibition Suite at the NIU Art Museum and selected NIU student artwork on display in the President’s office gallery. Listen to the live swinging sounds of the Jazz in Progress Combo. First and Third Floors, Altgeld Hall, 5-7p.m.

Thursday, April 7
“Art Deco and Women’s Fashion” remarks given by Barbara Cole Peters
Altgeld Hall 125 (or museum hallway), 6:15-6:30p.m.

Wednesday, April 13
"Deco Time: How Art Deco Re-Defined Marketing Watches" lecture by William Briska, President, Elgin Area Historical Society
"Deco In Her Hand: Elgin American Compacts, 1928-1941” lecture by Richard Renner, Chicago Art Deco Society
Altgeld Hall 315, 5-6p.m.

Monday, April 18
Top Hat Film Screening and Discussion
NIU Professors Scott Balcerzak and Tim Ryan lead a conversation about the 1935 RKO picture starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The musical screwball comedy features music by Irving Berlin including American classic standards “Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails” and “Cheek to Cheek.” It remains the best-known collaboration of Astaire and Rogers. $7 Adults, $5 Members/Students
Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb, (101 minutes) Doors open at 6:30, screening 7-9:30p.m.

Tuesday, April 19
Blonde Venus Film Screening and Discussion
NIU Professors Scott Balcerzak, Paula Frasz, and Tim Ryan examine the 1932 Paramount Pictures film directed by Josef von Sternberg starring Marlene Dietrich. The complicated love story between an American chemist and German cabaret singer who woos a millionaire to save her ill husband features three Dietrich musical numbers, “You Little So-and-So,” “I Couldn’t be Annoyed,” and “Hot Voodoo.” $7 Adults, $5 Members/Students
Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb, (93 minutes; no rating, pre-code) Doors open at 6:30, screening 7-9:30p.m.

Wednesday, April 20
"International Influence: Art Deco, Illinois, and the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition." lecture by Rebecca Houze, Professor, Art History, NIU School of Art and Design
Altgeld Hall 315, 5-5:50p.m.

Monday, April 25
“Jazz and Experimentation in the Concert Music of Art Deco America” lecture by Brian J. Hart, Professor, Music History, NIU School of Music
Altgeld 315, 6-7:30p.m.

May

Saturday, May 7
Open Late for ARTIGRAS! The Annual DeKalb and NIU Celebration of the Arts
Noon-6p.m., extended hours

Thursday, May 12
“Artistic Highlights in the Deco Suite of Exhibitions” Informal Gallery Talk led by Jo Burke, Director
NIU Art Museum Gallery, 12:10-12:50p.m.

Tuesday, May 17
The Chicagoan: Style and Sophistication in the Heartland” Gallery Talk led by Stuart Henn, Coordinator
NIU Art Museum Gallery, 12:10-12:50p.m.

September

Thursday, September 8
“Celebrating the Ten Flowers of Burmese Art” Lecture by Dr. Catherine Raymond, Professor, Art History, NIU School of Art and Design and Director, Center for Burma Studies, NIU.
5-5:30 p.m., Altgeld 315

Thursday, September 8
Public Reception
5:30-7 p.m., NIU Art Museum

Thursday, September 15
Public Reception
4:30-6 p.m., Olson Gallery, NIU School of Art and Design

Thursday, September 15
“Is There Contemporary Art in Myanmar Today?” Gallery Talk by Dr. Catherine Raymond.
5 p.m., Olson Gallery, NIU School of Art and Design

Sunday, September 18
Member’s Private Event
By Invitation Only
1 p.m., NIU Art Museum

October 2016

Saturday, October 1
“Buddhism in Practice: The Burmese Tradition of Meditation and Yoga” Dr. Catherine Raymond with Cher Ladford, NIU alumna, Yoga Instructor at Breathe, DeKalb
4-5:30 p.m., NIU Art Museum, Rotunda Gallery. 
Pre-Registration Required. Limit 20.

Thursday, October 6
DeKalb/NIU Art Walk—Open Late!
5-8 p.m., Art Museum, Olson Gallery, and Founders Memorial Library with Kaleidoscope of Burmese Art.
Office of the President’s Galleries also open to the public with light refreshments.

Thursday, October 6
Reception
4:30-6 p.m., Olson Gallery 
Gallery Talk by collector and curator of the Thukhuma Collection, Hong Kong, Dr. Ian Holliday, Professor of Political Science, Vice President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at Hong Kong University.
5 p.m., Olson Gallery

Thursday, October 6-Sunday October 9
International Burma Studies Conference
Pre-Registration Required. Information on the International Burma Studies Conference is available at www.burmaconference2016.com 
or by calling 815-753-0512.

Wednesday, October 19
“The Art of Cartography in Ancient Burma” Dr. Tin Naing Win, Associate Professor in History, Mandalay University
7-8 p.m., Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor, Founders Memorial Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries.

EVENT CANCELLED
Sunday, October 23
“Beyond the Living: Ghosts and Spirits in Burmese Tradition” 
Art making workshop and storytelling program for elementary and middle school age with Dr. Catherine Raymond and Julie Lamb, Former Outreach Coordinator CSEAS. Pre-Registration Required. Limit 15.
1-3 p.m., NIU Art Museum

Tuesday, October 25
"Identities that Hang by a Thread: The Art of Dress in Myanmar" Dr. Richard M. Cooler, Emeritus Professor Art History, NIU School of Art and Design and Emeritus Director, Center for Burma Studies, NIU.
6-7 p.m., Altgeld 315

November 2016

Thursday, November 3
“From Paper to Skin: Tattoos in Burmese Cultures” Dr. Catherine Raymond
5-6 p.m., Altgeld 315

Friday, November 18
In conjunction with International Week
"Lahpet and Palata: Exploring Burmese Culinary Traditions" Come and taste a sample! Dr. Catherine Raymond with Sandar Wynn, Library Assistant, Founder's Memorial Library and May-Myo Khine, Art Undergraduate.
12-1 p.m., Altgeld 125

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Gallery Hours

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon-7 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
By appointment for group tours.

Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.

Location

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall, on the corner of College Avenue and Castle Drive on the main campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

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