Exploring Aspects of War In and Through the Visual Arts
August 27 – extended through November 13, 2019
Exploring Aspects of War tackles the complex relationship of art in the depiction of war. The visual arts have served in all cultures and periods to document, motivate, memorialize, facilitate healing, critique and protest military action. Exploring Aspects of War in and Through the Visual Arts considers views on war and military conflict from the perspective of the homefront, the battlefield and back home again.
Works on view in the exhibition range from contemporary installation sculptures, documentary photographs, to historic seventeenth century prints and cover a wide scope of perspectives including veteran self-expression, art therapy, patriotism, protest, and shifting social and political views.
Guided by input from the Exhibition Advisory Committee, Art Museum staff curated this exhibition from artwork entered in a public call for entry, invited artists, works borrowed from other institutions and private collections, as well as the NIU Art Museum collection. The exhibition represents artists: Kamal A. M. Al Mansour, Hannah Smith Allen, Michael Amato, Jerry Bleem, Zachary Burgart, Jose deVera, Sally Edelstein, Eric J. Garcia, Nathan Heilman, Lynn Johnson, George Klauba, Steve Kost, Darryl Lauster, Jacob Lee, John S. Linquist, Robert Patrick, C. Harold Perkins, Dennis Santella, Lalage Snow and David Joel Thomas. It includes loaned work by artists Pehr Anderson, George Bellows, Iggy Bennett, Jacques Callot, Warrington Colescott, Otto Dix, Winslow Homer, and Käthe Kollwitz, and selected posters from the War is Trauma portfolio, as well as artists Edwin Brewer, John Doyle, David Driesbach, Sandro Miller, Georges Rouault, and various prints documenting the Sino and Russo Japanese Wars from the NIU Art Museum Collection.
Artwork and objects for the Aspects of War exhibition are on loan from the exhibiting artists; the DeKalb County History Center, Sycamore; Elgin Area History Museum; Rockford Art Museum; St. Charles History Museum; Midway Village Museum, Rockford; the National Veterans Art Museum, Chicago; Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Evanston; private collectors and the NIU Art Museum Collection.
Top to bottom: Deatiled installation view of Eric J. Garcia, War Nest, 2016, mixed media installation (approximately 48 x 144 in. diameter). Lalage Snow, We Are the Not Dead, Returning by the Road We Came: Private Chris MacGregor, 24, 2010, Digital prints (25 x 17 in.) each. Nathan Heilman. Self, 2018, barbed wire, (60 x 60 x 60 in.). All courtesy the artist.
Data Exhibition Suite
March 28 - May 17, 2019
Data: BIG/-driven/Visualized… is a multidimensional exhibition that delves into the array of manner in which data surrounds us, impacts us and is interpreted. From the enormous amount of bytes of information constantly being produced, collected and analyzed; to the notion that decisions are made objectively when based on data; to the nuanced means of making numerical information comprehensible and compelling through graphic and physical representation, BIG/-driven/Visualized… explores the data in our lives.
Graduate Museum Studies Student-curated Exhibitions
March 28 - May 17, 2019
NIU Museum Studies student curators: Larissa Barnat, Brian T. Cory and Nathaniel Pendergraft with instructor Peter van Ael.
- Mindful & Aspirational Projection Systems: A Voyage Through Space and Time - Presents mapping data - with a local twist.
- From Beginning to End? - Suggests data is the fabric of life and universe from cells and atoms to black holes while asking, "does it last forever?"
- The What and How - Didactic panels on the nature of data examining its neutrality and manipulation.
- Transparency Exhibition Suite (November 15 - February 15, 2019 closed university holidays)
- SWEET, Golden and Delicious…NIU Studio and Design Alumni Artists (August 28 - October 19, 2018)
- Imagery and Icons: Former Tenure and Tenure-track Faculty (September 18 - October 19, 2018)
- South Asian Traditions and New Directions Exhibition Suite (March 27 - May 18, 2018)
- NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition (November 16 - December 15, 2017 and January 16 - February 23, 2018)
- New to the Collection: Recent Acquisitions (November 16 - December 15, 2017 and January 16 - February 23, 2018)
- Objectifying the Photograph (August 29 - October 20, 2017)
- Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans by Terrence A. Reese (August 29 - October 20, 2017)
- Vintage Cameras: A Snapshot of Photographic Technology (August 29 - November 12, 2017)
- Hand in Hand: The Visual Arts as a Means of Social and Political Propaganda, Protest and Commentary (March 28 - May 20, 2017)
- “What a Frightful Spectacle!”: Lithographs of Honoré Daumier
- Theoretical Mockery: Satirical Prints by Sidney Chafetz
- A Tale of Donkeys and Elephants; Satire with the Wink of a Fox
- Over the Top to Victory!
- (RE)PRESENTING GUATEMALA (January 17 - February 27, 2017)
- VISIONES E HISTORIAS: Maya Paintings from Guatemala
- REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO: Bearing Witness
- This exhibition contains graphic images not appropriate for children or sensitive viewers.
- HUIPILES: Maya Identity and Identifier
- Kaleidoscope of Burmese Art: Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Center for Burma Studies (August 23 - November 18, 2016)
- Journey Through Burmese Art
- Masterpieces from the Burma Art Collection at NIU
- From Tradition to Modernity: Art from Myanmar as Viewed by Contemporary Burmese Artists
- Donors and Collectors: A Legacy
- Art Deco Exhibition Suite (April 7 - May 20, 2016)
- Between the Wars: Contrasts, Parallels, Shifts and Patterns
- Beyond Gatsby: Common Luxury in American Art Deco
- The Chicagoan: A Publication of the Era
- NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial (November 17, 2015 - February 20, 2016)
- Contemporary Artists Exploring Relevant Social Issues (August 25 - October 24, 2015)
- Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi (March 24 - May 22, 2015)
- Amerimanga! Convention and Expression (March 24 - May 22, 2015)
- Local Visions: Selections From Area Collections (January 6 - February 21, 2015)
- Dressing Difference: Exploring Ethnicities in Modern Burma (August 26 - November 15, 2014)
- Manly Men, Girly Girls and Everybody in Between (August 26 - November 15, 2014)
- Hoarding, Amassing and Excess (March 25 - May 23, 2014)
- Looting, Hoarding, Collecting (April 3 - May 23, 201
- NIU School of Art Faculty Exhibition (November 9, 2013 - February 15, 2014)
- On Watching and Being Seen (August 27 - October 19, 2013)
- OBJECTIVE/SUBJECTIVE: Mapping as Visual Language (March 19 - May 24, 2013)
- Mapping: Measuring Across Place and Period; Information, Navigation, and Geography (March 19 - May 24, 2013)
- Selections from NIU's Geography department regarding contemporary mapping techniques (March 19 - May 24, 2013)
- Vice + Virtue (January 8, 2013 - February 23, 2013)
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