Visitors to the Block Museum of Art on February 7, 2018 enjoyed William Blake’s art through music when students from the Bienen School of Music performed two song cycles inspired by Blake: Benjamin Britten’s 1965 Songs and Proverbs of William Blake and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 1957 Ten Blake Songs. The performances took place in the museum’s gallery surrounded by […]
Inspired by the work of William Blake, poets Ed Roberson, Reginald Gibbons, Rachel Jamison Webster, and Parneshia Jones joined Tristram Wolff, English and Comp Lit professor for a discussion and expanded reading on February 28, 2018. Wolff addressed the theme of the garden in Blake’s poems, followed by readings by the assembled poets from Blake’s poetry and the poets’ own work. Blake’s […]
In Spring 2017, the Block was honored to host the book release event for the Northwestern University Press publication “Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden” Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African […]
The October 1, 2016 opening celebration of Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera included talks and performances by an exciting group of Chicago-based professors, curators, and artists. These five lectures, titled “Five Takes on Tseng Kwong Chi,” showcase an enormous breadth of responses to Tseng’s work. Watch the talks below.
My shoes your shoes and other people’s shoes. speaking shoes\ and shoe string budgets// With not one promise for certainty these simple choices: a meandering of mouths, spirits, souls, and well shoes that never shined so brightly. -Misty De Berry, For You, and Alison Knowles’ “Shoes of Your Choice” on the Night that was May […]
“Trisha Brown’s dances are shaped by dreams of levitation, by geometry, enigma, physics, by memory, mathematics and geography, by language. Her gestural imagery challenges perception of the moving body, making the impossible appear possible.” – Marianne Goldberg, Fifty Contemporary Choreographers Trisha Brown is among the most acclaimed choreographers to emerge from the postmodern era. She first came […]
Morton Feldman’s “Projection One” (1950), performed by Riana Anthony, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Master of Music, Class of 2017. The piece explores categories of pizzicato, arco and arco-like ponticello, as well as harmonics. It was written on graph paper with the pitch range of the instrument indicated in boxes inside larger boxes, […]
Nam Jun Paik’s “One for Violin Solo” (1962), performed by Myrtil Mitanga, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Class of 2017. The piece undermines clichés of the classical music genre through an unanticipated gesture. Charlotte Moorman, who valued drama, humor, theatricality, and subversion in her work, was drawn to the ceremony of the piece, as […]
John Cage’s “Cello Etude Boreales, no. 1” (1978) performed by Drake Driscoll, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Class of 2018. The pieces was created using star charts from the Atlas Borealis as a source of randomness. Cage traced the star maps and then used additional chance operations to determine, with painstaking precision, the specific […]
Takehisa Kosugi’s “Chamber Music” (1962), performed by Drake Driscoll, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Class of 2018. The “music” resides in her movements within the bag, in the sound it makes, and in the sequences of shapes and forms it assumes.