Richard M. Cooler to present “Religion Made Visible: The Traditional Sacred Art  of India”   

Richard M. Cooler to present “Religion Made Visible: The Traditional Sacred Art of India”  

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum and the Interdisciplinary Certification of Graduate Study in Museum Studies program will host a public lecture by Dr. Richard M. Cooler. Cooler, Professor Emeritus and former Director and Curator of the Center for Burma Studies at NIU, will present the illustrated program, Religion Made Visible: The Traditional Sacred Art of India that examines the concepts and visual means by which Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism are expressed in art and cultural objects from South Asia. The event takes place Wednesday, April 11 at 5:10 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 315 on NIU’s DeKalb campus. (more…)

All We are Breaking are Stones opens April 6 at the NIU Art Museum

All We are Breaking are Stones opens April 6 at the NIU Art Museum

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum opens All We are Breaking are Stones, an exhibition of work by Chicago artist Shaurya Kumar who reflects on loss, destruction, iconoclasm and marginalization. The raw materiality of his installations combined with the representation of architectural forms suggest ruin but are layered with notions of transformation and narrative. This show opens with a public reception on Thursday, April 5 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. that includes an Artist Gallery Talk with Shaurya at 6 p.m. in the Rotunda Gallery. (more…)

Reclaimed Baggage at the  NIU Art Museum Navigates Cultural Identity and Migration — On View March 27

Reclaimed Baggage at the NIU Art Museum Navigates Cultural Identity and Migration — On View March 27

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum opens Reclaimed Baggage, a group exhibition of seven South Asian American women artists that reveals layered, complex and powerful expressions of the self and their world. Their work addresses displacement, identity and agency. Guest-curated by interdisciplinary and conceptual artist Nirmal Raja, the show opens to the public March 27, 2018 with a public Reception on Thursday, March 29th from 5 to 6:30 p.m. that includes a Panel Discussion with artists from the show starting at 6:40 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 315. (more…)

NIU Art Museum’s biennial NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition opens Nov. 16

NIU Art Museum’s biennial NIU School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition opens Nov. 16

The Northern Illinois University Art Museum opens the biennial School of Art and Design Faculty Exhibition on Thursday, November 16, 2017 with a public reception from 5 – 7 p.m. Presented every two years, this invitational show features recent artwork and scholarship by current faculty and teaching staff from all divisions of the NIU School of Art and Design and highlights the artistry, research, and instruction found at NIU. The exhibition runs through December 16, 2017 and reopens January 16 through February 23, 2018. (more…)

Visiting Artist Lecture – Letha Wilson, August 28

Visiting Artist Lecture – Letha Wilson, August 28

NIU Photography and the NIU Art Museum, are presenting the exhibition Objectifying the Photograph, August 29 through October 20 at the Art Museum in Altgeld Hall.

A visiting artist lecture with Letha Wilson will be held Monday, August 28 in Altgeld Hall 102 at 5:00 p.m.

About Letha Wilson: 

Letha was born in Hawaii, raised in Colorado, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She received her BFA from Syracuse University, and her MFA from Hunter College in New York City. Letha attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2009, and her artwork has been shown at many venues including MASS MoCA, Art in General, DeCordova Sculpture Park, Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and International Center for Photography.
Letha’s work has been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, the New York Times, The New Yorker, among others. Letha has been awarded artist residencies at Yaddo, The Farpath Foundation (France), Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program.  In 2014 she was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Photography and chosen as the Deutsche Bank Fellow, and was awarded a Jerome Foundation Travel Grant. Currently Letha has several works at Mass MoCA for the In The Abstract group exhibition, and a large-scale outdoor sculpture for the Platform series at DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA; both exhibitions are on view through Spring 2018.
Hosted by NIU Photography and the NIU Art Museum in conjunction with the exhibition Objectifying the Photograph curated by Jessica Labatte and Mike Rea.