Exhibit Open: May 14 - June 18, 2010 Opening Reception: Friday, May 14th, 6-8pm
Northwestern University's Art Theory and Practice Department presents a group show
featuring the several undergraduate art majors at the Dittmar Memorial Gallery. The
show will primarily feature installation works, although 2-D media and other forms will
be represented. The senior artists and several of their professors will be present at the
opening to discuss the work.
Artist Bios: Laura Cohen is a senior double major in dance and Art Theory and Practice, who spent last spring at Goldsmiths University of London where she learned to be fashionable. The core of her work involves perceptions of childhood and violence through the simultaneous act of destruction and creation. Her process is to go through massive periods of collecting objects alternating with huge moments of dispersal in which she will place collected items carefully in specific arrangements -often based upon some preset mythology (such as Star Wars or The Lord of The Rings)- and then throw and break things. Witnesses are invited to break things as well, or bring items to be broken. One thing that interests her is the release or sense of satisfaction that comes with smashing a plate or a ukulele and the potential for spontaneity.
Margy LaFreniere is an artist, social change advocate, and aspiring educator. When she makes art, she works mainly in performance. Her work deals with personal reflection on large social structures, focusing on truth, voice, and contradiction.
Jessica Palo is simply an artist; Allan Kaprow could not have said it better. “Young artists of today need no longer say, “I am a painter” or “a poet” or “a dancer.” They are simply “artists.” All of life will be open to them.” When she makes art she uses whatever means necessary to best portray her ideas. There is no knowledge before need. Most of her work focuses on the idea of essence and its relation to people and the concept of race. She was born in West Africa and raised in Ames, Iowa. Growing up she was never treated indifferently by her peers because of her race or heritage. Their indifferent treatment towards her triggered an interest in the concept of race and the placement it holds in society. Jessica alludes to race in her work only as a means to deny it. There are so many different directions the subject matter can take. She is constantly engaging, moving and evolving her work like many have done before me and will do so after. Jessica will be graduating this June with an Art Theory and Practice degree.
Allison Putnam rides her bike through Chicago absorbing the systems of urban life and synthesizes them with urban plans, maps and objects to make paintings and installations.
Lynn Stransky primarily creates work about gender issues, more specifically the hegemonic ideals of heteronormativity that plague western society. Stransky’s preferred mode of expression is painting, although she dabbles in photography and most recently, in relational aesthetics work.
Kyle Tidd was born in 1987, two years before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Following graduation he will remain in Chicago for one year. He once worked at the Unicorn Café in Evanston, Illinois. His influences include Shinto architecture, the late writings of Franz Kafka, and the Internet. He is left-handed.
Jessica Wiener takes herself very seriously. Her art often comes from a place of childhood fantasy. She pursues the idea of fantasy further in her piece by investigating representation, identity and desire through a journalistic and humorous presentation of personal connections made over the internet.
Max Wilson was born south of the Mason Dixon, but now he lives
just across the river from Portland, Oregon, where it’s not as humid in
the summer. Recently, he has been focusing on performance and video
work, but he still appreciates well-made objects. In June, Max will
graduate with dual degrees from the Radio Television and Film department, and the Art Theory and Practice department, after which
time he will continue to make work in Chicago while earning a living at
some yet to be determined venue. Please direct all job offers to:
Exhibit Open: March 31st - May 8th, 2010 Opening Reception: Thursday, April 1st, 6-8pm
In Spring Cloud I present a matrix, a filter for light to play through. I use the gallery as a space where perceptions are challenged, an opportunity to experience an environment. It is not a moment of walking into a space to gaze upon an object on a wall. It presents an opportunity to experience an environment, to study the relationship between light and form, between space and viewer. The viewer is required to be active, to participate with the space,
to turn one's head to see a certain angle, to lie on the floor to gain a new vantage point, to move around the space to
discover the continuously unfolding atterns and rhythms. Spring Cloud presents an imagined micro view of the cloud structure, crystalline droplets being played upon by light, translated to a macro scale. The light plays with the natural opacity of the velum from which the droplets are constructed, creating layers upon layers of cast shadows. -Mark Rumsey
Exhibit Open: February 12 - March 17, 2010 Opening Reception and Keynote Lecture: Fri., February 12, 6:00 - 8:00pm Lecture by AfriCOBRA member Dr. Michael Harris Panel Discussion: Wed., February 17, 5:00 - 7:00pm Chicago Black Arts Movement Past, Present and Future: Wed., February 24, 5:00 - 7:00pm A Poetry Reading by Dr. Haki Madhubuti and Tara Stringfellow (NU, 2008)
In 1968, a group of artists, many of them either from or residing in Chicago, came together to discuss the premise that Black visual art has innate and intrinsic creative components that are characteristic of the culture. They called themselves AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists.) The artists who were present at the meeting consisted of painters, printmakers, textile designers, dress designers, photographers and sculptors who felt that their visual expression was definitely affected by the fact that they were Black and that their Blackness contributed a specific quality to their visual expression.
Once the artists concluded that they had specific visual qualities intrinsic to African American culture, the following aesthetic principles were agreed upon: bright colors, the human figure, lost and found line, and the lettering and images which they agreed identified the social, economical and political conditions of African Americans. These AfriCOBRA artists felt that a collective effort was possible under a common philosophy and a common system of aesthetic principles. They all noted that their work had a message: it was not fantasy or art for art's sake, it was specific and functional by expressing statements about their existence as Black people.
One of the goals of this exhibition is to demonstrate how AfriCOBRA is just one of the many artistic organizations with connections to Chicago that has influenced African American visual artistic production on the national level.
"Beethoven, Bach and the Composers Sleeping in the Coffin" and Artist Made Books
Exhibit Open: January 6 - February 8, 2010 Reception: Thursday, January 7, 6:00 - 8:00pm
For the past several years, Luke Tauber has been working on a series of collaborative projects with Chicago-based artists Marc Fischer, John Grod, Jennifer Mannebach, and Kerry Hagy. His particular interests lay in classical composers, deceased family members and Western funeral practices.
In “Beethoven, Bach and the Composers Sleeping in the Coffin,” Tauber has extensively researched the lives, musical works and deaths of the composers Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Schumann in order to reconstruct their mausoleums and grave sites. In a variety of media, Tauber depicts the graves of his mother and father in the Evergreen cemetery in Arizona, as well as the grave of Beethoven in Vienna.
The Artist Made Book show is a collection of books created by artists local to the Chicago area. Through a range of materials and content these artist's works represent the diversity of Chicago's creative sensibilities and the importance of supporting local communities. The Artists included in the show are:
Betsy Maria Zacsek
Luke Tauber's - Beethovens corpse
Chris Tyre's - Take Open Experience
5 Plus Genres of Chinese Art: Traditional and Contemporary
Exhibit Open: November 4 - December 6, 2009 Reception: Thursday, November 5, 6:00 - 8:00pm
This exhibit features Chinese traditional painting, ink painting, folk art, photography and contemporary art by Master Artists in China, and is presented by the US China Peoples Friendship Association-Chicago Chapter as part of the Annual China Festival 2009 (ACF-09), hosted by Northwestern University.
Other ACF-09 events include the Annual China Symposium 2009, Saturday November 14, Norris University Center and the Beijing Performing Arts Gala 2009, Friday-Saturday, December 4-5, in Cahn Auditorium. More information is available at www.uscpfa.org/chicago and www.nbo.northwestern.edu This exhibit is co-sponsored by the Northwestern University Asian and Middle East Studies Program.
Images: Never Ending Love at Peony Pavillion, Blue And White-2, and Butterfly Kite.
Exhibit Open: October 4 - 30, 2009 Reception: Sunday, October 4, 3:00 - 5:30pm
“Unearthed” combines the talent of Kristy Deetz and Joseph Pintz. This exhibit celebrates the artistry of objects created from natural sources.
Kristy Deetz’s work is largely autobiographical. She tries to make what is
intangible, such as thoughts, feelings and experiences into objects that are
tangible thorugh her art. Her images interact to form visual metaphors for these intangibles. Kristy carves, burns and paints with encaustic on wooden surfaces. She also includes materials such as beeswax, twigs and other objects that change the surface of her work. A mixture of metaphor
and symbolism, Deetz explores the use of images on both physical and spiritual levels. Kristy Deetz has spent more than 20 years teaching full time and exhibiting her work. She is currently the Associate Professor
of Art (Painting and Drawing) at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay.
Joseph Pintz finds making functional pots a complex and satisfying endeavor.
He draws inspiration from a long tradition of potters who have responded to the
challenge of making pots that connect to our daily lives. Joseph has discovered
that the best examples of these historical pots serve as reminders of the
honesty, vision, passion and substance of their makers. He strives to impact
qualities in his pottery which represents the past and present, to the heart
as well as the intellect. Joseph Pintz, a native of Chicago, graduated in 1996
from Northwestern University. He received an MFA in Ceramics from the
University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He is currently teaches ceramics at Bowling
Green State University . Joseph Pintz is featured in the September, 2009
issue of Ceramics Monthly.
100 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Exhibit
Exhibit Open: September 10 - 29, 2009 Reception: Thursday, September 24, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Since its establishment in 1909, the McCormick School of Engineering has sought excellence in achieving its two parallel missions: to produce new knowledge and to engage and educate students. The history of McCormick shows that real-world problem solving has been a hallmark of engineering education at Northwestern for at least a century. McCormick fosters a culture in which innovation is not only encouraged, but expected. It is a culture that still thrives today, driving new initiatives, research discoveries, and superior education. On display in this exhibit are archival photographs and video presentations that document McCormick’s history, while providing insight to current activity.
Iain Fraser "missed places" • Robert Logan “Constructivists Chicago”
”Another Extraordinary Rendition” by Iain Fraser
Untitled by Robert Logan
Exhibit Open: March 30 - May 6, 2009 Reception: Friday, April 3, 6:00-8:00 PM
Iain Fraser: “missed places”
What kinds of places for people could we imagine if we were to embrace the legacy of our infrastructure, incorporate the machineries that support our societies, love the mechanisms that subtend our expected quality of life? What if we made them part of our vocabulary of place making? What if they replaced our nostalgia for a bucolic and pre-industrial past (an image that probably never existed)? What if we invest in a whole-hearted search for surprising places in the infrastructures that we have made, but ignored and denied? They are there, in the servant machinery that has commanded so much of our energy and treasure, and so little of our affection.
Robert Logan: "Constructivists Chicago"
“Constructivist Chicago” celebrates the strengths of a great city, as expressed in a
variety of its structures. This project started for Logan a few years ago, when
driving north of Chicago Avenue on Halsted Street; he was stopped by traffic on
the Chicago River Bridge, and chanced to look west. There stood the working
structures of the Material Service Company, full of raw power, combined with a
rare grace. The configuration of industrial buildings expressed a beautiful
symphony of black and white forms. After a period of photographic exploration
of that structural delight, came the desire to seek some of the same feeling in the
City’s center. Finding it was the excitement. Capturing it with medium format
film was his challenge.
May 14 - June 29, 2009 Reception: Thursday, May 14,
Lauren Pond | Sarah-Richelle Lemas | Trudi Antoine | Lauren Redding | Renee Calvert
Jasmin Chang | Andrew Karas | Joyce Kim | Jillian Putnam | Mary Jo Madda
Yana Myaskovkaya | Karinna Gomez | Debi Nafis | Rachele Ohare
Tiffany Wells | Adam Stehura
2009-10 Dittmar Gallery Schedule
Dates of Exhibit
Artist(s) & Exhibit Name
9/10 - 29
100 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science Exhibit
10/4 - 30
“Unearthed” - Kristy Deetz and Joseph Pintz
11/4 - 12/6
Bejing Masters Exhibit
1/6 - 2/8
"Beethoven, Bach and the Composer Sleeping in the Coffin" and "Artist Made Books"
(Must be an NU student or recent alum. Each exhibit will be on display between 1 – 2 weeks)
About Dittmar Memorial Gallery
Statement of Purpose
Dittmar Memorial Gallery, established at Norris University Center in 1972, is a student-operated gallery whose genuine concern is to expose, enlighten and challenge the Northwestern University community with the serious work of fine emerging female and minority artists in the local and surrounding areas. The staff at Dittmar is dedicated to fostering and developing an awareness of the changing attitudes and trends in the art world by bringing artists who work in the contemporary vein, as well as artists who offer an alternative perspective that hinges on the periphery of the art world. In essence, the goals of Dittmar Memorial Gallery coincide with the philosophy of providing well-deserved exposure to those who would not necessarily get exposure in the mainstream art world.
How to Submit
Dittmar Memorial Gallery welcomes submissions through a formal review process. Each May, the submissions committee meets to review submissions and select a season of artists for the following academic year.
In your complete submission, include
At least 5 images that demostrate the work you are proposing for a show or past work with a proposal for new work.
Work list for the images including title, medium, size, and year.
Any awailable contact.
Mail your submission to:
Dittmar Memorial Gallery
Norris University Center
1999 Campus Drive
Evanston, Illinois 60208