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Visiting Artist Lecture: Aslı Çavuşoğlu


Monday, November 16, 6 pm


at the Gym
640 Lincoln St
Evanston, IL 60202


Aslı Çavuşoğlu's work utilizes different media to investigate silenced histories. These investigations (articulated through various media forms) revisit key moments in an effort to locate the relationship between rupture and continuity as consciousness and how related identities are constructed, and reconstructed. She has composed rap songs using words censored in the Turkish media and made a video of residents from a Turkish town re-enacting key events from a local socialist struggle that was crushed by the 1980 military coup. In recent work ‘The Stones Talk’ (2013) she delves into history to grant archaeological finds unearthed in excavations throughout Turkey a new voice; applying various forms of enhancement to remnants deemed too small or insignificant for museum display in order to lend them a new, decidedly more significant identity.

Recent solo shows include Murder in Three Acts at Delfina Foundation in London and Gallery NON in Istanbul (2013). Selected group shows include The Crime Was Almost Perfect at Wiite de With Center for Contemporart Art in Rotterdam (2014), Suspicious Minds at Galeria Vermelho in Sao Paulo (2013), Signs Taken in Wonder at MAK Museum in Vienna (2013), His Masters Voice at HMKV in Dortmund, Soundworks at the ICA in London (2012), Performa 11 in New York (2011), 7 Works at Borusan Contemporary in Istanbul (2011) and This Place You See Has No Size At All at Kadist Art Foundation in Paris (2009).


Visiting Artist Lecture: Mladen Dolar


Thursday, November 12, 7 pm


at the Gym
640 Lincoln St
Evanston, IL 60202


Mladen Dolar is a philosopher, cultural theorist, film critic and expert in psychoanalysis. Dolar was the co-founder, together with Slavoj Žižek and Rastko Močnik, of the Ljubljana school of psychoanalysis, whose main goal is to achieve a synthesis between Lacanian psychoanalysis and the philosophy of German idealism.

In 2010 Dolar began his tenure as an Advising Researcher in theory at the Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, The Netherlands. His main fields of expertise are the philosophy of G. W. F. Hegel (on which he has written several books, including a two-volume interpretation of Hegel's Phenomenology of Mind) and French structuralism. He is also a music theoretician and film critic.



Visiting Artist Lecture: Takeshi Murata


Friday, November 6, 7 pm


Pick-Laudati Auditorium

Block Museum

40 Arts Circle Dr


Screening part of Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation taking place at the Block Museum.

Takeshi Murata’s work bridges the traditions of abstract psychedelic cinema with contemporary computer animation, glitch techniques, and uncanny realism. His optically-seductive, culturally-critical, and consciousness-lacerating animation straddles both the worlds of contemporary art and experimental cinema. Murata’s films are challenging, weird, humorous, self-aware, and impressively visionary.


This screening is made possible by The Myers Foundations.



Visiting Artist Lecture: Andreas Angelidakis

Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm

at the Gym
640 Lincoln St
Evanston, IL 60202

Andreas Angelidakis straddles the line between art and architecture. In place of brick and mortar constructions are instead installation and exhibition pieces for the postdigital age, often curated and designed by Angelidakis himself. Recent exhibitions include The System of Objects: The Dakis Joannou Collection Reloaded by Andreas Angelidakisat the DESTE Foundation, Athens (2013); Every End is A Beginning at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (2014); Fin de Siècle at the Swiss Institute, New York (2014); and Period Rooms at the Niuewe Institut in Rotterdam(2015). His work will be on view at the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial.

This lecture is made possible by support from The Myers Foundations.


photo credit: Moira Ricci


October 10th, 2pm
McCormick Auditorium

Norris University Center

free and open to all

The Department of Art Theory & Practice presents pioneering video and performance artist Joan Jonas. Jonas, who represented the United States at the 2015 Venice Biennale, will discuss her current work, including her Biennale project. Trained in art history and sculpture, Joan Jonas is a central figure in the history of performance art. Her experiments and productions created in the late 1960s and early 1970s continue to be crucial to the development of many contemporary art genres, from performance and video to conceptual art and theater. Since 1968, her practice has explored ways of seeing, the rhythms of ritual, and the authority of objects and gestures.

She will be introduced by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor in Northwestern’s Department of Art Theory & Practice. Christov-Bakargiev is the curator of the 14th Istanbul Biennial and the Director of the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art and the Galleria Civica D’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Turin, Italy. Reception to follow at the Block Museum.


This program is sponsored by Northwestern’s Department of Art Theory and Practice's Visiting Artist Program with support from the Kreeger Wolf Endowment.