Welcome to the Department of Art Theory & Practice (AT&P) at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Northwestern University. The department has both an undergraduate program, offering a baccalaureate degree, and a graduate program, offering a Masters of Fine Arts degree.
upcoming public events
Senior Thesis Exhibition from the Department of Art Theory & Practice
May 10—June 13, 2013
Opening Reception: May 10, 6-8 pm
First Floor, Norris Center
1999 Campus Drive
The Dittmar Gallery features Glossolalia, May 10 – June 13, a group exhibition showcasing the culminating work of this year’s senior class of Art Theory and Practice majors at Northwestern University. Featuring artwork by Madeline Amos, Kyle Frost, Audrey Haque, Jason Pan, Andrew Paulson, Harrison Shih, Laura Shultz, Judy Suh, Alaya Turnbough, Wendy You, and Crystal Zhang, the selections in this exhibition explore different modes of constructing meaning in contemporary art.
Glossolalia is imagined language. Like speaking in tongues, the works in this exhibition engage with existing dialogues about representation by isolating, abstracting, combining, and inventing new vocabularies. Though the artists differ in their approaches, their work collectively presents a play on and questioning of interpretation.
Glossolalia will be on view May 10 to June 13, 2013, in the Dittmar Gallery in the Norris Center at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus. The opening reception is May 10, 6-8pm.
Opening reception: May 2, 2013, 5-7 pm
Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
This exhibition represents points of culmination and crisis that overlap within the art-making practices of Amanda Elise Bowles, Daniel Giles, Esau McGhee, and Matt Morris. The intensive research with which they have been engaged during their tenure in the Department of Art Theory and Practice situates the resulting artworks in a climate of rigorous critical thinking and a negotiation of today’s art worlds. Variously reflexive, incisive and contemplative, this exhibition poses fresh lines of inquiry into material conditions that give shape to our present and future.
Amanda Elise Bowles is a project-based artist who works in performance, installation and video. Her practice demarcates the studio as site for transmission and transformation; this is foremost engaged materially whereby substance and action allow for the emergence of performative gesturing and language play. In her current project, My_Space, Bowles explores digital platforms as an amateur ethnographer, using the constraints of the website Chat Roulette as the space for chance encounters.
Daniel Giles is an artist whose practice negotiates the spaces, tropes and artifacts of black cultural production and addresses the mediation and consumption of cultural fantasies. Employing a range of practices, Giles addresses sites of consumer display, public spectacle and the aesthetics of protest. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011.
Matt Morris is an artist and writer who uses photography, installation and other interventions into space to articulate the cultural positionality of the queer political subject within imbricated systems of control. Through tropes of both subtlety and excess, Morris renders visible the complex erotics that underlie social landscapes. He has presented work in Chicago, IL; Reims, France; Cincinnati, OH; San Antonio, TX; and Baton Rouge, LA. His writing has appeared in regional and international publications, including Art Papers, Sculpture, City Beat (Cincinnati, OH), Alice Blue Review, and Aeqai, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues and artist monographs. He is a transplant from southern Louisiana and holds a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati.
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