Visual Music and Sound Exhibition Suite Events

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Visual Music and Sound Exhibition Suite Events

Altgeld Hall 116, First floor, West end
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
60115 DeKalb

March 29th, 2011 - May 14th, 2011

Other (outside areas listed)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday Noon - 7 p.m.; Sunday Noon - 4 p.m.
IL, Northern Illinois University DeKalb
free unless otherwise indicated


March 29 – May 14, 2011

Wassily Kandinsky: Klänge:  Highlights of the 1913 artist’s book Klänge (Sounds) by a pioneer of abstraction in visual art, Wassily Kandinsky.  These woodcuts are evocative of the rhythms of music and speech and will be displayed with examples of their corresponding poems.

Notations 21: A display of contemporary, international, non-traditional music scores curated by New York composer/musicologist Theresa Sauer, author of an anthology inspired by John Cage’s Notations (1968).

Sheet Music and Record Albums: Graphics of Their Time: The styles, concerns, and issues of various 20th century eras are explored through the combination of musical genres and period graphics.


April 8 – May 14, 2011

Music to My Eyes: Explores musical instruments as a worldwide cultural means of expression, sound and story.  Organized by students enrolled in Exhibition Interpretation, a graduate-level Museum Studies Course.

Special Events – free and open to the public unless otherwise noted:

Thursday, March 31, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Museum, Opening Reception.

Thursday, March 31, 6:00 p.m., Kandinsky lecture by  Eva Maria Worthington, Worthington Gallery, Chicago, Altgeld 315.

Thursday, March 31, 8 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building, Visual Music, Enjoy a Concert of works employing nontraditional music notation, Featuring compositions by John Cage, Kyong Mee Choi, NIU’s Robert Fleisher, Paul Paccione, and Theresa Sauer.

Thursday, April 7, 4:30-7:00 p.m., Museum, Music to My Eyes Opening Reception with performances by the NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble with special guest Christopher Washburne in the Museum at 5 and the NIU ‘BauHouse with special guest Erin Lesser in the Grand Stairway at 6

Thursday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., Center for Latin and Latin American Studies (CCLAS) Book discussion with Christopher Washburne, author of Sounding Salsa

Friday, April 8, 12:15, Museum, North Gallery, Reading of Kandinsky’s Klänge Poems in GermanBy Katharina Barbe, Chair, Dept. of Foreign Languages

Friday, April 8, 8 p.m., Music Building Concert Hall, NIU Latin Jazz Ensemble (LJE) performance with special guest, Christopher Washburne

Saturday, April 9, 1 p.m., Museum Hallway, Listening to the sounds that inspired the graphics, Peter Olson, D.J. and curator

Saturday, April 9, 2:30-3:30, Museum, North Gallery, Color and Music Harmony, Children’s Workshop Limited to 10, Pre-registration Required. Ages 6-9, Parents welcome. 815-753-1936

Saturday, April 9, 7 p.m., Music Building Concert Hall, Christopher Washburne and SYOTOS

Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m., Music Building Concert Hall, NIU World Music Concert featuring NIU LJE and SYOTOS

Wednesday, April 13, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Altgeld 315, Material Culture and Museums as Places of Encounter, John Edward Terrell, the Regenstein Curator of Pacific Anthropology at the Field Museum of Natural History

Thursday, April 14, 12 noon, MLK Commons, Drum Circle (weather permitting)


Tuesday, April 19, 5:00 p.m., Museum Hallway, Listening to the sounds that inspired the graphics Peter Olson, D.J. and curator

Wednesday, April 20, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Altgeld 315, Museum Representations of the Other and Us: A Personal Reflection of an Exhibit Designer.  Rick Riccio, Riccio Exhibit Services; Eastern Illinois University; Illinois Association of Museums Region 2 Director

Saturday, May 7, 1:00-3:00 p.m., location tbd, Homegrown Music Children’s Workshop -Exploring music through household objects, Limited to 10, Pre-registration Required. Ages 7-11, Parents welcome. 815-753-1936

Please check the museum website for additional programming to be added.