Why make art?

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© Courtesy of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art
Why make art?

Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
April 21st, 2012 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Tue, Sat-Sun 10-5; Wed-Fri 10-8


See the galleries transformed for a special evening to benefit the Block Museum & to welcome Lisa Corrin, the Block’s new Ellen Philips Katz Director A conversation with Lisa Corrin and artist Michael Rakowitz.

With your help, the Block Museum will purchase two monumental prints (each nearly 6 feet wide) by the artist during the evening. The works will be on display during the benefit.

Lisa Corrin became the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum in February 2012. After serving as chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery in London and the Seattle Art Museum, she most recently directed the Williams College Museum of Art. She has worked with an extensive list of internationally exhibited artists, including Fred Wilson, Richard Serra, and Louise Bourgeois, and is currently curating a project with Mark Dion for the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute that will open this spring in New York.

Michael Rakowitz is an associate professor of art theory and practice at Northwestern University and a practicing artist known for political and community-based art, often focusing on the west's relationship with Iraq. In his words: “I view my projects as performing a necessary disturbance or jolt in everyday experience that will maybe slowly change our relationship to a crisis or a problem.” Recently profiled in the " has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Tate Modern in London, and Istanbul Biennial. At the Block Museum he curated the exhibition.

Sarah Sze is an artist who constructs intricate architectural sculptures and installations from everyday objects. A MacArthur Fellow, Sze will represent the United States in the 2013 Venice Biennale. She has exhibited at the Asia Society Museum, High Line Park, and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. More information at