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Calendar of Events and Programs

Spring 2015

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March 2015


Tuesday, March 24
Artist Talk with Bidou Yamaguchi
5 - 6 p.m., Altgeld 315

Tuesday, March 24
Opening Reception Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi 
6 - 8 p.m., Art Museum, Altgeld Hall
Opening Reception with live musical performance by members of the Chicago Koto Group playing traditional Japanese chamber music on shakuhachi (Japanese flute) and koto (Japanese zither).

Saturday, March 28
Don’t Forget: NIU Anime Club’s Fifth KAROSHI-CON
11 a.m., Holmes Student Center
Sponsored by the NIU Anime Society. Free! Pre-registration recommended: http://niuanime.club/karoshicon-prereg.html

Tuesday, March 31
Public Art Receptions in Altgeld Hall
4:30 - 6 p.m., 2nd, 3rd Floors Altgeld Hall and Art Museum
Amerimanga! Convention and Expression reception and student artwork on display in the President's and Provost's Office galleries. Reception sponsored by the Office of the President, NIU.

Tuesday, March 31
Lecture “The Manga Revolution: How Japanese Anime and Manga Changed the American Comic Industry Forever,” presented by Josh Elder
6 - 7 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315
Lecture presented by Josh Elder, author, graphic novelist, syndicated cartoonist, and founder of Reading with Pictures, an organization that advocates the role of comics in reading and education.

April 2015


Tuesday, April 7
Artist Talk with Jill Thompson
5 - 6 p.m., Visual Arts Building, Jack Arends Hall, room 102
Artist Talk presented by Jill Thompson, a multiple Eisner Award winner named the National Cartoonist Society's 2011 Best Comic Book Artist.

Friday, April 10
Buddhist Art of Kashmir exhibition at the Block Museum of Art and stop at Patel Brothers Market
Get-on-the-Bus trip to Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and its Legacies presenting an original and innovative look at the region of Kashmir, as well as how it has been “collected” over time. Opportunity to purchase ingredients to prepare your own Indian/Pakistani feast at Patel Brothers Market as well as to sample treats at a Himalayan restaurant. Bus departs NIU School of Art Parking Lot at 10:30 a.m. with return arrival at 8:30 p.m. Transportation fees: NIU Art Museum Members: $18; St/Sr non member: $20; Other: $25. Museum entry is free but meal and incidental costs on your own. Limited to 24 participants. Pre-registration/Payment deadline: Wednesday, 04/08/15.

Friday, April 17
Japanese Prints of the Art Institute of Chicago followed by shopping trip to Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights
Get-on-the-Bus trip with private viewing of highlights from the Japanese prints collection at the Art Institute of Chicago with AIC Curator Janice Katz. Time to explore world class galleries featuring works from Asia, Southeast and South Asia and a newly installed Middle Eastern Gallery. Opportunity to discover more about Japanese culture with a shopping excursion to the extensive Japanese market, Mitsuwa Market. Bus departs NIU School of Art Parking Lot at 8:30 a.m. with return arrival at 6:45 p.m. Transportation fees: NIU Art Museum Members: $12; St/Sr non member: $15; Other: $18. Museum admission, meals, and incidentals on your own. AIC members have free admission to the Art Institute; Museum General ticket admission: Adult: $23; St/Sr: $17. Limited to 20 participants. Pre-registration/Payment deadline: Wednesday, 04/01/15

Wednesday, April 22
Lecture, “The Afterlife of Appropriation” presented by Sarah Evans
5 - 6 p.m., Altgeld Hall 315
“The Afterlife of Appropriation” a slide lecture by Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, NIU who examines art of the 1970s and its contributions to postmodernism, will discuss appropriation art which reuses and references borrowed images.The Afterlife of Appropriation” a slide lecture by Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art History, NIU.

Saturday, April 25
Make Your Own Mask
1 - 4 p.m., Art Museum
Mask-making Workshop for 2015 Artigras! with gallery component followed by hands-on activity led by Eric Fuertes of Barb City Initiative. Age 13 and up. Limited participants and pre-registration required. For registration details please call 815-753-1936.

Thursday, April 30
Film Screening and Discussion of Akira Kurasawa’s 1957 classic Throne of Blood
7 - 10 p.m., Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb
Film screening and discussion with NIU History and Language Professors E. Taylor Atkins and John R. Bentley moderating this Japanese re-interpretation of Macbeth. $7 adults; $5 student/senior/NIU Art Museum Member. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


May 2015


Saturday, May 2
Art Museum Open Late for Artigras!
12 – 6 pm, Art Museum, Altgeld Hall
The Art Museum stays open late, 12-6 pm as part of 2015 Artigras!, the NIU & City of DeKalb Celebration of the Arts. Visit http://niu.edu/artigras for more details.

Tuesday, May 12
Film Screening of Spirited Away, Hayao Miyazaki’s 2001 Anime Feature
7:15 - 9:30 p.m., Montgomery Hall Auditorium
Anime classic fantasy of a ten-year old girl’s journey to a new neighborhood where she must free her parents after they are transformed into pigs by the witch, Yubaba.

Wednesday, May 13
Film Screening of Lone Wolf & Cub: Sword of Vengeance, 1972
7:15-9:30 p.m., Montgomery Hall Auditorium 
A dramatic film directed by Kenji Misumi based on award-winning manga graphic novel which depicts a wandering, for-hire Ronin assassin and his young son in Edo period Japan.

Saturday, May 30
Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford
Get-On-The-Bus Trip with Teppanyaki lunch at a Japanese restaurant followed by afternoon at the glorious Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford ranked among the highest quality and most authentic Japanese gardens in North America. Bus departs NIU School of Art Parking Lot at 10:00 a.m.; Return arrival at 6:00 p.m. Transportation and Garden admission included: NIU Art Museum Members: $20; St/Sr non member: $22; Other: $25. Lunch costs and incidentals on your own. Please note: Garden paths are uneven. Registration/Payment deadline: Thursday, 05/21/15