NIU alumna Frances Whitehead — designist, embedded artist, environmentalist, futurist — is ARTLab’s first guest of the fall season.
Whitehead will visit NIU at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building to present examples of her inspiring site-specific work, projects that exist at the intersection of public policy, environmental reclamation and aesthetic experience.
She also will briefly introduce the concept of the “Living Laboratory,” a project hoped to become a platform for collaboration between ARTLab and NIU’s new Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy.
The “Living Laboratory in DeKalb” will be the subject of an upcoming ARTLab Salon with Whitehead as facilitator.
Meanwhile the Fall Salon Series will meet at 6 p.m. Artists and scholars will present their research for discussion. Upcoming speakers include Melissa Lenczewski and Michael Genovese.
ARTlab is an extension of NIU’s School of Art with a focus on the collaborative: working across disciplines to investigate contemporary currents in — and intersections between — art and culture.
As an active think-tank or incubator, ARTLab builds research, dialogue, programming and pedagogy a round a yearly theme, working toward public presentation of collective research across the NIU campus and in conjunction with partner institutions. By identifying and addressing salient issues collectively, ArtLab works to stimulate new thinking, re-examine convention and circulate fresh ideas.
Call (815) 753-7876 for more information.