Faculty & Staff Happy Hour with Visiting Artist Jen Bervin

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Kresge Centennial Hall

1880 Campus Drive

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Evanston, IL 60208

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Please join us for a happy hour welcoming artist-in-residence Jen Bervin to Northwestern. Bervin, whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science, and life, has been showcased at MassMoCA, Yale University Art Gallery, Getty Research Center, Walker Art Center, the Morgan Library and Museum among many others.

Jen Bervin’s 2018 Winter Quarter residency is hosted by the Block Museum of Art as part of the Kaplan Humanities Institute’s Artist in Residence program with additional program and teaching support provided by the Department of Art Theory and Practice, the Center for the Writing Arts, and Northwestern Libraries. In addition to connecting to Northwestern’s staff, faculty and students across disciplines, Bervin will conduct research for future art projects in Northwestern Libraries’ diverse collections—from its John Cage archives in the Music Library, to textiles and ancient manuscripts in the Melville J. Herskovits Africana Library.

Bervin’s residency will culminate in an interdisciplinary writing workshop for faculty and students using the Libraries’ collections. The workshop will be developed by the artist, the Block’s Susy Bielak, the Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director of Engagement/Curator of Public Practice, and Martin Antonetti, the Library’s Head of Distinctive Collections and a team of the Libraries’ curators and conservators. Participants will draw inspiration from library holdings, as well the architecture of the historic Deering and Main Libraries themselves, examples of the Collegiate Gothic and mid-century Brutalist styles.

Come help us welcome Jen to campus, learn more about her research interests and share your own. This will be a great chance to learn more about the workshop for yourself and your students.

Co-hosted by the Block Museum and Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Jen Bervin is an artist and poet whose research-driven interdisciplinary works weave together art, writing, science, and life in a complex yet elegant way. Her work explores the intersection of text and textiles in acts of reading, writing, listening through the lens of traditional craft and cutting-edge technology.” Her recent projects include Silk Poems, a poem written nanoscale in the form of a silk biosensor in collaboration with Tufts University’s Silk Lab. She is currently a SETI Institute Artist-in-Residence. The SETI program facilitates a cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas between artists and scientists who study life in the universe.

Bervin’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Des Moines Art Center and Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University and has been featured in group exhibitions at MASS MoCA, MCA Denver, The Power Plant in Toronto, and the Walker Art Center.

Bervin has published nine books, including Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems with Marta Werner. Her new book, Silk Poems, was released by Nightboat Books in Fall 2017.


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1880 Campus Drive

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Evanston, IL 60208

United States

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