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‘INsideOUT’ exhibition to open at Art Museum

October 6, 2010

Photo of sewing tools, yarnNIU’s Art Museum will present “INsideOUT,” a contemporary conceptual group exhibition metaphorically looking at fashion with all its implications: glamour, charm, distraction, absence, longing, memory, play, gender/class authority and technology/labor issues.

The exhibition will be open from Thursday, Oct. 21, through Saturday, Dec. 4.

The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21. Jean Marie Casberian and Mike Rea will be two of the artists speaking about their work between 6 to 7 p.m. that evening in Altgeld Hall 315.

Artists in this exhibition hail from Chicago, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and New York and work in sculpture, fiber, photography, video and installation. Artists featured include Jane Brucker, Casberian, Pate Conaway, Manuel Pardo, Rea and Diane Simpson.

INsideOUT was curated by Karen Brown, professor of drawing at the NIU School of Art and director of Bad Dog Gallery in DeKalb.

“Taken together, the works in this exhibition examine the garment as a signifier of status, a body substitute, a mnemonic device, an architectural construction, an invitation, a token of devotion and an historical joke,” Brown said. “These are only a tiny fraction of the possibilities.”

Located on the west-end first floor of Altgeld Hall, the galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours. Exhibitions and lectures are free; donations are appreciated.

The exhibitions of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum, and the Arts Fund 21.

For more information, visit or call (815) 753-1936.