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Art Museum plans reception, exhibition programming

March 27, 2014
Jaclyn Mednicov’s “Current Map,” mixed media, 2013

Jaclyn Mednicov’s “Current Map,” mixed media, 2013

The NIU Art Museum will host a joint reception for its exhibitions “Hoarding, Amassing and Excess” and “Looting, Hoarding, Collecting … ” from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3.

This event is free and open to the public.

Several exhibiting artists from “Hoarding, Amassing and Excess” will be around during the reception to give informal gallery talks about their work. Also, a site-specific performance will be presented in the South Galleries by artist Robert Reed.

NIU Museum Studies graduate student curators of Looting, Hoarding, Collecting … ” will also be available to discuss the content of their exhibition on the night of the reception. Refreshments will be served; conversation is encouraged.

In addition, visiting artists’ talks will be offered through the duration of the exhibition as a
part of the museum’s programming series. All of these talks will take place on the NIU campus.

  • J. Thomas Pallas will present “The Institute for Encyclopedic Amalgamation” from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Altgeld Hall 315.
  • Celeste Rapone will give a visiting artist’s lecture from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Room 103 of the Visual Arts Building.
  • Jaclyn Mednicov will work on her project “Sewing Up Loose Ends” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, in the Rotunda Gallery of the Art Museum.
Diane Rodgers

Diane Rodgers

Meanwhile, as a part of an ongoing lecture series, NIU Sociology Associate Professor Diane Rodgers will present her talk, “The Social Spaces of Hoarding,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in Altgeld Hall 315.

Rodgers will illustrate how culture plays a role in what is typically viewed as a psychological disorder. She maintains that hoarding is not a universal, mental condition and instead offers an alternative explanation. Come see this multi-media presentation reframing common perceptions of hoarding.

As a foil for the sociological perspective, Arielle P. Rogers, an NIU graduate student in the Department of Psychology, will present her views on the subject in her talk “Psychological Aspects of Hoarding: Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Factors that Contribute to Excessive Saving and Acquiring.”

Rogers will discuss her theories on psychological causation by outlining behavioral issues and genetic factors. This lecture begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in Altgeld Hall 315. Both talks are free and open to the public.

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