DATA Exhibition Suite opens at NIU Art Museum March 28

DEKALB – The Northern Illinois University Art Museum’s spring DATA Exhibition Suite delves into the array of manner in which data surrounds us, impacts us and is interpreted. Four exhibitions open on March 28 with a public opening reception from 5 – 8 p.m. with informal artist gallery talks beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Museum staff members, Exhibition Advisory Committee and guest co-curator Richard Siegesmund, Professor of Art+Design Education in the NIU School of Art and Design, assembled a range of artists engaged with data visualization in the BIG/-driven/Visualized… exhibition. From the enormous amount of bytes of information constantly being produced, collected and analyzed; to the notion that decisions are made objectively when based on data; to the nuanced means of making numerical information comprehensible and compelling through graphic and physical representation, BIG/-driven/Visualized… explores the data in our lives.

Included in the Suite are three Graduate Museum Studies student-curated exhibitions with support and guidance from Instructor Peter Van Ael. Mindful & Aspirational Projection Systems presents mapping data with a local twist; From Beginning to End? suggests data is the fabric of life and universe while asking, “does it last forever?”; and The What and How explores the value of data, its neutrality and manipulation. All exhibitions are on view March 28 through May 17 with a series of related thematic programming events, artist lectures and informal curator talks. The DATA Exhibition Suite is sponsored in part by Northern Public Radio WNIJ/WNIU.

Additional Exhibition Support

Artwork and objects for the DATA exhibition suite are on loan from the exhibiting artists; the James B. and Rosalyn L. Pick Museum of Anthropology; the Map Collection of the Rare Books and Special Collections and Regional History Center and University Archives, Founders Memorial Library at NIU.


Calendar of Events

Thursday, March 28

A public reception will be held from 5-8 p.m. in the Art Museum. Informal talks by exhibiting artists in the gallery start at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 2

Informal gallery talk with curator Richard Siegesmund, professor of art education & design on BIG, -driven, Visualized will be held from 5:10-6:30 p.m., in the Art Museum.