Type: Art & Culture, Art Museums, Cultural Venues, Museums
The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art on Northwestern University's campus nails its aim to be a "dynamic, imaginative and innovative" institution with the winter exhibit, "William Blake and the Age of Aquarius." Unrecognized during his lifetime, the English painter and poet's influence is vast among contemporary poets, songwriters, filmmakers, writers and artists. Walt Whitman, Alan Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, James Joyce, Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs are just some of the artists who claim Blake as inspiration. See how Blake's art and ideas were consumed by American visual artists from the end of World War II through the 1960s. The last section of the exhibit is all about Blake's famous phrase "the Doors of Perception" from which the band, The Doors, purportedly took its name. The exhibit runs through March 11, 2018 and admission is free.
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
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Things to Do in December: "The museum's in house cinema program screens classic and contemporary films you just can't see at the mall theater anymore."
Best for Things to Do in December Because: It's a great place to feed your head and expand the old gray matter in a completely legal way.