Effective 5 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Rockford Art Museum is temporarily closed until further notice—and all events, classes and programs at RAM are cancelled or postponed, due to COVID-19 and under recommendation of the Rockford Park District, the State of Illinois, Winnebago County Health Department and the City of Rockford. We are constantly monitoring news, guidelines and recommendations, as they change daily and sometimes hourly. Please regularly check our website, rockfordartmuseum.org, and Facebook page, facebook.com/rockfordartmuseum, for updates. 

SONIC DISRUPTIONS: BUISCH + HOGIN

Sponsored by Smith Charitable FoundationCommunity Foundation of Northern Illinois + Rockford Area Arts Council, programming supported in part by Women’s Art Board 

“MAD BUNNY: A LIFE IN THE WOODS”
ARTIST LECTURE WITH LAURIE HOGIN
TUE, FEB 18
 | 
6–7 PM, FREE 
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
 
Laurie Hogin's “Mad Bunny” is a recurrent image in her work, functioning by turns as political allegory, metaphor and alter ego. Imagining her production as Mad Bunny’s 30-year trip down a long, strange woodland trail, Hogin will discuss the evolution of her conceptual, aesthetic and material process, and answer questions. The talk’s title is a humorous reference to Felix Salton’s 1923 novel, Bambi: A Life in the Woods. This story about life, death, deep time, and interdependence in the natural world was among her childhood favorites. 

“THOUGHTS, STORIES, SONGS & SCREAMS”
ARTIST LECTURE WITH DERRICK BUISCH
 
TUE, MAR 31
 | 6–7 PM, FREE
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
 
Join us for an exclusive talk with exhibiting artist Derrick Buisch to learn about his work and view the feature exhibition through his eyes. 

“THE ART OF NATURAL HISTORY” LECTURE
TUE, MAY 5
 | 
6–7 PM, FREE
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
 
Go behind the scenes with us as we discuss the work on display in our special exhibit SELECTIONS ON LOAN FROM THE COLLECTION OF BURPEE MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY, on view February through May in Anderson Gallery on the lower level of Rockford Art Museum.
  
MOVIE MONDAY
NY77: THE COOLEST YEAR IN HELL 
MON, APR 13
 | DOORS OPEN 5:30, FILM BEGINS 6 PM 
$5 COVER, FREE FOR MEMBERS
 
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
 
Join us for a screening of one of exhibiting artist Laurie Hogin’s favorite films that explores the shared inspiration of music and art. Out of the chaos of New York City in 1977 emerged one of the most creative times any city has ever encountered; this documentary celebrates the emergence of hip hop, punk and disco, graffiti art, and sexual liberation during a time when the city had fallen into decay. (2007, 1 hr 27 min)

COFFEE WITH THE CURATOR 
FRI, MAY 15
 | 10–11 AM, FREE
COFFEE PROVIDED BY ROCKFORD ROASTING COMPANY
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
 
Get a behind-the-scenes look into the process of curating the feature exhibition with Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson.


FAMILY-FRIENDLY PROGRAMMING 

STORYTIME WITH ROCKFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
 
SAT, FEB 15, MAR 21
 | 10 AM–12 PM, FREE 
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD

Join the Rockford Public Library at RAM for storytime in the galleries followed by an art activity! In February we’ll read The Hug Machine by Scott Campbell, and in March we’ll read The Great Puppy Invasion by Alastair Heim.

FAMILY ART FUN DAYS!
FEB 17, MAR 20, APR 10 
10 AM–12 PM, FREE WITH ADMISSION
ROCKFORD ART MUSEUM 
711 N MAIN ST, ROCKFORD
 
Enjoy a free art activity in the RAM Art Annex, and create an exhibition-inspired masterpiece of your own to take home. All ages welcome!

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