Block Museum’s Engagement Program Featured in “Next Practices in Partnership”

In May 2016 the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) released its field-wide survey of innovative art museum partnership practices Next Practices in Partnerships. The report is a compendium of 95 projects from AAMD’s membership demonstrating the many ways art museums work with different organizations and people to further their missions and benefit their communities. This is […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled from International Nickel series, W. Eugene Smith

  Title: Untitled from International Nickel series Artist: 
W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) Nationality: American Date: c. 1967-1968 Medium or technique: Silver Gelatin Print Image Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Richard L. Sandor in honor of Julie and Penny Sandor, 1986.1.2 At the end of the 1960s sociologists started using and […]

Art + Engineering: Jen Bervin on her poetic and material influences [Video]

In February the Block teamed up with Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering to present a conversation with artist Jen Bervin.   In Bervin’s recent project Silk Poems, she consulted nanotechnology and biomedical labs to fabricate a silk film with an ancient Chinese poem written in a six-character chain that corresponds to human DNA. The Block’s associate […]

Marie Watt takes on Ferocious Mothers and Wild Legacies in new Block Museum Commission [Video]

As part of the exhibition If You Remember, I’ll Remember the Block Museum of Art commissioned artist Marie Watt to create a new work, reflective of the exhibition’s themes of empathy and remembrance. Throughout Winter 2017 over 300 community members from Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago came together to lend their hands to the creation of […]

If You Remember, I’ll Remember – Opening Day Conversation [Video]

On February 4th, 2017 the Block Museum celebrated the opening of the exhibition If You Remember, I’ll Remember with artists Dario Robleto, Samantha Hill, Kristine Aono and Marie Watt in conversation with curator Janet Dees.  The title of the exhibition was lent to the exhibition by Dario Robleto in an essay which offers a weighty […]

Collection Spotlight: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), Lovis Corinth

Title: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), from the series Dance of Death (Totentanz) Artist: Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Nationality: German Date: 1921, published 1922 Medium: Etching, soft-ground etching and drypoint Credit: Gift of James and Pamela Elesh, 1999.21.13 Lovis Corinth was one of the best-known artists working in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany. Born in Tapiau and educated in […]

120,313 Nails Illustrate a Weighty American History [Video]

Thousands of visitors to the Block Museum of Art this Spring have had the opportunity to add a nail to the large scale installation The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest…  by artist Kristine Aono.  This major project was mounted to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which ordered the war-time internment of more […]

Block acquires 1967 study portrait for Wall of Respect by Jeff Donaldson

The exhibition We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement runs April 21 – June 18, 2017.  In conjunction with the exhibition the Block Museum is pleased to announce an important acquisition for the museum’s permanent collection. The museum has purchased a 1967 study portrait of trumpet player and band leader Miles Davis […]

Exhibition, Website, and Symposium trace colorful legacy of the Wall of Respect

Northwestern joins Chicago-wide effort in commemorating mural’s 50th anniversary “We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement,” a student-curated exhibit inspired by a mural that grew out of the Black Liberation Movement in the 1960s, will opened April 21, 2017 at the Block Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view […]

Block Museum and University Libraries collaborate on installation of Félix González-Torres work

In fall of 2016 the Block Museum presented Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis, an exhibition of art and objects which spoke to themes of bereavement and materiality.  The exhibition included artwork and relics from Northwestern University Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, the Block Museum collection, Chicago’s […]