Fall 2016 Block Cinema Lineup Released

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Join us this fall for a season of cinema unlike any other! This season’s moving, riotous and thought-provoking offerings include an extensive program of Iranian films presented in conjunction with the museum’s Salaam Cinema! 50 Years of Iranian Movie Posters exhibition. The fall program will also feature two screenings with NFL star, 1970s action-hero and […]

Block Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Milk Strainer), Mona Hatoum

Title: Untitled (Milk Strainer)

Artist: Mona Hatoum (1952- )

Nationality: Palestinian

Date: 1996

Medium: Wax Paper

Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Neal Meltzer; 2015.8.10. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin Gallery.

Title: Untitled (Milk Strainer) Artist: Mona Hatoum (1952- ) Nationality: Palestinian Date: 1996 Medium: Wax Paper Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Neal Meltzer; 2015.8.10. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin Gallery. Curator Francis Morin invited Mona Hatoum to spend the summer of 1996 at the […]

Announcing Fall 2016 Program Lineup

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From tracing the building, to tracking transience, to transforming the museum field we are thrilled to announce a vibrant season of discussions, tours, and performances hosted by leading artists, filmmakers and thinkers from around the world. Mark your calendar to join these “inquisitive travelers” at the Block Museum this fall. Opening Celebration: Five Takes on […]

Present Tense Pamphlets Look to the History and Future of Score-Based Performance

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During the Block Museum’s Spring 2016 symposium “Performed in the Present Tense” artists Mashinka Firunts and Danny Snelson, shared an open call for a unique series of artists scores, a project they dubbed the Present Tense Pamphlets.  In the tradition of Charlotte Moorman’s Avant-Garde Festivals, Dick Higgins’ Great Bear Pamphlets, and La Monte Young’s An Anthology of Chance Operations, […]

Block Museum announces the publication of “Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures” by artist Geof Oppenheimer

Interior page view of exhibition catalog, Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures (2016), Northwestern University Block Museum of Art

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University celebrates the release of Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures, the first substantive publication on the work of the artist Geof Oppenheimer. Published in conjunction with his 2015 exhibition of the same name, the catalog documents the artist’s original commissions for the Block Museum and considers […]

Block Collection Spotlight: Untitled, #49, Laura Letinsky

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 Title: Untitled, #49 Artist: Laura Letinsky (1962- ) Nationality: Canadian Date: 2002 Medium: Archival inkjet print Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds contributed by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross; 2014.1k Image Credit:  Copyright by Laura Letinsky; February 27, 2015. Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery Set in an interior space, a […]

Outing Queer Fluxus: Geoffrey Hendricks and David Getsy in Conversation (Full Audio)

Photos by: Sean Su @[203867963313063:0]

A prominent member of the Fluxus movement and a legendary organizer of 60’s era Happenings, American artist Geoffrey Hendricks’s art communicates a fascination with nature, collaborative rituals, and the performance of gender and sexuality in public life. A frequent performer at Charlotte Moorman’s Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, Hendricks’ work was display in the Block Museum […]

Graduate fellow C.C. McKee on “Keep the Shadow” exhibition examining mourning during the AIDS crisis

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On September 17th, 2016 the Block Museum will open the exhibition Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis in the Katz Gallery. This unique exhibition curated by Block Museum fellow C.C. McKee, juxtaposes objects and artworks related to mourning from the Victorian Era and with those created during the AIDS crisis. […]

Curator Janet Dees Profiled in Artslant

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Art writer Lee Ann Norman profiled four Chicago-based curators in her July 2016 article Chicago Curators Are Expanding the Cultural Conversation from the Inside Out. Focusing on Yesomi Umolu of the Logan Center at the University of Chicago, independent gallerist Erin Gilbert, and Naomi Beckwith of the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as Block Museum curator Janet […]