Simran Bhalla on the incendiary films of India’s “Ministry of Light”

Can cinema make you a good citizen? For a half century, the Indian government hoped so: until 1994, they required commercial cinemas to screen twenty minutes of state-sponsored content before the feature presentation, forcing its movie-mad people to absorb information about the country’s progress and development. In the 1960s, the organization that produced these shorts—Films […]

Northwestern’s Interdisciplinary Strength Shines at Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architectural Biennial runs Sept. 16, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018 EVANSTON, Ill. — When the Chicago Architecture Biennial kicks off Sept. 16, Northwestern University’s strengths in interdisciplinary study, global research and collaboration will be on full display. From a large-scale art installation to lectures by faculty and internationally-renowned guest artists, all programs will focus […]

Block Museum Work on View At Tate Modern

Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history The Block Museum of Art is proud to have one of its newest acquisitions, Jeff Donaldson’s 1967 Study for the Wall of Respect [Miles Davis], on display in the landmark exhibition Soul of A Nation: Art in […]

Art + Engineering: Dario Robleto on the shared quest of art and science [Video]

Dario Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist, storyteller, and “citizen-scientist” whose research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war, and American history. Since 1997, Robleto has exhibited his work in museums and galleries across the United States, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of […]

Poets Respond to the art of Romare Bearden at the Block [Audio]

In Spring 2017, the Block was honored to host the book release event for the Northwestern University Press publication “Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden” Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African […]

Bisi Silva on building sustainable contemporary arts organizations in Nigeria [Video]

The Block Museum’s Visual Vanguard series offers conversations with a new generation of innovative arts leaders working internationally and transforming how we experience art today. In April 2017 the Block welcomed Bisi Silva as a guest of this powerful series which has also included Abdellah Karroum of Mathaf: Qatar and Thom Collins of the Barnes […]

Art + Engineering: Pedro Reyes on the beauty of non-directed research [Video]

Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political issues. The artist’s works integrate elements of theater, psychology and activism and take on a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures (Capulas, 2002-08) to puppet productions (Baby Marx, 2008; The Permanent Revolution, 2014). In 2008 Reyes commenced Palas por […]