“Generation 00: Cultural Practices before the Middle East Uprisings” colloquium with Abdellah Karroum

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What role did artists and artistic production have in the political upheaval of the Arab Spring and related social and political movements?  The Block Museum will expand this question over three days of conversation with Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.  As an organization Mathaf explores and celebrates art by Arab […]

Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory – Exhibition Opening Day [VIDEO]

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From January 21 to April 16 Kader Attia’s Reflecting Memory will be on display at the Block Museum. Attia’s exploration of cultural differences, specifically concepts of trauma and repair, afforded him the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp at the Centre Pompidou. The work being shown at the Block is based in part on his research at […]

Themes of protest and dissent unite a season of cinema

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This winter the Block Museum presents two unique film series which stand at the intersection of artistry and politics. Block Cinema selections this season offer experimental and independent views of protest movements, unsanctioned narratives, and methods of celebrating the struggle for justice.  The historic videos and films on display document varied forms of protest and […]

‘If You Remember, I’ll Remember’ poses timely questions

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Contemporary group art exhibition explores purposes and processes of remembering Explores themes of mourning, civil rights, internment, war and love Engages with 75th anniversary of Japanese-American Internment and 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Loving v. Virginia case Ongoing through June 18, exhibition is a site for collective conversation, meeting and remembrance Artists convene for […]

Collection Spotlight: Project Diaspora, Omar Victor Diop

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Omar Victor Diop (b. 1980) Nationality: Senegalese Date: 2014 Medium or technique: Pigment inkjet prints on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper Image Credit: © Omar Victor Diop, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris. The Block Museum acquired two photographs by the contemporary Senegalese photographer Omar […]

Announcing Winter 2017 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 […]

Scholars of Iranian Film Speak at Lucid Figurations Symposium [AUDIO]

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On November 17 & 18th, 2016 renowned international scholars and artists convened at the Block Museum to discuss the art of movie poster design, the art and industry of film, and the unique culture of cinephilia in Iran. This symposium, Lucid Figurations: Iranian Movie Poster & Film Art served as the capstone event of the […]

Acclaimed artist Kader Attia to unveil solo exhibition at Block Museum

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First solo show in Chicago for 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize winner Exhibition inspired by cross-disciplinary research at Northwestern Jan. 21 opening reception includes a public conversation with the artist Artist commission from Block Museum premiered at Centre Pompidou Internationally-acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, known for provocative exhibitions exploring colonial legacies, will unveil a solo exhibition […]

Collection Spotlight: Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, Komar & Melamid

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Komar & Melamid (Vitaly Komar; Aleksander Melamid, (Russian, born 1943; Russian, born 1945) Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, 1986 Color lithograph and photolithograph Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Curated Prints, Ltd. 2011.15.4 As artists in the Soviet Union, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid gained recognition for their ironic adaptation […]

The New York Times Names Block Exhibition to list of “The Best Art of 2016”

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On December 7, 2016 The New York Times arts critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith shared their selections for the best art of the year.  Cotter reflected on the shows he reviewed throughout the year that have stayed with him, particularly in a complex political climate. At number 7, Cotter calls out the continued relevance of […]