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

Picture1

 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

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 11.29.59 AM

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

20160711182837-Norman-top-01-1

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 […]

Meet Our Summer 2016 Interns

7a1d2754-4ad4-4315-a9f1-6b9da150b83b

We are thrilled to welcome four Northwestern University students as interns into the museum this summer.  As part of the Block Museum of Art internship program our students are conducting directed research on works of art in the permanent collection, preparing digital image archives, and planning for the coming seasons of public programs.  All Block Museum interns […]

Block Museum to present first major retrospective of artist Tseng Kwong Chi

9c53c5e3-2cae-48fb-806f-29a4aa6bb492-1

Born in Hong Kong, educated in Vancouver and Paris, and later based in New York City, Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990) produced a large body of witty, playful, performance-based photography that both captured the pivotal downtown Manhattan art and club scenes of the 1980s and reflected the increasingly globalized movement of people across nations and continents. […]

Block Museum Offers Free Parking With A View

Screen Shot 2016-06-24 at 2.02.46 PM

When the Northwestern University Segal Visitor’s Center opened to the public, President Morton Schapiro praised the building as having “the most beautiful view in the world.”  Standing as a stunning lakefront gateway to the Evanston campus, the center includes an auditorium with approximately 160 seats, meeting rooms, offices for admissions staff, and a two story reception […]