Block Museum Board honors past Provost with acquisition of works by Tseng Kwong Chi

Works acquired by the Block through gift made by the Museum’s Board of Advisors Gift presented in honor of Daniel Linzer, Northwestern Provost 2007-2017 Additional gift made to the museum by Estate of Tseng Kwong Chi The Block museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of a suite of works by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990).  […]

Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix & the Countercultural Politics of the Uncategorizable

Professor Michael J Kramer offers a riff on Hendrix “Love & Then Some: 1960s Protest & Liberation” a panel presented in conjunction with the exhibition “William Blake & the Age of Aquarius“ The Blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its […]

Meet Block Museum Fellow, Beth Derderian

In September 2017 the Block Museum welcomed Beth Derderian as a 2017-2018 graduate fellow.  Block Museum Graduate Fellowships are offered to two graduate students annually, one from Art History and one from any department within the Graduate School.  Graduate Fellows are integral members of the museum staff and support projects through exhibition and collection research, […]

Kate Hadley Toftness to oversee Grants Program and Special Projects at the Block Museum of Art

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Hadley Toftness as Grants Manager and Special Projects Associate. Toftness will cultivate the Museum’s growing foundation and funder relationships and oversee projects which extend the impact and reach of the Block Museum’s work. This strategic development position will focus […]

Northern Trust Purchase Prize Announced – Block Museum awarded Rachel Monosov & Admire Kamudzengerere’s “1972”

Northern Trust Selects Artwork for Donation to Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art at EXPO CHICAGO 2017 CHICAGO – Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art and Northern Trust have announced that the 2017 Northern Trust Purchase Prize will go to support the museum’s acquisition of the collaborative work 1972 by artists Rachel Monosov (b. 1987, […]

Susan and Stephen Wilson establish engagement fund at Block Museum of Art

$1.5 million gift will support dynamic community and education programs EVANSTON – A new endowed gift from Northwestern University Trustee Stephen R. Wilson ’70, ’74 MBA and Susan K. Wilson ’70 will support the outreach efforts of the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern. The $1.5 million gift will permanently establish the Susan and […]

New gifts to the Block Museum highlighted in fall exhibitions

EVANSTON — The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will present two exhibitions that highlight recent gifts of contemporary art to its permanent collection. “Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution,” an immersive, gallery-sized installation by artist Carrie Mae Weems, opens Sept. 12, and “Looking Life Right Straight in the Face,”an exhibition of paintings by self-trained artist Purvis Young, […]

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 […]