Block Museum to explore ‘William Blake and the Age of Aquarius’

50th anniversary of the ‘Summer of Love’ celebrated with major exhibition and publication Exhibition runs Sept. 23, 2017 to March 11, 2018 More than 200 works featured – including over 50 rare Blake engravings and illuminated pages Catalogue co-published by Block Museum and Princeton University The Block Museum of Art will present a major exhibition on […]

Collection Spotlight: Berlin (traced and painted), First, Louise Lawler

Artist: Louise Lawler, American, born 1947 Title: Berlin (traced and painted), First Date: 2000/2013/2014 Medium: gouache on archival pigment print Dimensions: 8 ¾ x 9 ½ in Credit line: Gift of Bill and Sheila Lambert, 2016.10.5 Louise Lawler’s Berlin (traced and painted), First is a tracing of her photograph Berlin (2000) drawn by children’s book […]

Block Museum Named Among Terra Foundation Grantees for Art Design Chicago 2018

The Terra Foundation for American Art announced  on June 29, 2017 a broad slate of grants given in support of Art Design Chicago, a wide-ranging initiative the Foundation is spearheading to explore Chicago’s vibrant creative history and enduring influence on art and design.  Terra leadership confirmed 33 grants for Art Design Chicago projects given to 31 cultural organizations […]

Block Museum’s Engagement Program Featured in “Next Practices in Partnership”

In May 2016 the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) released its field-wide survey of innovative art museum partnership practices Next Practices in Partnerships. The report is a compendium of 95 projects from AAMD’s membership demonstrating the many ways art museums work with different organizations and people to further their missions and benefit their communities. This is […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled from International Nickel series, W. Eugene Smith

  Title: Untitled from International Nickel series Artist: 
W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) Nationality: American Date: c. 1967-1968 Medium or technique: Silver Gelatin Print Image Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Richard L. Sandor in honor of Julie and Penny Sandor, 1986.1.2 At the end of the 1960s sociologists started using and […]

Art + Engineering: Jen Bervin on her poetic and material influences [Video]

In February the Block teamed up with Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering to present a conversation with artist Jen Bervin.   In Bervin’s recent project Silk Poems, she consulted nanotechnology and biomedical labs to fabricate a silk film with an ancient Chinese poem written in a six-character chain that corresponds to human DNA. The Block’s associate […]

If You Remember, I’ll Remember – Opening Day Conversation [Video]

On February 4th, 2017 the Block Museum celebrated the opening of the exhibition If You Remember, I’ll Remember with artists Dario Robleto, Samantha Hill, Kristine Aono and Marie Watt in conversation with curator Janet Dees.  The title of the exhibition was lent to the exhibition by Dario Robleto in an essay which offers a weighty […]

Collection Spotlight: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), Lovis Corinth

Title: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), from the series Dance of Death (Totentanz) Artist: Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Nationality: German Date: 1921, published 1922 Medium: Etching, soft-ground etching and drypoint Credit: Gift of James and Pamela Elesh, 1999.21.13 Lovis Corinth was one of the best-known artists working in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany. Born in Tapiau and educated in […]