Moumen Smihi and New Arab Cinema

A foundational figure of the “New Arab Cinema” movement that began in the 1970s, Moumen Smihi (born in Tangier, Morocco in 1945) is one of the most important Arab filmmakers working today, whose exceptional films are as fearless in their politics as they are quietly radical in form. With recent screenings at Cannes, Marrakech, and […]

Artists’ Congress Revisited

On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the Mary and Leigh Block Museum hosted “An Artists’ Congress.” Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929-1940, this groundbreaking public forum re-imagined meetings of the 1930s American Artists Congress and took Left Front member Louis Lozowick’s question “What Should Revolutionary Artists Do Today?” […]

Art History Warnock Lecture: Kerry James Marshall

Renowned Chicago-based artist, Kerry James Marshall, a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, gave Northwestern’s Department of Art History Warnock Lecture. Marshall’s work reflects his upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama, and early exposure to the black power and civil rights movements in Los Angeles.  

Jackalope: A Living Newspaper

In its 5th installment, Jackalope Theatre proudly partners with Northwestern University’s Block Museum, inspired by the themes of the current exhibit, “The Left Front: Radical Art in the Red Decade”. Playwrights, directors, and actors from Chicago partner with Northwestern student actors to present 4 new 10-minute plays inspired by stories from today’s headline news. PLAYS! […]