Tantalizing Bits of Chicago History with Block Cinema

1924: Promotional portrait of actor and director Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966) wearing a sailor suit and holding a life preserver from the film, 'The Navigator,' directed by Keaton and Donald Crisp.

This Thursday, April 2, Block Cinema will screen The Navigator (1924), starring Buster Keaton and featuring live musical accompaniment from David Drazin. That same David Drazin, along with Carol Seymour and Robert Loerzel, recently discovered that Chicago’s censorship office, which was run by the police department, demanded cuts to The Navigator before allowing it to […]

Kashmir through the Camera

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What does it mean to own, display, and be responsible for the culture of others? Chicago-based photographer Larry Snider and “Collecting Paradise” curator Rob Linrothe addressed this question at “Photography and the State of Kashmir,” an April 1 discussion. Students, faculty, and community members came curious to the Block Museum, ready to examine what it […]