The Block Announces NEH Support for 2019 Exhibition on the Global History of Trans-Saharan Trade

View across the Essouk valley in northern Mali, where the ruins of the early Islamic trading centre of Tadmekka are located. (Image Copyright Sam Nixon)

A major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been awarded to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University to fund research and development for a groundbreaking exhibit on the global history of trans-Saharan trade. Scheduled to open in 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture […]

Thom Collins talks new strategies for the Barnes Foundation [Audio and Video]

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The Block Museum’s ongoing speaker series, The Visual Vanguard is presenting conversations with innovative arts leaders from across the globe. To kick off the series, the Block hosted a talk with Northwestern alumnus Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation,  on Wednesday, November 2. Collins’ presentation included a detailed  outline of the Barnes’ past, […]

Collection Spotlight: Manguera Dormida (Sleeping Hose), Gabriel Orozco

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Title: Manguera Dormida (Sleeping Hose) Artist: Gabriel Orozco (b.1962) Nationality: American/Mexican Date: 1995 Medium or Technique: silver dye bleach print Size: 31 x 47 cm. (12.2 x 18.5 in.) Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Peter Norton; 2016.4.33 Image Credit: © Gabriel Orozco, courtesy Marian Goodman Galleru Gabriel Orozco typically sets […]

Hasan Elahi Examines the Intersection of Technology and Art [Video]

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Artist Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience project examines the relationship between location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in today’s media age In Aspen, Colorado in 1978, a group of MIT researchers affixed a stop-frame camera atop a car and drove it throughout the popular ski resort town. Combining the footage with a computer, laserdisc player, and touchscreen […]

Artists and Scholars Give Their “Five Takes” on Tseng Kwong Chi during exhibition opening celebration [Video]

Block Museum Curator Janet Dees

The October 1, 2016 opening celebration of Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera included talks and performances by an exciting group of Chicago-based professors, curators, and artists. These five lectures, titled “Five Takes on Tseng Kwong Chi,” showcase an enormous breadth of responses to Tseng’s work. Watch the talks below.