Block Museum receives major gift of photography by Edward Steichen

Richard and Jackie Hollander donate 44 prints by the influential 20th century artist Images ranging from Charlie Chaplin and W.B. Yeats to self-portraits and botanical studies are among 44 Edward Steichen photographs given to Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum by art collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander. The significant gift of silver gelatin and […]

Block Student Docents – Learning and Leading in the Gallery

Gallery Guides. Facilitators. Meaning-makers. Docents do not necessarily fit under a singular title. Their job extends beyond guiding; they act as facilitators and mediators, helping people make meaning of artworks and the ideas that arise from them. All tours at the Block are lead by a cohort of student docents whose primary role is to facilitate […]

Announcing Spring 2017 Program Lineup

From tracing the building, to tracking transience, to transforming the museum field we are thrilled to announce a vibrant season of discussions, tours, and performances hosted by leading artists, filmmakers and thinkers from around the world. Mark your calendar to join these “inquisitive travelers” at the Block Museum this fall. Opening Celebration: Five Takes on […]

Northwestern’s Charlotte Moorman exhibition crosses Atlantic

Classically-trained cellist’s works are now on view in Mozart’s hometown Exhibition revived and expanded experimental artist’s significance and legacy Project conceived around Moorman’s archives at Northwestern University Libraries Reception held for Northwestern alumni living abroad EVANSTON – The groundbreaking exhibition “Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde 1960s to 1980s” made its European […]

Collection Spotlight: Night Shift 3 (Gece Vardlyasi 3), Vahap Avşar

Artist: Vahap Avşar, Turkish, born 1965 Title: Night Shift 3 (Gece Vardlyasi 3) Date: Negative 1988; printed 2015 Medium: Chromogenic print Edition: 1/3 Dimensions: 144 x 112 cm Credit line:  Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Melih and Zeynep Keyman, 2015.4. (Image courtesy of the artist.) Vahap Avşar’s Night Shift […]

Meet Veronica L.S. Robinson, Block Museum Assistant Registrar

In January 2017, the Block Museum was pleased to welcome Veronica Robinson into the role of Assistant Registrar.  Veronica come to the museum with over six years of curatorial and preservation experience at the Swedish American Museum of Chicago, and will be working closely with our Senior Registrar, Kristina Bottomley.   Veronica took a break from installation preparation and […]

“Generation 00: Cultural Practices before the Middle East Uprisings” colloquium with Abdellah Karroum [Video]

What role did artists and artistic production have in the political upheaval of the Arab Spring and related social and political movements?  The Block Museum will expand this question over three days of conversation with Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.  As an organization Mathaf explores and celebrates art by Arab […]

Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory – Exhibition Opening Day [VIDEO]

From January 21 to April 16 Kader Attia’s Reflecting Memory will be on display at the Block Museum. Attia’s exploration of cultural differences, specifically concepts of trauma and repair, afforded him the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp at the Centre Pompidou. The work being shown at the Block is based in part on his research at […]

Themes of protest and dissent unite a season of cinema

This winter the Block Museum presents two unique film series which stand at the intersection of artistry and politics. Block Cinema selections this season offer experimental and independent views of protest movements, unsanctioned narratives, and methods of celebrating the struggle for justice.  The historic videos and films on display document varied forms of protest and […]