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 […]

120,313 Nails Illustrate a Weighty American History [Video]

Thousands of visitors to the Block Museum of Art this Spring have had the opportunity to add a nail to the large scale installation The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest…  by artist Kristine Aono.  This major project was mounted to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which ordered the war-time internment of more […]

Block acquires 1967 study portrait for Wall of Respect by Jeff Donaldson

The exhibition We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement runs April 21 – June 18, 2017.  In conjunction with the exhibition the Block Museum is pleased to announce an important acquisition for the museum’s permanent collection. The museum has purchased a 1967 study portrait of trumpet player and band leader Miles Davis […]

Exhibition, Website, and Symposium trace colorful legacy of the Wall of Respect

Northwestern joins Chicago-wide effort in commemorating mural’s 50th anniversary “We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement,” a student-curated exhibit inspired by a mural that grew out of the Black Liberation Movement in the 1960s, will opened April 21, 2017 at the Block Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view […]

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 […]