Art + Engineering: Dario Robleto on the shared quest of art and science [Video]

Dario Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist, storyteller, and “citizen-scientist” whose research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war, and American history. Since 1997, Robleto has exhibited his work in museums and galleries across the United States, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of […]

Bisi Silva on building sustainable contemporary arts organizations in Nigeria [Video]

The Block Museum’s Visual Vanguard series offers conversations with a new generation of innovative arts leaders working internationally and transforming how we experience art today. In April 2017 the Block welcomed Bisi Silva as a guest of this powerful series which has also included Abdellah Karroum of Mathaf: Qatar and Thom Collins of the Barnes […]

Art + Engineering: Pedro Reyes on the beauty of non-directed research [Video]

Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political issues. The artist’s works integrate elements of theater, psychology and activism and take on a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures (Capulas, 2002-08) to puppet productions (Baby Marx, 2008; The Permanent Revolution, 2014). In 2008 Reyes commenced Palas por […]

Scholars and artists on the complex history of Chicago’s public art [Audio]

Art, Publics, Politics: Legacies of the Wall of Respect was a symposium held at the Block Museum on April 28 and 29, 2017.  Presented in partnership between the Block Museum of Art and the Northwestern University Department of Art History the two day event brought together artists and scholars of the generations that followed the […]

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 […]

Marie Watt takes on Ferocious Mothers and Wild Legacies in new Block Museum Commission [Video]

As part of the exhibition If You Remember, I’ll Remember the Block Museum of Art commissioned artist Marie Watt to create a new work, reflective of the exhibition’s themes of empathy and remembrance. Throughout Winter 2017 over 300 community members from Northwestern, Evanston, and Chicago came together to lend their hands to the creation of […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]