Poets Respond to the art of Romare Bearden at the Block [Audio]

In Spring 2017, the Block was honored to host the book release event for the Northwestern University Press publication “Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden” Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African […]

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 […]

Scholars of Iranian Film Speak at Lucid Figurations Symposium [AUDIO]

On November 17 & 18th, 2016 renowned international scholars and artists convened at the Block Museum to discuss the art of movie poster design, the art and industry of film, and the unique culture of cinephilia in Iran. This symposium, Lucid Figurations: Iranian Movie Poster & Film Art served as the capstone event of the […]

Outing Queer Fluxus: Geoffrey Hendricks and David Getsy in Conversation [Audio]

A prominent member of the Fluxus movement and a legendary organizer of 60’s era Happenings, American artist Geoffrey Hendricks’s art communicates a fascination with nature, collaborative rituals, and the performance of gender and sexuality in public life. A frequent performer at Charlotte Moorman’s Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, Hendricks’ work was display in the Block Museum […]

The Locational Turn? Reflections from Chicago on documenta in Kassel, Alexandria, Banff and Kabul

On November 13, 2013, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the Edith Kreeger Wolf Distinguished Visiting Professor at Northwestern University and artistic director of documenta 13, organized a panel discussion about the exhibition that takes place every five years. For documenta 13, Christov-Bakargiev revolutionized the exhibition by locating the project in four sites around the world—choosing not only places […]

Mark Dion: Illuminating Explication of Complex Peripatetic Endeavors

On November 1, 2013, Mark Dion, a visiting artist in the Department of Art Theory & Practice, spoke at the Block Museum about his work, which examines how dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, science and environment. Listen now (audio, 1 hour, 5 minutes) This program was supported by the Myers […]

Madea’s Big Scholarly Roundtable

A panel discussion examined the work of African American media mogul Tyler Perry, one of Hollywood’s leading box-office performers, during a symposium at Northwestern on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Moderated and organized by Miriam Petty, assistant professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, the panel included speakers Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University), Racquel Gate (CUNY College […]