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 […]

Mark Nowak: Working Poems

Listen now to Working Poems with Mark Nowak (audio, 30 minutes) Poet, playwright, essayist and cultural critic Mark Nowak will respond to the Left Front exhibition in a reading and conversation. In the spirit of the Left Front, his poems give voice to working people, documenting the hardships wrought by economic downturns both here in the United […]

Winter Opening Program Podcast

Listen to the Winter Opening Program, with opening remarks by President Morton Schapiro, and a talk by W. J. T. Mitchell “What does art have to do with Revolution? A Long View” Listen now to the opening remarks (audio, 30 minutes) Listen now to the lecture (audio, 44 minutes)

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 […]

Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements

On May 30, 2013, the Block Museum hosted the kickoff for Black Arts Chicago: Moves and Movements, the inaugural conference of the Black Arts Initiative (BAI) at Northwestern University. The conference highlighted the rich history of black arts in Chicago, staking claim to the city’s unique contributions to the visual arts, theater and performance, dance, music, […]

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 […]

Invisible Woman

Audre Lorde (1934-1992) American writer, feminist and civil rights activist. The child of an African American soldier and a white German woman, author Ika Hügel-Marshall took inspiration from her friend and mentor Audre Lorde. Hügel-Marshall read selections from her autobiography Invisible Woman; Growing Up Black in Germany during a program devoted to exploring Lorde’s cultural […]