Themes of protest and dissent unite a season of cinema

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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 […]

‘If You Remember, I’ll Remember’ poses timely questions

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Contemporary group art exhibition explores purposes and processes of remembering Explores themes of mourning, civil rights, internment, war and love Engages with 75th anniversary of Japanese-American Internment and 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Loving v. Virginia case Ongoing through June 18, exhibition is a site for collective conversation, meeting and remembrance Artists convene for […]

Announcing Winter 2017 Program Lineup

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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 […]

Acclaimed artist Kader Attia to unveil solo exhibition at Block Museum

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First solo show in Chicago for 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize winner Exhibition inspired by cross-disciplinary research at Northwestern Jan. 21 opening reception includes a public conversation with the artist Artist commission from Block Museum premiered at Centre Pompidou Internationally-acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, known for provocative exhibitions exploring colonial legacies, will unveil a solo exhibition […]

The New York Times Names Block Exhibition to list of “The Best Art of 2016”

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On December 7, 2016 The New York Times arts critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith shared their selections for the best art of the year.  Cotter reflected on the shows he reviewed throughout the year that have stayed with him, particularly in a complex political climate. At number 7, Cotter calls out the continued relevance of […]

Meet Lauren Cochard Watkins, Block Museum Engagement Manager

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In September 2016 the Block Museum was thrilled to welcome Lauren Cochard Watkins into the role of Engagement Manager.  Lauren brings over 10 years of experience connecting art and programming to Chicago’s cultural audiences, most recently as Programmer of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.  After overseeing an amazing Fall lineup of events, partnerships, and docent […]

The Block Announces NEH Support for 2019 Exhibition on the Global History of Trans-Saharan Trade

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A major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been awarded to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University to fund research and development for a groundbreaking exhibit on the global history of trans-Saharan trade. Scheduled to open in 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture […]

Announcing Fall 2016 Program Lineup

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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 […]

Curator Janet Dees Profiled in Artslant

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Art writer Lee Ann Norman profiled four Chicago-based curators in her July 2016 article Chicago Curators Are Expanding the Cultural Conversation from the Inside Out. Focusing on Yesomi Umolu of the Logan Center at the University of Chicago, independent gallerist Erin Gilbert, and Naomi Beckwith of the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as Block Museum curator Janet […]