Block Museum and University Libraries collaborate on installation of Félix González-Torres work

  In fall of 2016 the Block Museum presented Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis, an exhibition of art and objects which spoke to themes of bereavement and materiality.  The exhibition included artwork and relics from Northwestern University Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, the Block Museum collection, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Northwestern’s Charlotte Moorman exhibition crosses Atlantic

Classically-trained cellist’s works are now on view in Mozart’s hometown Exhibition revived and expanded experimental artist’s significance and legacy Project conceived around Moorman’s archives at Northwestern University Libraries Reception held for Northwestern alumni living abroad EVANSTON – The groundbreaking exhibition “Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde 1960s to 1980s” made its European […]

Themes of protest and dissent unite a season of cinema

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

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

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

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”

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 […]