Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Chicago), Dawoud Bey

  Title: Untitled (Chicago)  Artist: Dawoud Bey Nationality: American, b. 1953 Date: 1993 Medium: Polaroid, 24 x 40 inches Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University, gift of Sari and James A. Klein in honor of Lisa Corrin and Peter Erickson, 2014.4.5a-b Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) was recently named a recipient […]

Collection Spotlight: Cherokee Burden Basket: Singing a Song for Balance, Shan Goshorn

  Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, b. 1957) Cherokee Burden Basket: Singing a Song for Balance, 2012 Arches watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint 18 ¾ x 18 ¾ x 23 ¼ inches Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase with a gift from Sandra Lynn Riggs and members […]

Collection Spotlight: Constructed Cylinder, Arnaldo Pomodoro

Title: Constructed Cylinder (Cilindro Costruito) Artist: Arnaldo Pomodoro (born 1926) Nationality: Italian Date: 1969 Medium: cast bronze with copper surface Credit: Gift of Leigh B. Block in memory of his mother, Cora B. Block (1880-1973), also a benefactor of Northwestern University, 1985.159 A golden tower stands tall, glinting majestically in the morning sun. That is […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horse), Purvis Young

Artist: Purvis Young (America, 1943-2010) Title: Untitled (Angel, Boats and Horse) Date: ca.1988 Medium: Painting on found board Dimensions: 69 x 38 x 3.5 inches Credit Line: Gift of Selig and Angela Sacks,  2014.6.1 The first thing I noticed about Purvis Young’s Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horses) (ca. 1988) was that it was huge. Even propped […]

Collection Spotlight: Curved Form (Bryher II), Barbara Hepworth

Title: Curved Form (Bryher II) Artist: Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) Nationality: British Date: 1961 Medium: Cast bronze with green and brown patina and stainless steel strings Credit: Gift of Leigh B. Block, 1988.3.2 Though abstract, Barbara Hepworth’s Curved Form (Bryher II) evokes a whole host of images rooted in the natural world. Installed on a grassy […]

Collection Spotlight: Berlin (traced and painted), First, Louise Lawler

Artist: Louise Lawler, American, born 1947 Title: Berlin (traced and painted), First Date: 2000/2013/2014 Medium: gouache on archival pigment print Dimensions: 8 ¾ x 9 ½ in Credit line: Gift of Bill and Sheila Lambert, 2016.10.5 Louise Lawler’s Berlin (traced and painted), First is a tracing of her photograph Berlin (2000) drawn by children’s book […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled from International Nickel series, W. Eugene Smith

  Title: Untitled from International Nickel series Artist: 
W. Eugene Smith (1918-1978) Nationality: American Date: c. 1967-1968 Medium or technique: Silver Gelatin Print Image Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Richard L. Sandor in honor of Julie and Penny Sandor, 1986.1.2 At the end of the 1960s sociologists started using and […]