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 […]
Walter Kitundu is a multimedia artist and MacArthur Fellow whose practice ranges from building instruments to photographing wildlife. His original musical instruments navigate the boundary between live and recorded performance. He has also made hand-built turntables that interact with the wind and rain, fire and earthquakes, birds, light, and the force of ocean waves. An internationally recognized artist, […]
On September 17th, 2016 the Block Museum will open the exhibition Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis in the Katz Gallery. This unique exhibition curated by Block Museum fellow C.C. McKee, juxtaposes objects and artworks related to mourning from the Victorian Era and with those created during the AIDS crisis. […]
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 […]
In celebration of the Association of Art Museum Directors 100th birthday, leaders in the museum field sat down to answer some essential questions: “What is an art museum?” and “Who is an art museum for?”
On April 8 and 9 an international group of curators, scholars and performers convened at Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art for “Performed in the Present Tense,” a free two-day symposium considering the present field of performance art. Inspired by the Block Museum exhibition, “A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s,” participants examined […]
Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s new Ellen Philips Katz Director, spoke with Northwestern News about her passion for art and education and the abundant opportunities for collaboration she sees on the Northwestern campus. Video produced by Matt Paolelli, Web content provider for Northwestern News.