Art + Engineering: Jen Bervin on her poetic and material influences [Video]

In February the Block teamed up with Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering to present a conversation with artist Jen Bervin.   In Bervin’s recent project Silk Poems, she consulted nanotechnology and biomedical labs to fabricate a silk film with an ancient Chinese poem written in a six-character chain that corresponds to human DNA. The Block’s associate […]

Block Museum staff proud to be ‘Readers of Evanston’

The Block Museum is honored to count the Evanston Public Library as one of its key program partners.  We love so many of the Library’s offerings but one of our favorites is EPL’s longstanding Tumblr blog  Readers Of Evanston, profiles in the proud tradition of Humans of New York or Humans of Northwestern. About the […]

Meet Veronica L.S. Robinson, Block Museum Assistant Registrar

In January 2017, the Block Museum was pleased to welcome Veronica Robinson into the role of Assistant Registrar.  Veronica come to the museum with over six years of curatorial and preservation experience at the Swedish American Museum of Chicago, and will be working closely with our Senior Registrar, Kristina Bottomley.   Veronica took a break from installation preparation and […]

Meet Lauren Cochard Watkins, Block Museum Engagement Manager

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 […]

“Tracing the Building” with Walter Kitundu [Video]

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, […]

Curator Janet Dees Profiled in Artslant

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 […]

Scoring the Symposium: Susy Bielak and Amanda Jane Graham on “Performed in the Present Tense”

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 […]

Meet Lisa Corrin, Block Museum Ellen Philips Katz Director

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.