Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Barbara Moore

Barbara Moore, Independent Scholar and Director, Peter Moore Archive Speed-dating the Avant-Garde: 15 Festivals in 30 Minutes Barbara Moore is an independent scholar of seminal late 20th-century art alternatives such as performance and artists books. She was the first editor at Dick Higgins’s legendary Something Else Press, a rare-book dealer for thirty years specializing in printed […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Joan Rothfuss

  Joan Rothfuss, consulting curator for “A Feast of Astonishments,” is an independent art historian, critic, and author of “Topless Cellist: The Improbable Life of Charlotte Moorman” (2014). In this presentation, she tells three stories about Charlotte Moorman’s life: the familiar tale of Moorman as Nam June Paik’s tragic muse; a reversal of the archetypal […]

Early Art of Kashmir with Madhu Ghose

This winter, the Block’s major exhibition, Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies, explores the impact of centuries of collecting in Kashmir and the Western Himalayas. The exhibition showcases religious objects produced from the 7th to 17th centuries in the region. On Tuesday, February 10, Dr. Madhuvanti Ghose, Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian, Southeast Asian, Himalayan, […]

Dr. Siddiq Wahid Visits the Block Museum

This past week, beginning February 3rd, the Block was fortunate enough to have Dr. Siddiq Wahid, a historian of Central Asian and Tibetan political history and a senior fellow at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, visit our museum. Wahid’s busy week began with coffee chats with the Block Museum faculty, Anthropology professor Robert Launay, visiting professor in Asian-American Studies Daniel […]

Winter 2015 Opening Day Lecture

Watch the lecture from the Block Museum’s Winter 2015 Opening Day Celebration. Robert Linrothe, Northwestern art history faculty member and curator of the exhibition, provides an overview of “Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies.” Linrothe addresses two sets of themes underpinning the exhibition — travel, trade and artistic exchange across the Himalayas between the […]

Artists’ Congress Revisited

On Saturday, May 17, 2014 the Mary and Leigh Block Museum hosted “An Artists’ Congress.” Organized in conjunction with the exhibition The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929-1940, this groundbreaking public forum re-imagined meetings of the 1930s American Artists Congress and took Left Front member Louis Lozowick’s question “What Should Revolutionary Artists Do Today?” […]