Block Student Docents – Learning and Leading in the Gallery

Gallery Guides. Facilitators. Meaning-makers. Docents do not necessarily fit under a singular title. Their job extends beyond guiding; they act as facilitators and mediators, helping people make meaning of artworks and the ideas that arise from them. All tours at the Block are lead by a cohort of student docents whose primary role is to facilitate […]

Block Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Venice Biennale), Fred Wilson

Title: Untitled (Venice Biennale) Artist: Fred Wilson (born 1954) Nationality: American Date: 2003 Medium or Technique: C-print Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Peter Norton; 2016.4.62 Image Credit: © Fred Wilson, courtesy Pace Gallery Fred Wilson is a curator and conceptual artist that often works with “found objects” […]

Materiality in Art: Weinberg and McCormick Students Collaborate to Uncover the Material Science of Art at the Block Museum

“Materiality of Art and Archaeology: An Introduction to Archaeological Science and Technical Art History ” offered in Spring 2016 at Northwestern University brought together an interdisciplinary group of students in both Art History and Materials Science to work with and assess objects in the Block Museum collection.  Taught by Dr. Marc Walton, the course addressed […]

Block Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Milk Strainer), Mona Hatoum

Title: Untitled (Milk Strainer) Artist: Mona Hatoum (1952- ) Nationality: Palestinian Date: 1996 Medium: Wax Paper Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Neal Meltzer; 2015.8.10. Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin Gallery. Curator Francis Morin invited Mona Hatoum to spend the summer of 1996 at the […]

Block Collection Spotlight: Untitled, #49, Laura Letinsky

 Title: Untitled, #49 Artist: Laura Letinsky (1962- ) Nationality: Canadian Date: 2002 Medium: Archival inkjet print Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds contributed by Lynn Hauser and Neil Ross; 2014.1k Image Credit:  Copyright by Laura Letinsky; February 27, 2015. Courtesy Yancey Richardson Gallery Set in an interior space, a […]

Graduate fellow C.C. McKee on “Keep the Shadow” exhibition examining mourning during the AIDS crisis

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. […]

Meet Our Summer 2016 Interns

We are thrilled to welcome four Northwestern University students as interns into the museum this summer.  As part of the Block Museum of Art internship program our students are conducting directed research on works of art in the permanent collection, preparing digital image archives, and planning for the coming seasons of public programs.  All Block Museum interns […]

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 […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Riana Anthony Performs Morton Feldman

  Morton Feldman’s “Projection One” (1950), performed by Riana Anthony, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Master of Music, Class of 2017. The piece explores categories of pizzicato, arco and arco-like ponticello, as well as harmonics. It was written on graph paper with the pitch range of the instrument indicated in boxes inside larger boxes, […]