Simran Bhalla on the incendiary films of India’s “Ministry of Light”

Can cinema make you a good citizen? For a half century, the Indian government hoped so: until 1994, they required commercial cinemas to screen twenty minutes of state-sponsored content before the feature presentation, forcing its movie-mad people to absorb information about the country’s progress and development. In the 1960s, the organization that produced these shorts—Films […]

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 […]

Block Museum’s Engagement Program Featured in “Next Practices in Partnership”

In May 2016 the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) released its field-wide survey of innovative art museum partnership practices Next Practices in Partnerships. The report is a compendium of 95 projects from AAMD’s membership demonstrating the many ways art museums work with different organizations and people to further their missions and benefit their communities. This is […]

Collection Spotlight: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), Lovis Corinth

Title: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), from the series Dance of Death (Totentanz) Artist: Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Nationality: German Date: 1921, published 1922 Medium: Etching, soft-ground etching and drypoint Credit: Gift of James and Pamela Elesh, 1999.21.13 Lovis Corinth was one of the best-known artists working in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany. Born in Tapiau and educated in […]

Exhibition, Website, and Symposium trace colorful legacy of the Wall of Respect

Northwestern joins Chicago-wide effort in commemorating mural’s 50th anniversary “We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement,” a student-curated exhibit inspired by a mural that grew out of the Black Liberation Movement in the 1960s, will opened April 21, 2017 at the Block Museum of Art. The exhibition will be on view […]

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 […]