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, […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Myrtil Mitanga Performs Nam Jun Paik

Nam Jun Paik’s “One for Violin Solo” (1962), performed by Myrtil Mitanga, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Class of 2017. The piece undermines clichés of the classical music genre through an unanticipated gesture. Charlotte Moorman, who valued drama, humor, theatricality, and subversion in her work, was drawn to the ceremony of the piece, as […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Drake Driscoll Performs John Cage

John Cage’s “Cello Etude Boreales, no. 1” (1978) performed by Drake Driscoll, Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, Class of 2018. The pieces was created using star charts from the Atlas Borealis as a source of randomness. Cage traced the star maps and then used additional chance operations to determine, with painstaking precision, the specific […]

Tantalizing Bits of Chicago History with Block Cinema

This Thursday, April 2, Block Cinema will screen The Navigator (1924), starring Buster Keaton and featuring live musical accompaniment from David Drazin. That same David Drazin, along with Carol Seymour and Robert Loerzel, recently discovered that Chicago’s censorship office, which was run by the police department, demanded cuts to The Navigator before allowing it to […]

An Evening with Toulouse-Lautrec

Quirky, artistically talented and a full participator of pleasure—one could easily describe French lithograph artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Northwestern students by the same words. That’s no mistake: Northwestern students’ intellect and creativity hit the stage and the gallery this January. On Wednesday, Jan. 21, the Block Museum welcomed a full house to “An Evening […]