Scholars of Iranian Film Speak at Lucid Figurations Symposium [AUDIO]

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On November 17 & 18th, 2016 renowned international scholars and artists convened at the Block Museum to discuss the art of movie poster design, the art and industry of film, and the unique culture of cinephilia in Iran. This symposium, Lucid Figurations: Iranian Movie Poster & Film Art served as the capstone event of the […]

Thom Collins talks new strategies for the Barnes Foundation [Audio and Video]

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The Block Museum’s ongoing speaker series, The Visual Vanguard is presenting conversations with innovative arts leaders from across the globe. To kick off the series, the Block hosted a talk with Northwestern alumnus Thom Collins, Executive Director and President of the Barnes Foundation,  on Wednesday, November 2. Collins’ presentation included a detailed  outline of the Barnes’ past, […]

Hasan Elahi Examines the Intersection of Technology and Art [Video]

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Artist Hasan Elahi’s Tracking Transience project examines the relationship between location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in today’s media age In Aspen, Colorado in 1978, a group of MIT researchers affixed a stop-frame camera atop a car and drove it throughout the popular ski resort town. Combining the footage with a computer, laserdisc player, and touchscreen […]

Feast of Astonishments Opening Program: Artist Roundtable

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A roundtable discussion of Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, moderated by Hannah Higgins, professor of art history at University of Illinois at Chicago, and featuring Carolee Schneemann, multidisciplinary artist who transformed the discourse of the body, sexuality, and gender; Alison Knowles, multi-media Fluxus artist; Jim McWilliams, designer of most of the posters for the […]

Spring opening highlights exhibition on capital punishment

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“Food is social.” Last Saturday, this idea rang true at the Block Museum’s Opening Day Program for The Last Supper: 600 Plates Illustrating Final Meals of U.S. Death Row Inmates, an installation by Julie Green. In this exhibition, food highlights the human dimension of one of our nation’s most polarizing issues: capital punishment. Green, Professor […]

Madea’s Big Scholarly Roundtable

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A panel discussion examined the work of African American media mogul Tyler Perry, one of Hollywood’s leading box-office performers, during a symposium at Northwestern on Wednesday, November 28, 2012. Moderated and organized by Miriam Petty, assistant professor of Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University, the panel included speakers Mark Anthony Neal (Duke University), Racquel Gate (CUNY College […]

Illuminating the Shadows: Film Criticism in Focus

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Critics and Scholars In another installment of Block Cinema’s discussion of film criticism, on May 4, 2012, a panel of writers, bloggers, and critics addressed the relationship between criticism and academic film studies. Listen now (audio, 101 minutes) Moderator: Nick Davis (Assistant Professor of English and Gender Studies, Northwestern University) Participants: Adrian Martin, (Professor of […]

Knowledge | Replication: Early Modern Sciences in Print

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On January 20, 2012, scholars from the United States, Canada, and Europe discussed the relationship between art and science in a symposium inspired by the exhibition Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe and organized by Northwestern art history professor Claudia Swan. Symposium Introduction Claudia Swan, professor of art history, Northwestern University […]

Beyonsense—An Evening of Sound Poetry

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On November 2, 2011, Christian Bök, associate professor of English at the University of Calgary, and Ilya Kutik, associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Northwestern University, performed experimental poetry related to the exhibition Tango with Cows: Book Art of the Russian Avant-Garde, 1910–1917, in a program introduced by Nina Gourianova, also an associate […]