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

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 […]

Acclaimed artist Kader Attia to unveil solo exhibition at Block Museum

First solo show in Chicago for 2016 Marcel Duchamp Prize winner Exhibition inspired by cross-disciplinary research at Northwestern Jan. 21 opening reception includes a public conversation with the artist Artist commission from Block Museum premiered at Centre Pompidou Internationally-acclaimed French-Algerian artist Kader Attia, known for provocative exhibitions exploring colonial legacies, will unveil a solo exhibition […]

Collection Spotlight: Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, Komar & Melamid

Komar & Melamid (Vitaly Komar; Aleksander Melamid, (Russian, born 1943; Russian, born 1945) Peace I: Life of Tolstoy, 1986 Color lithograph and photolithograph Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Curated Prints, Ltd. 2011.15.4 As artists in the Soviet Union, Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid gained recognition for their ironic adaptation […]

The New York Times Names Block Exhibition to list of “The Best Art of 2016”

On December 7, 2016 The New York Times arts critics Holland Cotter and Roberta Smith shared their selections for the best art of the year.  Cotter reflected on the shows he reviewed throughout the year that have stayed with him, particularly in a complex political climate. At number 7, Cotter calls out the continued relevance of […]

Meet Lauren Cochard Watkins, Block Museum Engagement Manager

In September 2016 the Block Museum was thrilled to welcome Lauren Cochard Watkins into the role of Engagement Manager.  Lauren brings over 10 years of experience connecting art and programming to Chicago’s cultural audiences, most recently as Programmer of Education at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.  After overseeing an amazing Fall lineup of events, partnerships, and docent […]

The Block Announces NEH Support for 2019 Exhibition on the Global History of Trans-Saharan Trade

A major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been awarded to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University to fund research and development for a groundbreaking exhibit on the global history of trans-Saharan trade. Scheduled to open in 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture […]

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

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, […]

Collection Spotlight: Manguera Dormida (Sleeping Hose), Gabriel Orozco

Title: Manguera Dormida (Sleeping Hose) Artist: Gabriel Orozco (b.1962) Nationality: American/Mexican Date: 1995 Medium or Technique: silver dye bleach print Size: 31 x 47 cm. (12.2 x 18.5 in.) Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Peter Norton; 2016.4.33 Image Credit: © Gabriel Orozco, courtesy Marian Goodman Galleru Gabriel Orozco typically sets […]

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

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 […]

Artists and Scholars Give Their “Five Takes” on Tseng Kwong Chi during exhibition opening celebration [Video]

The October 1, 2016 opening celebration of Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera included talks and performances by an exciting group of Chicago-based professors, curators, and artists. These five lectures, titled “Five Takes on Tseng Kwong Chi,” showcase an enormous breadth of responses to Tseng’s work. Watch the talks below.