120,313 Nails Illustrate a Weighty American History [Video]

Thousands of visitors to the Block Museum of Art this Spring have had the opportunity to add a nail to the large scale installation The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest…  by artist Kristine Aono.  This major project was mounted to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which ordered the war-time internment of more […]

Block acquires 1967 study portrait for Wall of Respect by Jeff Donaldson

The exhibition We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement runs April 21 – June 18, 2017.  In conjunction with the exhibition the Block Museum is pleased to announce an important acquisition for the museum’s permanent collection. The museum has purchased a 1967 study portrait of trumpet player and band leader Miles Davis […]

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 Museum receives major gift of photography by Edward Steichen

Richard and Jackie Hollander donate 44 prints by the influential 20th century artist Images ranging from Charlie Chaplin and W.B. Yeats to self-portraits and botanical studies are among 44 Edward Steichen photographs given to Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum by art collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander. The significant gift of silver gelatin and […]

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 Museum staff proud to be ‘Readers of Evanston’

The Block Museum is honored to count the Evanston Public Library as one of its key program partners.  We love so many of the Library’s offerings but one of our favorites is EPL’s longstanding Tumblr blog  Readers Of Evanston, profiles in the proud tradition of Humans of New York or Humans of Northwestern. About the […]

Announcing Spring 2017 Program Lineup

From tracing the building, to tracking transience, to transforming the museum field we are thrilled to announce a vibrant season of discussions, tours, and performances hosted by leading artists, filmmakers and thinkers from around the world. Mark your calendar to join these “inquisitive travelers” at the Block Museum this fall. Opening Celebration: Five Takes on […]

Northwestern’s Charlotte Moorman exhibition crosses Atlantic

Classically-trained cellist’s works are now on view in Mozart’s hometown Exhibition revived and expanded experimental artist’s significance and legacy Project conceived around Moorman’s archives at Northwestern University Libraries Reception held for Northwestern alumni living abroad EVANSTON – The groundbreaking exhibition “Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant Garde 1960s to 1980s” made its European […]

Collection Spotlight: Night Shift 3 (Gece Vardlyasi 3), Vahap Avşar

Artist: Vahap Avşar, Turkish, born 1965 Title: Night Shift 3 (Gece Vardlyasi 3) Date: Negative 1988; printed 2015 Medium: Chromogenic print Edition: 1/3 Dimensions: 144 x 112 cm Credit line:  Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Melih and Zeynep Keyman, 2015.4. (Image courtesy of the artist.) Vahap Avşar’s Night Shift […]