Jen Bervin Talks Poetry, Material, and Metaphor [Video]

Artist and writer Jen Bervin embraces subjects as wide-ranging as the Mississippi River, Emily Dickinson’s poetry, and the history of silk, weaving, and nanotechnology. On February 21, 2018  the artist, Jeanne Dunning, Art Theory & Practice professor, and Susy Bielak, Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director of Engagement/Curator of Public Practice, sat down for a conversation about Bervin’s work. In […]

Block Museum Stages a Blake Inspired “Mad Song” [Video]

On Tuesday, February 20th Twelve student vocalists from the Bienen School of Music performed Mad Song, a work by Chicago composer, flutist and vocalist Janice Misurell-Mitchell that translates the text and imagery of a William Blake’s poem by the same name into a sonic experience. The performance was preceded by a discussion by Misurell-Mitchell and […]

Collection Spotlight: Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe

Title: Patti Smith Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) Nationality: American Date: 1986 Medium: Gelatin Silver print Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jeffrey H. Loria, 2015.7.3   Singer and poet Patti Smith was one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s earliest and most frequent photographic subjects, and over two decades he took many photographs of her. They […]

Visiting artist Jen Bervin weaves interdisciplinary stories across Northwestern

The Block Museum and Kaplan Institute host artist-in-residence throughout winter quarter When artist Jen Bervin first visited Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art in spring 2017, she launched into a two-day whirlwind tour, taking part in more than 20 conversations with faculty and students that spanned the fields of engineering, nanotechnology, computer science, poetry and art. As […]

Block Museum Pioneers Augmented Reality Software [Video]

Though the art and artifacts on display in the exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” are almost 2000 years old, the exhibition is also home to some of the worlds newest digital technology. Students in a fall 2017 course taught by professors Marc Walton and Taco Terpstra used X-ray Computed Tomography […]

Block Board of Advisors donates $1m to establish endowment

Museum raises funds and artworks totaling $18.8 million toward “We Will” Campaign The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University announced today that members of its board of advisors have contributed more than $1 million to establish the Block Board of Advisors Endowment Fund at Northwestern. Income from the fund will support collections, exhibitions, publications […]

Audio for the Ancients: Sound Design Students Create Sonic Landscape for Block Museum Exhibition

Visitors to the Block Museum exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” have been transported not only by the ancient objects on display but also by an ambient exhibition audio track that heightens the meditative experience in the gallery. The exhibition audio is the result of the course “Museum Sound Design” taught by Stephan […]