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 […]

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 […]

Collection Spotlight: Project Diaspora, Omar Victor Diop

  Title: Juan de Pareja and Ayuba Suleiman Diallo from Project Diaspora Artist: 
Omar Victor Diop (b. 1980) Nationality: Senegalese Date: 2014 Medium or technique: Pigment inkjet prints on Harman By Hahnemuhle paper Image Credit: © Omar Victor Diop, Courtesy Galerie MAGNIN-A, Paris. The Block Museum acquired two photographs by the contemporary Senegalese photographer Omar […]

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 […]

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 […]

Kashmir through the Camera

What does it mean to own, display, and be responsible for the culture of others? Chicago-based photographer Larry Snider and “Collecting Paradise” curator Rob Linrothe addressed this question at “Photography and the State of Kashmir,” an April 1 discussion. Students, faculty, and community members came curious to the Block Museum, ready to examine what it […]

Gordon Parks: A Renaissance Man

On May 16, 2009, the Block hosted a panel discussion about Gordon Parks’s influence on photography and film. Participants included Bob Black, cofounder and vice president of the Chicago Association of African American Photographers; Philip Brookman, director of curatorial affairs, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Darlene Clark Hine, chair and professor, Department of African […]

The Artist at War: John Swope and the History of War Photography

John Swope, Arai, September 5, 1945, gelatin silver print. John Swope Collection, ©John Swope Trust. On September 26, 2008, Carolyn Peter, director of the Laband Art Gallery, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, spoke about photographer John Swope’s images of Japan at the end of World War II and their relationship to war documentation. Peter is […]