Our Community, Partnerships, Student Associates

“The Complications of Community”: Student Associates visit Shorefront Legacy Center

In early November, the Block Museum Student Associates (BMSAs) visited the Shorefront Legacy Center to hear from Founder Dino Robinson Jr. on the role of a community archive. Founded in 2002, Shorefront Legacy Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and educating visitors on Black histories from Chicago’s suburban North Shore communities. Facilitated […]

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Staff Stories

Curator Janet Dees named 2023 Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow

On November 17th, The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) announced its 2023 cohort of Fellows, naming Janet Dees, The Block’s Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, among the selective group. Now in its sixteenth year, the CCL Fellowship is the preeminent leadership program for curators, providing them the skills and […]

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Exhibition Stories, Student Associates

First Impressions: Block Student Associates on ‘Taking Shape’

The Block Museum Student Associates (BMSA) work together to exercise close-looking skills and bring their experience and curiosity to bear on understanding works of art. Before executing research on the works in the exhibition Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s, the group challenged themselves to write down their first impressions, interests, and inquiries […]

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Global Perspectives, Programs & Events

“Here is Where I am Now”: A conversation with Samia Halaby [Video]

The exhibitionTaking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s on view at The Block in Fall 2022 explores mid-20th-century abstract art from North Africa, West Asia, and the Arab diaspora—a vast geographic expanse that encompasses diverse cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious backgrounds. Comprising nearly 90 works by artists from countries including Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, […]

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Global Perspectives, Programs & Events

Opening Conversation: Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World [Video]

The Block’s Fall 2022 exhibition, Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s–1980s explores the wide range of nonfigurative art practices that flourished in the Arab world over the course of four decades. Looking critically at narratives of mid-20th-century abstraction, the exhibition rethinks art-historical canons and expands conversations around global modernisms. The exhibition keynote conversation on […]

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