Exhibition Stories, Museum News

In new exhibition, Dario Robleto explores history of the human heart and cosmic boundaries of perception

Northwestern’s Block Museum and McCormick School of Engineering jointly present The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto (January 26 – July 9, 2023) • Exhibition result of multi-year collaboration between Northwestern Engineering and Block Museum • Artist’s exhibition culmination of ten years of work – the result of exchange and […]

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Northwestern Learning, Staff Stories

Meet Block Curatorial Fellow Felipe Gutiérrez

In September 2022 the Block Museum welcomed  Felipe Gutiérrez, a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portugese as the museum’s 2022-2023 graduate interdisciplinary fellow.  Block Museum Graduate Fellowships are offered to two graduate students annually, one from Art History and one from any department within the Graduate School.  Fellows are integral members of […]

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Staff Stories

Meet Tristen Ives, Head of Projection

In October 2022, The Block welcomed Tristen Ives as Head Projectionist, an integral role in the Block Cinema program. We sat down with Tristen to learn more about their work and background, and the skill, technique, and care behind a projectionist’s craft. Can you tell us a bit about your background? How did you find […]

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Northwestern Learning, Partnerships

Exploring “Paths to Partnership” between academic museums and libraries

Academic libraries and museums foster many outstanding collaborations supporting teaching, learning, and research within their respective institutions. These collaborations, like other progressive activities, require significant invisible labor, caretaking, and resources that have not always been documented. A new publication from The American Library Association titled Cultural Heritage and the Campus Community: Academic Libraries and Museums in […]

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Block Cinema, Staff Stories

Block Cinema team named to NewCity Magazine’s Film 50 List

In December 2022, New City Magazine shared its list of the 50 most influential professionals in Chicago’s film and media community, including Block Cinema’s own Michael Metzger, Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts, and Malia Haines-Stewart, Associate Film Programmer. The magazine includes an essay articulating Block Cinema’s work and unique impact. Michael Metzger and Malia Haines-StewartPick-Laudati Curator of […]

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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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