Contesting Freedom: “Pop América, 1965–1975” Curator Conversation with Esther Gabara [Video]

The ground-breaking exhibition Pop América draws attention to Latin American and US Latino/a artists who turned the “Pop” of Pop art into a verb by using familiar images of modern life—including mass media, fashion, food, and advertising—to make forceful interventions into art and society. On October 2, 2019 The Block Museum welcomed Esther Gabara, curator of  Pop América, […]

“Dario is our Socrates”: Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and The Block team-up on a innovative Artist-At-Large Program [Video]

With science and engineering proceeding at a pace that far outruns known ethical standards, Artist-at-Large Dario Robleto returns to campus to continue conversations surrounding the intersection of the humanities and engineering. Launched three years ago, Northwestern Engineering’s unique Artist-at-Large program works in partnership with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art to embed an artist within the McCormick […]

The Sounds of Pop América: Tune in to exhibition Spotify playlist

The exhibition Pop America, 1965-1975 on view at The Block Museum of Art from September 21, 2019 to December 8, 2019 is is the first exhibition to unify Latin American and Latinx expressions of Pop and explore how artists working across the hemisphere embraced its bold and colorful imagery, references to mass culture, and representations of everyday […]

Meet Alisa Swindell, Curatorial Research Assistant

In Spring of 2019 The Block was pleased to welcome Alisa Swindell, as a curatorial research assistant focusing on an upcoming exhibition in Winter 2021. We were pleased to sit down with Alisa to talk about her teaching, research expertise, and work here at the museum. Can you tell us a bit about your background? […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled #17 (Forest), Dawoud Bey

Title: Untitled #17 (Forest) from the series Night Coming Tenderly, BlackArtist: Dawoud Bey (American, born 1953)Date:  2017Medium:  Gelatin silver printEdition: Edition of 6Dimensions: 44 x 55 in.Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds provided by Susan and Richard Rieser Dawoud Bey’s series Night Coming Tenderly, Black is a photographic […]

Inside Pop América: Corinne Granof on what makes the exhibition “pop”

The exhibition Pop América, 1965–1975 brings together artists from across the Americas to reframe our understanding of Pop Art. Pop América is the first exhibition to unify Latin American and Latinx expressions of Pop and explore how its bold, colorful imagery and political potential was embraced by artists working across the hemisphere. Corinne Granof, Block Museum Academic […]

Block Museum brings rare Latin American films to Chicago

Ism Ism Ism is the first major survey of Latin American experimental cinema in U.S. The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has announced that it will bring the groundbreaking film program “Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin America (Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Cine experimental en América Latina)” to Chicago Oct. 3 to Nov. 16 […]

Federico Solmi’s surreal, satirical universe comes to The Block Museum collection

Ambitious media installation The Great Farce donated in recognition of museum’s upcoming anniversary Past and present, history and amusement, reality and spectacle are conflated and distorted in Federico Solmi’s monumental media work, The Great Farce (2017), recently acquired by Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. The Block received the nine-channel, limited-edition work as a gift […]

Collection Spotlight: Adoration of the Masters, Elizabeth Olds

Title: Adoration of the Masters Artist: Elizabeth Olds Nationality: American, 1896–1991 Date: 1940 Medium: Screenprint Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1998.25.1             Elizabeth Olds’s Adoration of the Masters captivates viewers with vivid colors and comical characters in a relatable setting. As an avid lover of museums, I was drawn to […]

The Block Museum celebrates Latin American Pop Art

Pop América, 1965–1975 opens September 21 at The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University Chicago audiences will discover an expanded history of Pop Art when The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University opens the exhibition Pop América, 1965–1975, this fall.  Running September 21 through December 8th, 2019, the bilingual exhibition challenges and reframes familiar […]