Northwestern Learning, Partnerships

The Power of Perspective: Palliative care physicians Gordon Wood and Joshua Hauser on teaching with museums

Since its January 2022 exhibition, A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence, The Block Museum has partnered with Feinberg School of Medicine palliative care physicians Gordon Wood and Joshua Hauser in an interdisciplinary collaboration that foregrounds the use of art in educating medical professionals. Following their June gallery talk, Perspectives on Art, Medicine, […]

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Museum News

The Block Receives Highest National Recognition: Awarded Re-Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

The Northwestern University Mary and Leigh Block Museum has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The Block Museum was initially accredited in 2008. All museums must undergo a […]

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Collection Spotlight

Collection Spotlight: Jacob Lawrence, The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

Artist: Jacob Lawrence (American, 1917 – 2000)Title: The Birth of Toussaint, from the series The Life of Toussaint L’OuvertureDate: 1986Medium: Color screenprintCredit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Evelyn Salk, in memory of her husband Erwin A. Salk, 2001.13.2. During the early 20th-century, the Harlem Renaissance was defined by a convergence of heightened geopolitical […]

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Collection News

Works by LaToya Ruby Frazier and An-My Lê acquired through The Block’s Collection Council

The Block Museum is excited to announce the purchase of three works for its permanent collection, acquired through its newly formed Collection Council. These acquisitions—which include two works by photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and one work by photographer An-My Lê—represent the museum’s commitment to acquiring works that activate teaching, learning, and research using The Block’s […]

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Northwestern Learning, Staff Stories

Meet Block Curatorial Fellow Madison Brown

The Block welcomes Madison Brown, a doctoral student in the Department of Screen Cultures, as the museum’s 2023-2024 graduate interdisciplinary fellow. Madison Brown’s research explores the politics of amateur media cultures through theories of memory, domesticity, and everyday life. Madison holds an MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. We took a moment to sit down […]

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On Equity and Action, Staff Stories

A Space of Reimagining: Discussion with “Woven Being” curatorial team

The Block Museum of Art is in the midst of researching and planning a 2025 exhibition with the working title Woven Being: Indigenous Art in Chicagoland. The exhibition planning process has centered Indigenous methodologies that prioritize collaboration, reciprocity, and sustained dialogue. This includes planning by a curatorial team including; Jordan Poorman Cocker ([Gáuigú (Kiowa)), Terra Foundation Guest […]

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Block Cinema, Northwestern Learning, Student Associates

Undergraduates draw on Block inspiration to form new Northwestern Cinematheque

As a freshman, Northwestern student Rowan McCloskey attended as many Block Cinema screenings as he could. As a sophomore, he became a Block Museum Student Associate (BMSA) after learning about the program through a posting in The Daily Northwestern’s e-newsletter.   “Both of those things really cemented my relationship with The Block,” he said. “And because […]

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