Yvonne Welbon on the “Hidden Figures” of Cinema History [Audio]

On October 16, 2019, to inaugurate a year of programming around the One Book One Northwestern 2019-2020 selection, Hidden Figures: The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space, Block Cinema welcomed Chicago-based filmmaker (and Northwestern Film Studies PhD) Yvonne Welbon to present her 2003 documentary Sisters in Cinema. […]

Collection Spotlight: Skeeter, Catherine Opie

Title: Skeeter Artist: Catherine Opie (American, born 1961) Date: 1993 Medium: Chromogenic print Edition: 5 of 8 Dimensions: 40 x 30 in. Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Armyan Bernstein and Christine Meleo Bernstein, 2018.9. Reproduced with permission from the artist. Skeeter; Sunflowers; Sunrise “A lot of my friends […]

Wattz Up! Yollocalli’s Pop Up Youth Radio broadcasts from The Block Museum

On September 28, 2019 members of Pop Up Youth Radio, a project of Yollocalli Arts Reach, transformed The Block Museum lobby into an on-air studio, broadcasting live from the Pop America 1965-1975 exhibition opening. Wattz Up! is a weekly radio show on WLPN 105.5 FM Lumpen Radio.  Broadcast live from Studio Y in Little Village, Chicago on Saturdays from […]

Meet Block Museum Fellow Simran Bhalla

In September 2019 the Block Museum welcomed Simran Bhalla as a 2019-2020 graduate 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.  Graduate Fellows are integral members of the museum staff and support projects through exhibition and collection research, curating, writing […]

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 […]