From the Field: International archaeologists share their discoveries with Northwestern students and local schools [Video]

On April 24, 2019, a panel of six international archaeologists gathered at The Block Museum of Art to discuss their research and contributions to the field of archaeology. This unique event offered an insider’s perspective on the scholars recent findings in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria. Titled “From the Field: International Archaeologists in Conversation” the event […]

Meet Elisa Quinlan, Director of Development

We took a moment to interview Elisa Quinlan, our new Director of Development and proud Northwestern alumna. In her role at the museum Elisa spearheads fundraising efforts and connects with our Board of Advisors to cultivate events. She also oversees gifts and acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection. We asked her about her history in […]

Medievalists organize study day around Caravans of Gold

Sarah Guérin (Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania) and Christina Normore (Department of Art History, Northwestern University) organized a study day of the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa at The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. On May 13, 2019, a […]

Head of Smithsonian Lonnie Bunch and award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie tour Caravans of Gold

Lonnie Bunch was on a tight schedule while in town to deliver Northwestern University’s commencement address. But the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution made time to view a groundbreaking exhibition at The Block Museum of Art — which will travel next year to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art. Bunch, recently appointed as 14th […]

Caravans of Gold curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock speaks at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti

Kathleen Bickford Berzock, The Block’s associate director of curatorial affairs, recently presented on the Block exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time to an international audience at the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Her talk, “A World in a Fragment: Visualizing Trans-Saharan Exchange through Object-Based Comparisons […]

Collection Spotlight: To Survive on This Shore by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre

Title: To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults Artists: Jess T. Dugan (b. 1986) and Vanessa Fabbre (b. 1978) Nationality: American Date: 2018 Medium: Portfolio of 12 color photograph prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Pearl and 12 text panels on Canson Edition Etching Rag Credit: […]

2019 MFA thesis exhibition kicks off with evening reception at The Block

Every year The Block hosts the Master of Fine Arts degree candidates in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University for a spring exhibition—in which MFA candidates present their thesis work, concluding two years of intensive artistic development. This year’s thesis exhibition, colorless green ideas sleep furiously., is accompanied by events, programming […]

Block Museum receives major gift of photography by Brett Weston

Images ranging from landscapes to botanical studies are among the 50 photographs by celebrated American photographer Brett Weston (1911–­1993) given to The Block Museum of Art by Christian Keesee, who, in 1996, acquired the most complete collection of Weston’s work directly from the photographer’s estate. Keesee has given a portion of the collection to several museums […]

Artist-at-Large Dario Robleto discusses ethics with experts across fields [Video]

Artist Dario Robleto returned to Evanston this spring to continue his ongoing collaboration as Northwestern’s inaugural Artist-at-Large, hosted by the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and The Block Museum of Art. The Artist-at-Large Program brings contemporary artists to campus for in-depth exchanges with faculty and students; the Program joins other activities organized by […]

“Up Is Down” exhibition catalogue receives 2019 AAMC Award for Excellence

The publication Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio has received a 2019 Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC). Corinne Granof, The Block’s curator of academic programs and co-editor of Up is Down, attended the 2019 AAMC conference and accepted the award. Co-editor Amy Beste, […]