“The Picture Is the Window”: Lynn Gumpert and Lisa Corrin on Abby Grey and intrepid art collecting [Audio]

Consisting of more than 700 artworks, the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University comprises the largest institutional holdings of Iranian, Turkish and Indian modern art in any American university museum.  This unparalleled historical resource was amassed by Abby Weed Grey (1902-1983), a self-described “dyed-in-the-wool Midwesterner” from St. Paul, […]

Letter from the Director: Museums have a unique role to play

On behalf of all of us at The Block Museum of Art, I am writing to tell you that we are thinking of the health and safety of our campus, our regional community, and the cultural community internationally at this very difficult and uncertain time. In his recent message to the Northwestern community, President Schapiro […]

Scholarship in Action: Undergraduates highlight their Block research at College Art Association conference

Northwestern students share their “Progressive” vision for museum exhibition On February 14th, 2020, Northwestern University students Meghan Clare Considine, Emily Rose Andrey, Nicholas Liou, and Brianna Heath presented their ongoing research in a poster session at 108th College Art Association Annual Conference. Their poster “Caravans of Gold: Making a Progressive Web App Exhibition on Medieval […]

Meet Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas, Block Museum Media and Communications Coordinator

This month the Block Museum welcomes Emmanuel Ramos-Barajas in the role of Media and Communications Coordinator. Emmanuel will be supporting the work of the Museum’s marketing and communication department, focusing on expanding the Block’s reach and growing its audiences both in the galleries and online. We sat down with Emmanuel to learn more about his […]

Association of American Publishers names Block Museum publication as finalist for 2020 Prose Award

On February 12, 2020, The Association of American Publishers (AAP) unveiled finalists for the 2020 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2019, comprising a total of 157 finalists across 49 subject categories. Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary […]

“I invest in myself and I make my films”: Jessie Maple on breaking boundaries and filmmaking [Audio]

Director Jessie Maple is a true trailblazer: the first African-American woman to join the International Photographers of Motion Picture & Television union, she also established a long-running venue for independent Black filmmakers in her own home. New York Women in Film and Television called Maple’s work “a forerunner of the independent, minority filmmaking that would cultivate directors […]

Collection Spotlight: Peasant Couple Dancing, Sebald Beham

Title: Peasant Couple DancingArtist: Sebald Beham (German, 1500–50)Year: 1522Medium: Engraving on paperDimensions: 3 1/4 in x 2 inCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Norman H. and Marie Louise Pritchard Collection,1985.2.99 In an image that is only the size of a couple of postage stamps, the sixteenth-century artist Sebald Beham creates […]