Block Explores Legacy of Mid-Century Chicago Design Firm that Turned Advertising Upside Down

  The Block Museum of Art announces its participation in Art Design Chicago, the Terra Foundation’s yearlong celebration of Chicago’s design legacy with the exhibition Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio (September 18 – December 9) Up Is Down is the first major exhibition to explore the trailblazing […]

Flesh of My Flesh: Barry Blinderman and Daniel Berger on David Wojnarowicz [Video]

In July 2018 the Block Museum hosted “Films and Videos by David Wojnarowicz and Collaborators” a screening and conversation presented in partnership with Iceberg Projects in conjunction with the exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Flesh of My Flesh. (June 23 – August 4, 2018) David Wojnarowicz is arguably one of the most important artists to emerge from the New York art […]

Block Museum of Art Receives $350K in NEH Support for Touring Exhibition “Caravans of Gold”

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is the recipient of a major exhibition implementation grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for Humanities. The grant supports the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, opening at The Block Museum in January 2019 before traveling to […]

Collection Spotlight: P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, 1979

Title: P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, 1979 Artist: Manfred Mohr, b. 1938 Nationality: German Date: Drawn 1979 Medium or technique: Plotter drawing, ink on paper Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2007.22.1. Scattered with nonsensical, crisp, geometric forms, Manfred Mohr’s plotter drawing, P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, […]

The Block Museum presents Paul Chan’s Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization

Media artwork exploring philosophy, pop culture, and war on view July 17 – November 4, 2018 The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University announces a new exhibition highlighting a significant gift of media art to its permanent collection. From July 17 through November 4, 2018, the Block Museum devotes its first-floor gallery to the […]

Read with the Spine: Experiences & Experiments in Northwestern Libraries’ Collections [Video]

In March of 2018, the Block Museum and the Northwestern University Library joined together for a special workshop inviting participants to “Read With the Spine.” This two-day event used the site of the library to explore fundamental questions about human experience and the nature of books and libraries themselves, such as: What does it mean […]

Inside the Art and Science of Picasso’s Blues [Video]

Earlier this year, The New York Times reported on a major discovery made by Northwestern scientists, in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago. An interdisciplinary team had used tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology to discover hidden details in the Picasso’s paintings and sculptures. Audiences learned more about this fascinating story, which […]

Medill Digital Storytelling Students Take an Interactive Look at “Unbranded”

Telling stories in a digital environment — for desktop/laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones — requires storytellers to gather information differently and to offer users access to how and where those stories are consumed.  In Spring 2018, Northwestern students in the Medill School of Journalism turned their storytelling lens on the Block Museum of Art exhibition […]

Meet our 2018 Summer Interns: Brianna Heath and Zoe Detweiler

We are thrilled to welcome two Northwestern University students as curatorial interns into the museum this summer.  As part of the Block Museum of Art internship program, our students are conducting directed research on works of art in the permanent collection, preparing sculpture garden tours, and working with our new collection database.  All Block Museum interns take […]

How to Think like an Artist/Engineer – Tips from Lisa Corrin and Julio Ottino

At a high level, scientists and artists connect through the need to make things—to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake. Julio M. Ottino,  Northwestern Engineering Dean and Lisa Corrin, Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, recently sat down with Northwestern Engineering Magazine to provide a few tips for those looking […]