Art, Access, and Agency: Melanie Garcia Sympson talks with Gallery Systems about The Block’s online collection

Interview reprinted with permission from Gallery Systems – View original. Northwestern University’s The Block Museum of Art is placing a stronger focus on its digital initiatives in a resounding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a teaching and learning museum, the institution is upholding its mission statement of “presenting art across time, cultures, and media” by pursuing […]

Mercy in the Museum: Collection Tours [Video]

Throughout Fall 2020 the Block Museum welcomed online audiences to a special series of shared conversations, focusing on artworks from the collection that explore ideas of justice, race, and equity. [View our Just Mercy Project] These discussion-based lunchtime tours were led by Block staff and inspired by Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and […]

Collection Spotlight: Ebola Times, Emmanuel Bakara Daou

Speaking in 2014, Emmanuel Bakary Daou shared his concept of photography as “…a means of communication, a way of conveying messages, and, above all, a tangible witness to a moment in time.”[i] Daou studied painting before turning to photography, and his work frequently explores the intersection between photography’s documentary and expressive potential. His series Le […]

National Endowment for the Arts announces support for upcoming Block exhibition

Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art is proud to announce the receipt of a $45,000 Arts Project grant from National Endowment for the Arts.  The grant will support the upcoming Winter 2022 exhibition A Site of Struggle: Making Meaning of Anti-Black Violence in American Art and Visual Culture. The Block’s forthcoming exhibition is among 1,073 […]

Collection Spotlight: Scottsboro Limited, Prentiss Taylor

Artist: Prentiss TaylorTitle: Scottsboro Limited, from the portfolio ScottsboroDate: 1932Medium: LithographDimensions: 10 7/8 x 13 7/8 in.Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1992.57 In Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931, nine young Black men, ranging in age from 13 to 19 years old, were falsely accused of raping two white women on a […]

Introducing the leaders, educators and ambassadors of our 2020-21 Student Docent Team

The Block Museum of Art is pleased to announce our 2020-2021 undergraduate student docent cohort. Selected from a competitive applicant pool, this group of fourteen Northwestern University undergraduates from across disciplines, schools, class years, and all levels of museum experience have come together to serve as facilitators, guides, educators, advisors and leaders at The Block. […]

Partnership Spotlight: Mapping identity with The Leadership Project

In Fall 2020, the Block’s Engagement Department was proud to continue its years-long history of collaboration with Evanston’s Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United), a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. We partnered with the organization’s high school program The […]

Meet Block Museum Fellow Bethany Hill

In September 2020 the Block Museum welcomed Bethany Hill as a 2020-2021 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.  Fellows are integral members of the museum staff supporting projects through exhibition and collection research, curating, writing and catalog […]

Block Museum announces Terra Foundation support for a project exploring Chicago’s art history from an Indigenous perspective

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is the recipient of a $105,000 grant from the Terra Foundation of American Art in support of research and development for an exhibition that approaches the art history of the Chicago region from Indigenous perspectives. Tentatively titled Indigenous Chicago: Confluence, Rupture, Flow, the exhibition will take place […]