Collection Spotlight: Pothi Box, Dayanita Singh

Artist: Dayanita Singh (Indian, born 1961)  Title: Pothi Box  Date: 2018  Medium: 30 unbound image cards, teakwood enclosure, and embroidered muslin  Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 6 ½ x 1 in  Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Lisa Graziose Corrin […]

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Artist Collaborations, Block Cinema

An Immersive Practice: Conversations with Christopher Harris, Crystal Z. Campbell & Paige Taul [Audio]

Over three nights, Block Cinema organized a series of talks and screenings with three leading video artists and filmmakers. These wide-ranging conversations touched on everything from landscape representation to abstraction, and from environmental segregation to racial violence. I don’t think experimental films in and of themselves are accessible or inaccessible. I think the apparatus around […]

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On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

Art, Activism, and Contemporary Resonances of the 1935 NAACP exhibition “An Art Commentary on Lynching” [Video]

The NAACP’s 1935 exhibition, “An Art Commentary on Lynching,” and its use in anti-lynching activism represents a critical but often overlooked moment in American art history. In March 2022, The Block Museum hosted a special conversation about this historical exhibition, the intersection of art and activism, and connections to A Site of Struggle and our community today. […]

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Museum News, Partnerships

Communicating through Art: Museum clinical study partnership considers the role of art in combating primary progressive aphasia

Throughout Winter 2022, The Block Museum of Art and The Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASLL) partnered on an innovative clinical study centering on art-based discussion in the treatment of primary progressive aphasia (PPA).  Working together, the units developed the trial program “Conversations Through Art” as a clinical treatment case-study.  The […]

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Block Cinema

Holding Binoculars, Pointing a Camera: Filmmakers Frédéric Moffet, Joelle Mercedes, and Deborah Stratman [Audio]

On February 25, 2022 filmmakers Frédéric Moffet, Joelle Mercedes, and Deborah Stratman joined Block Cinema for a conversation on their short films centered on birds and birdwatching practices. With works by Kevin Jerome Everson, Margaret Tait, Frédéric Moffet, Deborah Stratman, and additional artists, the program explored human-avian relationships from a variety of formal, emotional, and conceptual perspectives. I often […]

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Partnership Spotlight: Roycemore School’s ‘Museum Mania’

This winter Block Museum staff joined students at Evanston’s Roycemore School who were taking a deep dive into understanding the behind-the-scenes of museum work. High school students at the co-educational college preparatory school step out of the classroom for a special three-week January Short Term. During that time, regular classes are suspended while both students […]

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Northwestern Learning

A Close Look: Margaret Burrough’s “Mother and Child”

How might one artwork be used as a point of connection for a deeper understanding of history, artmaking, collecting practices, identity, and more? The Block Museum of Art is proud to publish an interactive close looking project, the result of graduate research centered on the 1996 print Mother and Child by artist Margaret Burroughs (American, 1915 […]

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