Visiting artist Jen Bervin weaves interdisciplinary stories across Northwestern

The Block Museum and Kaplan Institute host artist-in-residence throughout winter quarter When artist Jen Bervin first visited Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art in spring 2017, she launched into a two-day whirlwind tour, taking part in more than 20 conversations with faculty and students that spanned the fields of engineering, nanotechnology, computer science, poetry and art. As […]

Indigenous Artists in Collaboration: A Conversation [Video]

On November 29, 2017, the Block Museum was honored to host a special conversation with four contemporary Native artists.  Each of the women on the panel works within a collaborative artistic practice that unites artists, community, and audience. From to participatory dance and collective narratives, to asynchronous poetry and public interventions these artists upend the notion […]

Apply Now – Read with the Spine: Experiences & Experiments in Northwestern Libraries Collections

Read with the Spine: Experiences & Experiments in Northwestern Libraries Collections Friday, March 2, 1-5pm, Faculty, staff, and students Saturday, March 3, 9am-1pm, Students only This Northwestern University workshop will use the site of the library to explore fundamental questions about human experiences and the nature of books and libraries themselves, such as:  What does […]

Director Raoul Peck Screens Acclaimed Civil Rights Documentary at Block Cinema [Video]

Academy Award-nominated director Raoul Peck screened and discussed his documentary I Am Not Your Negro  at Block Cinema space Monday, October 16.  The screening presented in partnership with the MFA in Documentary Media Program, was part of the Fall 2017 series New Docs focusing on innovation in documentary media. The documentary, which showcases the work of […]

Abraham Cruzvillegas Discusses Hope and Resourcefulness [Video]

Contemporary artist and designer Abraham Cruzvillegas visited Northwestern in late October 2017 to take part in Northwestern Engineering’s Dean Seminar Series at the McCormick School of Engineering and a Chicago Architecture Biennial lecture co-presented by the Department of Art, Theory and Practice and the Block Museum of Art. Cruzvillegas is one of the most important conceptual […]

Art + Engineering: Dario Robleto on the shared quest of art and science [Video]

Dario Robleto is a transdisciplinary artist, storyteller, and “citizen-scientist” whose research-driven practice results in intricately handcrafted objects that reflect his exploration of music, popular culture, science, war, and American history. Since 1997, Robleto has exhibited his work in museums and galleries across the United States, including at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of […]

Bisi Silva on building sustainable contemporary arts organizations in Nigeria [Video]

The Block Museum’s Visual Vanguard series offers conversations with a new generation of innovative arts leaders working internationally and transforming how we experience art today. In April 2017 the Block welcomed Bisi Silva as a guest of this powerful series which has also included Abdellah Karroum of Mathaf: Qatar and Thom Collins of the Barnes […]

Art + Engineering: Pedro Reyes on the beauty of non-directed research [Video]

Pedro Reyes (b. 1972, Mexico City) has won international attention for large-scale projects that address current social and political issues. The artist’s works integrate elements of theater, psychology and activism and take on a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures (Capulas, 2002-08) to puppet productions (Baby Marx, 2008; The Permanent Revolution, 2014). In 2008 Reyes commenced Palas por […]

Scholars and artists on the complex history of Chicago’s public art [Audio]

Art, Publics, Politics: Legacies of the Wall of Respect was a symposium held at the Block Museum on April 28 and 29, 2017.  Presented in partnership between the Block Museum of Art and the Northwestern University Department of Art History the two day event brought together artists and scholars of the generations that followed the […]

Art + Engineering: Jen Bervin on her poetic and material influences [Video]

In February the Block teamed up with Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering to present a conversation with artist Jen Bervin.   In Bervin’s recent project Silk Poems, she consulted nanotechnology and biomedical labs to fabricate a silk film with an ancient Chinese poem written in a six-character chain that corresponds to human DNA. The Block’s associate […]