“Tune in” to the sounds of “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius” with our exhibition playlist

In the late 1960s, Blake’s words and ideas permeated the culture broadly and profoundly. Some musicians, such as Jim Morrison of The Doors, were inspired by Blake’s poems and adapted his texts for their lyrics, while others conjured abstract themes in Blake, such as innocence and love, that were associated with the ethos of the […]

Saree Makdisi on looking to Blake in moments of crisis and transformation [Audio]

UCLA Professor of English and Comparative Literature Saree Makdisi  joined the block Museum to discuss the historical parallels between Blake’s era and the 1960’s, examining how these concurrent histories are the result of profound changes in politics, economy, art, and society during their respective periods. From the lecture: The [Block Museum] exhibition is one of […]

Ritual & Revolution: Janet Dees and Grace Deveney on Carrie Mae Weems [Audio]

Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Grace Deveney, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Northwestern Ph.D. Candidate in Art History discussed Weems’s art and her exploration of universal human experiences through the black subject. From Opening Remarks by Susy Bielak, Block Museum Curator of Public […]

Poets Respond to the art of Romare Bearden at the Block [Audio]

In Spring 2017, the Block was honored to host the book release event for the Northwestern University Press publication “Bearden’s Odyssey: Poets Respond to the Art of Romare Bearden” Borrowing from Romare Bearden’s aesthetic palette and inspired by his Odysseus series, Bearden’s Odyssey gathers, for the first time, poems from thirty-five of the most revered African […]

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 […]

Scholars of Iranian Film Speak at Lucid Figurations Symposium [AUDIO]

On November 17 & 18th, 2016 renowned international scholars and artists convened at the Block Museum to discuss the art of movie poster design, the art and industry of film, and the unique culture of cinephilia in Iran. This symposium, Lucid Figurations: Iranian Movie Poster & Film Art served as the capstone event of the […]

Outing Queer Fluxus: Geoffrey Hendricks and David Getsy in Conversation [Audio]

A prominent member of the Fluxus movement and a legendary organizer of 60’s era Happenings, American artist Geoffrey Hendricks’s art communicates a fascination with nature, collaborative rituals, and the performance of gender and sexuality in public life. A frequent performer at Charlotte Moorman’s Annual New York Avant Garde Festivals, Hendricks’ work was display in the Block Museum […]