Collection Spotlight: Como te ven te tratan (How they see you, they treat you), Hector Duarte

Artist: Hector Duarte (Mexican and American, born 1952)Title: Como te ven te tratan (How they see you, they treat you)Year: 2007Medium: Color linoleum cut on paperSize: 15 3/8 in x 11 1/4 inCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Molly Day and John Himmelfarb, 2007.15.3 “Over time it’s as if the barbed wire forms part of the person.” Quoted in a 2009...

Collection Spotlight: Day and Night, Sarah Sze

Title: Day and NightArtist: Sarah SzeNationality: Chinese-American, born 1969Dimensions: 37 1/4 in x 71 1/4 inDate: 2003Medium: Offset color lithograph and screenprint, diptychCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds provided by Chris and William Robb, Hollis Clayson, Diane Dawson, Kay Deaux, Sally Dumas, Emily Forsgren, Susan Fuller, Steven Gavin and...

Collection Spotlight: Unidentified Man on Bike, Andy Warhol

Title: Unidentified Man on BikeArtist: Andy WarholNationality: American, 1928–87Date: ca. 1980Medium: gelatin silver printCredit: Gift of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, 2008.1.128. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Unidentified Man on a Bike was donated to The Block Museum as part of the Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program, which was developed by the Andy...

Collection Spotlight: Two Forms (Divided Circle), Barbara Hepworth

Title: Two Forms (Divided Circle)Artist: Barbara Hepworth (British, 1903–1975)Year: 1969Medium: Cast bronze with brown patinaSize: 93 x 89 x 23 inchesCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Leigh B. Block, 1988.3.3 Barbara Hepworth made Two Forms (Divided Circle) at the end of a decade in which she dedicated herself to works that incorporated the viewer....

“Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago” sheds new light on Chicago’s rich collections

The Block Museum is proud to be among the many Chicago collections with work on view in Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Loans from The Block collection to the exhibition include; the abstract painting One (1970) by Sam Gilliam; Monochrome und Feuer (1961), a silkscreen triptych by Yves Klein; and the photograph Untitled (Nomsa Brath with earrings designed...

Collection Spotlight: Peasant Couple Dancing, Sebald Beham

Title: Peasant Couple DancingArtist: Sebald Beham (German, 1500–50)Year: 1522Medium: Engraving on paperDimensions: 3 1/4 in x 2 inCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Norman H. and Marie Louise Pritchard Collection,1985.2.99 In an image that is only the size of a couple of postage stamps, the sixteenth-century artist Sebald Beham creates a compelling...

Collection Spotlight: Skeeter, Catherine Opie

Title: Skeeter Artist: Catherine Opie (American, born 1961) Date: 1993 Medium: Chromogenic print Edition: 5 of 8 Dimensions: 40 x 30 in. Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Armyan Bernstein and Christine Meleo Bernstein, 2018.9. Reproduced with permission from the artist. Skeeter; Sunflowers; Sunrise “A lot of my friends were fighting AIDS or dying. And...

Collection Spotlight: Untitled #17 (Forest), Dawoud Bey

Title: Untitled #17 (Forest) from the series Night Coming Tenderly, BlackArtist: Dawoud Bey (American, born 1953)Date:  2017Medium:  Gelatin silver printEdition: Edition of 6Dimensions: 44 x 55 in.Credit Line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds provided by Susan and Richard Rieser Dawoud Bey’s series Night Coming Tenderly, Black is a...

Federico Solmi’s surreal, satirical universe comes to The Block Museum collection

Ambitious media installation The Great Farce donated in recognition of museum’s upcoming anniversary Past and present, history and amusement, reality and spectacle are conflated and distorted in Federico Solmi’s monumental media work, The Great Farce (2017), recently acquired by Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. The Block received the nine-channel, limited-edition work as a...