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 […]

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 photographic […]

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 gift […]

Collection Spotlight: Adoration of the Masters, Elizabeth Olds

Title: Adoration of the Masters Artist: Elizabeth Olds Nationality: American, 1896–1991 Date: 1940 Medium: Screenprint Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1998.25.1             Elizabeth Olds’s Adoration of the Masters captivates viewers with vivid colors and comical characters in a relatable setting. As an avid lover of museums, I was drawn to […]

Meet Elisa Quinlan, Director of Development

We took a moment to interview Elisa Quinlan, our new Director of Development and proud Northwestern alumna. In her role at the museum Elisa spearheads fundraising efforts and connects with our Board of Advisors to cultivate events. She also oversees gifts and acquisitions to the museum’s permanent collection. We asked her about her history in […]

Block Museum receives major gift of photography by Brett Weston

Images ranging from landscapes to botanical studies are among the 50 photographs by celebrated American photographer Brett Weston (1911–­1993) given to The Block Museum of Art by Christian Keesee, who, in 1996, acquired the most complete collection of Weston’s work directly from the photographer’s estate. Keesee has given a portion of the collection to several museums […]

Collection Spotlight: Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization, Paul Chan

Title: Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization Artist: Paul Chan Nationality: American, born Hong Kong, 1973 Date: 1999-2003 Medium: Single-channel digital video on mini-PC, color, with sound, 17:20 min Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Peter Norton, 2016.4.8a A writer, activist, and artist celebrated for efforts in video, sculpture, performance and installation, Paul […]

Collection Spotlight: Frau an der Wiege, Käthe Kollwitz

Title: Frau an der Wiege Artist: Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) Nationality: German Date: 1897 Medium: Etching Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jack Brown, 1993.47 Käthe Kollwitz’s Frau an der Wiege (Woman at the Crib) is a powerful portrayal of the precarious living conditions of the working class in 19th-century Germany. The etching shows a woman positioned […]

Collection Spotlight: Pocahontas, 1976, Marisol

Marisol (Marisol Escobar) (American, born in France, 1930-2016) Pocahontas 1976 Color lithograph Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Paul S. D’Amato, LS 1985.3.8  Image © 2018 Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Marisol was a Venezuelan-American sculptor active in the 1960s and 1970s pop art movement. […]