Art, Access, and Agency: Melanie Garcia Sympson talks with Gallery Systems about The Block’s online collection

Interview reprinted with permission from Gallery Systems – View original. Northwestern University’s The Block Museum of Art is placing a stronger focus on its digital initiatives in a resounding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a teaching and learning museum, the institution is upholding its mission statement of “presenting art across time, cultures, and media” by pursuing […]

Mercy in the Museum: Collection Tours [Video]

Throughout Fall 2020 the Block Museum welcomed online audiences to a special series of shared conversations, focusing on artworks from the collection that explore ideas of justice, race, and equity. [View our Just Mercy Project] These discussion-based lunchtime tours were led by Block staff and inspired by Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and […]

Partnership Spotlight: Mapping identity with The Leadership Project

In Fall 2020, the Block’s Engagement Department was proud to continue its years-long history of collaboration with Evanston’s Y.O.U. (Youth & Opportunity United), a youth development agency that provides services and leadership to meet the emerging needs of young people and their families in our community. We partnered with the organization’s high school program The […]

The Block receives gift of posters by Argentinean Pop Artist Edgardo Giménez

The Block Museum proudly announces a gift of mid-twentieth century posters that significantly expands its holdings of Latin American art, graphic design, and Pop Art. In recognition of the presentation of the exhibition Pop América, 1965–1975 (fall 2019), The Block has received a donation of 18 archival posters by Edgardo Giménez (Argentinean, born 1942). A […]

Now Available: Teaching “Just Mercy” Through the Block’s Collection [PDF]

Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is the One Book One Northwestern reading selection for the 2020-2021 school year. Just Mercy follows Stevenson through the beginning of his career as a lawyer devoted to seeking justice for those who have already been treated unfairly by the judicial system.  In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson calls on each […]

Third major gift of Steichen photographs broadens Block Museum teaching collection

Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art has acquired 41 silver gelatin and platinum prints by renowned American artist Edward Steichen from collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander. The donation broadens the museum’s already significant holding of vintage prints by Steichen. The gift is the third to the museum from the Hollander family, who donated 49 Steichen […]

Collection Spotlight: The great gymnasts of Heidburg…,Michael Schwab

Artist: Michael Schwab (German, born 1966)Title: Die grossen Turner aus der Heidburg mit den “Bananen-Bäuchen”, Siegfried u. Kunigunde vom Lehrer gennant (The great gymnasts of Heidburg with the “banana-bellies”—called Siegfried and Kunigunde by their teacher), from the series Erinnern (Remembering)Date: 1993Medium: Gelatin silver printDimensions: 24 x 19 15/16 in.Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum […]

Collection Spotlight: Hotei at Dusk (Higure Hotei), Utagawa Sadatora

Title: Hotei at Dusk (Higure Hotei), from the series The Seven Gods of Fortune (Toto shichi fukujin no uchi)Artist: Utagawa SadatoraNationality: Japanese, ca. flourished 1818-44Date: ca. 1820sMedium: Color Woodcut, 14 1/4 in x 9 3/4 inCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds provided by Connie and Tom Hodson   Sadatora […]