The Block Museum presents Paul Chan’s Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization

Media artwork exploring philosophy, pop culture, and war on view July 17 – November 4, 2018 The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University announces a new exhibition highlighting a significant gift of media art to its permanent collection. From July 17 through November 4, 2018, the Block Museum devotes its first-floor gallery to the […]

Collection Spotlight: Constellation Exhibit 1959, Joan Miró

Title: Constellation Exhibit 1959 Artist: Joan Miró Nationality: Spanish Date: 1959 Medium or technique: Color lithograph Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1993.49, Copyright: © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris In 1919, Joan Miró relocated from his native Spain to France, where he became associated with […]

Collection Spotlight: Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe

Title: Patti Smith Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) Nationality: American Date: 1986 Medium: Gelatin Silver print Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jeffrey H. Loria, 2015.7.3   Singer and poet Patti Smith was one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s earliest and most frequent photographic subjects, and over two decades he took many photographs of her. They […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Chicago), Dawoud Bey

  Title: Untitled (Chicago)  Artist: Dawoud Bey Nationality: American, b. 1953 Date: 1993 Medium: Polaroid, 24 x 40 inches Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University, gift of Sari and James A. Klein in honor of Lisa Corrin and Peter Erickson, 2014.4.5a-b Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) was recently named a recipient […]

Collection Spotlight: Cherokee Burden Basket: Singing a Song for Balance, Shan Goshorn

  Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee, b. 1957) Cherokee Burden Basket: Singing a Song for Balance, 2012 Arches watercolor paper splints printed with archival inks, acrylic paint 18 ¾ x 18 ¾ x 23 ¼ inches Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase with a gift from Sandra Lynn Riggs and members […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horse), Purvis Young

Artist: Purvis Young (America, 1943-2010) Title: Untitled (Angel, Boats and Horse) Date: ca.1988 Medium: Painting on found board Dimensions: 69 x 38 x 3.5 inches Credit Line: Gift of Selig and Angela Sacks,  2014.6.1 The first thing I noticed about Purvis Young’s Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horses) (ca. 1988) was that it was huge. Even propped […]

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 […]

Block Museum Board honors former Provost with acquisition of works by Tseng Kwong Chi

Works acquired by the Block through gift made by the Museum’s Board of Advisors Gift presented in honor of Daniel Linzer, Northwestern Provost 2007-2017 Additional gift made to the museum by Estate of Tseng Kwong Chi The Block museum is pleased to announce the acquisition of a suite of works by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990).  […]

New gifts to the Block Museum highlighted in fall exhibitions

EVANSTON — The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will present two exhibitions that highlight recent gifts of contemporary art to its permanent collection. “Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution,” an immersive, gallery-sized installation by artist Carrie Mae Weems, opens Sept. 12, and “Looking Life Right Straight in the Face,”an exhibition of paintings by self-trained artist Purvis Young, […]

Block Museum Work on View At Tate Modern

Soul of a Nation shines a bright light on the vital contribution of Black artists to a dramatic period in American art and history The Block Museum of Art is proud to have one of its newest acquisitions, Jeff Donaldson’s 1967 Study for the Wall of Respect [Miles Davis], on display in the landmark exhibition Soul of A Nation: Art in […]