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 […]

Collection Spotlight: Berlin (traced and painted), First, Louise Lawler

Artist: Louise Lawler, American, born 1947 Title: Berlin (traced and painted), First Date: 2000/2013/2014 Medium: gouache on archival pigment print Dimensions: 8 ¾ x 9 ½ in Credit line: Gift of Bill and Sheila Lambert, 2016.10.5 Louise Lawler’s Berlin (traced and painted), First is a tracing of her photograph Berlin (2000) drawn by children’s book […]

Collection Spotlight: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), Lovis Corinth

Title: Death and the Artist (Tod und Künstler), from the series Dance of Death (Totentanz) Artist: Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) Nationality: German Date: 1921, published 1922 Medium: Etching, soft-ground etching and drypoint Credit: Gift of James and Pamela Elesh, 1999.21.13 Lovis Corinth was one of the best-known artists working in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Germany. Born in Tapiau and educated in […]

Block acquires 1967 study portrait for Wall of Respect by Jeff Donaldson

The exhibition We Are Revolutionaries: The Wall of Respect and Chicago’s Mural Movement runs April 21 – June 18, 2017.  In conjunction with the exhibition the Block Museum is pleased to announce an important acquisition for the museum’s permanent collection. The museum has purchased a 1967 study portrait of trumpet player and band leader Miles Davis […]