Collection News

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 […]

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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 […]

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Collection News, Exhibition Stories

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 […]

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Northern Trust Purchase Prize Announced – Block Museum awarded Rachel Monosov & Admire Kamudzengerere’s “1972”

Northern Trust Selects Artwork for Donation to Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art at EXPO CHICAGO 2017 CHICAGO – Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art and Northern Trust have announced that the 2017 Northern Trust Purchase Prize will go to support the museum’s acquisition of the collaborative work 1972 by artists Rachel Monosov (b. 1987, […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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