Letter from the Director: Museums have a unique role to play

On behalf of all of us at The Block Museum of Art, I am writing to tell you that we are thinking of the health and safety of our campus, our regional community, and the cultural community internationally at this very difficult and uncertain time. In his recent message to the Northwestern community, President Schapiro reminded us that we all need extra measures of compassion, patience,...

“Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago” sheds new light on Chicago’s rich collections

The Block Museum is proud to be among the many Chicago collections with work on view in Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Loans from The Block collection to the exhibition include; the abstract painting One (1970) by Sam Gilliam; Monochrome und Feuer (1961), a silkscreen triptych by Yves Klein; and the photograph Untitled (Nomsa Brath with earrings designed...

Iranian artist and filmmaker Mania Akbari brings personal new work to Block Cinema

Block Museum hosts Chicago premiere of A Moon for My Father (2019) At age 30, acclaimed artist and filmmaker Mania Akbari was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.  This experience became the core of the Iranian director’s personal new work A Moon for My Father (2019), an essay film made in collaboration with her partner, the British sculptor Douglas White. On...

Association of American Publishers names Block Museum publication as finalist for 2020 Prose Award

On February 12, 2020, The Association of American Publishers (AAP) unveiled finalists for the 2020 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2019, comprising a total of 157 finalists across 49 subject categories. Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce...

The Block receives NEA grant to support series of rare Indian cinema

On January 15, 2020 the National Endowment for the Arts announced its support of 1,187 national grants. The Block Museum was proud to be included among this list of national arts recipients receiving federal funding. The NEA will be a major supporter of the groundbreaking cinema program Morning Will Come: Modernity in Indian Cinema. This is the first NEA grant awarded specifically to a project...

Hyperallergic, Chicago Tribune name “Caravans of Gold” among top exhibitions of 2019

The Block Museum was pleased to close out 2019 with some exciting press accolades. While the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time opened in January 2019, its reverberations had lasting effects in Chicago and throughout the art world. The groundbreaking exhibition was include on two prominent year end lists . The Chicago Tribune's Steve Johnson previewed the exhibition in January 2019....

“Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection” offers new view of global modernity

A major exhibition opening at The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University on January 21, 2020, seeks to expand Western perspectives of modern art. Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection surveys art from three nations where unique and vibrant forms of modernism sprang forth in the 1960s and 70s. Challenging histories of artistic modernism...

Caravans of Gold Awarded by the Illinois Association of Museums

On November 19, 2019 the Block Museum of Art was honored to receive an award of "Superior Achievement in Best Practices" for its exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa from the Illinois Association of Museums. Karen E. Everingham, President of the Illinois Association of Museums Board of Directors presented the award to Kathleen...

Exhibition Publication Now Available – Portrait of a Child: Historical and Scientific Studies of a Roman Egyptian Mummy

Title: Portrait of a Child: Historical and Scientific Studies of a Roman Egyptian MummyContributors: Essi Rönkkö (Editor and Contributor), Taco Terpstra (Editor and Contributor), Marc Walton (Editor and Contributor), Victoria Cooley (Contributor), Caroline Cartwright (Contributor), Jonathan D. Almer (Contributor), Lorelei Corcoran (Contributor), Rachel C. Sabino (Contributor)Publication Date:...

The Block launches CaravansofGold.org to support teaching and learning on medieval Africa

The Block Museum of Art announces the launch of Caravansofgold.org, a companion site to museum’s 2019 exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa. The exhibition is currently on view at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum and will travel to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in 2020. Caravans of Gold is the first major...