Caravans of Gold curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock speaks at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti

Kathleen Bickford Berzock, The Block’s associate director of curatorial affairs, recently presented on the Block exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time to an international audience at the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Her talk, “A World in a Fragment: Visualizing Trans-Saharan Exchange through Object-Based Comparisons […]

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 […]

“Up Is Down” exhibition catalogue receives 2019 AAMC Award for Excellence

The publication Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio has received a 2019 Award for Excellence from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC). Corinne Granof, The Block’s curator of academic programs and co-editor of Up is Down, attended the 2019 AAMC conference and accepted the award. Co-editor Amy Beste, […]

Study from Art Institute of Chicago sheds new light on “Caravans of Gold” sculptures

On February 16, 2019 the Art Institute of Chicago announced the results of significant new research on five terracotta sculptures–so named Bankoni after a village in present-day Mali where they were found. The objects date from between the 12th and 15th centuries. This places them “among the oldest surviving sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa and among […]

Block Museum Curator Janet Dees Receives Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship

The Block Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Janet Dees, The Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art has received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Warhol Foundation. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award a total of $413,500 in Fall 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships. Fellows will […]

Histories of African migration explored by renowned contemporary artist Isaac Julien

The Block Museum of Art presents Isaac Julien’s The Leopard (Western Union: Small Boats) through April 14 The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is pleased to announce its presentation of artist Isaac Julien’s groundbreaking 2007 video installation The Leopard (Western Union: Small Boats) running January 26 through April 14, 2019. The renowned work presents […]

Block Museum celebrates January 26th opening of “Caravans of Gold” [Video]

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University invites audiences to travel to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and beliefs. Opening Jan. 26, 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major exhibition to […]

Medieval Africa as a cultural force is subject of major exhibition at Block Museum

‘Caravans of Gold’ debuts at Block before traveling to Aga Khan Museum and Smithsonian An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that […]

The Block Museum’s new graphic identity invites visitors to discover ‘What’s inside the Block’

Over the past few years The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has consistently presented its audiences with surprising and innovative projects, rooted in original, interdisciplinary research.  The museum’s bold exhibitions and engagement programs stretch across time, geography, and fields of study, drawing national awards and media recognition as well as loyal audiences from […]

Exhibition Catalog Now Available: Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio

Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio  Edited by Amy Beste and Corinne Granof, 2018 – With contributions by Dan Bashara, Amy Beste, Greg D’Onofrio, Thomas Dyja, Corinne Granof, Justus Nieland, Talia Shabtay, Lynn Spigel and Andy Uhrich Published by The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University ISBN: 978-1732568402 […]