The Block Museum welcomes Michael Metzger as Curator of Media Arts

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is pleased to announce the hiring of Michael Metzger as Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts.  A curator, writer, and educator, Metzger is joining the Block from Stanford University, where he is completing his Ph.D. study in the Department of Art and Art History. The Block’s Associate Director […]

Artist Hank Willis Thomas ‘unbrands” advertising culture at the Block Museum of Art

Exhibition opens April 14 at Block Museum and continues through Aug. 5 Who is responsible for the meaning of an advertisement?  How do ads reflect society’s hopes and dreams at a moment in time, as well as popular ideas about race, gender, and class? Renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas (b.1976) has built his career […]

Apply Now – Read with the Spine: Experiences & Experiments in Northwestern Libraries Collections

Read with the Spine: Experiences & Experiments in Northwestern Libraries Collections Friday, March 2, 1-5pm, Faculty, staff, and students Saturday, March 3, 9am-1pm, Students only This Northwestern University workshop will use the site of the library to explore fundamental questions about human experiences and the nature of books and libraries themselves, such as:  What does […]

Block Museum explores Harun Farocki’s poetic and political films

Free cinema series showcases a retrospective on master German documentarian Over the course of his career, German documentary filmmaker and essayist Harun Farocki (1944-2014) created more than 100 bold, playful and cerebral films, videos and installations. His astute and brilliant observations of the contradictions of German society, politics, and economics, and how these national issues […]

“Paint the Eyes Softer” Mummy Experiment Makes Headlines Around the World

The intact portrait mummy now on view at the Block has traveled far and wide on her journey to the exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” on view at the Block Museum from January 13 through April 22, 2018. This fall, the ancient artifact became the site of a groundbreaking new […]

Meet Joe Scott, Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator

In Fall of 2017, the Block Museum was pleased to welcome Joe Scott into the role of Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator. Joe comes to the museum with over fifteen years of exhibition design experience including work with The University of Chicago Libraries and The Art Institute of Chicago.  He will be working closely with our Exhibitions department […]

The Block Museum and The Graduate School team up to change the face of museum fellowships

Unique fellowship puts interdisciplinary scholar in Block Museum The Block Museum of Art and The Graduate School announce the creation of an annual interdisciplinary fellowship enabling graduate students from any school or department across Northwestern University to work within the museum for a full academic year. The fellow will serve alongside the Block’s art history fellow, appointed annually from […]

Block Museum Catalog Named to The New York Times “Best Art Books of 2017”

On Friday, December 15th, we were thrilled to discover that the exhibition catalog “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius” had been named by The New York Times art critic Holland Cotter as one of his favorite art books of the year.  Our text is listed as one of just nine books that Cotter points to as the most vital of […]

The art and science of Roman-Egyptian mummies to be explored in Northwestern exhibition

‘Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt’ on view Jan. 13–April 22, 2018 The Block Museum of Art and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University delve into the art and science of ancient artifacts in the upcoming exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt,” opening Jan. 13, 2018. […]