Collection Spotlight: Adoration of the Masters, Elizabeth Olds

Title: Adoration of the Masters Artist: Elizabeth Olds Nationality: American, 1896–1991 Date: 1940 Medium: Screenprint Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1998.25.1             Elizabeth Olds’s Adoration of the Masters captivates viewers with vivid colors and comical characters in a relatable setting. As an avid lover of museums, I was drawn to […]

Collection Spotlight: Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization, Paul Chan

Title: Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization Artist: Paul Chan Nationality: American, born Hong Kong, 1973 Date: 1999-2003 Medium: Single-channel digital video on mini-PC, color, with sound, 17:20 min Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Peter Norton, 2016.4.8a A writer, activist, and artist celebrated for efforts in video, sculpture, performance and installation, Paul […]

Collection Spotlight: Frau an der Wiege, Käthe Kollwitz

Title: Frau an der Wiege Artist: Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) Nationality: German Date: 1897 Medium: Etching Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jack Brown, 1993.47 Käthe Kollwitz’s Frau an der Wiege (Woman at the Crib) is a powerful portrayal of the precarious living conditions of the working class in 19th-century Germany. The etching shows a woman positioned […]

Collection Spotlight: Pocahontas, 1976, Marisol

Marisol (Marisol Escobar) (American, born in France, 1930-2016) Pocahontas 1976 Color lithograph Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Paul S. D’Amato, LS 1985.3.8  Image © 2018 Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Marisol was a Venezuelan-American sculptor active in the 1960s and 1970s pop art movement. […]

Collection Spotlight: Girl with Earring, 1961/1962, Milton Rogovin

Milton Rogovin (American, 1909-2011) Girl with Earring from the series East Side, Buffalo, New York 1961/1962 Silver gelatin print Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Purchase, 2000.25.16 Image reproduced courtesy of The Rogovin Collection, Forest Park, Illinois Milton Rogovin was a documentary photographer best known for his work […]

Collection Spotlight: Flamenco, Ed Paschke

Ed Paschke (American, 1939–2004) Flamenco, 1991 Eight-color screenprint Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds provided by Leigh and Henry Bienen, Sarah Pritchard and Neal Blair, and Lori and Ted Souder, 2008.22 Flamenco is a screenprint by well-known Chicago artist Ed Paschke. Paschke was trained at the School of the Art Institute […]

Collection Spotlight: P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, 1979, Manfred Mohr

Title: P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, 1979 Artist: Manfred Mohr, b. 1938 Nationality: German Date: Drawn 1979 Medium or technique: Plotter drawing, ink on paper Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2007.22.1. Scattered with nonsensical, crisp, geometric forms, Manfred Mohr’s plotter drawing, P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, […]

Collection Spotlight: Constellation Exhibit 1959, Joan Miró

Title: Constellation Exhibit 1959 Artist: Joan Miró Nationality: Spanish Date: 1959 Medium or technique: Color lithograph Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1993.49, Copyright: © Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris In 1919, Joan Miró relocated from his native Spain to France, where he became associated with […]

Collection Spotlight: Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe

Title: Patti Smith Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) Nationality: American Date: 1986 Medium: Gelatin Silver print Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jeffrey H. Loria, 2015.7.3   Singer and poet Patti Smith was one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s earliest and most frequent photographic subjects, and over two decades he took many photographs of her. They […]