“The Picture Is the Window”: Lynn Gumpert and Lisa Corrin on Abby Grey and intrepid art collecting [Audio]

Consisting of more than 700 artworks, the Abby Weed Grey Collection of Modern Asian and Middle Eastern Art at New York University comprises the largest institutional holdings of Iranian, Turkish and Indian modern art in any American university museum.  This unparalleled historical resource was amassed by Abby Weed Grey (1902-1983), a self-described “dyed-in-the-wool...

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...

‘Modernisms’ reveals artistic responses to the 20th-century’s ‘crisis in humanity’

The Block Museum hosts rare look at Modernist art from Iran, Turkey, and India Visitors to The Block Museum of Art have an unprecedented opportunity to view 114 artworks from global artists during a period of rapid modernization with the exhibition, “Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish, and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Weed Grey Collection.” It is part of the museum’s season of Global...

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...

“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...

Contesting Freedom: “Pop América, 1965–1975” Curator Conversation with Esther Gabara [Video]

The ground-breaking exhibition Pop América draws attention to Latin American and US Latino/a artists who turned the “Pop” of Pop art into a verb by using familiar images of modern life—including mass media, fashion, food, and advertising—to make forceful interventions into art and society. On October 2, 2019 The Block Museum welcomed Esther Gabara, curator of  Pop América, for a...

Inside Pop América: Corinne Granof on what makes the exhibition “pop”

The exhibition Pop América, 1965–1975 brings together artists from across the Americas to reframe our understanding of Pop Art. Pop América is the first exhibition to unify Latin American and Latinx expressions of Pop and explore how its bold, colorful imagery and political potential was embraced by artists working across the hemisphere. Corinne Granof, Block Museum Academic...

The Block Museum celebrates Latin American Pop Art

Pop América, 1965–1975 opens September 21 at The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University Chicago audiences will discover an expanded history of Pop Art when The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University opens the exhibition Pop América, 1965–1975, this fall.  Running September 21 through December 8th, 2019, the bilingual exhibition challenges and reframes familiar notions of...

Block Museum announces exhibitions for 2019-2020 “Year of Global Modernisms”

Museum's season includes art from Latin America, Southeast Asia and Middle East The Block Museum of Art announces its exhibition schedule for 2019 – 2020. Four major shows, highlighting the diversity of global modernisms, will present a mid-20th-century view of art as it is entwined with culture and politics around the globe. “Each of these exhibitions contributes to the recalibration of...

Scholars consider the history, power, and imagination of Caravans of Gold during exhibition opening [Video]

On January 26, 2019 The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University celebrated the opening of the exhibition "Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time."Caravans of Gold is the first major exhibition addressing the scope of Saharan trade and the shared history of West Africa, the Middle East, North Africa, and Europe from the eighth to sixteenth centuries. Weaving stories about interconnected...