An Archaeology of Advertising: Hank Willis Thomas opens “Unbranded” at the Block [Video]

Over 350 guests joined artist Hank Willis Thomas at the Block Museum on April 14, 2018 for a talk on his politically charged work and the Block Museum exhibition Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded. The exhibition brings together selections from two bodies of work: Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008 and Unbranded: A Century of White […]

Experiments in Form: Rethinking Abstraction and Materiality c. 1970 [Video]

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Block celebrated the opening of the exhibition “Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella”, on view through June 24, 2018. The exhibition uses works in the Block Museum of Art’s collection by Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), Alan Shields (1944–2005), and Frank Stella (b. 1936) as starting points […]

Lisa Corrin and Debra Kerr on Purvis Young as a witness to his world [Video]

The Block Museum presents “Looking Life Right Straight in the Face”: The Art of Purvis Young from September 23 – December 10, 2017. On October 19th, 2017 Lisa Corrin Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum was joined in conversation by Debra Kerr, Director of the Intuit Art Center, for a gallery talk about the exhibition and the life of […]

The University Art Museum as a “State of Mind” – Lisa Corrin at Bard Graduate Center

On Tuesday November 8th, 2017  Block Museum’s Ellen Philips Katz Director Lisa Corrin joined New York’s Bard Graduate Center for Museum Conversations Seminar talk entitled “The University Art Museum as a ‘State of Mind.’” About the Lecture Since 2012, The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has been developing a new model for how a campus […]

Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix & the Countercultural Politics of the Uncategorizable

Professor Michael J Kramer offers a riff on Hendrix “Love & Then Some: 1960s Protest & Liberation” a panel presented in conjunction with the exhibition “William Blake & the Age of Aquarius“ The Blues is an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its […]

Scholars and artists on the complex history of Chicago’s public art [Audio]

Art, Publics, Politics: Legacies of the Wall of Respect was a symposium held at the Block Museum on April 28 and 29, 2017.  Presented in partnership between the Block Museum of Art and the Northwestern University Department of Art History the two day event brought together artists and scholars of the generations that followed the […]

Announcing Spring 2017 Program Lineup

From tracing the building, to tracking transience, to transforming the museum field we are thrilled to announce a vibrant season of discussions, tours, and performances hosted by leading artists, filmmakers and thinkers from around the world. Mark your calendar to join these “inquisitive travelers” at the Block Museum this fall. Opening Celebration: Five Takes on […]

“Generation 00: Cultural Practices before the Middle East Uprisings” colloquium with Abdellah Karroum [Video]

What role did artists and artistic production have in the political upheaval of the Arab Spring and related social and political movements?  The Block Museum will expand this question over three days of conversation with Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.  As an organization Mathaf explores and celebrates art by Arab […]

Announcing Winter 2017 Program Lineup

From tracing the building, to tracking transience, to transforming the museum field we are thrilled to announce a vibrant season of discussions, tours, and performances hosted by leading artists, filmmakers and thinkers from around the world. Mark your calendar to join these “inquisitive travelers” at the Block Museum this fall. Opening Celebration: Five Takes on […]