Exhibition Stories, On Equity and Action, Staff Stories

A Grounding in Place: Lois Taylor Biggs reflects on “Woven Being” curatorial research trip

The Block is currently forming the exhibition Woven Being: Indigenous Art in Chicagoland (working title) through Indigenous curatorial methodologies that prioritize collaboration, reciprocity, and sustained dialogue with an expanding, intergenerational community of Indigenous knowledge sharers and non-Indigenous allies.  The Block’s Lois Biggs, (Cherokee Nation and White Earth Ojibwe) Terra Foundation Curatorial Research Fellow, shares a personal account […]

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On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

On Collaboration, Context, and Counterpoints: A Conversation Series on Museum Practice [Video]

Originating at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period. In conjunction with this exhibition, a national group of curators, educators, and scholars convened […]

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On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

Art, Activism, and Contemporary Resonances of the 1935 NAACP exhibition “An Art Commentary on Lynching” [Video]

The NAACP’s 1935 exhibition, “An Art Commentary on Lynching,” and its use in anti-lynching activism represents a critical but often overlooked moment in American art history. In March 2022, The Block Museum hosted a special conversation about this historical exhibition, the intersection of art and activism, and connections to A Site of Struggle and our community today. […]

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On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

“A fundamental obligation to promote truth”: A Northwestern University Discussion on ‘A Site of Struggle’

How has art been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence within the United States? Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art, the exhbition A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100+ year period.  The […]

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Museum News, On Equity and Action

A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence debuts at the Block Museum of Art, Jan. 26-July 10, 2022

Five years in the planning, new exhibition stakes a claim on the power of the visual to make change Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art  A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period. Images […]

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On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

“Reconsidering who we serve, how we serve”: Museum directors talk responsibility and action [Video]

What is the role of art museums in this moment nationally and globally as we navigate a pandemic, manage economic upheaval, and grapple with racial injustice? How can museums best activate their public platforms, collections, and programs and strengthen community connections to become new spaces for dialogue, reflection, action, and impact that extend beyond their […]

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