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, […]

2019 MFA thesis exhibition kicks off with evening reception at The Block

Every year The Block hosts the Master of Fine Arts degree candidates in the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University for a spring exhibition—in which MFA candidates present their thesis work, concluding two years of intensive artistic development. This year’s thesis exhibition, colorless green ideas sleep furiously., is accompanied by events, programming […]

Opening day celebration for ‘Caravans of Gold’ sets attendance record [Video]

Saturday’s frozen temperatures and falling snow didn’t deter an estimated 2,500 visitors from attending the January 26, 2019 opening day celebration of “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa,” making it the biggest opening day turnout to date for Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. The groundbreaking exhibition […]

Block Museum celebrates January 26th opening of “Caravans of Gold” [Video]

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University invites audiences to travel to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and beliefs. Opening Jan. 26, 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major exhibition to […]

Lights Up! Draw Down! Hands-on Design Lab at the Block Museum

“The playtime in design is the most joyful experience––the wasted moments in scribbles, dribbles, and scratches that formulate vague thoughts into ideas and dreams into action.” – Morton Goldsholl As part of the opening celebration of the Block Museum exhibition, Up Is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio artists of all ages […]

Only In Chicago: Thomas Dyja, Amy Beste, and Corinne Granof on the Goldsholl’s Design Legacy [Video]

In the 1950s, Chicago-based design firm Goldsholl Design Associates made a name for itself with innovative “designs-in-film.” Headed by Morton and Millie Goldsholl, the studio produced artistically-inspired television spots, films, trademarks, and print advertisements for international corporations like Kimberly-Clark, Motorola, and 7-Up. Combining Bauhaus-influenced aesthetics with commercial advertising success, the firm exemplified the way in […]

Opening Program: Behind the Scenes of Roman Egyptian Mummy Portraiture [Video]

On January 17, 2018, the Block Museum hosted a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” with archaeologists, art historians, scientists and scholars of the ancient world. To celebrate the opening of the exhibition panelists shared their insights into the Roman past, including their discovery of what lies […]

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 […]