Museum as Catalyst: A Collaborative Case Study [Video]

How can a campus art museum serve to facilitate creative, interdisciplinary collaboration? This is the question that the Block Museum’s Curatorial Associate, Essi Ronkko and Museum Director, Lisa Corrin recently discussed at the 2018 Northwestern University Best Practices Forum2018 Northwestern University Best Practices Forum.  The forum showcases innovative and valuable practices that have been successfully implemented across the university.  The […]

Unlocking Sounds of the Past: Experimental sound workshop with Dario Robleto and Patrick Feaster

What does an image sound like?  This is the question that Northwestern University students sought to answer in an experimental workshop earlier this month.  Students in computer science, engineering, sound arts, and art theory and practice joined together for a day-long session with artist Dario Robleto and media historian Patrick Feaster to delve into the […]

Behind-the-Scenes: William Blake Song Suites at the Block [Video]

Visitors to the Block Museum of Art on February 7, 2018 enjoyed William Blake’s art through music when students from the Bienen School of Music performed two song cycles inspired by Blake: Benjamin Britten’s 1965 Songs and Proverbs of William Blake and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s 1957 Ten Blake Songs. The performances took place in the museum’s gallery surrounded by […]

Remembrance through Stories and Sewing: Creating a Witness Quilt [Video]

William Blake recognized artmaking as a powerful tool to address the pressing social issues of his time. In this spirit, the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University invited guests to experience the exhibition “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius” and join Melissa Blount, Evanston-based artist and activist and creator of the Black Lives […]

Indigenous Artists in Collaboration: A Conversation [Video]

On November 29, 2017, the Block Museum was honored to host a special conversation with four contemporary Native artists.  Each of the women on the panel works within a collaborative artistic practice that unites artists, community, and audience. From to participatory dance and collective narratives, to asynchronous poetry and public interventions these artists upend the notion […]

“Paint the Eyes Softer” Mummy Experiment Makes Headlines Around the World

The intact portrait mummy now on view at the Block has traveled far and wide on her journey to the exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” on view at the Block Museum from January 13 through April 22, 2018. This fall, the ancient artifact became the site of a groundbreaking new […]

Northwestern’s Interdisciplinary Strength Shines at Architecture Biennial

Chicago Architectural Biennial runs Sept. 16, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018 EVANSTON, Ill. — When the Chicago Architecture Biennial kicks off Sept. 16, Northwestern University’s strengths in interdisciplinary study, global research and collaboration will be on full display. From a large-scale art installation to lectures by faculty and internationally-renowned guest artists, all programs will focus […]