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 […]

Artist-at-Large Dario Robleto discusses ethics with experts across fields [Video]

Artist Dario Robleto returned to Evanston this spring to continue his ongoing collaboration as Northwestern’s inaugural Artist-at-Large, hosted by the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science and The Block Museum of Art. The Artist-at-Large Program brings contemporary artists to campus for in-depth exchanges with faculty and students; the Program joins other activities organized by […]

Performers activate Isaac Julien’s “The Leopard (Western Union: Small Boats)”

On April 4, a group curated by D. Soyini Madison, Professor of Performance Studies, responded to Isaac Julien’s The Leopard and to our current moment through dance and movement. Audiences gathered in The Block galleries to witness the performance, which transpired in tandem with a screening of Julien’s work. Beginning with a short reading of original verse, the […]

How to Think like an Artist/Engineer – Tips from Lisa Corrin and Julio Ottino

At a high level, scientists and artists connect through the need to make things—to enjoy the process of creation for its own sake. Julio M. Ottino,  Northwestern Engineering Dean and Lisa Corrin, Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, recently sat down with Northwestern Engineering Magazine to provide a few tips for those looking […]

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 […]

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 […]