Northwestern Learning, Student Docents

“It’s not a passive experience” – Docent Mina Malaz on her exhibition label writing journey

The Block Museum student docents contribute to projects throughout the museum. This season the opportunity arose for members of the team to contribute to the Fall 2021 collection exhibition Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection, through the contribution of gallery labels. We sat down with Mina Malaz (Art […]

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Collection News, Northwestern Learning

Students showcase collection findings in 2021 Undergraduate Research Expo

With over 6,000 works in The Block Museum collection, there are countless opportunities to ask questions and pursue areas of research depth. Throughout 2021 our Curatorial Undergraduate Research Assistants Janitza Luna and Joyce Wang have supported the museum by seeking information about artworks within our collection database. As they became familiar with the collection, one […]

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Northwestern Learning

Meet Janitza Luna, Undergraduate Research Assistant

The Block Museum is excited to partner with Northwestern’s Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) which funds undergraduate students to work with faculty on research projects. URAP students gain first-hand, mentored knowledge of research practices in their discipline. We took a moment to sit down with Janitza to discuss her background and work at the museum. […]

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Block Cinema, Northwestern Learning

Reimagining the Remote: Chicago Humanities Initiative students partner with Block Cinema to consider digital possibilities

In Summer 2020, The Block Museum of Art is thrilled to be among Chicago arts and cultural organizations partnering with the Northwestern Chicago Humanities Initiative (CHI). The CHI program prepares the next generation of humanities scholars to develop community partnerships, reach diverse audiences, and become powerful civic leaders. Through an eight-week internship with an arts, […]

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Museum News, Northwestern Learning

“Caravans of Gold” exhibition publication receives 2020 Curatorial Award for Excellence

In April 2020 the Association of Art Museum Curators announced the Block Museum exhibition publication Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa as a recipient of the 2020 Award for Excellence. The annual, peer-juried award recognizes curators from around the country for groundbreaking projects that have advanced new […]

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Northwestern Learning

Scholarship in Action: Undergraduates highlight their Block research at College Art Association conference

Northwestern students share their “Progressive” vision for museum exhibition On February 14th, 2020, Northwestern University students Meghan Clare Considine, Emily Rose Andrey, Nicholas Liou, and Brianna Heath presented their ongoing research in a poster session at 108th College Art Association Annual Conference. Their poster “Caravans of Gold: Making a Progressive Web App Exhibition on Medieval […]

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Northwestern Learning, Programs & Events

How Gold Shaped the World: Anthropologists, historians, and scientists on the enduring power of gold [Video]

Gold is one of the rarest and most malleable minerals, qualities that have contributed to its enduring value across time and place. Gold has been shaped by artists; its extraction has altered landscapes, and its discovery has raised nations. The allure of gold is entwined with culture and economies, politics and religion, power and value. […]

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Northwestern Learning, Our Community

From the Field: International archaeologists share their discoveries with Northwestern students and local schools [Video]

On April 24, 2019, a panel of six international archaeologists gathered at The Block Museum of Art to discuss their research and contributions to the field of archaeology. This unique event offered an insider’s perspective on the scholars recent findings in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria. Titled “From the Field: International Archaeologists in Conversation” the event […]

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