Archaeologists gather at Northwestern to share latest discoveries about medieval Saharan Africa

Block Museum hosts archaeologists working in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria, including panel & symposium The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will host a week-long gathering of six archaeologists from Mali, Morocco, the U.K. and the U.S., working at the cutting-edge of research on medieval Africa. The unprecedented gathering April 22 to 26 will […]

Artist Michael Rakowitz on counter-histories and drawing inspiration from fragments [Video]

Internationally acclaimed artist and Art, Theory, and Practice faculty member Michael Rakowitz explores culture as it is embodied in artifacts. In projects ranging from a recreation of the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon to selling dates in an NYC storefront, he has used both food and material fragments to recreate and reimagine cultural and personal […]

Study from Art Institute of Chicago sheds new light on “Caravans of Gold” sculptures

On February 16, 2019 the Art Institute of Chicago announced the results of significant new research on five terracotta sculptures–so named Bankoni after a village in present-day Mali where they were found. The objects date from between the 12th and 15th centuries. This places them “among the oldest surviving sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa and among […]

Meet Block Museum Fellow, Sarah M. Estrela

In September 2018 the Block Museum welcomed Sarah Estrela as a 2018-2019 graduate fellow.  Block Museum Graduate Fellowships are offered to two graduate students annually, one from Art History and one from any department within the Graduate School.  Graduate Fellows are integral members of the museum staff and support projects through exhibition and collection research, curating, writing […]

Exhibition Catalog Now Available: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

The Block Museum of Art and Princeton University Press are pleased to announce the release of the exhibition publication Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, (Kathleen Bickford Berzock, ed.) Hardcover / 2019 / $65.00 / ISBN: 9780691182681 / 312 pp. / 9 x 11 / 192 color […]

Saharan Crossing: Galya Ben-Arieh on The Realities of Migration Today

In conjunction with the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, the Block Museum is pleased to partner with leaders from around the University.  Galya Ben-Arieh is professor of instruction in political science. Her research centers on the rights and processes of refugee protection and the role of law in settlement and inclusion in host […]

Block Museum Curator Janet Dees Receives Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship

The Block Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Janet Dees, The Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art has received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Warhol Foundation. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award a total of $413,500 in Fall 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships. Fellows will […]

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 […]

Medieval Africa as a cultural force is subject of major exhibition at Block Museum

‘Caravans of Gold’ debuts at Block before traveling to Aga Khan Museum and Smithsonian An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that […]

Collection Spotlight: Pocahontas, 1976, Marisol

Marisol (Marisol Escobar) (American, born in France, 1930-2016) Pocahontas 1976 Color lithograph Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Paul S. D’Amato, LS 1985.3.8  Image © 2018 Estate of Marisol / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Marisol was a Venezuelan-American sculptor active in the 1960s and 1970s pop art movement. […]