Break A Rule: Artists Remember Ed Paschke as a Professor [Video]

Renowned Chicago painter and educator Ed Paschke (1939–2004) often began his classes with the assignment to “break a rule.” A bold innovator who enjoyed disrupting conventions, Paschke mentored students for over two and a half decades at Northwestern University, continually coaching them to think outside the box. His work and his teaching were devoted to […]

Making the Modern Image: Mid-Century Commercial Industry In Chicago [Video]

The EXPO Chicago /Dialogues series features discussions and provocative discourse with artists, curators, and professionals on the current issues that engage them. On September 28, 2018. The Block Museum was proud to take part in a dialogue that included panelists Theaster Gates (Artist | Rebuild Foundation), Corinne Granof (Curator of Academic Programs, Block Museum of Art, […]

Exhibition Catalog Now Available: Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio

Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio  Edited by Amy Beste and Corinne Granof, 2018 – With contributions by Dan Bashara, Amy Beste, Greg D’Onofrio, Thomas Dyja, Corinne Granof, Justus Nieland, Talia Shabtay, Lynn Spigel and Andy Uhrich Published by The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University ISBN: 978-1732568402 […]

The Debt Is Infinite: Discussing ‘Outlier’ Artists and the work of Paul Chan with curator Lynne Cooke [Video]

Paul Chan’s landmark 2003 digital animation Happiness (finally) after 35,000 years of civilization draws on the themes and iconography of one of Chicago’s most celebrated self-taught artists, Henry Darger. The Block Museum presents the monumental video installation in its Alsdorf Gallery during Fall 2018. On October 4, Lynne Cooke, Senior Curator for Special Projects in Modern Art […]

From The Studio to the Classroom: Ed Paschke as Painter / Professor

In conjunction with the Block Museum of Art Exhibition Break a Rule: Ed Paschke’s Art and Teaching (September 18–December 9, 2018), Jason Nargis, Special Collections Librarian, Northwestern University Libraries offers a companion essay – considering Paschke as an innovative educator.  Read below or download the essay in booklet form.  What role does teaching play in the […]

Flesh of My Flesh: Barry Blinderman and Daniel Berger on David Wojnarowicz [Video]

In July 2018 the Block Museum hosted “Films and Videos by David Wojnarowicz and Collaborators” a screening and conversation presented in partnership with Iceberg Projects in conjunction with the exhibition David Wojnarowicz: Flesh of My Flesh. (June 23 – August 4, 2018) David Wojnarowicz is arguably one of the most important artists to emerge from the New York art […]

Collection Spotlight: P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, 1979, Manfred Mohr

Title: P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, 1979 Artist: Manfred Mohr, b. 1938 Nationality: German Date: Drawn 1979 Medium or technique: Plotter drawing, ink on paper Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 2007.22.1. Scattered with nonsensical, crisp, geometric forms, Manfred Mohr’s plotter drawing, P-049 Formal Language, IRI = 2, 1970, […]

Students Measure Public Engagement in The Block Museum of Art

In Spring 2018 the Block Museum partnered with the Northwestern Masters of Science in Leadership for the Creative Enterprises, on a new course “Engagement with Public Culture: A Measurement and Communication Lab at the Block Museum of Art.”  The 10-week lab-course sought to scientifically survey and analyze data on the Block Museum’s audiences to learn more […]

Dario Robleto and Patrick Feaster on Hearing the Hearts of History [Video]

  Prior to Thomas Edison’s groundbreaking invention of sound recording and playback technology in 1877, the ephemerality of sound meant that it only existed in the moment of its creation. To “record” sound before this time meant it appeared as oral or written descriptions or musical scores. In 2008, Patrick Feaster, a researcher and educator […]

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 […]