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 […]

Medievalists organize study day around Caravans of Gold

Sarah Guérin (Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania) and Christina Normore (Department of Art History, Northwestern University) organized a study day of the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa at The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. On May 13, 2019, a […]

Caravans of Gold curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock speaks at Harvard’s Villa I Tatti

Kathleen Bickford Berzock, The Block’s associate director of curatorial affairs, recently presented on the Block exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time to an international audience at the Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy. Her talk, “A World in a Fragment: Visualizing Trans-Saharan Exchange through Object-Based Comparisons […]

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 […]

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 […]