Block Museum Stages a Blake Inspired “Mad Song” [Video]

On Tuesday, February 20th Twelve student vocalists from the Bienen School of Music performed Mad Song, a work by Chicago composer, flutist and vocalist Janice Misurell-Mitchell that translates the text and imagery of a William Blake’s poem by the same name into a sonic experience. The performance was preceded by a discussion by Misurell-Mitchell and […]

Block Museum Pioneers Augmented Reality Software [Video]

Though the art and artifacts on display in the exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” are almost 2000 years old, the exhibition is also home to some of the worlds newest digital technology. Students in a fall 2017 course taught by professors Marc Walton and Taco Terpstra used X-ray Computed Tomography […]

Audio for the Ancients: Sound Design Students Create Sonic Landscape for Block Museum Exhibition

Visitors to the Block Museum exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” have been transported not only by the ancient objects on display but also by an ambient exhibition audio track that heightens the meditative experience in the gallery. The exhibition audio is the result of the course “Museum Sound Design” taught by Stephan […]

Block Alumni Update: Claire Kissinger on Cultivating Museum Engagement

As a teaching and learning museum for Northwestern University, we have the opportunity to partner with students throughout the school for internships, jobs, and classes. Earlier this month we received an update from one of our recent alumni, Claire Kissinger (WCAS ’15),  letting us know she was currently working as a museum educator in New York City. […]

Collection Spotlight: Constructed Cylinder, Arnaldo Pomodoro

Title: Constructed Cylinder (Cilindro Costruito) Artist: Arnaldo Pomodoro (born 1926) Nationality: Italian Date: 1969 Medium: cast bronze with copper surface Credit: Gift of Leigh B. Block in memory of his mother, Cora B. Block (1880-1973), also a benefactor of Northwestern University, 1985.159 A golden tower stands tall, glinting majestically in the morning sun. That is […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horse), Purvis Young

Artist: Purvis Young (America, 1943-2010) Title: Untitled (Angel, Boats and Horse) Date: ca.1988 Medium: Painting on found board Dimensions: 69 x 38 x 3.5 inches Credit Line: Gift of Selig and Angela Sacks,  2014.6.1 The first thing I noticed about Purvis Young’s Untitled (Angel, Boats, and Horses) (ca. 1988) was that it was huge. Even propped […]

Collection Spotlight: Curved Form (Bryher II), Barbara Hepworth

Title: Curved Form (Bryher II) Artist: Barbara Hepworth (1903-75) Nationality: British Date: 1961 Medium: Cast bronze with green and brown patina and stainless steel strings Credit: Gift of Leigh B. Block, 1988.3.2 Though abstract, Barbara Hepworth’s Curved Form (Bryher II) evokes a whole host of images rooted in the natural world. Installed on a grassy […]

Meet Block Museum Fellow, Beth Derderian

In September 2017 the Block Museum welcomed Beth Derderian as a 2017-2018 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, […]

Simran Bhalla on the incendiary films of India’s “Ministry of Light”

Can cinema make you a good citizen? For a half century, the Indian government hoped so: until 1994, they required commercial cinemas to screen twenty minutes of state-sponsored content before the feature presentation, forcing its movie-mad people to absorb information about the country’s progress and development. In the 1960s, the organization that produced these shorts—Films […]

Collection Spotlight: Berlin (traced and painted), First, Louise Lawler

Artist: Louise Lawler, American, born 1947 Title: Berlin (traced and painted), First Date: 2000/2013/2014 Medium: gouache on archival pigment print Dimensions: 8 ¾ x 9 ½ in Credit line: Gift of Bill and Sheila Lambert, 2016.10.5 Louise Lawler’s Berlin (traced and painted), First is a tracing of her photograph Berlin (2000) drawn by children’s book […]