Collection Spotlight: Hotei at Dusk (Higure Hotei), Utagawa Sadatora

Title: Hotei at Dusk (Higure Hotei), from the series The Seven Gods of Fortune (Toto shichi fukujin no uchi)Artist: Utagawa SadatoraNationality: Japanese, ca. flourished 1818-44Date: ca. 1820sMedium: Color Woodcut, 14 1/4 in x 9 3/4 inCredit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, purchase funds provided by Connie and Tom Hodson   Sadatora […]

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, […]

The Block Museum of Art welcomes Erin Northington to helm Education and Engagement

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University welcomes Erin Northington as the Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director of Campus and Community Education and Engagement.  Northington comes to The Block from Harvard University where she served as the Assistant Director of Student Programs and Campus Initiatives at the Harvard Art Museums and has held […]

“How do we come to believe this is the way things have to be:” Filmmaker Brett Story on the politics of access and observation

In November 2019, The Block welcomed Toronto-based filmmaker Brett Story for two nights of her acclaimed documentary films and conversation on her groundbreaking practice. The Prison in Twelve Landscapes (2016) explores the criminal justice system and mass incarceration in the U.S. from a number of oblique vantage points, rather than focusing on prisons themselves. Story looks […]

The Block Installation “Crew” in Quarantine – A Digital Project

When the Spring 2020 exhibitions could not go forward as planned due to COVID-19 closure, The Block Museum and its scheduled installation team found innovative new ways to make meaning together. No exhibition installation period ever feels like standard procedure even in routine times.  There are unique problems to solve and troubleshoot; plans that go […]

‘Caravans of Gold’ app reaches global audience by going small

Multilingual, minimal computing project brings exhibition to African partners and users worldwide What crosses continents, can travel 13 centuries into the past, and takes up just 10 MB on a smartphone? The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has released a free mobile web app designed to share the groundbreaking touring exhibition Caravans of […]

The Block Docent Diaries: Top Memories

The Block Museum Student Docent Program is made up of students from across Northwestern University that serve as the museum’s tour guides and ambassadors. In Spring 2020, the program continues online as students connect, research, and plan in support of the Museum’s mission. We reached out to this team to learn more about their current […]

Checking in On… Amelia Mylvaganam, Curatorial Research Aide

During Spring 2020 the Block Museum staff and students continue to connect online and advance the Museum’s teaching and learning mission. This week, we check in on student worker Amelia Mylvaganam who serves as a Curatorial Research Aide. In addition to contributing to The Block, Amelia is freshman in the School of Communication, majoring in […]

Letter from the Director: Our Responsibility

Recent events have again laid bare the aggression, injustices, and inequities faced every day by African Americans. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery,—these are just three more names added to a tragically long list of unarmed black individuals whose lives have been taken by the hands of police officers empowered to protect them and through […]