Northwestern Learning

Aligned Academics: Two Northwestern courses offer in-depth exploration of “A Site of Struggle”

Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art centers teaching and learning as its primary mission. While the museum daily welcomes class tours, discussions, and groups from across the University, two 2022 courses go even further. Held within the museum walls these courses take the exhibition “A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence” as the primary […]

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On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

“A fundamental obligation to promote truth”: A Northwestern University Discussion on ‘A Site of Struggle’

How has art been used to protest, process, mourn, and memorialize anti-Black violence within the United States? Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art, the exhbition A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100+ year period.  The […]

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Collection Spotlight

Collection Spotlight: Mikki Ferrill, Untitled (Chicago, IL)

Artist: Mikki Ferrill (American, born 1937)Title: Untitled (Chicago, IL)Date: 1965Medium: Gelatin silver printCredit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, the Irwin and Andra S. Press Collection Endowment Fund purchase, 2021.15 Image: Courtesy of the artist © Mikki Ferrill In 1960s Chicago, the Black gay and trans communities came together every Halloween […]

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Staff Stories

Block Fellow Receives Indigenous Art Writing Award

Lois Taylor Biggs, The Block Museum’s Terra Foundation Curatorial Research fellow, was recently chosen as the recipient of C Magazine and the Indigenous Curatorial Collective’s inaugural Indigenous Art Writing Award.  C Magazine, established in 1984, emphasizes the work of writers and artists from Black, Indigenous, diasporic, and other equity-seeking communities in a space committed to historically engaged, imaginative critical […]

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Exhibition Stories

A Site of Struggle: Opening Conversation [Video]

Originating at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art, A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100+ year period.  On Saturday, January 29 over 200 guests joined The Block Museum online for a conversation to mark the opening […]

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Exhibition Stories, Northwestern Learning

Collection Talk: Henry Simon “Industrial Frankenstein” (1932) [Video]

Throughout 2020-21 The Block Museum is reflecting on artworks from the collection that explore ideas of excess, consumption, and the environment, and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the climate crisis. Our project is inspired by The Story of More by Hope Jahren, Northwestern University’s 2021-2022 One Book One Northwestern (OBON) selection. This online talk by Melanie Garcia Sympson, […]

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Museum News, On Equity and Action

A Site of Struggle: American Art against Anti-Black Violence debuts at the Block Museum of Art, Jan. 26-July 10, 2022

Five years in the planning, new exhibition stakes a claim on the power of the visual to make change Originating at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art  A Site of Struggle explores how artists have engaged with the reality of anti-Black violence and its accompanying challenges of representation in the United States over a 100 + year period. Images […]

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