The Block Docent Diaries: Finding Inspiration

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 inspiration at this time. We asked What art, music, or...

Chicago Gallery News Spotlights Block Museum Director Lisa Corrin

Each week the Chicago Gallery News interviews a local art-industry professional to discuss the ins and outs of running a space in the city of Chicago. This week we caught up with Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, Lisa Graziose Corrin. An Interview with Lisa Graziose Corrin, Director of the Block Mueseum of Art Current Position:  Ellen Philips Katz Director, Block Museum...

Experiments in Form: Rethinking Abstraction and Materiality c. 1970 [Video]

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Block celebrated the opening of the exhibition "Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella", on view through June 24, 2018. The exhibition uses works in the Block Museum of Art’s collection by Sam Gilliam (b. 1933), Alan Shields (1944–2005), and Frank Stella (b. 1936) as starting points to consider how artists of the 1960s and 1970s...

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 up against the dolly, used to move the artwork,...

The Block Announces NEH Support for 2019 Exhibition on the Global History of Trans-Saharan Trade

A major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has been awarded to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University to fund research and development for a groundbreaking exhibit on the global history of trans-Saharan trade. Scheduled to open in 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Trans-Saharan Exchange” challenges the widely held...

Collection Spotlight: Manguera Dormida (Sleeping Hose), Gabriel Orozco

Title: Manguera Dormida (Sleeping Hose) Artist: Gabriel Orozco (b.1962) Nationality: American/Mexican Date: 1995 Medium or Technique: silver dye bleach print Size: 31 x 47 cm. (12.2 x 18.5 in.) Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Peter Norton; 2016.4.33 Image Credit: © Gabriel Orozco, courtesy Marian Goodman Galleru Gabriel Orozco typically sets...

Hasan Elahi Examines the Intersection of Technology and Art [Video]

Artist Hasan Elahi's Tracking Transience project examines the relationship between location, repetition, technology, and surveillance in today’s media age In Aspen, Colorado in 1978, a group of MIT researchers affixed a stop-frame camera atop a car and drove it throughout the popular ski resort town. Combining the footage with a computer, laserdisc player, and touchscreen display, the team...

Seen From Inside: Perspectives on Capital Punishment

Susy Bielak began her talk for the powerful program, “Seen From Inside: Perspectives on Capital Punishment,” with the firm belief that art feeds freedom. “Art is an entrée to social justice,” she said. At this event, Northwestern University’s Block Museum, Center for Criminal Defense, and Center on Wrongful Convictions shared insights on the death penalty from a curator, an exoneree, a...