Partnerships

Partnership Spotlight: Educating Global Citizens with Primary Source

“What ‘big idea’ about Africa did curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock want to convey when she decided to plan the exhibition Caravans of Gold?”  So reads a discussion/comprehension question that may soon be posed to 6th grade students across Massachusetts. This month The Block Museum of Art is honored to contribute to a curriculum development project created […]

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Museum News

Now Available: Teacher’s Resource Guide for Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is proud to announce the publication of a Teacher’s Guide and a list of Recommended Resources to support educators in teaching about the history of medieval West Africa and its resonances today. The packet, accessible to a non-specialist audience, can be used alongside the touring exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time or […]

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Museum News, Northwestern Learning

“Caravans of Gold” exhibition publication receives 2020 Curatorial Award for Excellence

In April 2020 the Association of Art Museum Curators announced the Block Museum exhibition publication Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa as a recipient of the 2020 Award for Excellence. The annual, peer-juried award recognizes curators from around the country for groundbreaking projects that have advanced new […]

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Northwestern Learning

Scholarship in Action: Undergraduates highlight their Block research at College Art Association conference

Northwestern students share their “Progressive” vision for museum exhibition On February 14th, 2020, Northwestern University students Meghan Clare Considine, Emily Rose Andrey, Nicholas Liou, and Brianna Heath presented their ongoing research in a poster session at 108th College Art Association Annual Conference. Their poster “Caravans of Gold: Making a Progressive Web App Exhibition on Medieval […]

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Block Publications, Museum News

Association of American Publishers names Block Museum publication as finalist for 2020 Prose Award

On February 12, 2020, The Association of American Publishers (AAP) unveiled finalists for the 2020 Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE) Awards honoring scholarly works published in 2019, comprising a total of 157 finalists across 49 subject categories. Since 1976, the Association of American Publishers’ annual PROSE Awards have recognized publishers who produce books, journals, and digital products of extraordinary […]

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Museum News

Caravans of Gold Awarded by the Illinois Association of Museums

On November 19, 2019 the Block Museum of Art was honored to receive an award of “Superior Achievement in Best Practices” for its exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa from the Illinois Association of Museums. Karen E. Everingham, President of the Illinois Association of Museums Board […]

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Museum News, Programs & Events

The Block launches CaravansofGold.org to support teaching and learning on medieval Africa

The Block Museum of Art announces the launch of Caravansofgold.org, a companion site to museum’s 2019 exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa. The exhibition is currently on view at Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum and will travel to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art in 2020. Caravans of […]

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Northwestern Learning, Programs & Events

How Gold Shaped the World: Anthropologists, historians, and scientists on the enduring power of gold [Video]

Gold is one of the rarest and most malleable minerals, qualities that have contributed to its enduring value across time and place. Gold has been shaped by artists; its extraction has altered landscapes, and its discovery has raised nations. The allure of gold is entwined with culture and economies, politics and religion, power and value. […]

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Block Publications, Museum News

Block Museum publication “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time” shortlisted for Alice Award

“Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa,” co-published by The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University and Princeton University Press, has been short-listed for the prestigious Alice Award in publishing. The book, released in January 2019, is the companion publication to the exhibition of the same name. […]

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