From the Field: International archaeologists share their discoveries with Northwestern students and local schools [Video]

On April 24, 2019, a panel of six international archaeologists gathered at The Block Museum of Art to discuss their research and contributions to the field of archaeology. This unique event offered an insider’s perspective on the scholars recent findings in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria. Titled “From the Field: International Archaeologists in Conversation” the event […]

Archaeologists gather at Northwestern to share latest discoveries about medieval Saharan Africa

Block Museum hosts archaeologists working in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria, including panel & symposium The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will host a week-long gathering of six archaeologists from Mali, Morocco, the U.K. and the U.S., working at the cutting-edge of research on medieval Africa. The unprecedented gathering April 22 to 26 will […]

Artist Michael Rakowitz on counter-histories and drawing inspiration from fragments [Video]

Internationally acclaimed artist and Art, Theory, and Practice faculty member Michael Rakowitz explores culture as it is embodied in artifacts. In projects ranging from a recreation of the Ishtar Gate of ancient Babylon to selling dates in an NYC storefront, he has used both food and material fragments to recreate and reimagine cultural and personal […]

Study from Art Institute of Chicago sheds new light on “Caravans of Gold” sculptures

On February 16, 2019 the Art Institute of Chicago announced the results of significant new research on five terracotta sculptures–so named Bankoni after a village in present-day Mali where they were found. The objects date from between the 12th and 15th centuries. This places them “among the oldest surviving sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa and among […]

Exhibition Catalog Now Available: Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

The Block Museum of Art and Princeton University Press are pleased to announce the release of the exhibition publication Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, (Kathleen Bickford Berzock, ed.) Hardcover / 2019 / $65.00 / ISBN: 9780691182681 / 312 pp. / 9 x 11 / 192 color […]

Saharan Crossing: Galya Ben-Arieh on The Realities of Migration Today

In conjunction with the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time, the Block Museum is pleased to partner with leaders from around the University.  Galya Ben-Arieh is professor of instruction in political science. Her research centers on the rights and processes of refugee protection and the role of law in settlement and inclusion in host […]

Opening day celebration for ‘Caravans of Gold’ sets attendance record [Video]

Saturday’s frozen temperatures and falling snow didn’t deter an estimated 2,500 visitors from attending the January 26, 2019 opening day celebration of “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa,” making it the biggest opening day turnout to date for Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. The groundbreaking exhibition […]

Block Museum celebrates January 26th opening of “Caravans of Gold” [Video]

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University invites audiences to travel to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and beliefs. Opening Jan. 26, 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major exhibition to […]

Medieval Africa as a cultural force is subject of major exhibition at Block Museum

‘Caravans of Gold’ debuts at Block before traveling to Aga Khan Museum and Smithsonian An ambitious new exhibition will showcase the splendor and power of the lost kingdoms and commercial centers of Africa, using centuries-old artifacts from sites around the Sahara Desert and artwork from West and North Africa, Europe and the Middle East that […]

Block Museum of Art Receives $350K in NEH Support for Touring Exhibition “Caravans of Gold”

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is the recipient of a major exhibition implementation grant of $350,000 from the National Endowment for Humanities. The grant supports the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, opening at The Block Museum in January 2019 before traveling to […]