In October 2018, the Block Museum hosted a panel discussion with Chicago artists committed to prison reform and to using art as a mechanism for change. In recognition of the 2020-2021 One Book One Northwestern reading selection Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption we are happy to make audio and transcript of this […]
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 […]
Title: Untitled (Chicago) Artist: Dawoud Bey Nationality: American, b. 1953 Date: 1993 Medium: Polaroid, 24 x 40 inches Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Northwestern University, gift of Sari and James A. Klein in honor of Lisa Corrin and Peter Erickson, 2014.4.5a-b Chicago-based photographer and educator Dawoud Bey (b. 1953) was recently named a recipient […]
Art, Publics, Politics: Legacies of the Wall of Respect was a symposium held at the Block Museum on April 28 and 29, 2017. Presented in partnership between the Block Museum of Art and the Northwestern University Department of Art History the two day event brought together artists and scholars of the generations that followed the […]
Renowned Chicago-based artist, Kerry James Marshall, a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient, gave Northwestern’s Department of Art History Warnock Lecture. Marshall’s work reflects his upbringing in Birmingham, Alabama, and early exposure to the black power and civil rights movements in Los Angeles.