Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System [Audio]

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 […]

The Block Installation “Crew” in Quarantine – A Digital Project

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 […]

Collection Spotlight: Untitled (Chicago), Dawoud Bey

  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 History Warnock Lecture: Kerry James Marshall

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.