Collection Spotlight

Collection Talk: Will Wilson “Shiprock Disposal Cell, Shiprock, New Mexico, Navajo Nation” (2020) [Video]

Throughout 2020-21 The Block Museum is reflecting on artworks from the collection that explore ideas of excess, consumption, and the environment, and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the climate crisis. Our project is inspired by The Story of More by Hope Jahren, Northwestern University’s 2021-2022 One Book One Northwestern (OBON) selection. In this online talk, Lois Taylor Biggs, […]

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Collection Spotlight

Collection Spotlight: Pothi Box, Dayanita Singh

Artist: Dayanita Singh (Indian, born 1961)  Title: Pothi Box  Date: 2018  Medium: 30 unbound image cards, teakwood enclosure, and embroidered muslin  Dimensions: 7 7/8 x 6 ½ x 1 in  Credit line: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Lisa Graziose Corrin […]

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Museum News, Partnerships

Communicating through Art: Museum clinical study partnership considers the role of art in combating primary progressive aphasia

Throughout Winter 2022, The Block Museum of Art and The Northwestern University Center for Audiology, Speech, Language, and Learning (NUCASLL) partnered on an innovative clinical study centering on art-based discussion in the treatment of primary progressive aphasia (PPA).  Working together, the units developed the trial program “Conversations Through Art” as a clinical treatment case-study.  The […]

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Northwestern Learning

A Close Look: Margaret Burrough’s “Mother and Child”

How might one artwork be used as a point of connection for a deeper understanding of history, artmaking, collecting practices, identity, and more? The Block Museum of Art is proud to publish an interactive close looking project, the result of graduate research centered on the 1996 print Mother and Child by artist Margaret Burroughs (American, 1915 […]

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Exhibition Stories, Northwestern Learning

Collection Talk: Henry Simon “Industrial Frankenstein” (1932) [Video]

Throughout 2020-21 The Block Museum is reflecting on artworks from the collection that explore ideas of excess, consumption, and the environment, and offer an interdisciplinary perspective on the climate crisis. Our project is inspired by The Story of More by Hope Jahren, Northwestern University’s 2021-2022 One Book One Northwestern (OBON) selection. This online talk by Melanie Garcia Sympson, […]

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Programs & Events

“We celebrate one another’s specificities”: Leonard Suryajaya in conversation [Video]

As part of the Block Museum’s Student Acquisition initiative, Northwestern students in the 2020-2021 Block Museum Student Associates program selected artist Leonard Suryajaya’s Quarantine Blues (2020) for the museum’s collection. Suryajaya’s work explores complex intersections of intimacy, community and family, and how the “everyday is layered with histories, meanings, and potential.”  In October 2021, Suryajaya joined the […]

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Programs & Events

Collections are Museums’ Self- Portraits: “Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts” Curator Discussion [Video]

Who gets in? Who decides? In recent years, questions about accessibility, representation, and inclusion have become central to an ongoing reexamination of the collecting practices and power structures of museums and the art world. Artists, curators, writers, and activists have emphasized the narrow framework of Western art history—a discipline dominated by white Euro-American institutions and […]

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Programs & Events

“This battle has been fought with images” Sarah Maza, Andrea Carlson, Tonika Lewis Johnson, and Chris Pappan on art and history

Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection considers our constantly changing understanding of the past through the lens of artistic practice. On September 29, 2021 the Block Museum hosed a keynote conversation with exhibition artists Andrea Carlson, Tonika Lewis Johnson, and Chris Pappan who discussed how artists, artworks, and museums shape and challenge […]

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