Collection Spotlight: Skeeter, Catherine Opie

Title: Skeeter Artist: Catherine Opie (American, born 1961) Date: 1993 Medium: Chromogenic print Edition: 5 of 8 Dimensions: 40 x 30 in. Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Armyan Bernstein and Christine Meleo Bernstein, 2018.9. Reproduced with permission from the artist. Skeeter; Sunflowers; Sunrise “A lot of my friends […]

Federico Solmi’s surreal, satirical universe comes to The Block Museum collection

Ambitious media installation The Great Farce donated in recognition of museum’s upcoming anniversary Past and present, history and amusement, reality and spectacle are conflated and distorted in Federico Solmi’s monumental media work, The Great Farce (2017), recently acquired by Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art. The Block received the nine-channel, limited-edition work as a gift […]

Histories of African migration explored by renowned contemporary artist Isaac Julien

The Block Museum of Art presents Isaac Julien’s The Leopard (Western Union: Small Boats) through April 14 The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is pleased to announce its presentation of artist Isaac Julien’s groundbreaking 2007 video installation The Leopard (Western Union: Small Boats) running January 26 through April 14, 2019. The renowned work presents […]

Jen Bervin Talks Poetry, Material, and Metaphor [Video]

Artist and writer Jen Bervin embraces subjects as wide-ranging as the Mississippi River, Emily Dickinson’s poetry, and the history of silk, weaving, and nanotechnology. On February 21, 2018  the artist, Jeanne Dunning, Art Theory & Practice professor, and Susy Bielak, Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director of Engagement/Curator of Public Practice, sat down for a conversation about Bervin’s work. In […]

Collection Spotlight: Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe

Title: Patti Smith Artist: Robert Mapplethorpe (1946–1989) Nationality: American Date: 1986 Medium: Gelatin Silver print Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Jeffrey H. Loria, 2015.7.3   Singer and poet Patti Smith was one of Robert Mapplethorpe’s earliest and most frequent photographic subjects, and over two decades he took many photographs of her. They […]

Ritual & Revolution: Janet Dees and Grace Deveney on Carrie Mae Weems [Audio]

Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Grace Deveney, Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Northwestern Ph.D. Candidate in Art History discussed Weems’s art and her exploration of universal human experiences through the black subject. From Opening Remarks by Susy Bielak, Block Museum Curator of Public […]

Northern Trust to Donate Artwork to Block Museum at EXPO CHICAGO 2017

On August 8, 2017 Northern Trust (Nasdaq: NTRS) announced that the Northern Trust Purchase Prize, an annual gift of artwork selected from EXPO CHICAGO, will be donated to Northwestern University’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at the sixth annual EXPO CHICAGO (Sept. 13 – 17, 2017) at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall. “The prize […]

Collection Spotlight: Night Shift 3 (Gece Vardlyasi 3), Vahap Avşar

Artist: Vahap Avşar, Turkish, born 1965 Title: Night Shift 3 (Gece Vardlyasi 3) Date: Negative 1988; printed 2015 Medium: Chromogenic print Edition: 1/3 Dimensions: 144 x 112 cm Credit line:  Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Melih and Zeynep Keyman, 2015.4. (Image courtesy of the artist.) Vahap Avşar’s Night Shift […]