Collection Spotlight: Girl with Earring, 1961/1962, Milton Rogovin

Milton Rogovin (American, 1909-2011) Girl with Earring from the series East Side, Buffalo, New York 1961/1962 Silver gelatin print Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Purchase, 2000.25.16 Image reproduced courtesy of The Rogovin Collection, Forest Park, Illinois Milton Rogovin was a documentary photographer best known for his work […]

Artist Hank Willis Thomas ‘unbrands” advertising culture at the Block Museum of Art

Exhibition opens April 14 at Block Museum and continues through Aug. 5 Who is responsible for the meaning of an advertisement?  How do ads reflect society’s hopes and dreams at a moment in time, as well as popular ideas about race, gender, and class? Renowned conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas (b.1976) has built his career […]

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 […]

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 […]

Block Museum to present first major retrospective of artist Tseng Kwong Chi

Born in Hong Kong, educated in Vancouver and Paris, and later based in New York City, Tseng Kwong Chi (1950–1990) produced a large body of witty, playful, performance-based photography that both captured the pivotal downtown Manhattan art and club scenes of the 1980s and reflected the increasingly globalized movement of people across nations and continents. […]

Robert Mapplethorpe: Artist and Activist

  On March 7, 2009, the Block Museum hosted a panel discussion about Robert Mapplethorpe’s influence on contemporary photography, activism, and issues of the body and sexuality. Participants included photographer Catherine Opie, Polaroids: Mapplethorpe curator and Henry Art Gallery director Sylvia Wolf, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America cofounder Marisa Cardinale, University of Maryland American […]