“Caravans of Gold” exhibition publication receives 2020 Curatorial Award for Excellence

In April 2020 the Association of Art Museum Curators announced the Block Museum exhibition publication Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa as a recipient of the 2020 Award for Excellence. The annual, peer-juried award recognizes curators from around the country for groundbreaking projects that have advanced new methodologies,...

Collection Spotlight: To Survive on This Shore by Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre

Title: To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults Artists: Jess T. Dugan (b. 1986) and Vanessa Fabbre (b. 1978) Nationality: American Date: 2018 Medium: Portfolio of 12 color photograph prints on Hahnemühle Fine Art Photo Rag Pearl and 12 text panels on Canson Edition Etching Rag Credit: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art,...

Block Museum Curator Janet Dees Receives Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship

The Block Museum of Art is pleased to announce that Janet Dees, The Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art has received a Curatorial Research Fellowship from the Warhol Foundation. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts will award a total of $413,500 in Fall 2018 Curatorial Research Fellowships. Fellows will receive grants to support new scholarship on...

A Fascinating Paradox: EXPO Chicago Interview with “Up Is Down” curators Amy Beste and Corinne Granof

Each September, EXPO CHICAGO opens the fall art season at historic Navy Pier and presents artworks from 135 leading galleries representing 27 countries and 63 cities.  EXPO also offers the opportunity to introduce artists and arts professionals from around the world to Chicago's art offerings.  As part of this year's student guide to the fair EXPO sat down with curators Amy Beste and Corinne...

Graduate fellow C.C. McKee on “Keep the Shadow” exhibition examining mourning during the AIDS crisis

On September 17th, 2016 the Block Museum will open the exhibition Keep the Shadow, Ere the Substance Fade: Mourning during the AIDS Crisis in the Katz Gallery. This unique exhibition curated by Block Museum fellow C.C. McKee, juxtaposes objects and artworks related to mourning from the Victorian Era and with those created during the AIDS crisis. The exhibition proposes that these historical...

Curator Janet Dees Profiled in Artslant

Art writer Lee Ann Norman profiled four Chicago-based curators in her July 2016 article Chicago Curators Are Expanding the Cultural Conversation from the Inside Out. Focusing on Yesomi Umolu of the Logan Center at the University of Chicago, independent gallerist Erin Gilbert, and Naomi Beckwith of the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as Block Museum curator Janet Dees, the article...