Now Available: Teacher’s Resource Guide for Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is proud to announce the publication of a Teacher’s Guide and a list of Recommended Resources to support educators in teaching about the history of medieval West Africa and its resonances today. The packet, accessible to a non-specialist audience, can be used alongside the touring exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time or...

The Block launches CaravansofGold.org to support teaching and learning on medieval Africa

The Block Museum of Art announces the launch of Caravansofgold.org, a companion site to museum’s 2019 exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa. The exhibition is currently on view at Toronto's Aga Khan Museum and will travel to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in 2020. Caravans of Gold is the first major...

From the Field: International archaeologists share their discoveries with Northwestern students and local schools [Video]

On April 24, 2019, a panel of six international archaeologists gathered at The Block Museum of Art to discuss their research and contributions to the field of archaeology. This unique event offered an insider's perspective on the scholars recent findings in Mali, Morocco, and Nigeria. Titled "From the Field: International Archaeologists in Conversation" the event was presented in conjunction with...

“Caravans of Gold” offers rich opportunities for education

The Block Museum of Art is thrilled to partner with Northwestern's Program of African Studies (PAS) on the exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time.  A particular focus of the partnership has been the creation of an education program to accompany the curriculum. Amy Settergren, Outreach Coordinator of the Program of African Studies discusses the planning: Last fall PAS’s K–12 outreach...

Block Museum celebrates January 26th opening of “Caravans of Gold” [Video]

The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University invites audiences to travel to a time when West African gold fueled expansive trade and drove the movement of people, culture, and beliefs. Opening Jan. 26, 2019, “Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa” is the first major exhibition to use artworks from the medieval period to capture the...

From The Studio to the Classroom: Ed Paschke as Painter / Professor

In conjunction with the Block Museum of Art Exhibition Break a Rule: Ed Paschke’s Art and Teaching (September 18–December 9, 2018), Jason Nargis, Special Collections Librarian, Northwestern University Libraries offers a companion essay - considering Paschke as an innovative educator.  Read below or download the essay in booklet form.  What role does teaching play in the creative process...

Block Museum Pioneers Augmented Reality Software [Video]

Though the art and artifacts on display in the exhibition "Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt" are almost 2000 years old, the exhibition is also home to some of the worlds newest digital technology. Students in a fall 2017 course taught by professors Marc Walton and Taco Terpstra used X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) data to create a three-dimensional density map of the...