Medill Digital Storytelling Students Take an Interactive Look at “Unbranded”

Telling stories in a digital environment — for desktop/laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones — requires storytellers to gather information differently and to offer users access to how and where those stories are consumed.  In Spring 2018, Northwestern students in the Medill School of Journalism turned their storytelling lens on the Block Museum of Art exhibition […]

An Archaeology of Advertising: Hank Willis Thomas opens “Unbranded” at the Block [Video]

Over 350 guests joined artist Hank Willis Thomas at the Block Museum on April 14, 2018 for a talk on his politically charged work and the Block Museum exhibition Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded. The exhibition brings together selections from two bodies of work: Unbranded: Reflections in Black by Corporate America 1968-2008 and Unbranded: A Century of White […]

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 […]

The art and science of Roman-Egyptian mummies to be explored in Northwestern exhibition

‘Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt’ on view Jan. 13–April 22, 2018 The Block Museum of Art and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University delve into the art and science of ancient artifacts in the upcoming exhibition “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt,” opening Jan. 13, 2018. […]

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. […]

WTTW: Cellist Charlotte Moorman’s Legacy Showcased in Exhibit

Watch WTTW’s Chicago Tonight coverage of the exhibition Feast of Astonishments, broadcast January 26, 2016 “Being labeled “the topless cellist” was a mixed blessing for one American artist of the avant-garde. Charlotte Moorman’s occasional nudity in her performances attracted the curiosity of “The Tonight Show” and TV audiences. It also may have distracted from the […]

Visit with Carl Hoeckner Jr.

Carl Hoeckner Jr. reminisces about his father, artist Carl Hoeckner in a visit to the Block Museum on January 28, 2014. As Mr. Hoeckner walked through the galleries, he recalled stories of his father, including behind-the-scenes anecdotes about individual works as well as other artists in the exhibition. From Northwestern News Carl Hoeckner Jr., the 92-year-old son of artist […]

Phantoms of the Clark Expedition

COPYRIGHT MARK DION STUDIO, COURTESY: TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY, IMAGE: ART EVANS, ©STERLING AND FRANCINE CLARK ART INSTITUTE, WILLIAMSTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS. From the New York Times to the New Yorker, the exhibition Phantoms of the Clark Expedition is garnering major attention in Manhattan. Curated by Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s Ellen Philips Katz Director, Phantoms is an installation by […]