The Block Docent Diaries: Works that Stay with You

The Block Museum Student Docent Program is made up of students from across Northwestern University that serve as the museum’s tour guides and ambassadors. In Spring 2020, the program continues online as students connect, research, and plan in support of the Museum’s mission. We reached out to this team to learn more about their current inspiration at this time. We asked: What is a work...

The Block Docent Diaries: Objects with Energy

The Block Museum Student Docent Program is made up of students from across Northwestern University that serve as the museum’s tour guides and ambassadors. In Spring 2020, the program continues online as students connect, research, and plan in support of the Museum’s mission. We reached out to this team to learn more about their current inspiration at this time. We asked: What object in your...

The Block Docent Diaries: Finding Inspiration

The Block Museum Student Docent Program is made up of students from across Northwestern University that serve as the museum’s tour guides and ambassadors. In Spring 2020, the program continues online as students connect, research, and plan in support of the Museum's mission. We reached out to this team to learn more about their current inspiration at this time. We asked What art, music, or...

“Dario is our Socrates”: Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and The Block team-up on a innovative Artist-At-Large Program [Video]

With science and engineering proceeding at a pace that far outruns known ethical standards, Artist-at-Large Dario Robleto returns to campus to continue conversations surrounding the intersection of the humanities and engineering. Launched three years ago, Northwestern Engineering’s unique Artist-at-Large program works in partnership with the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of...

Ellen Lupton on design and innovation at the Goldsholl studio [Video]

This past October writer, curator, and graphic designer Ellen Lupton shared her perspective on design at the Goldsholl studio, the focus of the 2018 Block exhibition Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio.  In the 1950s and '60s, the Goldsholl design firm’s creative experiments with light and media found their ways to lucrative commercials and...

Dario Robleto and Patrick Feaster on Hearing the Hearts of History [Video]

  Prior to Thomas Edison's groundbreaking invention of sound recording and playback technology in 1877, the ephemerality of sound meant that it only existed in the moment of its creation. To "record" sound before this time meant it appeared as oral or written descriptions or musical scores. In 2008, Patrick Feaster, a researcher and educator specializing in the history and culture of early...

Block Alumni Update: Claire Kissinger on Cultivating Museum Engagement

As a teaching and learning museum for Northwestern University, we have the opportunity to partner with students throughout the school for internships, jobs, and classes. Earlier this month we received an update from one of our recent alumni, Claire Kissinger (WCAS '15),  letting us know she was currently working as a museum educator in New York City. We were thrilled to connect with her to...

AAMD Centennial Conversations: Lisa Corrin on Her Formative Art Museum Experience [Video]

In 1916 the directors of twelve American museums founded the Association of Art Museum Directors. The Association began its transformation into a professional organization in 1969 when it formally incorporated. AAMD's charter members were motivated by a desire to create an intimate forum to share news and ideas. The AAMD has maintained a limited membership bringing the directors into closer...