On Equity and Action, Programs & Events

“Reconsidering who we serve, how we serve”: Museum directors talk responsibility and action [Video]

What is the role of art museums in this moment nationally and globally as we navigate a pandemic, manage economic upheaval, and grapple with racial injustice? How can museums best activate their public platforms, collections, and programs and strengthen community connections to become new spaces for dialogue, reflection, action, and impact that extend beyond their […]

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Museum News

Caravans of Gold Awarded by the Illinois Association of Museums

On November 19, 2019 the Block Museum of Art was honored to receive an award of “Superior Achievement in Best Practices” for its exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa from the Illinois Association of Museums. Karen E. Everingham, President of the Illinois Association of Museums Board […]

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Staff Stories

Meet Block Museum Fellow Simran Bhalla

In September 2019 the Block Museum welcomed Simran Bhalla as a 2019-2020 graduate fellow.  Block Museum Graduate Fellowships are offered to two graduate students annually, one from Art History and one from any department within the Graduate School.  Graduate Fellows are integral members of the museum staff and support projects through exhibition and collection research, curating, writing […]

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Programs & Events

Inside the Art and Science of Picasso’s Blues [Video]

Earlier this year, The New York Times reported on a major discovery made by Northwestern scientists, in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago. An interdisciplinary team had used tools originally developed for medicine, manufacturing and geology to discover hidden details in the Picasso’s paintings and sculptures. Audiences learned more about this fascinating story, which […]

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Northwestern Learning

Students Measure Public Engagement in The Block Museum of Art

In Spring 2018 the Block Museum partnered with the Northwestern Masters of Science in Leadership for the Creative Enterprises, on a new course “Engagement with Public Culture: A Measurement and Communication Lab at the Block Museum of Art.”  The 10-week lab-course sought to scientifically survey and analyze data on the Block Museum’s audiences to learn more […]

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Partnerships

Museum as Catalyst: A Collaborative Case Study [Video]

How can a campus art museum serve to facilitate creative, interdisciplinary collaboration? This is the question that the Block Museum’s Curatorial Associate, Essi Ronkko and Museum Director, Lisa Corrin recently discussed at the 2018 Northwestern University Best Practices Forum2018 Northwestern University Best Practices Forum.  The forum showcases innovative and valuable practices that have been successfully implemented across the university.  The […]

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Staff Stories

Meet Joe Scott, Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator

In Fall of 2017, the Block Museum was pleased to welcome Joe Scott into the role of Collections and Exhibitions Coordinator. Joe comes to the museum with over fifteen years of exhibition design experience including work with The University of Chicago Libraries and The Art Institute of Chicago.  He will be working closely with our Exhibitions department […]

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Student Associates

Block Student Docents – Learning and Leading in the Gallery

Gallery Guides. Facilitators. Meaning-makers. Docents do not necessarily fit under a singular title. Their job extends beyond guiding; they act as facilitators and mediators, helping people make meaning of artworks and the ideas that arise from them. All tours at the Block are lead by a cohort of student docents whose primary role is to facilitate […]

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Programs & Events

“Generation 00: Cultural Practices before the Middle East Uprisings” colloquium with Abdellah Karroum [Video]

What role did artists and artistic production have in the political upheaval of the Arab Spring and related social and political movements?  The Block Museum will expand this question over three days of conversation with Abdellah Karroum, director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Qatar.  As an organization Mathaf explores and celebrates art by Arab […]

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