Museum News

Behind Blacklisted

William Gropper (1897-1977) Painter, cartoonist and lithographer Blacklisted: William Gropper’s Capriccios, the exhibition on display this spring in the Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery, came together through original research by Block Museum Graduate Fellow John Murphy. A PhD candidate in art history, Murphy spoke to us about curating the exhibition, which is […]

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Suzanne Karr-Schmidt on Printed Scientific Instruments

Picture a sundial and you’ll probably think of an object made from brass or another type of metal. But in early modern Europe you could find versions of a sundial and other scientific instruments constructed from paper. Suzanne Karr-Schmidt, the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Prints and […]

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Northwestern Learning

Geometry and the Artist-Scientist

One of the highlights of Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge in Early Modern Europe at the Block Museum is a series of dazzlingly elaborate etchings of complex geometrical shapes, found in the Alsdorf Gallery portion of the exhibition, by the German artist Jost Amman. The prints are plates from an influential book by Wenzel Jamnitzer, a promiment Nuremberg goldsmith, published in 1568. Northwestern University […]

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Programs & Events

An Evening with Printpalooza Print Fair

Watch our video recap of the first Printpalooza Print Fair, held January 29, 2011 at the Block Museum. Participants included Drive By Press, Cannonball Press, Eric Fuertes, Spudnik Press, Comix Revolution, and abstract science. Video produced by Ben Millstein/

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