The Block Museum and Block Cinema are frequently featured in national, regional and local media. Read our most recent stories below:
Northwestern Digital Learning: Spotlight: Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop Projects (April 28, 2017)
“[Dr. Rebecca Zorach's] project used student assistance to catalog public art, specifically murals from the Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s, around the city of Chicago to create an interactive map that can be used for not only viewing mural images but also as a way to connect with other existing data sets like the CTA route map or census data to ask interesting questions about race, class, gentrification, and more." -Dan Hoefler
Hell's Printing Press: Block Museum Exhibition Q & A (April 26, 2017)
“William Blake and the Age of Aquarius will explore the impact of Blake on a broad range of American artists and will be the first exhibition to consider how Blake’s art and ideas were absorbed and filtered through American visual artists from the end of World War II through the 1960s. Blake became for many a model of non-conformity and self-expression, and was seen as an artist who engaged in social and political resistance in his time. The exhibition will consider parallels between Blake’s time and mid-twentieth-century America, touching on such issues as political repression, social transformation, and struggles for civil rights." -Curator Corinne Granof in dialogue with Sarah Jones
Art Media Agency: Chicago Area Museums: Recent Acquisitions... (April 24, 2017)
“Chicago area collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander recently gifted the museum more than 30 photographic prints by the renowned Luxembourgish-American photographer Edward Steichen. The acquisition includes items from Steichen’s series of botanical photographs as well as examples of his photographs of dancers."
“The museum now has a broad collection of Steichen’s work with pieces touching every area of the artist’s career, enabling Block to tell the full story of Steichen’s contribution to art history" -Lisa Corrin in conversation with Amelia Langas
Evanston Magazine: By the Block (April/May 2017)
“Name a museum with exhibitions and events on par with those that you'd find at the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Contemporary Art, but it's free every day and open to everyone...The Block's recent exhibitions have been reviewed by The New York Times, Financial Times, and The New Yorker, and with three gallery spaces that are always rotating, you're guaranteed to see something new on almost any visit. " -Elizabeth Hope
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Hundert Arten, ein Cello zu spielen [A Hundred Ways to Play a Cello] (April 12, 2017)
"It is time for this exhibition…[Moorman] finally has a place in art history of the 1960s and 1970s, as an artist but also as the founder of the New York Avant Garde Festivals. How could she ever have fallen into oblivion? … Instead of self-promotion, Moorman pursued the idea of a multidisciplinary connected avant-garde. She worked together with Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Allan Kaprow and with her friends Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneemann, or with Jim McWilliams, who invented Sky Kiss for her. Lifted by helium balloons, Moorman played “Up, Up and Away.” Thanks to Otto Piene’s technical advancement, she was able to go far up in the sky. It has the feeling of a group show, the protagonist is thrown into the spotlight initially and consistently as equal co-creator." -Brita Sachs
Hyperallergic: Art Movements (April 6, 2017)
“Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world…. Richard and Jackie Hollander donated 44 photographs by Edward Steichen to Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum." -Tiernan Morgan
Modern Luxury NS: Readers' Choice: Arts & Culture (April 2017)
“On the campus of Northwestern University, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art remains an acclaimed resource with frequently changing exhibits that present art across time, culture and medium."
“For his current solo show at Northwestern University’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art in Illinois, USA, Attia has created a film, a sculptural piece and installation. He has delved into the university’s Herskovits Library of African Studies, one of the most extensive collections covering the continent that exists today." -Emmanuel Balogun
Chicago Magazine: 67 Things to Do in Chicago in April (March 29, 2017)
“What does contemporary art in Nigeria look like? The artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos gives a presentation on global and local trends in the country."
Chicago Mag: Five Great Things to Do This Week in Chicago (March 29, 2017)
“A new book of poetry copublished by Northwestern University celebrates the art of Romare Bearden, whose colorful and jazzy cut-paper collages exemplified 20th-century African American life."
Diptyk: Kader Attia Reflecting Memory (Feb-March 2017)
Northwestern News: Research, Art Merge In Block Museum Exhibit (March 13, 2017)
“'Hopefully attendees left the event realizing that a collection of this breadth and depth can inspire artists, researchers, and scholars in a variety of ways,' says Esmeralda Kale, Herskovits curator. 'Despite the differences in disciplines, there are commonalities in the themes running through the work of the graduate student presenters and that of Attia’s work on display.'"
"The Wall of Respect, a now-lost mural depicting such notable African-American figures as John Coltrane, Ossie Davis and Sarah Vaughan, was unveiled in 1967 on the side of a building at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue. These three exhibitions mark the 50th anniversary of this important milestone in Chicago’s public-art history." - Kyle MacMillan
Picture This Post: Block Museum Mounts IF YOU REMEMBER, I’LL REMEMBER Exhibit Review -– Marathon of Mourning and Hope (February 25, 2017)
"All the works in the exhibition ask the viewer to consider our troubled collective past, yet these crushing histories are interrupted by moments of beauty and hope. Don’t miss this timely and poignant show." - Julia Poppy
Chicago Tribune: Arab Museum of Modern Art director will discuss role of artists in Arab Spring (February 24, 2017)
"'Abdellah Karroum has not only exceptional taste in artistic production by creators working in many different media, but a transnational vision of global trends in the arts and how they intersect with geopolitics,' said Brian Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and director of Northwestern's MENA Program."
WBEZ: Weekend Passport: The Artist's Role in the Arab Spring [Audio] (February 24, 2017)
"A symposium at Northwestern University examines the art scene before the Arab Spring uprising, when artists were creating works calling for change and challenging the political establishment."
North by Northwestern: Block Museum sewing circle brings community together [Video] (February 8, 2017)
"To kick off the exhibit, Watt, who is Seneca and whose art is influenced by her Native American heritage, hosted a community sewing circle, an event she will use for inspiration to create a new piece the museum has commissioned from her." - Alejandra Fernandez
Mining Industry Today: Block Museum exhibit digs into photos of 1960s miners (February 8, 2017)
"The new photo-centered Block Museum of Art exhibit, 'Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground,' explores the visual representation of industrialization and the plight of the common laborer."
Chicago Tribune: Block Museum exhibit digs into photos of 1960s miners (February 8, 2017)
"Taken together, the work of these two photographers offers an appraisal of the relationship between pictures and industry, the juxtapositions between scientific progress and human sentiment, which has shaped this endeavor since the advent of photography." - Gina Grillo
Brit+Co: 10 Museums That Will Cure a Broken Heart (February 7, 2017)
"In this exhibit, contemporary artists explore the pain and heartbreak caused by major national events, like the Japanese internment camps and bloody conflicts between Native Americans and the US government." - Angela Velez
Chicago Now: Year of Public Art in Chicago: What's ahead for 2017 (February 7, 2017)
"The Wall of Respect, guest curated by Romi Crawford, Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach will be the subject of many events and exhibitions throughout Chicago and Evanston. The original wall–-a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others--resulted in a seminal mural for and within Chicago’s Black South Side communities. " - Carole Kuhrt Brewer
"However, it is these histories – told by people often relegated to the margins – which constitute this country's past, in all its glory and grotesque. If You Remember, I'll Remember, the Block Museum's main exhibit for the season, is an exploration of these forgotten histories, rooted deeply in the personal." - Stacy Tsai
The Lisa D Show: The Lisa D Show with Kristine Aono [Audio Interview] (February 3, 2017)
"Aono's 'sculpture and installations are narrative in nature, reflecting [Aono's] identity as a Sansei, a third generation Japanese-American. [She] examines this hybrid cultural identity through topics such as acculturation, racial and sexual stereotyping, the WWII internment camps, and the history of [her] family in America.'"
Chicago Tribune: See it Now: Block Museum exhibit explores art and memory (February 2, 2017)
"The exhibit includes sculptures, installations, videos and other works created by seven contemporary artists. Their work serves as an invitation to reflect on our nation’s past while contemplating the present, through objects, sounds and images that unlock memories." - Louise Burton
Chicago Reader: Block Museum kicks off a season of urgent art with Kader Attia's 'Reflecting Memory' (February 2, 2017)
"'Reflecting Memory' explores similar themes of heritage and the impact of relationships among various versions of history—the ways we remember events separately and together, and how those memories might shift over time." - Lee Ann Norman
The Daily Northwestern: Block Museum exhibition connects past to present, emphasizes necessity of rememberance (February 2, 2017)
"(Robleto's essay) ends with this larger call for the necessity of all of us to remember the stories of the people who come before us because, if that process of engaging with the past isn’t active, then there’s this possibility of things being completely forgotten." - Janet Dees, speaking to Hayley Krolik
Bad at Sports: Top V. Weekend Picks (February 2, 2017)
Founded in 2005 by Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, and Amanda Browder, Bad at Sports (B@S) now features over 20 principal collaborators and is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and New York City
NS Magazine: Starving Artists (February 1, 2017)
"Six artists examine the United States' struggles with xenophobia, racism, and immigration at Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art's upcoming exhibit, If You Remember, I'll Remember."
NS Magazine: Fab 5: Thoughtful Winter (February 1, 2017)
"From the Congo to Paris, French-Algerian artist Kader Attia mesmerizes audiences with exhibitions exploring the clash of cultures from colonialism to our modern world."
Make it Better: 5 Things to Do: Feb 3-5 (January 31, 2017)
"The latest exhibit at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art features pieces examining love, war, resistance, civil rights and more in the 19th and 20th centuries." - Anna Carlson
Digital Learning Northwestern: Innovating Materials Science for Art's Sake (January 31, 2017)
"Says Dr. Walton, 'It’s a project-based class where the students invest themselves in understanding how art and artifacts are created, a burgeoning field called ‘Technical Art History,’ where science, technology, and art merge.'"
Sixty Inches From Center: February Art Picks (January 30, 2017)
If You Remember, I'll Remember and Dreams are Colder than Death are highlighted as February art picks.
"In his Block Museum installation, Attia expands on his long-term exploration of repair, both of the body and of society, and probes the legacies of colonialism, slavery and xenophobia."
Artnet: Kader Attia Argues for Reparations and “Repair” at Lehmann Maupin (January 27, 2017)
"It’s fair to say that Kader Attia is having a moment. The Paris-born artist, who is known for his work on the legacy of colonialism, was awarded the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp last October. His second exhibition at Lehmann Maupin coincides with his work being on view at Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou, as well as with a solo show this month at the Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois." - Christian Viveros-Fauné
Time Out: 48 exciting openings in Chicago in February (January 25, 2017)
"Reflect on the past and its tendency to echo through the present via works displayed in the Block Museum's group exhibition,'If You Remember, I'll Remember.'" - Grace Perry
Crain's: Where to go this week, what to plan for later (January 18, 2017)
"Attia cooked up new pieces for the exhibition using resources all across Northwestern University, from the predictable, such as the collections of the library of African studies, to the surprising, like interviews with faculty at the Rehabilitation Institute." - Graham Meyer
The Daily Northwestern: Block Museum exhibition explores loss, trauma (January 18, 2017)
"Overall, this narrative forces us to think about the repair and healing after different sorts of trauma over time and the similarities and differences in the responses that (global tragedies) generate" - Antawan Bird, speaking to Gabby Grossman
Blouin ArtInfo: Contradictory Truths: Kader Attia's Video Dialogues at Lehmann Maupin (January 18, 2017)
"I have always been working on a process of repair — the word we are living in is full of material and immaterial injuries — that the economic and political order of power endlessly denies." - Kader Attia in inveterview with Juliet Helmke
Artforum: Good Charlotte (January 10, 2017)
"In the exhibition’s catalogue, musicologist Jason Rosenholtz-Witt details how Moorman listed multiple solutions for each of the composition’s many technical challenges. This palimpsest of possibilities helped Moorman tailor her renditions to specific contexts, whether Carnegie Hall or Johnny Carson." - Colby Chamberlain
Time Out: 28 exciting openings in Chicago in January (December 29, 2016)
"The Block Museum presents newly-commissioned work by "Kader Attia," which compares Western and non-Western approaches to history and tradition." - Grace Perry
Chicago Tribune: Winter preview: 10 art shows not to miss (December 28, 2016)
"The largest collection of Africana in existence is sure to generate a provocative response from Attia, who in past installations has used materials ranging from couscous to foil and carved wood in response to histories of slavery and xenophobia." - Lori Waxman