In 1988, museum founder Leigh Block donated a large group of bronze sculptures with an endowment for their maintenance. The works by such artists as Hans (Jean) Arp, Barbara Hepworth, Joan Miró and Henry Moore constitute the core of the Museum’s Outdoor Sculpture Garden, which was designed by architect John Vinci and is situated around the Museum on Northwestern’s lushly landscaped campus. Over the years, the Block has selectively added works to the Garden by artists such as Wolfgang Paalen and Bryan Hunt.
Please note that as of May 25, 2012, seven works from the Garden (Interior Form by Henry Moore, Untitled by Peter Reginato, Untitled (Ohne Titel) by Wolfgang Paalen, Armonia by Virginio Ferrari, Small Twist II by Bryan Hunt, Resting Leaf by Hans Arp, and Prism in Two Elements by Virginio Ferrari) have been relocated into storage for the duration of a construction project on the south campus of the University. Sculptures will return to view after project completion, scheduled for 2015. One additional work (Constructed Cylinder by Arnaldo Pomodoro) has been covered for its protection.
A Sculpture Garden Map (pdf) is available online and at the Museum.
Portions of the Block’s sculpture collection are also on view inside the Museum, including Subjects-Objects—a monumental site-specific work by Neil Goodman that adorns the wall of the stairway—and works by Jacques Lipchitz and Miró.
In addition, the Museum is home to more than 60 sculptural works, wall hangings and weavings by the fiber artist Theo Leffmann. Gifted to the Museum by Paul Leffmann, an ongoing display of these unique works can be seen in the Theo Leffmann Gallery.