Upcoming Programs - Spring 2018


Portrait in the Making: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Paint the Eyes Softer 

Wednesday, April 4, 4PM 


The Block exhibition Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt has been highlighted in Newsweek, BBC News, Discovery Channel, Time Magazine, and more. Find out about the science, archaeology, cutting-edge digital technology, and sound design that made this exhibition a viral sensation during this open conversation with the interdisciplinary curatorial team.

Paint the Eyes Softer is organized by Northwestern's Block Museum in collaboration with the University's McCormick School of Engineering, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, and School of Communications


Unbranded: Artist talk by Hank Willis Thomas featuring Huey Copeland 

Saturday, April 14, 2PM 


Hank Willis Thomas has been called America's great protest artist.” Join the artist for an opening conversation on the ways in which his work has addressed advertising, race, gender, and class for the past 20 years. His talk will be followed by a conversation with Northwestern's Huey Copeland, associate professor of Art History. 

This program is supported by a Block Museum Board of Advisors gift in honor of Patrick J. Graziose 

Throughout the day take part in a campus-wide celebration of “Arts on Equality” – visit artscircle.northwestern.edu for schedule and info. 


Unlocking Sounds of the Past

Wednesday, April 25, 6PM


Interweaving historical research, poetic storytelling, and innovative audio processing, artist Dario Robleto and media historian Patrick Feaster collaborate to discover the unexpected sounds of our shared past. Robleto's work has included making audible the world's first heartbeat recordings, traced in soot from 19th century flames.



Xandra Ibarra: Dwelling Somewhere In Between 

Friday, April 27, 6PM 


Join Oakland-based performance artist Xandra Ibarra (a.k.a. La Chica Boom) for a conversation on her work celebrating the imperfect borders between racial, gender, and queer identities. The talk is the keynote of the 2018 Northwestern Performance Studies graduate student conference and performance festival In Motion: Performance and Unsettling Borders.


Person, Place, Thing:  Conceptualizing Taxonomy at San Nicola, Bari, ca. 1300 

Wednesday, May 2, 5PM 

Jill CaskeyAssociate Professor of Medieval Art, University of Toronto, will discuss the holdings of the great pilgrimage church San Nicola on Italy's southeast coast and how their presentation has been (re)conceptualized over the course of seven decades.   

This program is organized by the Department of Art History 


I Think We're Alone Now

Thursday, May 10, 6PM 

Please join us to celebrate the opening of I Think We're Alone Now, the 2018 Art Theory and Practice MFA Exhibition, featuring James Britt, Joe Cassan, Kandis Friesen, and Christopher Smith.

The event is co-organized by the Block Museum and the Department of Art Theory and Practice 

Family Program

Tales of Art At the Block

Saturday, May 12, 11AM 


Museums are full of stories. Join us for read-aloud story zones, art-making, and a family-friendly tour of our galleries to uncover more stories hidden beneath the surface of the art at the Block. This program is geared for children ages 3+. Space is limited and registration is required.


Branding Quality TV

Wednesday, May 16, 6PM


How do representations of women of color serve to "brand" TV networks and film studios? Join professors Aymar Jean Christian and Miriam Petty as they screen clips of recent critically acclaimed shows like Insecure and Queen Sugar and discuss how they fit into strategies of major media brands. This screening will also include the screening of a Chicago-made indie TV series developed by Christian.

Presented by the Block Museum of Art in partnership with the 2018 Evanston Literary Festival.


Giuseppe Penone 

Tuesday, May 29, 7PM 


For forty years, renowned Italian artist Giuseppe Penone has explored and expanded our understanding sculpture through the interplay between the human body, nature, and art. Join this founding member of the Arte Povera movement for an unforgettable dialogue on the innate sculptural qualities of natural materials and the deep patterns of growth and time. 

This event is organized by the Department of Art Theory and Practice