The Block offers a variety of stimulating exhibitions that explore historical and contemporary themes in art and culture. Drawing from its collections and works from other institutions and private collectors, the Museum curates its own exhibitions—often in collaboration with Northwestern University faculty—and hosts traveling exhibitions from peer institutions.


Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey

Main Gallery and Alsdorf Gallery | 9/19/2014–12/7/2014
This comprehensive and innovative exhibition of works by the international artist Wangechi Mutu is her first survey in the United States. Spanning the mid-1990s to the present, the exhibition unites more than 50 pieces, from the artist’s most iconic collages to rarely seen early works and new creations. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and living in New York since the early 1990s, Wangechi Mutu is best known for depicting female figures in lush, otherworldly landscapes. Her work explores the relationships between issues of gender, race, war, globalization, colonialism and the black female body.

Wangechi Mutu: The End of eating Everything

Alsdorf Gallery | 9/16/2014–11/30/2014
A comprehensive and innovative exhibition of works by the international artist Wangechi Mutu—her first survey in the United States.

Ecological Looking: Sustainability & the End(s) of the Earth

Katz Gallery | 9/19/2014–11/30/2014

This exhibition looks at representations of industry—mining, agriculture, oil extraction and refining—through an ecological lens. Combining diverse works of art from Northwestern collections, from 19th century photographs to 20th century prints, with quotes from critical thinkers and writers, it provides an interpretive framework to consider the impact industrial practices have had on the planet.