Exhibitions

The Block's three galleries offer rotating exhibitions presenting art across time, culture and media.  

Hank Willis Thomas

Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded

Main Gallery | April 14- August 5, 2018
Hank Willis Thomas (American, b. 1976) has consistently explored the representation of stereotypes within American popular culture, particularly as it relates to African-American subjects. Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded will consist of a tightly focused selection of approximately 40 photographs from two related bodies of works—the 2005-08 series Unbranded:  Reflections in Black By Corporate America and the 2015 series Unbranded: A Century of White Women 1915-2015.
Tebtunis

Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt

Alsdorf Gallery | January 13 - April 22, 2018
Paint the Eyes Softer”  brings to Northwestern a series of mummy portraits produced in Egypt during the Roman period, a complete intact portrait mummy and other archeological finds from the Fayum region. Combining expertise from across the University — including contributions from classics, art history, sound design, materials science, medicine, archeology, art history and molecular biology — this groundbreaking installation explores how interdisciplinary partnerships can deliver new insights into ancient mysteries.
Experiments in Form

Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella

Katz Gallery | January 13 - June 24, 2018
Inspired by the recent gift to the Block of the painting One (1970), by Sam Gilliam (b.1933), Experiments in Form uses works by Gilliam, Alan Shields (1944-2005), and Frank Stella (b. 1936) as starting points to consider the ways in which artists were experimenting with the conventions of painting and printmaking in the 1960s and 1970s.