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.

golden statue of Buddha

Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies

Main Gallery | 01/13/2015-04/19/2015

Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies presents an original and innovative look at art from the region of Kashmir, as well as how it has been “collected” over time. Bringing together 44 works of art from major collections, this exhibition examines how Buddhist art from Kashmir has traveled across centuries and borders—first to the Western Himalayas and later to the US and Europe—raising questions about cultural exchange and the varying motivations behind historical collecting practices.

indigenous Himalayans gathered around a camera on a tripod

Collecting Culture: Himalaya through the Lens

Alsdorf Gallery | 1/13/2015-4/12/2015

As a companion exhibition to Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies, this exhibition looks critically at US and European engagement in the Himalayas beginning in the mid-19th century. Through lenses including photography, cartography, natural science and ethnography, it reflects on the ways Westerners have perceived, defined and acquired the Himalayas over time. It raises questions about what is gained and what is lost when one culture collects another. 

an illustration of four women dancing the can-can

Toulouse-Lautrec Prints: Art at the Edges of Modernity

Katz Gallery | 1/13/2015-4/19/2015
Join the Block for a focused exhibition exploring the scope of Lautrec’s work in print media in the final decade of his life. From public works such as posters, illustrated books, and theater programs, to privately circulated portfolios, this selection of works reveals a wide range of lithographs by one of the best known artists of the modern era. The Block Museum thanks Andra and Irwin Press for graciously agreeing to lend works from their collection bequeathed to the Block.