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.


The Left Front: Radical Art in the “Red Decade,” 1929-1940

Main Gallery | 1/17/2014–6/22/2014
The Left Front revisits a fraught moment in American history when a group of artists embraced the motto “art as a social weapon” as they dedicated their work and practice to activism.

In the Mind of the Beholder: An Experiment in Perception

Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery | 3/25/2014 - 5/4/2014
In the Mind of the Beholder: An Experiment in Perception. An exhibition curated by Aleksandra Sherman, doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychology, Northwestern University