The Exquisite Snake

Main Gallery

snakeJules Feiffer, from The Exquisite Snake, 2003, oil pastel, felt tip marker, ballpoint pen, and watercolor. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Sidney and Hanna Block, 2006.3.41. Courtesy of the artist.

In a surprise 80th-birthday gift for renowned Chicago gallery dealer Sidney Block, nearly 200 contemporary artists, including Chicagoans Ed Paschke, Audrey Niffenegger, and Karl Wirsum, created individual works of art to make a special version of a surrealists’ parlor game. This exhibition celebrates Sidney Block and his late wife Hanna's generous donation of this vital collaborative work to the Museum.

Click here for an Exquisite Snake installation guide (PDF).