The Block Museum houses a collection of over 6,000 artworks. With a foundation in works on paper, including prints, drawings, and photographs, in recent years The Block has expanded its collection with acquisitions of contemporary art across media by an international array of artists. Recent gifts and purchases have included videos, sculpture, drawings, photographs, and installations by artists such as Paul Chan, Omar Victor Diop, Felix Gonzalez Torres, Catherine Opie, and Carrie Mae Weems. Building upon these strengths the Block continues to seek gifts of art that connect to Northwestern’s broad curriculum and deepen our representation of modern and contemporary culture globally and from diverse perspectives.
Specialized Collections Within The Block’s Holdings
- WPA (Works Progress Administration) prints and Chicago-based artists of the 1930s and 40s
- Computer-generated artworks from the 1950s to the present day
- Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin architectural drawings and blueprints
- Prints and drawings by 19th and 20th century American and European sculptors
- Documentary photography highlighting the Midwest from the 1930s through the 1970s
- American prints from the 1970s through the 1990s
- South African “township” prints from the late 1980s and early 1990s
Resource for Campus and Community
The Block Museum’s collection provides
Online Access to The Block Collection
To schedule your appointment, contact collections and exhibitions coordinator Joe Scott at 847.467.0734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.