Students Shape the Collection: Artist Talk with Leonard Suryajaya: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Students Shape the Collection: Artist Talk with Leonard Suryajaya

Leonard Suryajaya, Quarantine Blues
Leonard Suryajaya, Quarantine Blues,from the seriesQuarantine Blues, 2020.Inkjet print. 40 x 50 inches. Purchase funds provided by Craig Ponzio and Julie and Lawrence Bernstein Family Art Acquisition Fund
6 PM-8 PM

Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed October 20, 2021
6 PM-8 PM


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


As part of the Block Museum’s Student Acquisition initiative, Northwestern students in the 2020-2021 Block Museum Student Associates program selected artist Leonard Suryajaya’s Quarantine Blues (2020) for the museum’s collection.

Suryajaya’s work explores complex intersections of intimacy, community and family, and how the “everyday is layered with histories, meanings, and potential.”  He will be joined in dialogue by Student Associates to discuss his practice, how this work explores the personal and collective impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the artist’s role in shaping narratives of history.

Moderated by Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts co-curator Essi Rönkkö and Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director, Education and Engagement Erin Northington.

Quarantine Blues is on view in Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection.


We plan for this program to be offered in person. Should public health or Northwestern campus guidelines evolve, we will contact guests about online presentation.

Contact The Block Museum of Art for more information: (847) 491-4000 or email us at