2017 News Coverage



Streetwise Chicago: William Blake Exhibit at the Block Museum of Art (December 2017)

"Even casual viewers who do not understand Blake the artist have a visceral view of his images in relation to spreading love, peace or personal spirituality, says Corinne Grano£, curator of academic pro­grams at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, who consulted with curator and Northwestern Professor of Art History Stephen F. Eisenman to produce its current exhibit, "William Blake and the Age of Aquarius." -Suzanne Hanney

Time Out Chicago: The best art exhibits to see in Chicago in January (December 29, 2017)

"In the late ’60s, Sam Gilliam was part of a group of painters who began experimenting with color, making it the primary focus of their canvases. Gilliam developed "drape" paintings, featuring an unstretched canvas that was covered with paint and presented as a hanging sculpture. To celebrate the recent gift of Gilliam's painting "One," the Block Museum will present an exhibit devoted to his work, accompanied by pieces by contemporaries Alan Shields and Frank Stella." -Zach Long

Splash Magazines: “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt” Preview – A Remarkable Opportunity (December 22, 2017)

"Combining expertise from across the University — including contributions from classics, art history, sound design, materials science, medicine, archeology, art history and molecular biology — this groundbreaking installation explores how interdisciplinary partnerships can deliver new insights into ancient mysteries." -Barbara Keer

Newcity: Newcity's Top 5 of of Everything 2017: Art (December 21, 2017)

"Top 5 Museum and Institutional Shows: Block Museum of Art: William Blake and the Age of Aquarius" -Elliot Reichert

Chicago Tribune: The feminist energies of William Blake and Faith Wilding take over Chicago (December 20, 2017)

"That 18th-century poet Blake has a sort of double occupancy in the local art scene is meaningful but hardly surprising. With Chicago’s history of radical politics, protest and direct action, Blake’s ethereal concepts about liberation seem built into the city." -KT Hawbaker

New York Times: The Best Art Books of 2017 (December 15, 2017)

"Blake (1757-1827) is in the air these days, as he has been in other culturally inflamed times. In 1948, in a Spanish Harlem apartment, the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg had an auditory hallucination of Blake reciting “Ah Sun-flower!” and other mind-altering verses. That vision changed Ginsberg’s life, and Blake became a touchstone figure for many radical American artists of the 1950s and his destroy-all-tyrants radar continued to burn through the 1960s. It would certainly find appropriate targets today, as is confirmed by this excellent book, the catalog for an exhibition at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, through March 18." -Holland Cotter

USA Today: Things to Do in December (December 15, 2017)

"The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art on Northwestern University's campus nails its aim to be a 'dynamic, imaginative and innovative' institution with the winter exhibit, 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius.'" -Jacky Runice

Splash Magazines:“William Blake and the Age of Aquarius” Review – A Must See Exhibition (December 11, 2017)

"It is fascinating to observe the ways in which Blake’s protests against the conventions of his day were inspirational for many young Americans disillusioned by perceived cultural tendencies of social uniformity, materialism and consumerism, racial and gender discrimination, and environmental degradation. This was a generation that sought in Blake a model of independence, imagination, and resistance to authority." -Barbara Keer

Third Coast Review: Expand Your Consciousness With William Blake and the Age of Aquarius @ The Block Museum of Art (December 7, 2017)

"William Blake and the Age of Aquarius shows how Blake’s protests against political and social conventions during his time were an inspiration for many Americans who felt the need to rebel against conformity, believing personal and social transformation was not merely an abstract concept, but something that can be actualized in their lifetime." - Tom Wawzenek

BBC News: Egyptian mummy's secrets revealed at hi-tech laboratory (December 6, 2017)

"This is the first time that such a high intensity synchrotron X-ray will have been used on a mummy, with the aim of producing an extremely detailed three-dimensional analysis of the body and any other objects hidden below the linen bindings." -Sean Coughlan 

Windy City Times: Five Worth Finding: holiday edition (December 5, 2017)

"Princeton University Press books: The press has a varied assortment of books. Examples include Big Pacific, a companion book to the five-part series on PBS that gives an inside look at the unique sea creatures and ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean; and William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, an intriguing look at how Blake's vision influenced artists of the Beat generation and 1960s counterculture." -Andrew Davis

NewHistorian: Caesar’s Landing in Britain – The History News of the Week (December 1, 2017)

"As well as providing insights into Egyptian-Roman mummification techniques, the ground-breaking studies being carried out by Northwestern University will help guide preservation of the mummy. The research will culminate in an exhibition at Block Museum titled: 'Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt.'" -Daryl Worthington

Evanston Magazine: William Blake and the Age of Aquarius Opening Day (December 1, 2017)

"Guests took advantage of a brand-new exhibit and conversation at the beautiful Block Museum of Art on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus this fall. Attendees explored rare prints and pages from the visionary British poet and artist William Blake’s illuminated books." -Kemmie Orquiz

Tech Times: Particle Accelerator Reveals Objects Buried With An Ancient Egyptian Mummy (November 30, 2017)

"The mummy, who wears gold jewelry and crimson tunic, also has an embedded portrait, a lifelike painting of the individual incorporated into the wrappings. The mummy is only one of about 100 worldwide with such a painted portrait that was embedded in the wrapping above where its head should be. This style is introduced by the Romans, so, the analysis of the mummy will also offer researchers clues about Roman-Egyptian mummy portraits, which have a different style from those of the more familiar Egyptian mummies." -Allan Adamson

Picture this Post: Block Museum of Art Present PAINT THE EYES SOFTER: MUMMY PORTRAITS FROM ROMAN EGYPT Exhibit Preview (November 30, 2017)

"'This exhibit is just one of the many ways we are continuing to expand the intersection between art and engineering,' said Julio M. Ottino, dean of the McCormick School. 'In addition to providing the tools of engineering to study the history of art, our partnership provides opportunities for engineers and artists to learn how each other works and thinks, expanding their own abilities in the process.'”

Common Dreams: Reopening The Doors Of Perception (November 30, 2017)

"Blake spoke a complex truth. He embraced a far-flung, wildly loving philosophy of life: 'If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself up till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.'” -Robert C. Koehler

Forbes: Particle Accelerator Peers Inside Ancient Girl Mummy (November 30, 2017)

"'We’re basically able to go back to an excavation that happened more than 100 years ago and reconstruct it with our contemporary analysis techniques,' said Marc Walton, research professor of materials science and engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering. 'All the information we find will help us enrich the entire historic context of this young girl mummy and the Roman period in Egypt.'" -Brid-Aine Parnell

Newsweek: Archaeologists sent an ancient Egyptian mummy through an imaging scanner–here's what they saw (November 29, 2017)

“'Our main motivation is to use the physical sciences to be able to unpack the technology of art,' Marc Walton, a materials scientist at Northwestern and one of the project’s leaders, told PBS. 'We’re trying to get into the mind of the artist to understand why they’re making certain choices based upon the economics of the materials, their physical structure, and then use that information to be able to rewrite history.'” -Kastalia Medrano

Art Daily: First-of-its-kind mummy study reveals clues to girl's story (November 29, 2017)

"The study of this rare archeological object, owned by Garrett-Evangelical, is part of an interdisciplinary class at Northwestern focused, in part, on filling out the contextual story of where this mummy came from and who she was." 

The Washington Post: Researchers use advanced technology to study child mummy (November 29, 2017)

"Scientists examined the rare find on Monday in the hopes of learning more about how the girl died. And they say studying the wrapping materials may shed new light on ancient Egyptian culture."

Northwestern Now: First-of-its-kind mummy study reveals clues to girl’s story (November 29, 2017)

"'This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our undergraduate students — and for me — to work at understanding the whole object that is this girl mummy,' Walton said. 'Today’s powerful analytical tools allow us to nondestructively do the archaeology scientists couldn’t do 100 years ago.'” -Megan Fellman

ABC News: Researchers use advanced technology to study child mummy (November 29, 2017)

"Researchers from Northwestern University and Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are using advanced technology to unwrap the mysteries of an 1,800-year-old mummy."

Chicago Tribune: Mummy Gets Close-up in Argonne Lab Device (November 28, 2017)

"The high-powered beams of the Argonne machine will give researchers molecular information about what is inside the mummy, including the girl's bones, burial materials and what has become of her remains. The powerful synchotron allows scientists a noninvasive way of probing the mummy, offering snapshots of its contents at a near-atomic level." -Patrick M. O'Connell

PBS News Hour: Thanks to a particle accelerator, we can see inside this ancient mummy (November 28, 2017)

"The added benefit of these cutting-edge tools is their non-invasive nature–a mummy can be analyzed without unwrapping it...By using these noninvasive scientific instruments, art historians can make sure they are respecting mummified remains while sharing that humbling joy of discovery for generations to come." -Fedor Kossakovski

Pop Matters: No Reader of 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' Will Remain Unmoved (November 27, 2017)

"Those unfamiliar with Blake should still be fascinated by how the man's work has drifted through the ages without losing much of its power. No reader of this book will come away from it unmoved and indifferent to the potential of the artistic sensibility as it comes to terms with light, dark, and everything in between." -Christopher John Stephens

Chicago Reader: Catch dazzling abstract works at the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation (November 9, 2017)

"Based in Los Angeles, the festival favors 'works made by individual artists, drawing on the lineage of avant -garde cinema as well as the tradition of classic character animation and cartooning,' with two free programs on Saturday at Block Museum of Art.  The programs include dazzling abstract works that exploit the tension between geometry and the variegated forms of the natural world." -J.R. Jones

ArtReview: Power 100: Kader Attia (November 2017)

"Taking part in three biennials while staging two museum exhibitions and a gallery show has kept Attia busy. His participation in the Venice Biennale and the Bienal de Cuenca was topped off by a special project in Dakar as part of the Sharjah Biennial’s expanded field of activity this year. In October the artist, who was born in France to Algerian parents, won the $82,000 Joan Miró Prize in recognition of his ongoing interrogation of colonialism and its legacies: themes evident in exhibitions at Block Museum of Art, Illinois, and the MCA Australia, Sydney." 

P.M. News: Introducing The Cinema Of Femi Odugbemi (November 4, 2017)

"[Odugbemi] belongs to a generation of Nollywood directors who see themselves not only as adapting the new global media resources, especially digital technologies, in creating unique cultural texts that capture the particular national histories, daily individual struggles and collective coping strategies of ordinary people in a postcolonial nation whose leaders have sold their souls to the devil, but also as crucial interventionists whose cultural work represent a certain kind of radical cultural politics and thought for progressive creative work in a time of massive social and cultural transformations."

Evanston Round Table: Wilsons Establish Engagement Fund at Block (November 1, 2017)

"The Wilson Fund will endow the leadership position of the Block Museum engagement department, which oversees museum-wide education, programming, partnerships and communication efforts. The gift will also provide additional support for public programs and engagement between the museum and the larger Northwestern campus and community, including funding for youth educational programs."

New Art Examiner: "William Blake and the Age of Aquarius" (October/November 2017)

"Blake’s authentic mysticism as a visionary and spiritualist will always lie beyond the knowledge or grasp of most people. He proposed total equality between races and sexes. These traits of course made him a near-perfect avatar for postwar non-conformists and dissidents, who used him as validation of a generation’s hunger for escapism to a more enlightened, moral and pacifist path." -Bruce Thorn

Pulse Nigeria: American Universities to study Nollywood with filmmaker's works (October 27, 2017)

"Northwestern University in Chicago and Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois have very strong interrogative exchange programmes in African Studies and are particularly interested in Nollywood and its place as an art form that has done a lot to reinvent the global narrative of the African experience." -Femi Odugbemi in conversation with Chidumga Izuzu

Newcity Art: Opening the Doors of Perception, A Review of “William Blake and the Age of Aquarius” at the Block Museum (October 19, 2017)

"This is a bountiful and thoughtful show and a true labor of love by its curator." -Chris Miller

Star Tribune: Chicago's elevated northern burb (October 13, 2017)

"The on-campus Block Museum of Art showcases global and contemporary art. Currently open, 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' juxtaposes the 1960s’ spectacular social discord with the fey English Romantic Blake’s visionary artwork. It sounds like the best anniversary commemoration of the Summer of Love yet." -Aaron Gettinger

50th Summer of Love: Take a trip and trip out to 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' (October 9, 2017)

"It would be another seven years before Ginsberg wrote in his towering poem 'Howl': 'Holy, Holy, Holy . . . Everything is holy! Everybody’s holy! Everywhere is holy! The madman is holy as you my soul are holy . . . Holy the supernatural extra brilliant intelligent kindness of the soul!' Blake’s words were lighting fires across time." -Jason Foumberg

The Daily Northwestern: The Weekly Podcast: Myth Busting and Activism in the 1960s [Audio] (October 6, 2017)

In this episode of The Weekly, The Daily attends the Block Museum’s panel on artist William Blake’s work and how it relates to activism in the 1960s.

Daily Northwestern: NU professors discuss changes in political, cultural climate in the 1960s (October 5, 2017)

"The event, titled 'Love and Then Some: 1960s Protest and Liberation, Civil and Human Rights,' built on the ideas of social transformation highlighted in the museum’s current exhibition, 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius.' Four Northwestern faculty members presented on revolutions in the 1960s and their effects on the political and cultural climate of the time." -Samantha Handler

Inside Philanthropy: Funded Mandate: A Closer Look at a Campus Gift for Arts Engagement (October 5, 2017)

"Nonetheless, the gift does something relatively unique in an arts philanthropy space obsessed with engagement: It creates an engagement fund mandating the museum engage the community—and provides a roadmap for it to do so." -Mike Scutari

Michael J. Kramer: Are You Experienced? Jimi Hendrix & the Countercultural Politics of the Uncategorizable (October 5, 2017)

"Refusing to be pinned down to any conventional ideology or political position—Hendrix variously resisted being narrowed down to a Black Panther, New Leftist, former Army paratrooper, guitar-god, a hippie utopian, or any other recognizable position—he instead fingered the limits of freedom, its jagged edges of distortion and electricity." -Michael J. Kramer

Chicago Magazine: Art History Professor Stephen Eisenman on His New William Blake Exhibition (October 5, 2017)

"You can find the ideas of the summer of love in Blake almost 200 years earlier—peace, love, rejection of oppressive individualism, rejection of war, rejection of hyper rationalism, legalism, the military industrial complex." -Stephen Eisenman in conversation with Christian Belanger

Chicago Reader: Take a trip and trip out to ‘William Blake and the Age of Aquarius’ (October 4, 2017)

"Blake's revival came at a dark moment in U.S. history, between McCarthyism sweeping away homosexuals and communists and Vietnam war protests reaching a fever pitch. Wielding Blake as a cultural weapon meant one had the power to ask, What is the political dimension of the imagination?" -Jason Foumberg

Art & Education: Block Museum at Northwestern University Receives Donation for Community Engagement (October 2, 2017)

"The $1.5 million donation will permanently establish the Susan and Stephen Wilson Block Museum Engagement Fund, which will expand museum-wide education, programming, and partnerships and communication between Northwestern and organizations in the Evanston, Illinois community."

Northwestern Now: Northwestern engineer's innovative design exhibited as art (October 2, 2017)

"The McCormick School of Engineering has long been a leader in multi-disciplinary innovation, intersectional research and 'whole-brain engineering,' and it is partnering increasingly with other fields of study, like art. In fact, Northwestern Engineering collaborates with Northwestern’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art to bring artists to campus to expose students to their processes while offering artists opportunities for their work to be nourished by interactions with Northwestern faculty.” -Storer Rowley

Culture Type: New Season, New Art: Fall Begins with 45 Notable Exhibitions Featuring Works by Black Artists (September 30, 2017)

"'Ritual and Revolution' by Carrie Mae Weems was acquired by the museum in 2016 as part of a gift of 68 works from collector Peter Norton. Created in 1998, the three-dimensional, gallery-sized installation was created in 1998 and 'explores the historic human struggle for equality and justice, including references to the Middle Passage, the French Revolution, [and] World War II.'” -Victoria Valentine

Art Daily: Donors Susan and Stephen Wilson establish engagement fund at Block Museum of Art (September 30, 2017)

"The Wilson Fund will endow the leadership position of the Block Museum engagement department, which oversees museum-wide education, programming, partnerships and communication efforts."

Hyperallergic: Art Movements (September 29, 2017)

"Susan and Stephen Wilson donated $1.5 million to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University." -Tiernan Morgan

WTTW: Block Museum Explores William Blake's Influence on the Age of Aquarius (September 28, 2017)

"I think we’re kind of in a good moment where Blake needs to be revived, we need examples of cultural figures who could stand up and resist the authority and power of their times. And we need cultural models of people like Blake who celebrated people regardless of their religion, their race, their color, their national origin. He, one of his lines of poetry he says that 'whether you be Christian, Turk'—he meant Muslim—or Jew 'if you have peace, love and pity in your heart, then you are someone to be loved.'”

Northwestern Department of Art History: 2016-2017 Newsletter (September 2017)

"Berzock co-curated the exhibition Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory with Art History Ph.D. candidate Antawan Byrd and Block Museum curator Janet Dees. The exhibition was on view at the Block during Fall Quarter 2016. The museum received a National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grant for Berzock’s forthcoming exhibition, Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Medieval Trans-Saharan Trade, which will open at the Block in January 2019." 

Clef Notes: Art (September 2017)

"William Blake and the Age of Aquarius will consider parallels between Blake's time and mid-twentieth-century America, touching on such issues as political repression, social transformation, and struggles for civil rights." -Isaac Jacobs

Hyperallergic: Art Movements (September 29, 2017)

"Susan and Stephen Wilson donated $1.5 million to the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University." -Tiernan Morgan

The Allen Ginsberg Project: Friday's Weekly Round-up (September 29, 2017)

"The exhibition, curated by Northwestern University art professor, Stephen F Eisenman, is a breakthrough exhibit, exploring, for the first time,  'the impact of British visionary poet and artist William Blake on a broad range of American artists in the post-World War II period'  (notablly, but by no means confined to, Allen Ginsberg and fellow members of the Beat Generation – Allen as promoter and propagandist, conduit and curator, of Blake’s continuingly advancing reputation)."

NewCity Film: Film 50 2017: Chicago's Screen Gems (September 28, 2017)

"What’s kept Beste going for over twelve years? She says, 'At its core, it’s the films and artworks themselves. I love the work. At the same time, it’s this ongoing engagement with a medium that’s constantly changing—in terms of its technology, the way it engages audiences, viewers, and users, and its impact on contemporary life.' Beste is also working on an exhibition for the Block Museum of Art about Goldsholl Design Associates, a Chicago-based design firm headed by Mort and Millie Goldsholl, which made a name for itself from the 1950s to seventies with its 'designs-in-film.'" -Ray Pride

The Economist: Sotheby’s launches a new prize for cutting-edge curators (September 28, 2017)

"The 2018 Sotheby’s Prize will be shared by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (MCA) and the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, two American institutions that are planning shows of under-represented areas of art history. “Many Tongues: Art, Language and Revolution in the Middle East and South Asia” curated by Omer Kholeif , a Cairo-born scholar who is now at the MCA, will open in October 2019. “Pop América: 1965-1975” will open in October 2018 at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, before moving to the Nasher Museum and then on to the Block Museum at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois almost a year later." -F.R.

Duke Today: Sotheby's prize recognizes forthcoming Nasher Museum exhibit on Latin American influence on pop art (September 28, 2017)

"The exhibit also marks the 50th anniversary of social unrest throughout the Americas, a time when artists used Pop to resist dictatorships in Brazil and Argentina, to support the Cuban Revolution, to criticize aggressive state modernization and violence in Mexico and Colombia, and to battle for civil rights in the United States. Pop América will open in October 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, at the McNay Art Museum, which is partnering with the Nasher Museum to stage the exhibition. After visiting the Nasher, it will travel to the Block Museum at Northwestern University."

The Daily Northwestern: New Block Museum exhibition combines 18th century, contemporary art (September 27, 2017)

"The Block Museum of Art is reviving the legacy of William Blake in an interdisciplinary exhibition that draws parallels between the artist’s work during the Romantic era and pieces he inspired modern artists to create." -Jane Yun

Chicago Reader: Carrie Mae Weems reshapes history in her image at the Block Museum (September 26, 2017)

"By inserting herself into the piece through her image and her voice, Weems also serves as an observer of past events. She bears witness to a 1963 civil rights demonstration in Birmingham, Alabama; she's among Hopi women in Arizona. Weems has said that she's not a political artist, though one can't help but view her work through that lens. She's clearly concerned with understanding humanity, exposing our darkest moments, and helping to envision new realities. In an era that feels plagued by defeats, the historical struggles depicted in Ritual and Revolution are a helpful reminder of how much has already been won." -Kerry Cardoza

North by Northwestern: Block Museum celebrates the legacy of William Blake (September 26, 2017)

"Next to the impressively large number of pieces by Blake, the exhibition includes a range of works from mid-20th century America: copies of On The Road and Howl by Beat authors Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, album artwork for The Doors, and an untitled engraving and drypoint by Pollock...These are all emphasizing Blake’s influence on literary, musical and visual art." -Elizabeth Cameron

Art Daily: Block Museum explores 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' (September 26, 2017)

"The first exhibition to consider the impact of Blake on American artists from the end of World War II through 1970, the show features more than 150 paintings, drawings, photographs, films, posters and other medium from the 50s, 60s and 70s and more than 50 rare Blake rare engravings and pages from illuminated books which have been loaned from major collections including The Rosenbach in Philadelphia and the Yale Center for British Art."

The Daily Northwestern: Alumni donate $1.5 million to establish engagement fund at Block Museum (September 25, 2017)

"'We are honored by (the Wilsons’) recognition of the Block Museum as a site of innovative teaching and learning experiences for both our students and our community,' Block director Lisa Corrin said in the release. 'This visionary gift will help ensure meaningful engagement with art through partnerships and will expand the reach and impact of our programming.'" -Maddie Burakoff

Evanston Now: Wilsons establish engagement fund at Block Museum (September 22, 2017)

"The Wilson Fund will endow the leadership position of the Block Museum engagement department, which oversees museum-wide education, programming, partnerships and communication efforts. The gift will also provide additional support for public programs and engagement between the museum and the larger Northwestern campus and community, including funding for youth educational programs. It is these community collaborations, such as the Block’s long-term partnership with the Evanston-based youth development agency Youth Opportunity United (Y.O.U), that will be expanded and deepened through the Wilsons’ gift." -Stephanie Kulke

Evanston Round Table: Block Museum to Present 'Blockbuster' Exhibit on William Blake (September 20, 2017)

"...countless artists, radicals, critics, and connoisseurs have discovered Blake’s intense and passionate vision and radical approach to art and verse, especially in the second half of the 20th Century, said chief curator Stephen Eisenman, Professor of Art History at Northwestern. As he writes in the exhibit catalogue: '…every generation that needs a model of independence, imagination, and resistance to law and authority turns to [Blake].'" -Les Jacobson

Crain's: The best events in town this week–and beyond (September 20, 2017)

"The exhibit juxtaposes Blake's visual-art prints and illuminated poetry with fine-art and pop-culture objects from beat, hippie and rock-and-roll eras to illustrate his influence. And now that they mention it, there really is something psychedelic about 'Tyger, tyger, burning bright.'" -Graham Meyer

Chicago Magazine: Ten Things to Do This Week in Chicago (September 20, 2017)

"For years, Blake was just another genius artist who died in obscurity. But during the Summer of Love in 1967, the work of the 19th-century mystic, printmaker, and poet was adopted as hippie credo. In the first exhibit of its kind, Blake’s psychedelic artwork and poetry are paired with works by those they inspired: Jimi Hendrix, Diane Arbus, Allen Ginsberg, Agnes Martin, and more."

Splash Magazines: "William Blake and the Age of Aquarius" Preview - The Block Museum to host a blockbuster exhibition (September 19, 2017)

"The exhibition 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' will be complemented by a variety of engagement programs throughout Fall 2017 and Winter 2018, which use the exhibition as a springboard to explore Blake’s continued contemporary influence, the relationship between image and text, and the resonance of the art and politics of Blake’s work." -Debra Davy

Chicago Reader: Ten best bets for fall visual arts (September 15, 2017)

"William Blake was the artist of the century—and that's not the 18th or 19th, when he was alive, but the mid-20th, more than 100 years after he died. This exhibit at the Block lays out how the Romantic figure influenced the seemingly un-Romantic midcentury American period." -Tal Rosenberg

Chicago Sun-Times: Fall Entertainment Preview–Visual Arts (September 14, 2017)

"Artistic and cultural influences come from sometimes surprising places. So, it was with William Blake (1757-1827), an unconventional English poet, painter and printmaker, who turned out to be a powerful source of inspiration for the counter-culture artists, poets and musicians during San Francisco’s Summer of Love in 1967."

Artforum: "William Blake and the Age of Aquarius" (September 2017)

"This erudite Summer of Love golden-anniversary exhibition places the Beat-generation muse, proto-hippie, politically radical poet-engraver, and generally unclassifiable William Blake in the context of twentieth-century American art and popular culture. Exuberance is beauty!" -J. Hoberman

Time Out Chicago: To Do: The best art exhibits in your area (September 2017)

"Though he died in the 1800s, the work of English poet and painter Blake took on new significance when it was embraced by artists associated with 1967's Summer of Love. The Block collects groovy post-World War II works inspired by his prose, as well as a selection of Blake prints and illuminated books."

NS Magazine: Haute Hippies (September 2017)

"'Blake is someone who believed that the most important thing people can do is to create a society based upon love and genuine human need.' [exhibition curator Stephen Eisenman] says. 'In an age of growing inequality like ours, Blake's in a voice that needs to be heard.'" -Kerrie Kennedy

Evanston Now: Evanston rates tops for senior living (September 11, 2017)

"'To get your fine arts fix for free,' Hanowell says, 'visit the Block Museum of Art on the campus of Northwestern University, within a fifteen minute bus ride from both The Merion and Ten Twenty Grove.'" -Charles Bartling

Blouin ARTINFO: Top Places to Visit in Chicago by John Corbett (September 7, 2017)

"Up on the north side, there’s Evanston, which is a nice lakefront suburb and home to Northwestern University, where you can visit the Block Museum of Art."

Chicago's North Shore: 7 Unique Museums on Chicago's North Shore (September 7, 2017)

"If you ever find yourself at Northwestern, don’t leave without first visiting this art museum. Not only can you view pieces from around the world, but you can also listen to lectures, take part in workshops, and watch a variety of films."

Community Rejuvenation Project: Legacies of Respect: Legacies of Respect: Culture, Politics, Art, and the Community Mural Tradition (Part Two) (September 7, 2017)

"Northwestern professor Rebecca Zorach organized the symposium at the university’s Block Museum to honor the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the WoR. I was honored to  present alongside original WoR artists such as Abdul Alkalimat, as well as the heirs to their legacy, known as the Children of the Wall of Respect. Important aspects of this legacy highlighted during the symposium included the focus on the guerilla aspect of community retaking public visual space; the additional methods to engage the community through performances and music on-site; and the need for these strategies to give voice to the voiceless and collectively empower the disenfranchised."

Blouin ARTINFO: Top Attractions in Chicago by the Director of Expo Chicago (September 5, 2017)

"'Opening during Expo Art Week are numerous events including a special exhibition by Gaetano Pesce at The Peninsula Hotel Chicago; Roman Ondák: ‘Man Walking toward a Fata Morgana’ at the Arts Club of Chicago; 'Carrie Mae Weems: Ritual and Revolution’ at The Block Museum; Emmanuel Pratt: ‘Radical [Re]Constructions’ at The SMART Museum, David Hartt’s ‘in the forest’ at the Graham Foundation and the final weeks of Takashi Murakami’s ‘The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg’ at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago,' says Tony Karman, President and Director, Expo Chicago."

Wall Street International: Paint the Eyes Softer (September 2, 2017)

"The exhibition will foreground innovative techniques for the scientific study of objects and reveal to the public how partnerships between art historians, archaeologists, and material scientists can provide new revelations about these ancient artworks."

New City Art: Art 50 2017: Chicago's Visual Vanguard (August 31, 2017)

"Who makes art work in Chicago? Behind every painting, photograph and sculpture are curators, collectors, gallerists, foundations and untold legions of cultural workers who give shape to the art world as we know it. This year’s Art 50 pays tribute to those who toil behind the scenes to make it all happen and those whose fortunes fund it." -Elliot J. Reichert, Kerry Cardoza, Nicole Mauser and Lee Ann Norman

New City Art: Art Top 5: September 2017 (August 31, 2017)

"William Blake and the Age of Aquarius: Block Museum of Art. Fifty years after the summer of love, this show explores the influences of the quintessential English artist and poet on the psychedelic counterculture of 1960s America."

Art in America: 2017-2018 Preview (August 2017)

"'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius,' exploring the maverick's impact on American art between the 1950s and the 1970s, contains more than 130 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, films and posters. Original prints and illuminated books by Blake are juxtaposed with works from artists such as Diane Arbus, Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Agnes Martin, Robert Smithson, and Clyfford Still."

Crain's: Editor's Picks: Fall Cultural Preview (August 26, 2017)

"The museum celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love with the first exhibition to examine the impact of eccentric British poet and artist William Blake (1757-1827) on the mid-20th-century counterculture artists he inspired." -Thomas Connors

Big Ten Network: Five things to know about Northwestern's Block Museum of Art (August 26, 2017)

"The Block contains three galleries with changing exhibitions in keeping with its roots in the German kunsthalle tradition. This fall’s exhibitions range from the impact of British poet William Blake to the exploration of social justice in the art of Carrie Mae Weems. Its permanent collections cover various forms: prints, drawings and sculpture."

Northwestern Magazine: Honoring the Wall of Respect (August 25, 2017)

"The exhibit also marked the first presentation of a recent Block Museum acquisition: a 1967 study portrait of trumpet player and bandleader Miles Davis by artist Jeff Donaldson ('74 PhD). The sketch is one of the rare remaining traces of the Wall and the process of its creation. Donaldson, who died in 2004, was the first African American to earn a doctorate in art history at Northwestern."

Time Out Chicago: 56 exciting openings in Chicago in September (August 24, 2017)

"Sept 23–Mar 11: The Block Museum celebrates the lasting influence of poet and painter William Blake, displaying ‘60s art inspired by his work in 'Age of Aquarius.'" -Grace Perry

Chicago Life Magazine: Gates of Perception (August 20, 2017)

"On September 23rd, the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will open an exhibition entitled, William Blake and the Age of Aquarius. It will consider the parallels between Blake's era and the mid 20th century U.S., including political repression, social transformation, and the struggle for civil rights, and also look at the protests against the conventions of his day and how they inspired many Americans disillusioned by social uniformity, materialism, racial and gender discrimination, and environmental degradation." -Sigalit Zetouni

Chicago Sun-Times: MCA's 50th anniversary celebrates the now and the next (August 16, 2017)

"'I think Chicago is enjoying a golden age in all the arts right now,' said Grynsztejn. 'Many great artists are working here because they can find jobs at the city’s universities, and because there are now many places that show their work, from galleries, to the Smart Museum, the Mary & Leigh Block Museum, the Art Institute and, of course, the MCA.'" -Madeleine Grynsztejn in conversation with Hedy Weiss

Artforum: Block Museum of Art Receives $1 Million Gift (August 15, 2017)

"The Chicago Tribune reports that Lisa and Steven Tananbaum have given Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art a $1 million gift. This will allow the institution to expand its programming and permanently establish the position of the Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art."

Chicago Gallery News: News From Around the Art World (August 14, 2017)

"The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has announced the receipt of a major endowment from Lisa (WCAS ’86) and Steven Tananbaum in support of its modern and contemporary art program."

Artnet: Art Industry News (August 10, 2017)

"The Northern Trust Purchase Prize, which funds a local museum’s acquisition at the fair, will go to the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. The museum will select a work from the fair’s Exposure section, dedicated to young galleries."

Fayetteville Flyer: Crystal Bridges announces diverse trio of temporary exhibits for 2018 (August 9, 2017)

"The first of the three will be the U.S. debut and only one of two American stops for “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power.” The collection, organized by the Tate Modern, is currently on display at the London museum and will debut in Bentonville on Feb. 3. After its run at Crystal Bridges, the collection’s final U.S. stop will be at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City." -Kevin Kinder

Art News: Block Museum of Art Wins Prize to Acquire Work From Expo Chicago (August 9, 2017)

"Expo Chicago’s annual Northern Trust Purchase Prize, which allows a museum in the Windy City to acquire a work from the annual fair, will go to the Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University." -Carolyn Twersky

Business Wire: Northern Trust to Donate Artwork to Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art at EXPO CHICAGO 2017 (August 8, 2017)

"'Northern Trust is proud to continue supporting arts and culture in our communities,' said Mac MacLellan, Central Region President of Northern Trust Wealth Management. 'The Northern Trust Purchase Prize is a valuable aspect in our company’s ongoing tradition to build a solid, forward-looking foundation on which future generations can continue to achieve a higher excellence, and in a way specifically directed at the captivating world of art. We are pleased to share this tradition with such a worthy institution like the Block Museum.'"

Financial Times: Northern Trust to Donate Artwork to Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art at EXPO CHICAGO 2017 (August 8, 2017)

"As presenting sponsor of EXPO CHICAGO and a long-time supporter of arts and culture, Northern Trust will purchase a work of art to be added to the Block Museum of Art’s permanent collection. Lisa Graziose Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum of Art, will be joined by Christine O. Robb, Chair of the Block Museum Board of Advisors and Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Block Museum Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs, in selecting the artwork from one of the exhibiting EXPOSURE galleries, curated for the first time by Director of Exhibitions and Senior Curator at Dallas Contemporary Justine Ludwig, at EXPO CHICAGO."

Evanston Review: Tananbaums endow curator position at Block Museum of Art (August 2, 2017)

"Janet Dees will be the inaugural Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Dees joined the Block team in 2015 from SITE Santa Fe, where she served as the Eugene Thaw Curatorial Fellow, assistant curator and curator of contemporary art. Earlier this year, she curated the Block's 'If You Remember, I'll Remember' exhibition. She is currently preparing the 2018 exhibition 'Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella.'"

Chicago Tribune: Tananbaums endow curator position at Block Museum of Art (August 2, 2017)

"Million-dollar gift will support Northwestern's modern and contemporary art program."

Evanston Now: Block Exhibit inspires Black Lives Matter Quilt (August 1, 2017)

"'Marie Watt was definitely an influence on my project,' Blount said. 'She helped put the puzzle together for me. And while participating in her sewing circle, I got to experience how quickly participants bonded with one another.'" -Stephanie Kulke

Hyperallergic: Art Movements (July 14, 2017)

"Lisa and Steven Tananbaum donated $1 million to the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. The gift will endow a curatorial position in modern and contemporary art." -Tiernan Morgan

Art Daily: Tananbaums endow curator position at Block Museum of Art (July 12, 2017)

"'Lisa and Steven Tananbaum are deeply devoted to public appreciation of the art of our time and are dedicated supporters of Northwestern and its commitment to making the arts part of the educational experience of all of its students,' said Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s Ellen Philip Katz Director. 'We are extraordinarily grateful to them for this visionary gift.'"

Art & Education: Curatorial Position Endowed at Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University (July 11, 2017)

"'The Tananbaums’ gift will help advance our capacity to present major exhibitions and to commission new work by artists working internationally who will be invited to campus to interact with faculty and students and be nourished by the extraordinary resources of Northwestern,' said Block Museum director Lisa Corrin."

Breuerpress: Tananbaums endow curator position at Block Museum of Art (July 10, 2017)

"The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has announced the receipt of a $1 million endowment from Lisa and Steven Tananbaum to endow a curator position in the museum's modern and contemporary art program

Evanston Now: Modern art curator position endowed (July 10, 2017)

"The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has announced the receipt of a $1 million endowment from Lisa and Steven Tananbaum to endow a curator position in the museum's modern and contemporary art program."

Blouin Art Info: 'William Blake and the Age of Aquarius' at Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Illinois (July 7, 2017)

"The exhibition brings together artists who used Blake’s lyrics as titles, experimented with printing techniques and innovative combinations of image and text and cited Blake's worldview in letters, diaries and essays. The exhibition will feature American artists for whom Blake was an important inspiration and will include more than 130 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, films, and posters, as well as original Blake prints and illuminated books from collections throughout the United States."

Chicago Tribune: 40 local museum treasures you need to see now (July 6, 2017)

"In addition to its galleries in a Dirk Lohan-designed building on Northwestern's Evanston campus, the Block Museum has a vibrant sculpture collection both in the museum and about the campus featuring works by the likes of Hans (Jean) Arp, Barbara Hepworth, and Henry Moore. One of the highlights is the 1971 work 'Constellation,' by the Spanish artist Joan Miro. Constructed of cast bronze, and "likely sculpted by the artist's hands," the museum says, its round shape and "organic lines" suggest the celestial theme referred to in the piece's title. But there is whimsy here, too: Is that golden globe meant to suggest a nose on a face? Decide for yourself. The Miro now resides inside, in the lobby of the Ryan Center of the Bienen School of Music. If that is a face, it has a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan. If it is a heavenly body of some sort, it watches over the lake." -Steve Johnson

Art in America: All Together (June/July 2017)

Corinne Granof, the Block’s Curator of Academic Programs, reviews the Merce Cunningham exhibition jointly produced by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Northwestern Now: Scholars gather to dicuss counterculture, Summer of Love (June 28, 2017)

"Northwestern University scholars will be among a great many revelers flocking to San Francisco this summer to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Three prominent Northwestern scholars will be among several dozen historians and journalism, arts and gender studies experts from around the country to offer lectures and discussion on a wide range of topics, from the Beats to hippies, the Black Panthers, the media, music and more." -Erin Karter

Curbed: Meet Marion Mahony Griffin, Frank Lloyd Wright's best frenemy (June 8, 2017)

"In 1918, [Griffin] and some female friends traveled to Tasmania, which resulted in some breathtaking nature paintings, including a deep-red depiction of a gum tree against a sunset that now lives at Northwestern University’s Block Museum." -Claire Zulkey

Northwestern Footnotes: Moorman exhibition opens in Salzburg (June 2017)

"The traveling exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s opened at Salzburg's Museum der Moderne in March, bringing with it staff from University Libraries and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art."

Splash Magazine: Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art Review - an Asset to Northwestern University and the Evanston Community (June 6, 2017)

"Recently the museum received a gift of 44 Edward Steichen photographs given by art collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander. These images range from Charlie Chaplin and W.B. Yeats to self-portraits and botanical studies." -Barbara Keer

North by Northwestern: NEH @ NU (June 2, 2017)

"Berzock and the Block received a $60,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), a federal agency that provides money for research and artistic projects along with educational and community engagement programs, to fund the exhibition's development....Berzock says the Block plans to go forward in applying for an NEH implementation grant for the exhibition, a project which she has worked on for years of her career. But the issue of NEH and NEA funding is much bigger to her – it's a decision about the future of the country."As a society, do we want our government to be supporting art and culture?" Berzock asks. "Is that part of what makes us great? My answer to that is yes. I want to live in a country that invests in art and culture." -Justin Curto

North by Northwestern on "The Nail That Sticks Up the Farthest" (June 1, 2017)

"Kristine Aono’s American flag is not made up of nylon, polyester and cotton, but 65,000 rusty nails. Part of the Block Museum exhibition If you remember, I’ll remember, Aono, a Japanese American artist, created the installation 'The Nail That Sticks up the Farthest...' to honor each Japanese American displaced by internment during World War II." -Isabella Jiao

Chicago North Shore: Graduation at Northwestern: A Visitor's Guide to Evanston (June 1, 2017)

Block Museum of Art makes the "What to Do" short list for graduation weekend!

Northwestern Now: Art history major finds a home base at the Block Museum (May 24, 2017)

"The talk provides a behind the scenes look at the exhibition of prints by German expressionist Lovis Corinth that the undergraduate curated at the Block Museum. Hodge is one of few undergraduate students granted the opportunity to curate works from the Block’s permanent collection." -Stephanie Kulke

North by Northwestern: RTVF course plans student film festival (May 19, 2017)

"'A lot of the documentaries were based on Chicago issues,' Spierer said. 'Some of them are about political issues or activist issues that may inspire students to get involved in these issues. For the other entries, we looked for pieces that we felt were well-done and would be exciting to watch in the Block Museum with a large audience.'" -Marco Cartolano

Art in America: Reviews: Kader Attia (May 18, 2017)

"Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory" began when Northwestern University's Block Museum extended an invitation to the French-Algerian artist to use the resources of the school's Herskovits Library of African Studies in the spring of 2015. The result was a spare and scholastic exhibition that rewarded the patient viewer with startlingly emotional content. " -Lauren DeLand

The Daily Northwestern: RTVF class creates student film festival (May 17, 2017)

"'I think people would enjoy coming to this event because they’ll see, still in a short amount of time, a more diverse range of works than they might necessarily see at another screening or event on campus,' Levy said. 'This is an opportunity for students on campus to see animated work, fiction films, music videos, documentaries and more that are made by their peers.'" -Emily Chaiet

Art 21 Blog: This Week in Art 5.15-5.21 (May 15, 2017)

Pedro Reyes’ Block Museum Art + Engineering lectures at Northwestern included in Art 21 Weekly roundup.

Northwestern Research News: Art That Sees the Big Picture (May 15, 2017)

"'We’re small but mighty. We are a window to the University’s diverse brain trust — our faculty and students,' says Lisa Corrin, an award-winning scholar who joined Northwestern in 2012, after more than three decades in curatorial leadership at various cultural institutions. Throughout her illustrious career, she has radically reimagined the museum. In doing so, she has helped create spaces for art that encourage people to ask urgent questions about history and the world, while also providing a place for reflection and learning that connect campus and surrounding communities." -Matt Golosinski

Northwestern Creative Sector News: Block Museum Hosts Conference About Socially Engaged Art (May 5, 2017)

During the conference panel, Block Museum Curator Janet Dees and Associate Director of Engagement Suzy Bielak both mentioned that the focus of the museum is to connect art to life, present a state of mind, and provide experiences of human activity that change the way of thinking. This broad and deep mission is the foundation for the Block to reach out to communities in Evanston, Chicago and beyond." -Jacob Nelson

Northwestern Now: Embracing a culture of change (May 4, 2017)

Northwestern University’s efforts to create a highly innovative culture dependent upon collaboration were on display last week during a forum featuring several case studies illustrating what transformative change looks like at the University." -Stephanie Kulke

The Architect's Newspaper: Chicago Architecture Biennial announces over 100 Program Partners (May 2, 2017)

“'Chicago’s architectural history is embedded within every neighborhood and touches so many of our world-class cultural organizations and venues.''" -Mark Kelly speaking with Matthew Messner

New City Art: Recapping Open Engagement 2017 (May 2, 2017)

“'There are all of these approaches in Chicago to creating more equity, building more just communities,' Reyes says. 'Creative pathways to justice are really exemplified here.'" -Jen Delos Reyes speaking with Kerry Cardoza

Sheridan Road: Past Meets Present (May 1, 2017)

For nearly four decades, Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art has staged exhibits that are as revelatory as they are relevant." -Meg Mathis

Northwestern Digital Learning: Spotlight: Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop Projects (April 28, 2017)

“[Dr. Rebecca Zorach's] project used student assistance to catalog public art, specifically murals from the Black Arts Movement of the 60s and 70s, around the city of Chicago to create an interactive map that can be used for not only viewing mural images but also as a way to connect with other existing data sets like the CTA route map or census data to ask interesting questions about race, class, gentrification, and more." -Dan Hoefler

Hell's Printing Press: Block Museum Exhibition Q & A (April 26, 2017)

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius will explore the impact of Blake on a broad range of American artists and will be the first exhibition to consider how Blake’s art and ideas were absorbed and filtered through American visual artists from the end of World War II through the 1960s. Blake became for many a model of non-conformity and self-expression, and was seen as an artist who engaged in social and political resistance in his time. The exhibition will consider parallels between Blake’s time and mid-twentieth-century America, touching on such issues as political repression, social transformation, and struggles for civil rights." -Curator Corinne Granof in dialogue with Sarah Jones

Art Media Agency: Chicago Area Museums: Recent Acquisitions... (April 24, 2017)

Chicago area collectors Richard and Jackie Hollander recently gifted the museum more than 30 photographic prints by the renowned Luxembourgish-American photographer Edward Steichen. The acquisition includes items from Steichen’s series of botanical photographs as well as examples of his photographs of dancers."

CNSCVB: Best Date Night Spots on Chicago's North Shore (April 21, 2017)

“Spend time together exploring everything this museum has to offer, whether with a docent-led tour or on your own."

The Daily Northwestern: Block Museum receives gift of Edward Steichen photographs (April 12, 2017)

The museum now has a broad collection of Steichen’s work with pieces touching every area of the artist’s career, enabling Block to tell the full story of Steichen’s contribution to art history" -Lisa Corrin in conversation with Amelia Langas

Evanston Magazine: By the Block (April/May 2017)

“Name a museum with exhibitions and events on par with those that you'd find at the Art Institute of Chicago or the Museum of Contemporary Art, but it's free every day and open to everyone...The Block's recent exhibitions have been reviewed by The New York Times, Financial Times, and The New Yorker, and with three gallery spaces that are always rotating, you're guaranteed to see something new on almost any visit. " -Elizabeth Hope

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: Hundert Arten, ein Cello zu spielen [A Hundred Ways to Play a Cello] (April 12, 2017)

"It is time for this exhibition…[Moorman] finally has a place in art history of the 1960s and 1970s, as an artist but also as the founder of the New York Avant Garde Festivals. How could she ever have fallen into oblivion? … Instead of self-promotion, Moorman pursued the idea of a multidisciplinary connected avant-garde. She worked together with Joseph Beuys, Wolf Vostell, Allan Kaprow and with her friends Yoko Ono and Carolee Schneemann, or with Jim McWilliams, who invented Sky Kiss for her. Lifted by helium balloons, Moorman played “Up, Up and Away.” Thanks to Otto Piene’s technical advancement, she was able to go far up in the sky. It has the feeling of a group show, the protagonist is thrown into the spotlight initially and consistently as equal co-creator." -Brita Sachs

Hyperallergic: Art Movements (April 6, 2017)

“Art Movements is a weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world…. Richard and Jackie Hollander donated 44 photographs by Edward Steichen to Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum." -Tiernan Morgan

Modern Luxury NS: Readers' Choice: Arts & Culture (April 2017)

“On the campus of Northwestern University, the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art remains an acclaimed resource with frequently changing exhibits that present art across time, culture and medium."

True Africa: Kader Attia, between Dakar, Algeria, and La Colonie in Paris (March 29, 2017)

“For his current solo show at Northwestern University’s Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art in Illinois, USA, Attia has created a film, a sculptural piece and installation. He has delved into the university’s Herskovits Library of African Studies, one of the most extensive collections covering the continent that exists today." -Emmanuel Balogun

Chicago Magazine: 67 Things to Do in Chicago in April (March 29, 2017)

“What does contemporary art in Nigeria look like? The artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos gives a presentation on global and local trends in the country."

Chicago Mag: Five Great Things to Do This Week in Chicago (March 29, 2017)

“A new book of poetry copublished by Northwestern University celebrates the art of Romare Bearden, whose colorful and jazzy cut-paper collages exemplified 20th-century African American life."

Diptyk: Kader Attia Reflecting Memory  (Feb-March 2017)

Northwestern News: Research, Art Merge In Block Museum Exhibit (March 13, 2017)

“'Hopefully attendees left the event realizing that a collection of this breadth and depth can inspire artists, researchers, and scholars in a variety of ways,' says Esmeralda Kale, Herskovits curator. 'Despite the differences in disciplines, there are commonalities in the themes running through the work of the graduate student presenters and that of Attia’s work on display.'"

Chicago Sun Times: 'Whistler's Mother,' Darger, among arts highlights for Spring (March 2, 2017)

"The Wall of Respect, a now-lost mural depicting such notable African-American figures as John Coltrane, Ossie Davis and Sarah Vaughan, was unveiled in 1967 on the side of a building at 43rd Street and Langley Avenue. These three exhibitions mark the 50th anniversary of this important milestone in Chicago’s public-art history." - Kyle MacMillan

Picture This Post: Block Museum Mounts IF YOU REMEMBER, I’LL REMEMBER Exhibit Review -– Marathon of Mourning and Hope (February 25, 2017)

"All the works in the exhibition ask the viewer to consider our troubled collective past, yet these crushing histories are interrupted by moments of beauty and hope. Don’t miss this timely and poignant show." - Julia Poppy

Chicago Tribune: Arab Museum of Modern Art director will discuss role of artists in Arab Spring (February 24, 2017)

"'Abdellah Karroum has not only exceptional taste in artistic production by creators working in many different media, but a transnational vision of global trends in the arts and how they intersect with geopolitics,' said Brian Edwards, Crown Professor in Middle East Studies and director of Northwestern's MENA Program."

WBEZ: Weekend Passport: The Artist's Role in the Arab Spring [Audio] (February 24, 2017)

"A symposium at Northwestern University examines the art scene before the Arab Spring uprising, when artists were creating works calling for change and challenging the political establishment."

North by Northwestern: Block Museum sewing circle brings community together [Video] (February 8, 2017)

"To kick off the exhibit, Watt, who is Seneca and whose art is influenced by her Native American heritage, hosted a community sewing circle, an event she will use for inspiration to create a new piece the museum has commissioned from her." - Alejandra Fernandez

Mining Industry Today: Block Museum exhibit digs into photos of 1960s miners (February 8, 2017)

"The new photo-centered Block Museum of Art exhibit, 'Mining Pictures: Stories from Above and Below Ground,' explores the visual representation of industrialization and the plight of the common laborer."

Chicago Tribune: Block Museum exhibit digs into photos of 1960s miners (February 8, 2017)

"Taken together, the work of these two photographers offers an appraisal of the relationship between pictures and industry, the juxtapositions between scientific progress and human sentiment, which has shaped this endeavor since the advent of photography." - Gina Grillo

Brit+Co: 10 Museums That Will Cure a Broken Heart (February 7, 2017)

"In this exhibit, contemporary artists explore the pain and heartbreak caused by major national events, like the Japanese internment camps and bloody conflicts between Native Americans and the US government." - Angela Velez

Chicago Now: Year of Public Art in Chicago: What's ahead for 2017 (February 7, 2017)

"The Wall of Respectguest curated by Romi Crawford, Abdul Alkalimat and Rebecca Zorach will be the subject of many events and exhibitions throughout Chicago and Evanston. The original wall–-a collection of 14 designers, photographers, painters and others--resulted in a seminal mural for and within Chicago’s Black South Side communities. " - Carole Kuhrt Brewer

North by Northwestern: Block exhibit remembers what government seems to forget (February 7, 2017)

"However, it is these histories – told by people often relegated to the margins – which constitute this country's past, in all its glory and grotesque. If You Remember, I'll Remember, the Block Museum's main exhibit for the season, is an exploration of these forgotten histories, rooted deeply in the personal." - Stacy Tsai

The Lisa D Show: The Lisa D Show with Kristine Aono [Audio Interview] (February 3, 2017)

"Aono's 'sculpture and installations are narrative in nature, reflecting [Aono's] identity as a Sansei, a third generation Japanese-American. [She] examines this hybrid cultural identity through topics such as acculturation, racial and sexual stereotyping, the WWII internment camps, and the history of [her] family in America.'"

Chicago Tribune: See it Now: Block Museum exhibit explores art and memory (February 2, 2017)

"The exhibit includes sculptures, installations, videos and other works created by seven contemporary artists. Their work serves as an invitation to reflect on our nation’s past while contemplating the present, through objects, sounds and images that unlock memories." - Louise Burton

Chicago Reader: Block Museum kicks off a season of urgent art with Kader Attia's 'Reflecting Memory' (February 2, 2017)

"'Reflecting Memory' explores similar themes of heritage and the impact of relationships among various versions of history—the ways we remember events separately and together, and how those memories might shift over time." - Lee Ann Norman

The Daily Northwestern: Block Museum exhibition connects past to present, emphasizes necessity of rememberance (February 2, 2017)

"(Robleto's essay) ends with this larger call for the necessity of all of us to remember the stories of the people who come before us because, if that process of engaging with the past isn’t active, then there’s this possibility of things being completely forgotten." - Janet Dees, speaking to Hayley Krolik

Bad at Sports: Top V. Weekend Picks (February 2, 2017)

Founded in 2005 by Duncan MacKenzie, Richard Holland, and Amanda Browder, Bad at Sports (B@S) now features over 20 principal collaborators and is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, Detroit and New York City

NS Magazine: Starving Artists (February 1, 2017)

"Six artists examine the United States' struggles with xenophobia, racism, and immigration at Northwestern University's Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art's upcoming exhibit, If You Remember, I'll Remember."

NS Magazine: Fab 5: Thoughtful Winter (February 1, 2017)

"From the Congo to Paris, French-Algerian artist Kader Attia mesmerizes audiences with exhibitions exploring the clash of cultures from colonialism to our modern world."

Make it Better: 5 Things to Do: Feb 3-5 (January 31, 2017)

"The latest exhibit at Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art features pieces examining love, war, resistance, civil rights and more in the 19th and 20th centuries." - Anna Carlson

Digital Learning Northwestern: Innovating Materials Science for Art's Sake (January 31, 2017)

"Says Dr. Walton, 'It’s a project-based class where the students invest themselves in understanding how art and artifacts are created, a burgeoning field called ‘Technical Art History,’ where science, technology, and art merge.'"

Sixty Inches From Center: February Art Picks (January 30, 2017)

If You Remember, I'll Remember and Dreams are Colder than Death are highlighted as February art picks.

Art Daily: Artist Kader Attia unveils new solo exhibition at the Block Museum (January 30, 2017)

"In his Block Museum installation, Attia expands on his long-term exploration of repair, both of the body and of society, and probes the legacies of colonialism, slavery and xenophobia."

Artnet: Kader Attia Argues for Reparations and “Repair” at Lehmann Maupin (January 27, 2017)

"It’s fair to say that Kader Attia is having a moment. The Paris-born artist, who is known for his work on the legacy of colonialism, was awarded the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp last October. His second exhibition at Lehmann Maupin coincides with his work being on view at Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou, as well as with a solo show this month at the Block Museum of Art in Evanston, Illinois." - Christian Viveros-Fauné

Time Out: 48 exciting openings in Chicago in February (January 25, 2017)

"Reflect on the past and its tendency to echo through the present via works displayed in the Block Museum's group exhibition,'If You Remember, I'll Remember.'" - Grace Perry

Crain's: Where to go this week, what to plan for later (January 18, 2017)

"Attia cooked up new pieces for the exhibition using resources all across Northwestern University, from the predictable, such as the collections of the library of African studies, to the surprising, like interviews with faculty at the Rehabilitation Institute." - Graham Meyer

The Daily Northwestern: Block Museum exhibition explores loss, trauma (January 18, 2017)

"Overall, this narrative forces us to think about the repair and healing after different sorts of trauma over time and the similarities and differences in the responses that (global tragedies) generate" - Antawan Bird, speaking to Gabby Grossman

Blouin ArtInfo: Contradictory Truths: Kader Attia's Video Dialogues at Lehmann Maupin (January 18, 2017)

"I have always been working on a process of repair — the word we are living in is full of material and immaterial injuries — that the economic and political order of power endlessly denies." - Kader Attia in inveterview with Juliet Helmke

Asia Art Archive: Resonances: Japanese/Korean Fluxus Artists and Charlotte Moorman (January 3, 2017)

"That was about the time she was introduced to avant-garde music and fell madly and passionately head over heels in love with the avant-garde experiments of the time. From that point on, it became her mission to bring avant-garde art to the people. She wanted to make it accessible to all." -Lynn Gumpert

Artforum: Good Charlotte (January 10, 2017)

"In the exhibition’s catalogue, musicologist Jason Rosenholtz-Witt details how Moorman listed multiple solutions for each of the composition’s many technical challenges. This palimpsest of possibilities helped Moorman tailor her renditions to specific contexts, whether Carnegie Hall or Johnny Carson." - Colby Chamberlain