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The Block Museum's publications support our exhibitions, expand scholarship, and engage in critical reflection on art, material culture, and museum practice.

Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection

Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts invites readers to think critically about how artists, artworks, and museums engage with narratives of the past. Highlighting more than fifty contemporary artworks recently acquired by the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the book considers our constantly changing understanding of the past through the lens of artistic practice.

Portrait of a Child Historical and Scientific Studies of a Roman Egyptian Mummy (2019)

Portrait of a Child is an illustrated guide to the fascinating story of the mummy known to archaeologists as “Hawara Portrait Mummy No. 4.” The centerpiece of a 2018 exhibit at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art titled “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt,” the mummy was the focus on intense, multidisciplinary research.

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius (2017)

Named one of the Best Art Books of 2017 by The New York Times art critic Holland Cotter, this book is a stunningly illustrated look at how Blake's radical vision influenced artists of the Beat generation and 1960s counterculture.