Upcoming Programs



Pedro Reyes

Wednesday, May 17, 6PM

Pedro Reyes’s works integrate elements of theater, psychology and activism and take on a variety of forms, from penetrable sculptures to puppet productions. Reyes will discuss his work as MIT’s inagural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist, including the project Disarm (2012), where 6,700 destroyed weapons were transformed into musical instruments.

Presented in partnership with the McCormick School of Engineering



Ordinary Media: Always-On Formats, Genres, Aesthetics

Thursday, May 18

Ordinary Media is a research workshop that investigates the ways in which digital technologies come to suffuse and saturate everyday experience. Join a day of new media screenings and talks, culminating in a keynote from Shaka Mcglotten (SUNY Purchase), author of Virtual Intimacies: Media, Affect, and Queer Sociality. More at https://sites.northwestern.edu/ordinary/

Gallery TALK

The Block Collects: Lovis Corinth

Wedesday May 24, 4PM

Join Curatorial Assistant Linnea Hodge (WCAS, Art History 2017), for an informal, afternoon gallery discussion of the works of Lovis Corinth (German, 1858‒1925).

A current display of late self-portraits from the Block Museum collection shows an artist intensely examining or perhaps even resisting his own mortality. Corinth was among the best-known artists working in late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Germany and an influential member of the Berlin Secession, a group of artists formed to challenge the official artists’ association.



Alessandra Russo

Wednesday, May 24, 5PM

Alessandra Russo (Columbia University) is a leading scholar of Latin American colonial art, visual culture, and literary studies. She is author of the books The Untranslatable Image (2014) and El realismo circular (2005), and co-editor of Images Take Flight (2015; best book award in “theory of art” and Grand Prix du Jury at FILAF, 2016), an exhibition catalog on Mexican indigenous feather painting.

This program is organized by the Department of Art History