Upcoming Programs



Marie Watt: Sewing Community

Thursday, April 20, 6PM

This winter, community members from Northwestern, Evanston, and beyond joined together with artist Marie Watt to lend their hands to sewing circles, embroidering words of equity, maternity, and empowerment. These stitches and conversations have become part of a new work for the exhibition “If You Remember, I’ll Remember.” Join us for the unveiling of this project and to speak with Watt about her community-based and participatory practice.



Open Engagement Open House

Friday, April 21, 10AM – 2PM

The Block Museum throws open its doors to artists, scholars, practitioners, and advocates of socially engaged art from around the world visiting for the free Open Engagement national conference. Join us as curator Janet Dees introduces “If You Remember, I’ll Remember,” artist Samantha Hill shares her work on the American South, curator Susy Bielak describes the partnerships involved in community-based practice, and professor Rebecca Zorach goes behind-the-scenes with the exhibition “We Are Revolutionaries” Free lunch with RSVP.

The program is presented in conjunction with the conference Open Engagement 2017 – JUSTICE.



Reparations in the Native American and Japanese American Context

Wednesday, April 26, 6PM

What does it mean to be indebted—politically, economically, artistically, or ethically? Artist Kristine Aono, whose work is featured in the exhibition “If You Remember, I’ll Remember,” will be joined by Smith University’s Laura Fugikawa (Women and Gender Studies) as well as Northwestern’s Kelly Wisecup (English) and Ji-Yeon Yuh (History) to discuss the theory and complexity of reparations in American history.

Copresented by the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and made possible in part by the support of the Harris Lecture Fund.



Art, Publics, Politics: Legacies of the Wall of Respect

Friday, April 28 10AM

Saturday, April 29 9:30AM

In 1967, the Organization of Black American Culture painted a huge mural “guerrilla-style” on the wall of a decaying building on the South Side of Chicago. They called it the Wall of Respect. On the 50th anniversary of the project, scholars, artists, and participants will convene to commemorate and mark the legacy of this act, which inspired a community mural movement that continues to resonate to this day.

Presented in partnership with the Department of Art History



Poetry of Witness

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30

All experience levels are welcome to a poetry discussion and creative writing workshop with the works of If You Remember, I’ll Remember, a current exhibition at the Block Museum of Art. Together, we will read and discuss poems that repurpose found text to weave documentary works of witness through collage, juxtaposition, and response. After engaging with the exhibition, participants will compose original poems that reframe individual experience through historical texts and materials.

This workshop will be led by Maggie Queeney. Maggie Queeney is the Library Coordinator at the Poetry Foundation. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University. Her work has appeared, or is shortly forthcoming, in Poet Lore, Poetry Northwest, Copper Nickel, Southern Poetry Review, Conjunctions, and The Southeast Review, among others. She reads and writes in Chicago.

Space is limited and registration is required. This event is held in conjunction with the Evanston Literary Festival.



Department of Art Theory and Practice MFA Thesis Exhibition

Thursday, May 4, 6-9PM

Join us to celebrate the opening of Northwestern University’s Art Theory and Practice MFA Thesis Exhibition.

This event is organized by the Department of Art Theory and Practice and the Block Museum, Northwestern University.


The Pulse Armed with a Pen: An Unknown History of the Human Heartbeat

Wednesday, May 10, 7PM

Segal Visitors Center (1841 Sheridan Road)

Transdisciplinary artist and “citizen-scientist” Dario Robleto is featured in the exhibition “If You Remember, I’ll Remember” and serves as Artist in Residence in Neuroaesthetics at the University of Houston’s Cullen College of Engineering. In a performative lecture that is part storytelling, part original research, and part rare-sound archive, Robleto will expand on his research into the human heartbeat.

Presented in partnership with the McCormick School of Engineering



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