What's Inside The Block?... It depends on how you look.
Taking Shape: Abstraction from the Arab World, 1950s – 1980s
Explore Our CollectionThe core of our current collecting mission includes a commitment to living artists; a connection between the past and the present; and a cross-cultural, global perspective.
The Block CollectsEvery year The Block brings new works of art into the collection to support Northwestern University’s teaching and learning mission. Each work becomes part of an expanding resource that students, faculty, and our wider public can engage with through classes, research visits, and exhibitions like this.
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Taking Shape: Opening Conversation
“A museum is not a neutral space. Every exhibition we organize, every work of art we acquire, every program we host—requires choices and each is an opportunity to present with intent. The power of this moment includes a heightened awareness of the privilege to choose and what is at stake when we do it. ”
– Lisa Corrin, The Block Museum Ellen Philips Katz Director