A Letter from the Director
Our Responsibility - June 3, 2020
The Block Installation “Crew” in Quarantine – A Digital ProjectWhen the Spring 2020 exhibitions could not go forward as planned due to COVID-19 closure, The Block Museum and its scheduled installation team found innovative new ways to make meaning together.
‘Caravans of Gold’ app reaches global audience by going smallWhat crosses continents, can travel 13 centuries into the past, and takes up just 10 MB on a smartphone? The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has released a free mobile web app designed to share the groundbreaking touring exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time with international audiences.
The Block From HomeExplore highlights from The Block Museum of Art from home or from the digital classroom.
"At The Block I make knowledge with my peers:" Celebrating our 2020 GraduatesOur graduates share stories of the inspiration they found inside The Block.
“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. Our responsibility to our publics is to be fully present to the consequences of our choices, which can either reinforce or contradict, and therefore contribute to dismantling the status quo. 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
More Block Stories
Three to See: Quarantine Staff Picks
Block Museum staff reflect on the current moment by offering selections from our collections and archive. Check out these thoughtful weekly picks.
The Block Docent Diaries Series
The Block Museum Student Docent Program is made up of students from across Northwestern University that serve as the museum’s tour guides and ambassadors. In Spring 2020, the program continues online as students connect, research, and plan in support of the Museum’s mission.
The Block Museum of Art welcomes Erin Northington to helm Education and Engagement
The Block announces Erin Northington as the Susan and Stephen Wilson Associate Director of Campus and Community Education and Engagement. Northington comes to The Block from Harvard University where she served as the Assistant Director of Student Programs and Campus Initiatives at the Harvard Art Museums.
Now Available: Teacher’s Resource Guide for Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time
The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University is proud to announce the publication of a Teacher’s Guide and a list of Recommended Resources to support educators in teaching about the history of medieval West Africa and its resonances today.