Block Cinema is dedicated to encounter, exchange, and learning through the art of the moving image.
The Block Museum is home to one of the region’s most innovative cinemas. Through its quarterly screening series “Block Cinema,” the museum explores the global past and present, showcasing film and other time-based media across genres, from classic to experimental.
This free, in-house cinema is dedicated to providing Northwestern, the North Shore, and Chicago a quality venue for film and to highlighting the diversity of voices and practices in the media arts field. Post-screening discussions with a filmmaker or scholar, are a staple of the program, providing a unique opportunity for audiences to gain valuable context about the works and offering unique insights into the creative process. In keeping with the Museum’s commitment to presenting art across time, culture, and media, media art is a staple of the Block Museum’s exhibition program.
Always free and open to all
To Render the Infinite: Visual Genealogies of Black Kinship - with Kevin Jerome Everson, Paige Taul, & zakkiyyah najeebah dumas o'neal
Teasers of Empire: 1930s Action-Adventure Trailers and the Spectacle of Imperialism
This program interweaves a selection of fifteen 35mm trailers from the Academy Film Archive with commentary by guest scholars to examine the connections between the Action-Adventure genre and the history of imperialism.