The Block Museum is home to one of the region’s most innovative cinemas. Through its quarterly screening series “Block Cinema,” the museum offers a balanced and expansive program that presents film and other time-based media across genres, from classic to experimental, with a global perspective.
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 stable of the Block Museum’s exhibition program.
Films By Date
Twice as Nice (1989) with filmmaker Jessie Maple
Brick and Mirror (1965)
The Runaway (1958)
Three Films by Forugh Farrokhzad and Ebrahim Golestan
Electro-Pythagoras (a portrait of Martin Bartlett) (2017) with sound designer Ernst Karel
Pyaasa (Thirst) (1957)
The Fabulous Life and Thought of Ahmad Fardid (2015) – Hamed Yousefi in Conversation
Gelin (The Bride) (1973)
Present.Perfect (2019) with filmmaker Shengze Zhu
A Moon For My Father (2019) with filmmaker Mania Akbari
Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound (2019) with sound designer Tom Myers and writer/producer Bobette Buster
Badnam Basti (Alley of Ill Repute) (1971)
Badnam Basti is considered one of the first Indian films to explore queer relationships. Although the film was recut and rereleased in 1978, it has since faded into obscurity; until recently, it was presumed lost.