Publications: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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The Block Museum's publications support our exhibitions, expand scholarship, and engage in critical reflection on art, material culture, and museum practice.

The Heart’s Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto

The prints, sculptures, and films of American artist Dario Robleto (b. 1972) explore the pathos and the speculative potential of scientific inquiry. The Heart's Knowledge: Science and Empathy in the Art of Dario Robleto traces the artist's intertwined fascinations with the human heart and the cosmic boundaries of perception.

Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection

Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts invites readers to think critically about how artists, artworks, and museums engage with narratives of the past. Highlighting more than fifty contemporary artworks recently acquired by the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, the book considers our constantly changing understanding of the past through the lens of artistic practice.

If You Remember, I'll Remember

This richly illustrated publication serves as a record of the 2017 exhibition, If You Remember, I'll Remember, its related programs, and its in-depth engagement projects - from sewing circles focused on the theme of equity to conversations with internment camp survivors - developed through discussion and collaboration with artists and campus and community partners. 

Portrait of a Child Historical and Scientific Studies of a Roman Egyptian Mummy (2019)

Portrait of a Child is an illustrated guide to the fascinating story of the mummy known to archaeologists as “Hawara Portrait Mummy No. 4.” The centerpiece of a 2018 exhibit at Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art titled “Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt,” the mummy was the focus on intense, multidisciplinary research.

William Blake and the Age of Aquarius (2017)

Named one of the Best Art Books of 2017 by The New York Times art critic Holland Cotter, this book is a stunningly illustrated look at how Blake's radical vision influenced artists of the Beat generation and 1960s counterculture.