Skip to main content

Quarantine Staff Picks

Each week different members of The Block's team will be offering three picks that resonate with them in this moment. 

June 25, 2020 - "The horizon meets the sky"

Each week a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. ⁣This week Corinne Granof, Academic Curator, writes: 

"Whether it is a small patch of grass, an improbable spring flower, or a tree in the forest, encountering nature is restorative, good for the spirit. Opportunities to see nature have been a respite for many of us lately. For those of us who are fortunate to be at the Block Museum and Northwestern University, the view of Lake Michigan is often part of our daily experience. The water meets the rocks, the horizon meets the sky, the sound of water calms jittery nerves. Images of bodies of water in the Block collection recall the sublime view along the shores of Lake Michigan. They bring moments of contemplation, meditation, and tranquility."

  1. 1. Henry Simon (American, born Poland, 1901 - 1995) Untitled (Indiana Dunes), ca. 1965. Photograph 7 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in. Gift of Norbert Simon and David Simon, 1997.28.259
  2.  Katherine Bowling (American, born 1955), Sea #1, 2002. Color aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, and white ground aquatint 23 1/4 in x 23 7/8 in. The Collection of Riverhouse Editions: Gift of Jan and William van Straaten, 2002.4.1
  3. Brad Temkin (American, born 1956) Jetty, from the series Relics, 2005. Inkjet print photograph 20 in x 26 1/4 in. Gift of the artist in honor of Mia, 2006.5.26

Each week a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. ⁣This week Corinne Granof, Academic Curator, writes: . "Whether it is a small patch of grass, an improbable spring flower, or a tree in the forest, encountering nature is restorative, good for the spirit. Opportunities to see nature have been a respite for many of us lately. For those of us who are fortunate to be at the Block Museum and Northwestern University, the view of Lake Michigan is often part of our daily experience. The water meets the rocks, the horizon meets the sky, the sound of water calms jittery nerves. Images of bodies of water in the Block collection recall the sublime view along the shores of Lake Michigan. They bring moments of contemplation, meditation, and tranquility." . . 1. Henry Simon (American, born Poland, 1901 - 1995) Untitled (Indiana Dunes), ca. 1965. Photograph 7 1/2 in x 9 1/2 in. Gift of Norbert Simon and David Simon, 1997.28.259 2. Katherine Bowling (American, born 1955), Sea #1, 2002. Color aquatint, spit-bite aquatint, and white ground aquatint 23 1/4 in x 23 7/8 in. The Collection of Riverhouse Editions: Gift of Jan and William van Straaten, 2002.4.1 3. Brad Temkin (American, born 1956) Jetty, from the series Relics, 2005. Inkjet print photograph 20 in x 26 1/4 in. Gift of the artist in honor of Mia, 2006.5.26 . . #StaffPicks #MuseumFromHome #ShareTheArts #StaffPicks #NUArtsAtHome #LakeMichigan

June 17, 2020 - "The complexity and intersections of Black experiences"

Today, Simran Bhalla, Block Museum of Art Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow 2019–2020 writes:

"This week I have selected three influential Black independent films that have screened over the last few years at Block Cinema. I want to highlight the playfulness, romance, and style in these stories, which depict the complexity and intersections of Black experiences in America and the United Kingdom. The films focus on the interiority of lively and idiosyncratic characters and are animated by the details of everyday life."

1. Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, 1982. Available to watch for free on the Criterion Channel.)
2. Young Soul Rebels (Isaac Julien, 1991. Available to watch in the U.K. on BFI Player and iTunes.)
3. Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris, 1989. Available to buy on Amazon Prime.

Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. ⁣This week Simran Bhalla, Block Museum of Art Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow 2019-2020 writes: "This week I have selected three influential Black independent films that have screened over the last few years at Block Cinema. I want to highlight the playfulness, romance, and style in these stories, which depict the complexity and intersections of Black experiences in America and the United Kingdom. The films focus on the interiority of lively and idiosyncratic characters and are animated by the details of everyday life." . 1. Losing Ground (Kathleen Collins, 1982. Available to watch for free on the Criterion Channel.) 2. Young Soul Rebels (Isaac Julien, 1991. Available to watch in the U.K. on BFI Player and iTunes.) 3. Chameleon Street (Wendell B. Harris, 1989. Available to buy on Amazon Prime.) #StaffPicks #BlockCinema #KathleenCollins #IsaacJulien #WendellBHarris

JUNE 3, 2020 - Whose Streets?

 ⁣Today, Michael Metzger, Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts, writes:

“The images of police violence that have circulated over the last week are shocking but not surprising; in fact, they are painfully familiar, especially to communities whose calls for change in the face of such ongoing violence have not been heeded.  

The Block strives to create a safe and welcoming space where audiences can come together to confront and discuss these traumatic images through exhibitions and events. Rather than offering three picks, today I’d like to draw attention to one event which took place in November 2019, when Northwestern graduate student Emeka Ekwelum organized a screening of the 2017 documentary WHOSE STREETS?, with filmmaker and activist Sabaah Folayan in attendance. This searing documentary depicts the uprising in Ferguson, MO that followed from the murder of Michael Brown; its scenes of a violent, militarized police response to the community’s calls for accountability are tragically being replayed throughout the country today. 

Also present were Damon Williams and Kristiana Rae Colón, two Chicago organizers who co-founded the #Letusbreathe collective, an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. The conversation between Damon, Kristiana, Sabaah, and Emeka was one of the most thoughtful and inspiring that I’ve experienced in my time at the Block; we’ve made this conversation available for listening on the Block’s Soundcloud page. 

On Sunday, May 31, 2020 Damon Williams was assaulted by police and arrested during a protest in Hyde Park. He and several other activists were detained for several hours and were eventually released in the face of intense public pressure. Damon is one of many peaceful demonstrators who have been taken into custody at a time when jails and detention facilities present severe risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

Our support goes out to Damon, his family and friends, and his fellow organizers. You can hear more of Damon’s insights by listening to his podcast, Airgo, at www.airgoradio.com, or follow them at twitter.com/airgoradio. More information about the #Letusbreathe collective can be found at https://www.letusbreathecollective.com/ 

⁣Today, Michael Metzger, Pick-Laudati Curator of Media Arts, chooses the #StaffPicks platform to draw attention to a single event with relevance to our moment: . "The images of police violence that have circulated over the last week are shocking but not surprising; in fact, they are painfully familiar, especially to communities whose calls for change in the face of such ongoing violence have not been heeded. . The Block strives to create a safe and welcoming space where audiences can come together to confront and discuss these traumatic images through exhibitions and events. Rather than offering three picks, today I'd like to draw attention to one event that took place in November 2019, when Northwestern graduate student Emeka Ekwelum organized a screening of the 2017 documentary WHOSE STREETS?, with filmmaker and activist Sabaah Folayan in attendance. This searing documentary depicts the uprising in Ferguson, MO that followed from the murder of Michael Brown; its scenes of a violent, militarized police response to the community's calls for accountability are tragically being replayed throughout the country today. . Also present were Damon Williams and Kristiana Rae Colón, two Chicago organizers who cofounded the #Letusbreathe collective, an alliance of artists and activists organizing through a creative lens to imagine a world without prisons and police. The conversation between Damon, Kristiana, Sabaah, and Emeka was one of the most thoughtful and inspiring that I've experienced in my time at the Block. On Sunday, May 31, 2020 Damon Williams was assaulted by police and arrested during a protest in Hyde Park. He and several other activists were detained for several hours and were eventually released. Damon is one of many peaceful demonstrators who have been taken into custody at a time when jails and detention facilities present severe risk of exposure to COVID-19. Our support goes out to Damon, his family and friends, and his fellow organizers. You can hear more of Damon's insights by listening to his podcast @airgoradio. More information about the #Letusbreathe collective can be found at https://www.letusbreathecollective.com/ " Audio at Link in Bio

MAY 27, 2020 - "Across distances, great and small"

Today, Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, writes:

"Our current reliance on video conferencing technology to connect with people has led me to reflect upon artworks and programs at The Block where people traversed distances, great and small, to come together to create meaningful experiences. 

In 2016 the Block brought the Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform Roof Piece, using the roof of the museum and its neighboring buildings on Northwestern’s Arts Circle as their stage. This footage employs a bird’s eye view to underscore the poetic call and response between the seemingly isolated dancers. 

Sewing circles hosted by the artist Marie Watt in 2017 were forums for connection, bringing together people from across Evanston and Chicago to contribute to the production of a new work of art. These two short videos commemorate this process. 

In 2019 archaeologists from Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom shared their research in a public program. Their individual presentations combined to tell a fuller story of the material culture of Medieval Africa, which undergirded the Block exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time."

1. Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Roof Piece, at Northwestern University’s Arts Circle.
Organized by the Block Museum of Art. June 2016.

2.  Sewing circles with Marie Watt February 2017 and Interview with Marie Watt on Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris. April 2017.

3. From the Field: International Archaeologists in Conversation, April 24, 2019

Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. ⁣Today, Janet Dees, Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, writes: Our current reliance on video conferencing technology to connect with people has led me to reflect upon artworks and programs at The Block where people traversed distances, great and small, to come together to create meaningful experiences. . In 2016 the Block brought the Trisha Brown Dance Company to perform Roof Piece, using the roof of the museum and its neighboring buildings on Northwestern's Arts Circle as their stage. This footage employs a bird's eye view to underscore the poetic call and response between the seemingly isolated dancers. . Sewing circles hosted by the artist Marie Watt in 2017 were forums for connection, bringing together people from across Evanston and Chicago to contribute to the production of a new work of art. These two short videos commemorate this process. . In 2019 archaeologists from Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom shared their research in a public program. Their individual presentations combined to tell a fuller story of the material culture of Medieval Africa, which undergirded the Block exhibition Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time #MuseumFromHome #ShareTheArts #StaffPicks #NUArtsAtHome #AcrossDistance 1. Trisha Brown Dance Company performing Roof Piece, at Northwestern University's Arts Circle. Organized by the Block Museum of Art. June 2016. https://vimeo.com/410364841 2. Sewing circles with Marie Watt February 2017. https://vimeo.com/205003795 and Interview with Marie Watt on Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris. April 2017. https://vimeo.com/216083609 3. From the Field: International Archaeologists in Conversation, April 24, 2019 https://vimeo.com/336105522 Link in Bio

MAY 20, 2020 - "The communal experience of movie-watching"

Today, Malia Haines-Stewart, Associate Film Programmer, writes:

"During this time, when watching films in a shared physical space is no longer available to us, I have been reflecting on the communal experience of movie-watching and, of course, missing the Block’s 150-seat auditorium and the people who animate it with their presence. Here is a selection of my top three screenings that I attended as an audience member before joining the Block Cinema programming team.  The films affirm my understanding of cinema’s role as a collaborative, social, and conversation-based art form that thrives on and celebrates togetherness."

1. La Politique des Autres: Short Films by Agnès Varda (July 2019) - Explore work by Agnes Varda
2. Barbara Hammer: Declarations of Identity (May 2019) - Explore work by Barbara Hammer 
3. Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Dreams of Suitcases and Blue Lobster (Oct. 2019) - Explore the Ism, Ism, Ism series

 

Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. . Today, Malia Haines-Stewart, Associate Film Programmer, writes: "During this time, when watching films in a shared physical space is no longer available to us, I have been reflecting on the communal experience of movie-watching and, of course, missing the Block's 150-seat auditorium and the people who animate it with their presence. Here is a selection of my top three screenings that I attended as an audience member before joining the Block Cinema programming team. The films affirm my understanding of cinema's role as a collaborative, social, and conversation-based art form that thrives on and celebrates togetherness." . 1. La Politique des Autres: Short Films by Agnès Varda (July 2019) 2. Barbara Hammer: Declarations of Identity (May 2019) 3. Ismo, Ismo, Ismo: Dreams of Suitcases and Blue Lobster (Oct. 2019) Link in bio #MuseumFromHom #ShareTheArts #BlockCinema #StaffPicks

May 13, 2020 - "No reference to time, to space, to illness or fear"

 Today Corinne Granof, Academic Curator, writes:

"In these difficult times, many of us are seeking respite and distraction, sometimes we are seeking escape. I am drawn to the pure color, line, and form of non-representational works in our collection. There is no reference to time, to space, to illness or fear. The works are transportive and, for a moment, take us out of the moment, offering a two-dimensional surface for joy and beauty."

1. Stanley William Hayter (English, 1901 - 1988), Maternité Ailée, 1948, Color engraving, soft-ground etching and stencil relief-roll, 13 9/16 in x 7 15/16 in, 1999.18

2. Herbert Bayer (American, born Austria, 1900 - 1985), Untitled, from the series Seven Convolutions, 1948, Color lithograph, 17 7/8 in x 22 1/8 in, 1985.42.7.

3. Myron Kozman (American, 1916 - 2002), Abstraction #203, 1940, Color screenprint, 25 1/8 in x 17 11/16 in, 1996.88

Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. Today Corinne Granof, Academic Curator, writes: "In these difficult times, many of us are seeking respite and distraction, sometimes we are seeking escape. I am drawn to the pure color, line, and form of non-representational works in our collection. There is no reference to time, to space, to illness or fear. The works are transportive and, for a moment, take us out of the moment, offering a two-dimensional surface for joy and beauty." . 1. Stanley William Hayter (English, 1901 - 1988), Maternité Ailée, 1948, Color engraving, soft-ground etching and stencil relief-roll, 13 9/16 in x 7 15/16 in, 1999.18 2. Herbert Bayer (American, born Austria, 1900 - 1985), Untitled, from the series Seven Convolutions, 1948, Color lithograph, 17 7/8 in x 22 1/8 in, 1985.42.7. 3. Myron Kozman (American, 1916 - 2002), Abstraction #203, 1940 Color screenprint, 25 1/8 in x 17 11/16 in, 1996.88 #MuseumFromHome #FromOurCollection #ShareTheArts #Abstraction #MuseumWeek

May 6, 2020 - Conversations on Global Connection

 Today Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs writes:

"Separated physically from my neighbors, family, colleagues, and friends, I wonder at my simultaneous connections with people near and far via digital platforms. My sense of time and of space have contracted and expanded in the same moment. What does it mean to be together at this time? As families and households, communities, countries, and our world navigate a global health crisis, I am drawn to the work of artists and curators who help me to see the synergies between the local and the global in new ways and who invite me to consider our connections across time and place. Here are three of my favorites from The Block Archive"

1. Visual Vanguard: Bisi Silva (April 6, 2017)

2. Kader Attia: Opening Day Program (January 21, 2017)

3. Artist Talk: Counter-Histories with Michael Rakowitz (February 13, 2019)


Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers selections that resonate with them at this moment. Today Kathleen Bickford Berzock, Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs writes: "Separated physically from my neighbors, family, colleagues, and friends, I wonder at my simultaneous connections with people near and far via digital platforms. My sense of time and of space have contracted and expanded in the same moment. What does it mean to be together at this time? As families and households, communities, countries, and our world navigate a global health crisis, I am drawn to the work of artists and curators who help me to see the synergies between the local and the global in new ways and who invite me to consider our connections across time and place. Here are three of my favorites from The Block Archive" 1. Visual Vanguard: Bisi Silva (April 6, 2017) https://vimeo.com/212358761 2. Kader Attia: Opening Day Program (January 21, 2017) https://vimeo.com/201487578 3. Artist Talk: Counter-Histories with Michael Rakowitz (February 13, 2019) https://vimeo.com/321251976 #MuseumFromHome #FromtheArchive #ShareTheArts

April 29, 2020 - Collection images of solitary contentment

Today Alisa Swindell, Curatorial Research Assistant writes:

"I have been thinking of how often women are shown in relation to others, as lovers, mothers, caretakers. In this time of isolation, I have also been considering what it means to be alone. With both trains of thought in mind, I have selected images from the collection of women by themselves who seem content being solitary."

1. Henri Matisse, Repose on the Banquette, 1929, Lithograph, 19 3/4 in x 26 1/16 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of James and Anne DeNaut, 2008.31.2.

2. Charles Swedlund, South Side, c.1958, Gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 × 7 1/2 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Steve Nordman. 2018.12.7

3. Will Barnet, Between Life and Life, 1998. Color lithograph, 28 x 29 3/4 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Anonymous gift in memory of Lorraine Agnes Stewart, 2000.8.

 

Each Wednesday different members of The Block's team will be offering three picks that resonate with them at this moment. Today Melanie Garcia Sympson, Block Curatorial Associate writes: "As the city quiets down and we socialize through our screens, I find myself drawn to works in the collection representing Chicago's crowds and bustling streets: commuters downtown with places to be, kids at the playground, and a stylish couple dancing joyfully." - 1. Roland L. Freeman, Dancing at Jazz Alley, Chicago, Illinois, 1974, Gelatin silver print. 14 in x 11 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Purchase, 2000.25.7 2. Henry Simon, Untitled (State and Monroe Streets) [silhouetted figures], ca. 1965, Monochrome photographic print, 7 in x 6 3/4 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Norbert Simon and David Simon, 1997.28.95 3.Charles Swedlund, South Side Chicago, c. 1958, Gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 in × 7 1/2 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Steve Nordman, 2018.12.4 #MuseumFromHome #FromOurCollection #ArtfortheSociallyDistanced #Chicago

April 22, 2020 - Photographic views of essential work and life-sustaining labor

Today Corinne Granof, Academic Curator writes:

Photographs in The Block’s collection, some by the great photographers of the Farm Security Administration from the 1930s and 1940s, capture the conditions and hard physical labor of farm workers. While their work is often invisible, the photographs serve to remind us of farm workers’ critical, but often unnoticed, contributions. In our current moment, farm workers are essential workers, and undocumented immigrants have been recognized as “critical to the food supply chain.” In photographs we see their deep connection to the land and the bounty of the earth. These photographs, among many in the Block collection, speak to the daily life of the farm workers and the gifts of their life-sustaining labor." 

1. W. Eugene Smith, "Spanish Village" Series ,1950, Gelatin silver print, 13 7/8 in x 11 in., Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of Richard L. Sandor in honor of Julie and Penny Sandor, 1986.1.65

2. Torkel Korling. H.J. Heinz, Tomato Workers, Farm County South of Chicago, 1942, printed 1991, Gelatin silver print, 13 7/8 in x 11 in; Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift in part by Steve Nordman, 2001.22c

3. John Collier, One of the enormous fields at which many migratory laborers are employed. Seabrook Farm. Bridgeton, New Jersey, June, 1942 Gelatin silver print, 3 15/16 in x 5 1/8 in. Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1999.11.9

Each Wednesday different members of The Block's team will be offering three picks that resonate with them at this moment. Today Melanie Garcia Sympson, Block Curatorial Associate writes: "As the city quiets down and we socialize through our screens, I find myself drawn to works in the collection representing Chicago's crowds and bustling streets: commuters downtown with places to be, kids at the playground, and a stylish couple dancing joyfully." - 1. Roland L. Freeman, Dancing at Jazz Alley, Chicago, Illinois, 1974, Gelatin silver print. 14 in x 11 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Purchase, 2000.25.7 2. Henry Simon, Untitled (State and Monroe Streets) [silhouetted figures], ca. 1965, Monochrome photographic print, 7 in x 6 3/4 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Norbert Simon and David Simon, 1997.28.95 3.Charles Swedlund, South Side Chicago, c. 1958, Gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 in × 7 1/2 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Steve Nordman, 2018.12.4 #MuseumFromHome #FromOurCollection #ArtfortheSociallyDistanced #Chicago

April 17, 2020 - “Working from Home”: Prints of Work, Solitude, and Household Space

Today Curatorial Graduate Fellow Caitlin DiMartino selects three collection prints on work, solitude, and household space. "Whether to emphasize an aesthetic, contemplative aspect of individual labor, to experiment with the effects of light on an interior space, or to enhance the solitary presence of the sitter, printmakers across time have utilized the compositional and symbolic resonance of domestic settings in their work. While Northwestern’s campus remains closed and with many of us spending more time indoors or working from home, these prints, depicting interior scenes of toil and contemplation, could perhaps be considered from a new perspective in light of these recent circumstances." 


1. Peter Ilsted (Danish, 1861 – 1933), Sunshine, 1909, Color mezzotint inked à la poupée, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of James and Pamel Elesh, 2004.10

2. Ellen Lanyon (American, 1926 – 2013), Orchard Street, 1955, Etching with gold leaf, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1994.61

3. W. Greatbach (English, 1802 – ca. 1885) after Gerard Dow (Dutch, 1613 – 1675), The Winder, 1846, Engraving, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of the Carnegie Corporation, 1985.10.21

Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers picks that resonate with them at this moment. Today Curatorial Graduate Fellow Caitlin DiMartino selects three collection prints on work, solitude, and household space. "Whether to emphasize an aesthetic, contemplative aspect of individual labor, to experiment with the effects of light on an interior space, or to enhance the solitary presence of the sitter, printmakers across time have utilized the compositional and symbolic resonance of domestic settings in their work. While Northwestern's campus remains closed and with many of us spending more time indoors or working from home, these prints, depicting interior scenes of toil and contemplation, could perhaps be considered from a new perspective in light of these recent circumstances." #MuseumFromHome #FromOurCollection #WorkingFromHome 1. Peter Ilsted (Danish, 1861 - 1933), Sunshine, 1909, Color mezzotint inked à la poupée, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of James and Pamel Elesh, 2004.10 2. Ellen Lanyon (American, 1926 - 2013), Orchard Street, 1955, Etching with gold leaf, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 1994.61 3. W. Greatbach (English, 1802 - ca. 1885) after Gerard Dow (Dutch, 1613 - 1675), The Winder, 1846, Engraving, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, Gift of the Carnegie Corporation, 1985.10.21

28 Likes, 0 Comments - The Block Museum (@nublockmuseum) on Instagram: "Each Wednesday a member of The Block's team offers picks that resonate with them at this moment...."

April 10, 2020 - Three collection photographs of a vibrant, social Chicago

Today Melanie Garcia Sympson, Block Curatorial Associate writes: "As the city quiets down and we socialize through our screens, I find myself drawn to works in the collection representing Chicago's crowds and bustling streets: commuters downtown with places to be, kids at the playground, and a stylish couple dancing joyfully." 

1. Roland L. Freeman, Dancing at Jazz Alley, Chicago, Illinois, 1974, Gelatin silver print. 14 in x 11 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Purchase, 2000.25.7

2. Henry Simon, Untitled (State and Monroe Streets) [silhouetted figures], ca. 1965, Monochrome photographic print, 7 in x 6 3/4 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Norbert Simon and David Simon, 1997.28.95

3.Charles Swedlund, South Side Chicago, c. 1958, Gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 in × 7 1/2 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Steve Nordman, 2018.12.4

Each Wednesday different members of The Block's team will be offering three picks that resonate with them at this moment. Today Melanie Garcia Sympson, Block Curatorial Associate writes: "As the city quiets down and we socialize through our screens, I find myself drawn to works in the collection representing Chicago's crowds and bustling streets: commuters downtown with places to be, kids at the playground, and a stylish couple dancing joyfully." - 1. Roland L. Freeman, Dancing at Jazz Alley, Chicago, Illinois, 1974, Gelatin silver print. 14 in x 11 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, The Richard Florsheim Art Fund Purchase, 2000.25.7 2. Henry Simon, Untitled (State and Monroe Streets) [silhouetted figures], ca. 1965, Monochrome photographic print, 7 in x 6 3/4 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Norbert Simon and David Simon, 1997.28.95 3.Charles Swedlund, South Side Chicago, c. 1958, Gelatin silver print, 9 3/8 in × 7 1/2 in, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, gift of Steve Nordman, 2018.12.4 #MuseumFromHome #FromOurCollection #ArtfortheSociallyDistanced #Chicago