Block Student Associates 2022-23: Block Museum - Northwestern University
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Block Student Associates 2022-23

Block Student Associates (formerly Student Docents) serve as tour guides, public facilitators, peer-to-peer ambassadors for the museum on campus, and in-house student advisors for all levels of museum staff and our Board of Advisors.

They lead tours throughout the museum and engage our broad array of campus and community visitors in dynamic conversations about art and ideas that are relevant to our lives today. In addition to this public-facing role, Associates serve as key campus ambassadors for The Block and student advisors for all levels of museum staff and leadership, help to shape programming and projects at the museum, and learn more about museum practice through behind-the-scenes insights and experience.

Learn more about the program

 


 

Mayan Alvarado-Goldberg

Mayan Alvarado-Goldberg

Cognitive Science and Global Health (2024)

 



I am a sophomore studying Cognitive Science and Global Health on the pre-med track from Los Angeles. My favorite exhibit was the Why We Rise exhibit in Los Angeles in 2019 because it combined representative multimedia art with conversations about mental health. I loved seeing how photographs, sculptures, and videos were used to convey taboo topics like anxiety and depression and to also depict emotional experiences like immigration detention centers through the eyes of artists of Color. It reminded me that art can and should be intersectional and it is important to have representation of all identity groups in artistic spaces. By being in the Block Museum Student Associates program, I hope to learn from the others in my cohort and help viewers at the Block have a similar experience of being seen and heard as audience members, just like I had at the Why We Rise exhibit.

Solome Bezuneh

Solome Bezuneh

Communication Studies (2024)

I am a sophomore currently majoring in Communication Studies, originally from Chicago, Illinois. Outside of my work at the Block, I serve as Assistant Vice-Coordinator of Programming in ‘For Members Only’, NU’s primary Black student organization.

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Gabrielle Bliss

Carolina Carret

Carolina Carret

Legal Studies, Art History, and BIP (2023)

I am a third year student and planning to major in Legal Studies and minor in Art History and BIP. I am currently residing in Evanston but am originally from Miramar, Florida. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to spend more time in a museum, nor could I pass up the prospect of forging friendships and exploring fresh perspectives through more exposure to and discussion of art. I am a peer adviser, as well as a member of the Brady Scholars Program. I can’t say I have a favorite museum or exhibit, but I did have an epiphanous moment at the MCA in Chicago last year. As I explored the space, I felt connected to the work of a particular female-identifying artist and realized I wanted to minor in Art History.

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Zayn Elmasry

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Kevin Foley

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Eli Gordon

Zeki Hirsch

Zeki Hirsch

Art History (2024)

I’ve worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New-York Historical Society, and the archaeological site of Labraunda in the past. Being able to work at another museum and give back to the Northwestern community at the same time was a dream come true for me. I’m very passionate about medieval Islamic art and had the privilege to visit the Umayyad Mosque of Córdoba in July 2021. Studying art history, we often place the classical Islamic world in a box within the Middle East and North Africa. Visiting the Umayyad Mosque was an amazing reminder of the cultural dialogue that existed between the Christian and Muslim worlds at the height of the Middle Ages.

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Ipsita K

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Katy Kim

BMSA Program and Tour Coordinator

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Jaharia Knowles

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Rowan McCloskey

Nozizwe Msipa

Nozizwe Msipa

Communication Studies (2024)

I am a sophomore in communications studies from Harare, Zimbabwe. Out in the world we are constantly surrounded by things to see, watch, gaze upon, understand. Museums like The Block are a great place to train the eye and brain in how to better appreciate the visual world and its hidden messages. Hopefully, after my time with The Block I come out well versed in the art of looking and engaging! 

Margeaux Rocco

Margeaux Rocco

Economic, Art Theory and Practice, and Art History (2023)

I am a third year Economics Major, ATP and Art History Minor from Columbus, Ohio. A painting I love is Pierre Bonnard’s Le chat blanc. It reminds me that art can serve any purpose; it can be political or emotional or something else entirely. It’s easy to get caught up in what a piece could mean, but sometimes it’s just nice to look at a painting of a cat.

 

Bengi Rwabuhemba

Bengi Rwabuhemba

Cultural Anthropology, Global Health (2023)

I am a third-year student from Uganda studying in Weinberg and double majoring in Cultural Anthropology and Global Health. In another world, however, I believe I was an Art History major. Since my first class at The Block as a freshman, Introduction to Modernism, I have always been drawn to the museum. Viewing Felicité by Alain Gomis and meeting him in person was a transformative experience for me, and firmly cemented my relationship with the museum. Attending film screenings organized by Block Cinema, and walking through the exhibitions on weekends have been some of my favorite past-times. I hope to use my time as a student associate to build my visual vocabulary, learn from my talented, interdisciplinary team, and develop an understanding of what it means for a museum to be decolonized

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Meena Sharma

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Toy Suliman

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Tamara Ulalisa

Joyce Wang

Joyce Wang

Economics and Data Science (2024)

I am a sophomore studying Economics and Data Science and am originally from New Jersey. I want more people to learn about and engage in The Block’s events!

Bobby Yalam

Bobby Yalam

Social Policy and Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences (2024)

My name is Bobby Yalam, and I’m a second year studying social policy and mathematical methods in the social sciences. I’m from Scottsdale, Arizona.

I want to better understand why I see art as such an interesting and valuable resource and to be able to share that perspective with other people who are curious about art. I love alone time, but it's even better at museums, where people get to enjoy being alone, together!

I remember being eleven years old at the MoMA, staring at Rousseau's The Dream while the rest of the people in that room gathered around Starry Night. In hindsight, I think that moment helped me start questioning why we collectively enshrine certain things as more important than others, and what we can do to challenge that habit.

Hank Yang

Hank Yang

Journalism and Political Science (2024)

I am a sophomore studying journalism and political science, originally from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. I joined The Block because I love art museums and working in one sounded like the most amazing opportunity! I’m an artist and creating and displaying my art is a passion, so I thought it would be great to do that with other art.