The Block Museum of Art

Evanston, Illinois | United States

About the Museum

The Block Museum is Northwestern University’s art museum.

The Block is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern and its surrounding communities, featuring a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today. The museum also commissions new work by artists to foster connections between artists and the public through the creative process. Each year, the Block mounts exhibitions; organizes and hosts lectures, symposia, and workshops involving artists, scholars, curators, and critics; and screens classic and contemporary films at its in-house cinema. The museum also reaches national and international audiences through its traveling exhibitions, publications and website. Its growing permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography, and drawings.

Located on Northwestern’s Evanston campus, the Block is housed in a building designed by Dirk Lohan, the grandson of the pioneering modernist architect Mies Van de Rohe. The Block Museum is at the heart of Northwestern’s Arts Circle. The Arts Circle unites visual and performing arts in one neighborhood, inspiring collaborations across art forms and underscoring the University’s commitment to the arts, together. A location and a state of mind, campus and community connect at the Arts Circle to celebrate creativity across artistic disciplines.

(Exterior photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons; Interior photo courtesy of Block Museum of Art.)

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