The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is a free public art museum located on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The Block Museum was established in 1980 when Chicago art collectors Mary and Leigh B. Block (former vice president of Inland Steel Company), donated funds to Northwestern University for the construction of an art exhibition venue. In recognition of their gift, the University named the changing exhibition space the Mary and Leigh Block Gallery. The original conception of the museum was modeled on the German kunsthalle tradition, with no permanent collection, and a series of changing temporary exhibits. However, the Block Museum soon began to acquire a permanent collection as the University transferred many of its art pieces to the museum. In recognition of its growing collection and its expanding programming, the Gallery became the American Alliance of Museums accredited Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art in 1998. The Block embarked on a major reconstruction project in 1999 and reopened in a new facility in September 2000.The Block Museum is dedicated to presenting programs and exhibitions that resonate with the curriculum, research and teaching areas of Northwestern University and are relevant to student, local and regional audiences. The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art enriches teaching and learning on the campuses of Northwestern University and in the communities of their surrounding regions by presenting art across time, cultures, and media; convening interdisciplinary discussions in which art is a springboard for exploring issues and ideas and collecting art that supports the Northwestern University curriculum. 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. Before you head to Evanston, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Evanston tour itinerary planning website, to make sure you see all that Evanston has to offer, including Block Museum of Art.
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I saw a wonderfully thought-out and wonderfully presented exhibition filled with great and important art titled "Site of a Struggle", I believe. Moving.
I saw a wonderfully thought-out and wonderfully presented exhibition filled with great and important art titled "Site of a Struggle", I believe. Moving. more »
Very nice modern building and an amazing location on university campus and by the Michigan Lake. Very interesting expo.
Very nice modern building and an amazing location on university campus and by the Michigan Lake. Very interesting expo. more »
Love the Block Cinema! Great films and numerous opportunities for discussion with artists and experts
Very emotional experience but the awareness of it brings knowledge and awareness of where we have become individually and collectively...
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