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Block Museum of Art, Evanston

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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.
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  • Very nice modern building and an amazing location on university campus and by the Michigan Lake. Very interesting expo.  more »
  • They combine interesting art with social or political statements that are quite thoughtful. It's free and right on the campus/  more »
  • Went to the program that was titled something about the gold in the Sahara in the middle ages. Not much gold in the show. Still was fascinated by the art I never imagined could have come out of the Sahara region. This figure moved me so I 'artsyfied' my version of it in an effort to capture how it felt to me. I just know he/she was trying to speak with me. Lovely setting of the museum in general. A gem.
  • Wonderful place. Everyone seems so nice and friendly. They all welcomed me with a friendly face and a smile. The kitchen area was huge with plenty of room for eating and even to study. The view from the kitchen area was more than breath taking. Full glass windows with a view of water far beyond the eyes could see. Everywhere i have been so far was clean and nicely decorated. I was always offered assissants and helped right away when I needed it. I would recommend this place to anyone and everyone.

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