Art In America

Kader Attia

"Kader Attia: Reflecting Memory" began when Northwestern University's Block Museum extended an invitation to the French-Algerian artist to use the resources of the school's Herskovits Library of African Studies in the spring of 2015. 

Alma Allen

Alma Allen’s semiabstract sculptures provoke an irresistible urge to identify familiar formal corollaries. The self-taught, Joshua Tree–based artist encouraged this impulse by giving the name Not Yet Titled to all the new works in his exhibition at...

Amalie Jakobsen

Denmark-born, Berlin-based artist Amalie Jakobsen’s metal sculptures bear minor irregularities that contradict the works’ smooth, crisp angles. From a distance, two linked aluminum triangles (all works untitled and dated 2016) appear as sharp as...

Sanford Biggers

The historical relationship between the Western avant-garde and the art of Africa is one of objects stolen, fetishized, and aesthetically cannibalized by European modernists like Picasso and Modigliani. Paradigmatic histories of Western art attempt to...

Author of Astonishment: Charlotte Moorman at the Block Museum

Is there any other artist whose body is as routinely conflated with her oeuvre as Charlotte Moorman? “Discover why Charlotte Moorman was called [. . .] the Topless Cellist” is the Barnumesque lure on a postcard advertising “A Feast of Astonishments:...

Deana Lawson

A selection of 16 ambitious works by the New York-based photographer Deana Lawson inaugurates the Ruttenberg Contemporary Photography Series, a new biennial program. Perhaps the most arresting work in this showcase is the portrait As Above, So Below,...

Geof Oppenheimer

“Geof Oppenheimer: Big Boss and the Ecstasy of Pressures,” the Chicago sculptor’s first solo museum exhibition, presented two works commissioned by the Block Museum. The video installation DRAMA (2014-15) uncannily merged the space on-screen with that...

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