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When: Thursday, November 24, 2022
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM Central

Where: Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Cost: Free and Open to All

Contact: Lindsay Bosch  

Group: Block Museum Exhibitions

Category: Fine Arts


Learn to look in this dynamic space for teaching and learning through art.

The average museum visitor spends less than 30 seconds looking at a work of art.  It usually takes us far less than that to draw conclusions about what we see; the human brain seems to perform this work automatically and instantaneously. How do we slow down our looking habits to better understand the process of meaning-making? How do our individual backgrounds and lived experiences affect how and what we see?

We invite you to enter our teaching gallery and engage in a typical classroom activity: an exercise in close looking that can be used to analyze any work of art. We have intentionally not included contextual or interpretive texts on the walls of this exhibition so you can begin your visit with direct observation of the artworks. Information about each artwork and discussion prompts are available in the brochure holder and on our website. You can do this exercise on your own or in conversation with other visitors.

This exhibition supports Northwestern University’s undergraduate curriculum with emphasis on first-year students. Works on view are from The Block’s collection and were selected in dialogue with faculty members across campus to relate to themes in their courses. Faculty members interested in learning more about the Block Teaching Gallery are encouraged to contact Essi Rönkkö at

The exhibition will be open to general public when not scheduled for class use.

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