Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art will be closed from now through the fall quarter to make repairs on its sprinkler system and to complete some additional improvements, including a refreshed design of its lobby created with James Geier of Chicago’s 555 International. As a result, the Block’s fall program will be affected by the closure.
The Block’s Pick-Laudati Auditorium is expected to remain open for Block Cinema films and lectures and for use by Northwestern classes throughout the fall. The museum will reopen in January 2014.
Last month, the Block sustained water damage to its main gallery and to the Eloise W. Martin Study Center when a pipe connected to its fire suppression system in an adjacent area burst. Fortunately, the museum’s art collection was not damaged.
“Its Dirk Lohan building is a jewel, and its collection is an invaluable resource for teaching and learning at Northwestern and for the museum’s many visitors,” states Lisa Graziose Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director of the Block Museum. “These improvements will ensure the Block continues to maintain the standards expected of all great museums so we can provide dynamic programming and audience engagement in a welcoming, well-maintained environment.
“While we are disappointed that this will require us to close our doors for a period this fall, the Block will sparkle when it reopens in January with the innovative exhibitions Steichen/Warhol: Picturing Fame and The Left Front: Radical Art in the Red Decade, 1929-1940 as well as a vibrant, redesigned lobby and the special energy that distinguishes a museum located on the campus of a great research university.”