Prints from The Block’s Collection

January 20 – April 11, 2021

On the occasion of The Block’s 40th anniversary, For One and All celebrates prints and printmaking, draws from the breadth of The Block’s permanent collection and allows us to reflect on the idea of prints as a medium for one and all.

The exhibition considers print production through various lenses layering complex histories of reproduction, circulation, collecting, and social activism


Prints allowed for the dissemination of visual form, knowledge, and stories.


Because of their capacity for reproduction, prints have long served as vehicles of communication.


Since their invention, prints have been the focus of collecting and collectors.



Research Visits to the Exhibition

For One and All is a hybrid exhibition available online and in person at The The Block Museum.

Given campus and public health guidelines, at this time we can only welcome members of the Northwestern community who are cleared to be on campus. In addition to a timed-entry reservation, please be ready with Symptom Tracker badge. All visitors must follow the University Return to Campus Policy, including showing your Green Symptom Tracker badge upon entry, presenting Northwestern Wildcard, wearing a mask at all times, and maintaining social distancing. Because of COVID-19 restrictions for our gallery capacity reservations are limited to parties of two.

Free with timed ticket entry. Tickets will be made available on rolling basis two to three weeks out

 For One and All: Prints from The Block’s Collection is curated by Cait DiMartino, 2019–20 Block Curatorial Graduate Fellow, and Corinne Granof, Academic Curator. The exhibition is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment, and the Alsdorf Gallery Endowment.

For One and All is presented as part of Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection, our 40th Anniversary Initiative. This year-long initiative marks four decades of exhibitions, projects, programs, and events that use the museum’s evolving collection as a springboard for thinking about history. 

Please also join us throughout the year for our continuing 40th anniversary celebration, including the fall 2021 exhibition Who Says, Who Shows, What Counts: Thinking about History with The Block’s Collection.

Northwestern University’s Block Museum of Art is a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for the University and its surrounding communities, featuring a global exhibition program that crosses time periods and cultures and serves as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions relevant to our lives today.

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. The museum reaches national and international audiences through its traveling exhibitions, publications, and digital programs. Its growing permanent collection of approximately 6,000 works focuses primarily on prints, photography, and drawings.