July 11, 2017

Curatorial Position Endowed at Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University

EVANSTON, ILLINOIS—The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University has received a major gift from Lisa and Steven Tananbaum totaling $1 million to endow a permanent curatorial position for its initiatives in modern and contemporary art and “to support the Block Museum of Art in its commitment to serve as a dynamic, imaginative, and innovative teaching and learning resource for Northwestern University.”

Block Museum curator Janet Dees will serve as the first Steven and Lisa Munster Tananbaum Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Dees joined the museum’s staff in 2015 and has since curated the 2017 group exhibition “If You Remember, I’ll Remember.” She is currently organizing “Experiments in Form: Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, Frank Stella,” which will open in 2018. Dees was previously the Eugene Thaw Curatorial Fellow at SITE Santa Fe and is completing a Ph.D. in art history at the University of Delaware.

“The Tananbaums’ gift will help advance our capacity to present major exhibitions and to commission new work by artists working internationally who will be invited to campus to interact with faculty and students and be nourished by the extraordinary resources of Northwestern,” said Block Museum director Lisa Corrin. “Our faculty and students across the university are extremely enthusiastic about engaging with artists and the creative process. The Block’s contemporary program is also adding to the vibrancy of Chicago’s cultural scene.”

Lisa Munster Tananbaum is a graduate of Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and serves on the Block Museum’s board. She also holds positions on the Museum of Modern Art’s Art and Design Committee, the advisory board of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, and the board of the Israel Museum. Steven Tananbaum is a member of MoMA’s Painting and Sculpture Acquisitions Committee. The Tananbaums have previously endowed Northwestern’s Summer Internship Grant Program and contributed to the university’s fundraising drive “We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.”

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