Claire Kissinger's Best Reads of 2014

December 16, 2014

claireMy name is Claire Kissinger, and I’ve lived in Evanston for the past three years.  I am a senior at Northwestern majoring in Art History and minoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies, and I work at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art as the Undergraduate Curatorial Fellow and as a Student Docent.  I love working at the Block Museum because it allows me to learn and talk about art with both professionals in the field (artists, curators, preparators, scholars) as well as our patrons who come from a variety of backgrounds.  In my free time, I love to drink coffee, dance, visit museums, and watch movies.

1) One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (1970)

I loved reading One Hundred Years this summer. The book features an INCREDIBLY extended and unique family and the changes the family undergoes over many years as their community evolves.  My favorite part of reading the book is that it was entirely unpredictable and fantastical, with characters constantly coming in and out of the narrative, always with ridiculous stories.

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Evanston's Block Museum "In the Picture"

February 14, 2013

edwardsteichenLos Angeles financier Richard Hollander and his wife Jackie own a private collection of more than 500 Edward Steichen photographs. Their highly coveted collection includes Steichen’s landscapes and city scenes, as well as his celebrity and fashion images. Now Mr. Hollander will be making Steichen’s work accessible to the public by giving three American museums some of these vintage photographs. Along with New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Evanston’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University will each receive more than 40 works. Block Museum Director Lisa Corrin calls the gift “transformative”. After these donations, the Hollanders plan on keeping some and giving others to museums internationally. “I’d like to share my vision with the world” Mr Hollander said. How lucky that he’s sharing it with our community. You can read more in today’s NYT article here.


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