Gold is one of the rarest and most malleable minerals, qualities that have contributed to its enduring value across time and place. Gold has been shaped by artists; its extraction has altered landscapes and its discovery has raised nations. The allure of gold is entwined with culture and economies, politics and religion, power and value.
Join The Block’s Associate Director of Curatorial Affairs Kathleen Bickford Berzock in a conversation with NYU’s Robyn d’Avignon and Northwestern faculty Rebecca Zorach and Marc Walton—specialists from anthropology, art history, and material science—as they excavate the story of gold’s timeless power. This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition Caravans of Gold, which explores how gold from West Africa fueled a global economy and propelled the movement of things, people, and ideas across the Sahara Desert to Europe, the Middle East, and beyond.
Presented by The Block Museum in partnership with the Northwestern University Department of Art History and the Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts.