Block had raised the visibility and attendance of the Bronx Museum of the Arts
since she re-joined it as director in 2006, after having been a curator there in 1985. She helped propose, organize, and sponsor America’s 2013 contribution to the Venice Bienniale, a major coup for such a small institution. She also eliminated the museum’s admission fees in 2012, helping boost attendance four-fold to 100,000 visitors annually. “Her convictions about the importance of diversity, inclusiveness and community outreach, and about the global nature of contemporary art, were ahead of their time,” the Times
said. In the 16 years before she joined the Bronx Museum, Block was director of Art in General
, what was then a small Tribeca-based nonprofit whose profile she also raised significantly. While she was there, she launched an international artist residency, started a commission series of ambitious works, and helped stage shows of work by almost 4,000 artists, both domestic and international, and many of them unknown to the broader art world. She died at her home in Manhattan. The cause was breast cancer, her partner, Dana Emmott, said.