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The University of Chicago is home to a variety of renowned arts destinations across campus. For complete information on academic, professional, and student arts programs and initiatives visit http://arts.uchicago.edu.

"The board has been asking, ‘How many more John Ford or Albert Hitchcock films do we put on the registry?,” Professor Ja...
12/27/2019
See the 25 Additions to the National Film Registry

"The board has been asking, ‘How many more John Ford or Albert Hitchcock films do we put on the registry?,” Professor Jacqueline Stewart, who was tapped to chair the task force, told TIME. “It seems like we’ve covered a lot of those bases—and because of the sheer number of films on the registry, we absolutely have to broaden our horizons, and engage with archives and film critics and scholars and the American public to help us bring a wider variety of films into view.”

Because so few feature films across American history were led by women or people of color, Stewart and her team worked to identify less traditional filmmaking efforts." Read more on how The University of Chicago Professor Jacqueline Stewart helped curated the 25 films that went into the National Film Registry this year, including "Boys Don't Cry," by #UChicago Alum Kimberley Peirce. http://ms.spr.ly/6182Tnjr4

From 'Purple Rain' to 'Clerks'

The beauty of the many passageways, corridors and public spaces at The University of Chicago have been given a sonic upg...
12/26/2019
2019 Chicago Sound Show Locations + Descriptions - Google My Maps

The beauty of the many passageways, corridors and public spaces at The University of Chicago have been given a sonic upgrade with outdoor sound installations from six acclaimed artists. The various locations of the Chicago Sound show, up until Dec 29, can be found here: http://ms.spr.ly/6189TV8hd

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus. Through use of “found sound,” meditative human voice, acoustic archaeology, and more, the works reveal and a...

"Newell has applied his own gift for tapping into the contemporary energy of an ancient work by means of his casting, hi...
12/23/2019

"Newell has applied his own gift for tapping into the contemporary energy of an ancient work by means of his casting, his use of movement, and his choice of designers." WTTW - Chicago PBS reviews Court Theatre's "Oedipus Rex" http://ms.spr.ly/6185TnwfT

Experience the Chicago Sound Show at The University of Chicago. Site specific outdoor installations challenge the way we...
12/22/2019
2019 Chicago Sound Show Locations + Descriptions - Google My Maps

Experience the Chicago Sound Show at The University of Chicago. Site specific outdoor installations challenge the way we interact with sound all over campus. Find a location here: http://ms.spr.ly/6185TV8CH

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus. Through use of “found sound,” meditative human voice, acoustic archaeology, and more, the works reveal and a...

While @ArtsPublicLife's 6th Annual Vend + Vibes may be over, you can continue the vibes into 2020 by streaming the DJs w...
12/20/2019

While @ArtsPublicLife's 6th Annual Vend + Vibes may be over, you can continue the vibes into 2020 by streaming the DJs who graced the stage at the Arts Block this past weekend. Read more on our blog, "In Practice" http://ms.spr.ly/6182TnSna

The Keller Center's renovation makes Crain's Chicago Business's list of "Five architectural standouts that rose above th...
12/20/2019
Five architectural standouts that rose above the rest in 2019

The Keller Center's renovation makes Crain's Chicago Business's list of "Five architectural standouts that rose above the rest in 2019"

"It's not a new building, but an entirely new take on a campus building that is half a century old. The difference between then and now, says Gabriel Wilcox, a lead architect on the renovation, is that "because the '60s were a much different time, especially on the South Side with white flight, the design was very restrictive about allowing entrance. You weren't invited to pass through. We had to do a lot of social repair." Read more: http://ms.spr.ly/6185TnSKZ

These new buildings enhanced the look and character of the neighborhoods around them this year—some of them in surprising ways.

This year, about 9,500 kids will receive ten free books each from My Very Own Library, a literacy initiative run through...
12/19/2019
Nearly 10,000 Kids Will Receive 10 Free Books This Year Through The ‘My Very Own Library’ Program

This year, about 9,500 kids will receive ten free books each from My Very Own Library, a literacy initiative run through the University of Chicago. "The 500 available titles range from bestsellers like “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” to works from names on the rise like Jason Reynolds — none of the stuffy old books the kids might already be reading in class. “There’s not a lot of classics,” said Duane Davis, the university’s executive director of K-12 education initiatives. “They’re high-interest books that students get to choose. That’s really one of the most important things … students having choice and picking something that’s interesting to them.” http://ms.spr.ly/6184TnwNg

Students at 17 public schools and the UChicago Charter School will choose 10 free books this year, and program leaders hope to expand into more schools in coming years.

A MacArthur Genius Fellow, a film composer, a music professor at The University of Chicago: just a few of the artists th...
12/18/2019
2019 Chicago Sound Show Locations + Descriptions - Google My Maps

A MacArthur Genius Fellow, a film composer, a music professor at The University of Chicago: just a few of the artists that produced the Chicago Sound Show, featuring outdoor sound installations all over campus until Dec 29. Experience it at one of these spots: http://ms.spr.ly/6183TV87f

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus. Through use of “found sound,” meditative human voice, acoustic archaeology, and more, the works reveal and a...

"No matter what, you’ll find your niche. Being on stage more and doing different types of theater I didn’t think I would...
12/17/2019

"No matter what, you’ll find your niche. Being on stage more and doing different types of theater I didn’t think I would is bolstering in that way. I feel a sense of confidence in that I’ve found a place on campus where I can do my art and meet my people and be accepted and I’m going to be ok moving into the theater scene after college, professionally."—Katie, member of University Theater Committee, 4th year at @uchicagocollege, Theater and Performance Studies and French double major. Read more about Arts RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) here on campus on our blog, "In Practice": http://ms.spr.ly/6181TVJoN

“What would happen if a poor person actually had access to the most beautiful, most important, most relevant art in the ...
12/16/2019

“What would happen if a poor person actually had access to the most beautiful, most important, most relevant art in the world?”—Professor Theaster Gates. Read more from TIME: http://ms.spr.ly/6181TnXCL

12/16/2019
Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry

Portable Gray issue 3 has landed! Unboxing the shipment with our brilliant managing editor Naomi Blumberg and senior editor Mike Schuh

Check out Down Time, the latest Smart Museum of Art exhibit. Curated by Art History students who also collaborated to wr...
12/15/2019
Down Time: On the Art of Retreat | Smart Museum of Art

Check out Down Time, the latest Smart Museum of Art exhibit. Curated by Art History students who also collaborated to write exhibition texts, coordinate programming, and participate in the installation process. On view now. http://ms.spr.ly/6180TV87i

Where can we turn when we need space and time away? Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition presents a range of public, private, and imagined settings—from lush gardens in France, to shadowy hallways, to kaleidoscopic landscapes—that point to real

"Court’s artistic director Charles Newell, his ensemble of 14 actors, and the designers have achieved a stunning synthes...
12/14/2019
Review: ‘Oedipus Rex’ - hpherald.com

"Court’s artistic director Charles Newell, his ensemble of 14 actors, and the designers have achieved a stunning synthesis of classical and contemporary to tell the iconic story of the ill-fated king who killed his father and married his mother." http://ms.spr.ly/6183TVTNb

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Where: Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis Ave. When: through Dec. 8 Tickets: $37.50-$84 Phone: 773-753-4472 By ANNE SPISELMAN Theater Critic If classics scholar and Court Theatre founding artistic director Nicholas Rudall were still alive (he died in 2018), I think he would be very prou...

"The artist sonically experiments with the individual voices that she recorded from the workshops, combining them to sta...
12/13/2019
Camille Norment’s (red flame) brings the heat

"The artist sonically experiments with the individual voices that she recorded from the workshops, combining them to start a conversation of something much larger and out of control, like the social and political history located here in Chicago itself." Camille Norment's "Untitled (red flame)" at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in the Chicago Reader: http://ms.spr.ly/6182TVT0M

The Oslo-based multimedia artist’s installation uses sound to speak volumes about Chicago’s social and political history.

Six artists have created outdoor site specific sound art installations at The University of Chicago to disrupt your ever...
12/12/2019
2019 Chicago Sound Show Locations + Descriptions - Google My Maps

Six artists have created outdoor site specific sound art installations at The University of Chicago to disrupt your everyday sensory experience by enriching the way you experience sound. Experience them between 9am and 9pm at these select campus spots: http://ms.spr.ly/6181TV8Af

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus. Through use of “found sound,” meditative human voice, acoustic archaeology, and more, the works reveal and a...

"Dance for me is more of an outlet for meditation. I don’t really consider it another club commitment that I have to go ...
12/11/2019

"Dance for me is more of an outlet for meditation. I don’t really consider it another club commitment that I have to go to that takes away from my time relaxing or schoolwork. I think it’s an opportunity and a space for me to relax."—Jenny, dancer and choreographer for Maya, 3rd year at UChicago College, Economics and Philosophy double major. Read more about Arts RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) here on campus on our blog, "In Practice": http://ms.spr.ly/6188TVJlA

Artist Ann Hamilton’s installation "aeon" at the Mansueto Library in honor of the Oriental Institute - University of Chi...
12/10/2019

Artist Ann Hamilton’s installation "aeon" at the Mansueto Library in honor of the Oriental Institute - University of Chicago closes to the public at 11am on Dec 14, and on Dec 15 for The University of Chicago students, staff, and faculty. Plan your visit now!

Down Time, now on view at the Smart Museum of Art is a student curated examination of spaces for sustaining oneself at a...
12/10/2019
Down Time: On the Art of Retreat | Smart Museum of Art

Down Time, now on view at the Smart Museum of Art is a student curated examination of spaces for sustaining oneself at a remove from everyday life and extreme events, with a focus on the black experience. See it until 12/15. http://ms.spr.ly/6189TV8AZ

Where can we turn when we need space and time away? Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition presents a range of public, private, and imagined settings—from lush gardens in France, to shadowy hallways, to kaleidoscopic landscapes—that point to real

12/08/2019
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Closing this week: Samson Young's inaugrual U.S. exhibition "Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy Of Me?" at the Smart Museum of Art until 12/15: http://ms.spr.ly/6181TV8fJ

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"Eve L. Ewing is a Chicagoan first and foremost. The rest of her titles—sociologist, professor at the University of Chic...
12/07/2019
Eve L. Ewing Creates Poetry Out of History

"Eve L. Ewing is a Chicagoan first and foremost. The rest of her titles—sociologist, professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, poet, occasional playwright, Marvel Comics writer, beloved Twitter celebrity—are all in the service of her deep love for the city and its people." The Nation sits down with University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Professor Eve Ewing. http://ms.spr.ly/6188TV3B2

We talked to the Chicago writer about her latest collection 1919, and how she uses her poems to create new stories, new worlds, and new communities.  

Court Theatre
12/06/2019

Court Theatre

Due to popular demand, we’ve added one more week of performances for Court’s site-specific production of AN ILIAD at the Oriental Institute - University of Chicago, as well as some exciting options for The University of Chicago students. Learn more — tickets are going fast → http://bit.ly/an-iliad

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"The strains of Gates’ work—the visual art, the music, the social practice and urban redevelopment projects he shepherds...
12/06/2019
Theaster Gates' Black Monastic in Chicago

"The strains of Gates’ work—the visual art, the music, the social practice and urban redevelopment projects he shepherds on the city’s South Side, tell a story that is at once granular and expansive, one which locates itself within physical and psychic ideas of black spaces and how those have been pocked with moments of trauma, but also grace." http://ms.spr.ly/6184TV84O

The artist's experiment with the universality of black music was part of the Red Bull Music Festival this week.

12/05/2019
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See internationally renowned artist Samson Young's "sound drawings," 3D printed sculptures, and animated music video song cycle as he interrogates the modern idea of progress and utopia. On view at the Smart Museum of Art until 12/15: http://ms.spr.ly/6186TV8NA

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"At the university we have so many people that are so creative in their own disciplines and they transfer that creativit...
12/04/2019

"At the university we have so many people that are so creative in their own disciplines and they transfer that creativity, knowledge, and technical expertise into a consumable art experience in a way that I never would have expected. It’s shown me that there are so many different directions that one can go in."—Kuba, executive director of the Festival of the Arts (FOTA), 4th year at @uchicagocollege, English and Geographical Sciences double major. Read more about Arts RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) here on campus on our blog, "In Practice": http://ms.spr.ly/6189TVJcX

The University of Chicago Professor Leslie Wilson's class Exhibition in Practice culminates in Down Time, curated by the...
12/03/2019
Down Time: On the Art of Retreat | Smart Museum of Art

The University of Chicago Professor Leslie Wilson's class Exhibition in Practice culminates in Down Time, curated by the students in the course as they explore subjecthood and artistic spaces with a particular focus on the black experience of created space. On view at the Smart Museum of Art. http://ms.spr.ly/6187TV8NW

Where can we turn when we need space and time away? Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition presents a range of public, private, and imagined settings—from lush gardens in France, to shadowy hallways, to kaleidoscopic landscapes—that point to real

"Just because you’re at this school that doesn’t have a formalized dance program doesn’t mean you have to stop dancing!"...
12/02/2019

"Just because you’re at this school that doesn’t have a formalized dance program doesn’t mean you have to stop dancing!"—Katherine, president of University Ballet of Chicago, 4th year at @UChicagoCollege, Biology and History, Philosophy and Social Science of Medicine double major. Read more about Arts RSOs (Registered Student Organizations) here on campus on our blog, "In Practice": http://ms.spr.ly/6184TpyPI

Down Time, a @smartmuseum exhibit curated by @uchicago students of Art History, explores black artistry and subjecthood ...
12/01/2019
Down Time: On the Art of Retreat | Smart Museum of Art

Down Time, a @smartmuseum exhibit curated by @uchicago students of Art History, explores black artistry and subjecthood and asks what drives the creation of “other” spaces, how have artists envisioned them, and how does “getting away” shape an ultimate return? http://ms.spr.ly/6184TplsQ

Where can we turn when we need space and time away? Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition presents a range of public, private, and imagined settings—from lush gardens in France, to shadowy hallways, to kaleidoscopic landscapes—that point to real

"...the play’s purpose and production are equally compelling; recruiting both theatrical and non-theatrical artists to c...
11/30/2019
In a New Revival of Oedipus Rex, Ancient Greek Gets a Relevant Refresh

"...the play’s purpose and production are equally compelling; recruiting both theatrical and non-theatrical artists to collaborate on the Oedipus Trilogy, there is a very intentional focus on community, which include free group dialogues, classes, workshops and programs through the course of the trilogy’s production." Dive deeper into the @CourtChicago's process with @TheRoot: http://ms.spr.ly/6183Tplqx

It’s been a year full of revivals in Chicago, and in an era where the Greek chorus has been replaced by the legions on Black Twitter, some might wonder what relevance a revival of Sophocles’ circa-429 B.C. tragedy, Oedipus Rex, holds for contemporary audiences. But as a new production at the Uni...

"I definitely think that Sliced Bread has helped me broaden my perspective about art in general. People who don’t usuall...
11/29/2019

"I definitely think that Sliced Bread has helped me broaden my perspective about art in general. People who don’t usually do art or writing come together and talk about it. We try to get people who aren’t just English and Creative Writing majors to be on staff—we’ve got econ and STEM majors, and I like to think it’s a great creative outlet for them. You get to see the breadth of talent at this university."—Belen, editor of literary magazine "Sliced Bread," 4th year in the College, English and Creative Writing major. Read more on our blog, #InPractice: http://ms.spr.ly/6183Tpy33

"Where more is meant than meets the ear..."—John Milton. Explore the wonders and peculiarites of campus architecture wit...
11/28/2019
2019 Chicago Sound Show Locations + Descriptions - Google My Maps

"Where more is meant than meets the ear..."—John Milton. Explore the wonders and peculiarites of campus architecture with both your eyes with the various Chicago Sound Show installations all over @uchicago. Find one here: http://ms.spr.ly/6181TTqEB

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus. Through use of “found sound,” meditative human voice, acoustic archaeology, and more, the works reveal and a...

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Reva And David Logan Center For The Arts, 915 East 60th St (At Drexel Avenue)
Chicago, IL
60637

Getting to Hyde Park is just a quick car, bike, train or bus ride away. For more information on how to get to the University of Chicago by public transportation visit http://metrarail.com/ or http://www.transitchicago.com/. Parking Information Street parking is available all around campus, but the preferred visitors garages are located at 55th Street & Ellis Avenue and Drexel Avenue & 61st Street. The rate is $4 per hour with a $20 maximum fee per day. Parking in the lot on 60th Street and Drexel Avenue is free from 4 p.m. to 7 a.m. and on weekends and holidays. For more information visit http://arts.uchicago.edu/content/visit-logan-center

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HIGHLIGHTS Court Theatre 5535 S. Ellis Ave. http://www.courttheatre.org/ Chicago Booth School of Business Art Collection Charles M. Harper Center 5807 S. Woodlawn Ave. http://art.chicagobooth.edu/ Department of Music http://music.uchicago.edu/events Doc Films 1212 E. 59th St. http://docfilms.uchicago.edu/dev/ Film Studies Center Cobb Hall, 5811 South Ellis Avenue http://filmstudiescenter.uchicago.edu/ International House 1414 East 59th Street http://ihouse.uchicago.edu/ The Oriental Institute Museum 1155 E. 58th St. http://oi.uchicago.edu/ The Renaissance Society Cobb Hall, 5811 S. Ellis Ave., Fourth Floor http://www.renaissancesociety.org/ Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. http://arts.uchicago.edu/logan/ Rockefeller Memorial Chapel 5850 S. Woodlawn Ave. http://rockefeller.uchicago.edu/ Smart Museum of Art 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/ Special Collections Research Center, including Exhibition Gallery The Joseph Regenstein Library, 1100 E. 57th St. http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/scrc/exhibits/ The University of Chicago Presents 5720 S. Woodlawn Ave., (Box Office) http://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/ Washington Park Arts Incubator 301 E. Garfield Blvd.

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