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The Rebuild Foundation and the Theaster Gates Studio have turned 13 abandoned lots into community garden space. Read mor...
09/03/2021

The Rebuild Foundation and the Theaster Gates Studio have turned 13 abandoned lots into community garden space. Read more from the The Chicago Sun-Times: http://ms.spr.ly/6181XHymz

The Rebuild Foundation and the Theaster Gates Studio have turned 13 abandoned lots into community garden space. Read more from the The Chicago Sun-Times: http://ms.spr.ly/6181XHymz

09/03/2021
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Peter Gaona of ReformedSchool, Tiffany Joi of H**p Heals Body Shop, and Andrea Polk of Solo Noir talk about their experience so far in @ArtsPublicLIfe's L1! Launched in August 2020, L1 is a creative business accelerator and retail shop opening in 2021, located in Washington Park on the Arts Block along the 300 E Block of historic Garfield Boulevard.

Operated and managed by @ArtsPublicLife, an initiative of @UChicagoArts, L1 is situated under the Chicago Transit Authority’s Green Line elevated tracks inside of the historic first “L” station built in 1892.

The L1 accelerator program provides both a 20-month fellowship and 700 square feet of shared brick and mortar retail space for the inaugural cohort of three South Side entrepreneurs, dedicated to scaling their creative businesses over the next two years.

The project is "actively trying to subvert" a common failure among historical collections, "which is that they’re inacce...
09/01/2021

The project is "actively trying to subvert" a common failure among historical collections, "which is that they’re inaccessible." The @SouthSideHomeMovieProject's planned expansion is featured by @BlockClubChi: http://ms.spr.ly/6181nhjEF

The South Side Home Movie Project was launched in 2005 by Professor Jacqueline Stewart (AM ’93, PhD ’99).

The South Side Home Movie Project is an archival and research initiative to collect, preserve and exhibit amateur films from Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. This project grew from the notable absence home movies (especially from minorities) in the canon of film scholarship which is only now beginning to change. The project also seeks to provide context and history for this historic neighborhood.

Photo by: Nicholas Osborn Collection/South Side Home Movie Project

The project is "actively trying to subvert" a common failure among historical collections, "which is that they’re inaccessible." The @SouthSideHomeMovieProject's planned expansion is featured by @BlockClubChi: http://ms.spr.ly/6181nhjEF

The South Side Home Movie Project was launched in 2005 by Professor Jacqueline Stewart (AM ’93, PhD ’99).

The South Side Home Movie Project is an archival and research initiative to collect, preserve and exhibit amateur films from Chicago’s South Side neighborhood. This project grew from the notable absence home movies (especially from minorities) in the canon of film scholarship which is only now beginning to change. The project also seeks to provide context and history for this historic neighborhood.

Photo by: Nicholas Osborn Collection/South Side Home Movie Project

It's #FrankensteinDay—a great reason for us to post this photo of  Manual Cinema's groundbreaking interpretation of Mary...
08/30/2021

It's #FrankensteinDay—a great reason for us to post this photo of Manual Cinema's groundbreaking interpretation of Mary Shelley's famous story at the Court Theatre in 2018.

It's #FrankensteinDay—a great reason for us to post this photo of Manual Cinema's groundbreaking interpretation of Mary Shelley's famous story at the Court Theatre in 2018.

Meet the talented artists bringing William Shakespeare's THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE to life this October...
08/27/2021

Meet the talented artists bringing William Shakespeare's THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE to life this October at Court Theatre: Kelvin Roston, Jr., Sheldon Brown, Amanda Drinkall, Sean Fortunato, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Erik Hellman, Helen Joo Lee, Timothy Edward Kane, and Darren Patin.

The heralded Court Theatre has announced their 2021-22 season! Get your tickets now—always discounted for The University of Chicago students—and experience their season in person this year. http://ms.spr.ly/6181nhTUt

Meet the talented artists bringing William Shakespeare's THE TRAGEDY OF OTHELLO, THE MOOR OF VENICE to life this October at Court Theatre: Kelvin Roston, Jr., Sheldon Brown, Amanda Drinkall, Sean Fortunato, Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel, Erik Hellman, Helen Joo Lee, Timothy Edward Kane, and Darren Patin.

The heralded Court Theatre has announced their 2021-22 season! Get your tickets now—always discounted for The University of Chicago students—and experience their season in person this year. http://ms.spr.ly/6181nhTUt

Kerry James Marshall teaching a masterclass to UChicago College students at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in ...
08/25/2021

Kerry James Marshall teaching a masterclass to UChicago College students at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in 2017.

Kerry James Marshall teaching a masterclass to UChicago College students at Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts in 2017.

"The bed, for artist John Ransom Phillips,  AB’60, PhD’66 is a fascinating place. In “this demarcated, somewhat isolated...
08/23/2021

"The bed, for artist John Ransom Phillips, AB’60, PhD’66 is a fascinating place. In “this demarcated, somewhat isolated space,” as he describes it, extraordinary and ordinary things occur: “We’re born, we die, we make love. We dream. We eat. We’re sick. We give birth.”

He depicts all these activities and more in his 2004 book "Bed as Autobiography: A Visual Exploration of John Ransom Phillips" (Clarissa Editions), a collection of paintings and writings.

Read the full article in University of Chicago Magazine: http://ms.spr.ly/6189nAfMS

Pictured: "Abraham Lincoln on Fire in Smoke," 2010.

"The bed, for artist John Ransom Phillips, AB’60, PhD’66 is a fascinating place. In “this demarcated, somewhat isolated space,” as he describes it, extraordinary and ordinary things occur: “We’re born, we die, we make love. We dream. We eat. We’re sick. We give birth.”

He depicts all these activities and more in his 2004 book "Bed as Autobiography: A Visual Exploration of John Ransom Phillips" (Clarissa Editions), a collection of paintings and writings.

Read the full article in University of Chicago Magazine: http://ms.spr.ly/6189nAfMS

Pictured: "Abraham Lincoln on Fire in Smoke," 2010.

"The citywide exhibition takes artwork beyond the walls of the major museums to confront issues facing many low-income a...
08/20/2021

"The citywide exhibition takes artwork beyond the walls of the major museums to confront issues facing many low-income and minority communities in Chicago and other postindustrial cities." Read more about Toward Common Cause from Fast Company: http://ms.spr.ly/6182n47Iy

"The citywide exhibition takes artwork beyond the walls of the major museums to confront issues facing many low-income and minority communities in Chicago and other postindustrial cities." Read more about Toward Common Cause from Fast Company: http://ms.spr.ly/6182n47Iy

"How to Sell Hardware is astounding, yet the eye is immediately swept away on a social and historical journey throughout...
08/13/2021
Beyond ‘Retaining Wall’: Gaze At The ‘Paintings’ And Other Evocative Works By Theaster Gates At Gray Warehouse

"How to Sell Hardware is astounding, yet the eye is immediately swept away on a social and historical journey throughout the room," writes Forbes of The University of Chicago Professor Theaster Gates' work on view at Chicago’s Gray Warehouse. Read more: http://ms.spr.ly/6181nvmp9

As I first entered the gallery, my eye was quickly drawn to shimmering, colorful “paintings” on the enormous rear wall. "Hardware Store Painting" would challenge and dazzle museum-goers at any major institution with the space and light to replicate this stunning display.

Engage in the themes of Toward Common Cause through a weeklong exchange between teachers, educators at multiple Chicago ...
08/12/2021
Summer Teacher Institute | Toward Common Cause

Engage in the themes of Toward Common Cause through a weeklong exchange between teachers, educators at multiple Chicago museums, and artists at the center of the exhibition at the Summer Teacher Institute! Programming begins Aug 16. Register now: http://ms.spr.ly/6181nanZx

A weeklong exchange between teachers, educators at multiple Chicago museums, and MacArthur Fellows at the center of the exhibition Toward Common Cause.

Want to learn more about the ancient poem behind "The Green Knight"? Journalist Constance Grady, AB’10, explores the Hol...
08/11/2021
The magic, s*x, and violence of the 14th-century poem behind The Green Knight

Want to learn more about the ancient poem behind "The Green Knight"?

Journalist Constance Grady, AB’10, explores the Hollywood allure of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, with a little help from medieval literature expert and The University of Chicago Assoc. Professor Mark Miller, AM’87, PhD’93. Read the full piece in Vox. http://ms.spr.ly/6185narnt

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a bizarre and thrilling story about lust and war and shame.

"And the message, to me at least, is clear: Young readers, don’t be daunted by technology and science. Everyone can get ...
08/09/2021
Eve L. Ewing Adds a Dash of Black Girl Magic to STEM-Based Learning

"And the message, to me at least, is clear: Young readers, don’t be daunted by technology and science. Everyone can get into these subjects." The The New York Times reviews University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice Professor Eve Ewing's new children's book "Maya and the Robot" http://ms.spr.ly/6189nvYQH

In “Maya and the Robot,” a shy brainiac finds, fixes and brings to life an artificially intelligent robot named Ralph.

"Making gumbo takes about six hours. Delano Dunn knows, because that’s about how long the video is for the Zoom cooking ...
08/04/2021

"Making gumbo takes about six hours. Delano Dunn knows, because that’s about how long the video is for the Zoom cooking demonstration he did last May during his residency at Arts and Public Life in Chicago, preparing gumbo and sharing the family recipe for the first time."

artnet talks with the 2020 Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture Artist in Residence about his practice-and his cooking. Read more: http://ms.spr.ly/6180nq7Za

"Making gumbo takes about six hours. Delano Dunn knows, because that’s about how long the video is for the Zoom cooking demonstration he did last May during his residency at Arts and Public Life in Chicago, preparing gumbo and sharing the family recipe for the first time."

artnet talks with the 2020 Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture Artist in Residence about his practice-and his cooking. Read more: http://ms.spr.ly/6180nq7Za

The latest on In Practice, the UChicago Arts blog, features a reflection by Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry Curator, Za...
08/03/2021

The latest on In Practice, the UChicago Arts blog, features a reflection by Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry Curator, Zachary Cahill, on the recent exhibition "11 Musicians for 11 Writers Outside at the Logan Center for the Arts," part of the "Busan Biennale: The Chicago Chapter." http://ms.spr.ly/6180nqaLK

The latest on In Practice, the UChicago Arts blog, features a reflection by Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry Curator, Zachary Cahill, on the recent exhibition "11 Musicians for 11 Writers Outside at the Logan Center for the Arts," part of the "Busan Biennale: The Chicago Chapter." http://ms.spr.ly/6180nqaLK

"It’s an effort to reframe and reshape the narrative of how we talk about the economic conditions of African Americans,”...
07/28/2021

"It’s an effort to reframe and reshape the narrative of how we talk about the economic conditions of African Americans,”—Artist Rick Lowe, one of the MacArthur Foundation Fellows participating in Toward Common Cause.

His installation at Smart Museum of Art is called "Black Wall Street Journey." Plan your visit: http://ms.spr.ly/6182nmBE4

"It’s an effort to reframe and reshape the narrative of how we talk about the economic conditions of African Americans,”—Artist Rick Lowe, one of the MacArthur Foundation Fellows participating in Toward Common Cause.

His installation at Smart Museum of Art is called "Black Wall Street Journey." Plan your visit: http://ms.spr.ly/6182nmBE4

The Chicago Sun-Times  recommends both Toward Common Cause and the Oriental Institute - University of Chicago's exhibiti...
07/27/2021

The Chicago Sun-Times recommends both Toward Common Cause and the Oriental Institute - University of Chicago's exhibition, “Antoin Sevruguin — Past and Present.” What are you waiting for? Make your plans to visit today!

The Chicago Sun-Times recommends both Toward Common Cause and the Oriental Institute - University of Chicago's exhibition, “Antoin Sevruguin — Past and Present.” What are you waiting for? Make your plans to visit today!

"Winograd is using the idea of “the commons”—how air, land, water and culture can be held in common yet not necessarily ...
07/23/2021
Common cause: marking 40 years of the MacArthur Foundation's ‘genius’ awards in Chicago

"Winograd is using the idea of “the commons”—how air, land, water and culture can be held in common yet not necessarily be freely accessible—as an organising principle to consider questions of inclusion, exclusion, ownership and access, and how artists can contribute speculative solutions to larger social issues."

Read more about Toward Common Cause from The Art Newspaper. http://ms.spr.ly/6182niTAj

Dawoud Bey, Kerry James Marshall and Julie Mehretu are among 29 MacArthur fellows exhibiting in show in 19 venues throughout Chicago

Artist Carrie Mae Weems uses photography to capture concepts such as family, power, loss, and the human experience. "The...
07/21/2021

Artist Carrie Mae Weems uses photography to capture concepts such as family, power, loss, and the human experience. "The Land of Broken Dreams" is now on view at Logan Center Exhibitions, part of Toward Common Cause . http://ms.spr.ly/6184ngI2K

Artist Carrie Mae Weems uses photography to capture concepts such as family, power, loss, and the human experience. "The Land of Broken Dreams" is now on view at Logan Center Exhibitions, part of Toward Common Cause . http://ms.spr.ly/6184ngI2K

“I think that children’s books are really the literature that most of us use as the foundation of our lives as readers. ...
07/20/2021
Eve Ewing’s children’s book ‘Maya and the Robot’ takes a young girl’s STEM dreams seriously

“I think that children’s books are really the literature that most of us use as the foundation of our lives as readers. The books that we read as young people are the books that often stick with us and inspire us for the rest of our lives. As a former public-school teacher and an avid reader myself, children’s literature is very important to me.”— dUniversity of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice Professor Eve Ewing

Ewing's new book, "Maya and the Robot' centers on STEM and the Black community. Read more from the Chicago Tribune! http://ms.spr.ly/6188n5hBk

Eve L. Ewing's latest book is an illustrated middle grade novel that puts STEM at the center of a story about community and adapting to change.

Nobody captures Chicagoans like MacArthur Foundation Fellow and photographer Dawoud Bey. Bey's "Portraits of Chicago" is...
07/19/2021

Nobody captures Chicagoans like MacArthur Foundation Fellow and photographer Dawoud Bey. Bey's "Portraits of Chicago" is currently on view at Arts + Public Life, part of Toward Common Cause. Make your reservations now: http://ms.spr.ly/6183n51H5

Dawoud Bey, "Sharmaine, Vicente, Joseph, Andre, and Charlie," 1993, Triptych, Internal dye diffusion transfer print. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

Nobody captures Chicagoans like MacArthur Foundation Fellow and photographer Dawoud Bey. Bey's "Portraits of Chicago" is currently on view at Arts + Public Life, part of Toward Common Cause. Make your reservations now: http://ms.spr.ly/6183n51H5

Dawoud Bey, "Sharmaine, Vicente, Joseph, Andre, and Charlie," 1993, Triptych, Internal dye diffusion transfer print. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Courtesy of the artist.

Opening today at 12pm at Logan Center Exhibitions: Carrie Mae Weems’s installation "Carrie Mae Weems: A Land of Broken D...
07/17/2021
Carrie Mae Weems: A Land of Broken Dreams — Logan Center Exhibitions

Opening today at 12pm at Logan Center Exhibitions: Carrie Mae Weems’s installation "Carrie Mae Weems: A Land of Broken Dreams" at the Logan Center Gallery! Featuring an array of media and objects—photography, video, texts, bric-a-brac, and furniture—through which Weems reimagines the Black Panther Party’s programs for young people in Chicago during the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Reservations available here: http://ms.spr.ly/6189nVO1P

July 17 - December 12, 2021

Mel Chin, foreground right, works with a crew to install his piece “Safehouse Temple Door” at the Civic Arts Church in C...
07/15/2021

Mel Chin, foreground right, works with a crew to install his piece “Safehouse Temple Door” at the Civic Arts Church in Chicago.

“Chin’s door is an example of social practice art, the concept at the core of the show. “When you do social practice, it’s about permission and engagement,”—The New York Times

The installation is part of Toward Common Cause, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the the MacArthur "genius grants,” as the fellowship is known. The sprawling, multi-site exhibition was organized by MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art.

29 MacArthur fellows in total participated in the show, including Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, David Hammons and Nicole Eisenman in addition to Chin.

Visit Toward Common Cause to learn how to visit.

Mel Chin, foreground right, works with a crew to install his piece “Safehouse Temple Door” at the Civic Arts Church in Chicago.

“Chin’s door is an example of social practice art, the concept at the core of the show. “When you do social practice, it’s about permission and engagement,”—The New York Times

The installation is part of Toward Common Cause, a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the the MacArthur "genius grants,” as the fellowship is known. The sprawling, multi-site exhibition was organized by MacArthur Foundation in partnership with the Smart Museum of Art.

29 MacArthur fellows in total participated in the show, including Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, David Hammons and Nicole Eisenman in addition to Chin.

Visit Toward Common Cause to learn how to visit.

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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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Can you help us spread the word please? Calling all Wisconsin or Illinois Artists ages 16 and up! Enter the 2021 Onward & Upward Artist Showcase Contest sponsored by Ashro, the Ashro Community Council & UMOJA Magazine by 9/15/21. The theme is: THE BLACK EXPERIENCE: EMPOWERMENT & GRATITUDE. Submit a photo of your painting, illustration, sculpture, digital creation, or drawing and fill out the entry form: https://bit.ly/Ashro-Artist-Showcase
A timely project from the artist JR and Time Magazine seeking to facilitate an unbiased and honest conversation about Guns in America is coming to The Chop Shop - 2033 W. North Ave., Chicago on November 14 at 6:30 pm. Don't miss it. 325 million people. More than 265 million guns. 35,000 deaths a year. And one 227-year-old constitutional right. To tell this uniquely American story, TIME partnered with JR, the artist and photographer known in part for his murals around the world that portray communities in all their complexity. In three U.S. cities profoundly affected by guns—Dallas, St. Louis and Washington, D.C.—we invited people to share their views and describe their experiences in a search for common ground. In all, JR filmed and photographed 245 people—hunters and activists, teachers and police officers, parents and children—to create this mural for TIME’s November 5, 2018, cover. Learn more about the event here: time.com/Guns-in-America
The first feature documentary on Hyde Park's own harmonica bluesman 'Horn From The Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story' makes its Chicago theatrical premiere November 9-15 at The Gene Siskel Film Center. A New York Times Critic's Pick. Corky Siegel joins director John Anderson for Q and As after the November 9-11 screenings. Featuring former U of C students Nick Gravenites and Elvin Bishop. https://www.facebook.com/events/711014359236459/
Glad to hear that Elvin Bishop is coming back to the neighborhood for a show on October 13th! He lived in "the New Dorms" for a couple years (1960-62)... here he is in 1970...