The RICHARD AND MARY L. GRAY CENTER FOR ARTS AND INQUIRY is a new forum at the University of Chicago for experimental collaborations between artists and scholars.

3 New Mellon Fellowships launch in 2014-15

Prof. Cathy Cohen, filmmaker Orlando Bagwell & sculptor Garland Taylor develop a project that investigates how representations of blackness, death and violence are reflected in and refracted by neoliberalism and new media; Prof. D.N. Rodowick & artist/media theorist Victor Burgin investigate displaced or effaced histories of architecture and urban space through the creation of site-specific audiovisual installations; and Profs. Na’ama Rokem & Anastasia Giannakidou partner with the novelist Sayed Kashua to explore the possibilities and limits of bilingualism in a project that explores different means of engaging the question, “what do bilinguals know?”

3 Mellon Fellowships Continue in 2014-15

Prof. Kristen Schilt & multi-media artist Chase Joynt continue theirinterdisciplinary investigation of the politics of transgender representation;  Prof. Margaret Mitchell engages in an extended collaboration with theater artists Denis O’Hare & Lisa Peterson as they prepare a theatrical exploration of the Bible, commissioned by the Court Theatre; Prof. Catherine Sullivan, composer George Lewis & director Sean Griffin create an opera based on the afterword to Lewis’ A Power Stronger Than Itself: the AACM and American Experimental Music.

Gray Center Director Re-Appointed

David Levin has been appointed to a second three-year term as director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.  Levin, a dramaturg and scholar of German literature, opera, film, and performance, has led the collaborative, arts-focused center since its founding in 2011.

Call for Mellon Fellowship Proposals

University of Chicago faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral scholars and staff are invited to submit Letters of Interest for the Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice & Scholarship program. We review proposals on a quarterly basis.  For timely consideration during the next round of proposal review, please submit a Letter of Interest by October 17, 2014.