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.

Chicago Studies Workshop: Tatsu Aoki

Join the Chicago Studies workshop for a meeting with Tatsu Aoki: bassist, composer, filmmaker, bandleader, and activist.  Our conversation will address Aoki's work documenting, presenting, and archiving Asian American jazz in Chicago, and will explore how this work expands existing narratives of race and ethnicity in Chicago. 

YAMS Collective: Screening and Workshops

Members of the YAMS Collective will present their film, Good Stock on the Dimensional Floor: An Opera, and host a series of workshops at multiple locations.  YAMS is a collective of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities.

Un-suspending Disbelief: The Subject of Pictures

Laura Letinsky (Dept. of Visual Arts) hosts a one-day photography symposium on November 21 with Matthew Connors, Anthony Elms, Daniel Gordon, Shane Huffman, Martin Jay, Doug Ischar, Barbara Kasten, Deanna Lawson, Laura Letinsky, Margaret Olin, Chris Mottallini, and Thomas Struth.

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?”