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.

THE DATA THAT WE BREATHE / Caroline Bergvall, Judd Morrissey, Jennifer Scappettone

2016 Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice & Scholarship: Caroline Bergvall (London-based artist, writer and performer), Judd Morrissey (writer, code artist and professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago), and Jennifer Scappettone (cross-disciplinary writer, scholar and professor, English and Committee on Creative Writing, University of Chicago) launch a series of experiments into the physical and poetic dimensions of breath.

FRAMING, RE-FRAMING, and UN-FRAMING CINEMA / Marc Downie, Tom Gunning, Paul Kaiser

2015-16 Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice & Scholarship:  Digital artists Paul Kaiser and Marc Downie of OpenEndedGroup collaborate with Tom Gunning (professor, Art History and Cinema & Media Studies, University of Chicago) on a project that seeks to study and intervene in the current redefinition of the moving image as it shifts from the frame of classical cinema to the immersive framelessness and interactivity of virtual reality.

Catherine Sullivan's Afterword Via Fantasia at the MCA Chicago

As part of The Freedom Principle at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Catherine Sullivan's film, Afterword Via Fantasia, is conceived in dialogue with Afterword, an Opera, written by composer George Lewis and directed by Sean Griffin, in collaboration with Sullivan. Through November 22.

Call for Proposals: Mellon Fellowships for Arts Practice and Scholarship

We seek proposals that team artists and scholars (one [or more] of whom will be a visiting fellow; the other one [or more], a University collaborator) for a collaborative project that encompasses research, creative production, and teaching. Selected projects will receive $40-$80K.  University of Chicago faculty, lecturers, and postdoctoral scholars are invited to submit Letters of Interest. For timely consideration during the next round of review, please submit a Letter of Interest by November 23, 2015 (subsequent round will begin Jan 25). Inquiries welcome: Leslie Danzig, Curator.

Victor Burgin: Prairie

Victor Burgin presents Prairie, a new projection work at Neubauer Collegium Exhibitions.  This project was developed as part of Overlay, a Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellowship with D.N. Rodowick.  Opening reception Nov 20th.

Let Us Celebrate While Youth Lingers and Ideas Flow, Archives 1915-2015

Presented by the Renaissance Society as part of its centennial anniversary year of programming, this exhibition makes use of primary source materials from 100 years of archives presented simultaneously with original works.  In the Gray Center Lab, Nov 14 - Dec 20 (opening reception Nov 20).

Jacqueline Stewart named Interim Director of the Gray Center

Jacqueline Stewart, professor in Cinema and Media Studies and the College, has been named interim director of the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.  Stewart, who has served on the Gray Center Advisory Council, will lead the collaborative arts center from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 while the Gray Center’s current director David Levin is on leave as a Faculty Fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities.  Read more here.