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.

Afterword, a Conversation on Oct 17, 2-3p

Composer and Columbia University professor George Lewis reflects on Afterword as a “Bildungsoper”—a coming-of-age opera of ideas and testament.  Afterword director Sean Griffin joins Lewis in the discussion, along with University of Chicago faculty members Jacqueline Najuma Stewart and James Chandler.  Free, registration required.

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.

Tatsu Aoki: Amplifying a Necessary Space

Amplifying a Necessary Space: Sounding Out 20 Years of Chicago's Asian American Jazz Festival.  Discussion and oral history workshop with Tatsu Aoki and Mwata Bowden, and concert featuring Tatsu Aoki's Miyumi Project.  Fri Oct 9, 5:30p in the Gray Center Lab. 

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Soccer and the World

The Gray Center & the Chicago Humanities Festival host a public program with Marc Bamuthi Joseph on his new performance work /peh-LO tah/, which seeks to explore the linkages between the sport of soccer with local and global economic hierarchies, fan behaviors, political allegiances and sexual proclivities.  Sunday, September 25, 5:30p.

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 [or more], a University collaborator) for a collaborative project that encompasses research, 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 16, 2015 (subsequent round will begin Feb 1). Inquiries welcome: Leslie Danzig, Curator.

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.