Mellon fellows George Lewis, Catherine Sullivan, and Sean Griffin have joined forces with the trail-blazing new music group, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), to fashion a multimedia opera that functions not as a history of the AACM, but as a “Bildungsoper”--a coming-of age opera of ideas, positionality, and testament. October 16-17, 2015 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.