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

SIDEBAR: Cauleen Smith and Robert Bird

Happy Summer! Sidebar is back!!! The Gray Center will be hosting a conversation with artist, Cauleen Smith and University of Chicago faculty, Robert Bird to discuss manifestos, utopian visions, cinema of/for the future, and their work on the upcoming exhibition Revolution Every Day at the Smart Museum of Art.

Sankofa City Summer School

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021? As we anticipate the construction of the Obama Presidential Center, this workshop brings South Side residents and University of Chicago students together to visualize our desired futures for our community. 

Summit Press Coverage

The summit, What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights?, recieved extensive press coverage. Click this post for a list of publications and links.

Pope.L at Documenta 14

Artist and UChicago faculty Pope.L participating in Documenta 14, with support from the Gray Center.

Call for Proposals

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. Fellowship awards fall between $40-70K and are customized to each project.