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.


The inaugural event for Cinema 53, this multimedia presentation kicks off Ripples and Waves, a 4-part series of programs observing the 40th anniversary of the Combahee River Collective Statement.

SIDEBAR: Tony Cokes

The Gray Center hosts an evening of food, drinks and conversation with Tony Cokes for our latest edition in the SIDEBAR series. Join us in a discussion led by Tony and Gray Center Curator Zachary Cahill.

Sankofa City Summer School

What will the South Side of Chicago look like in 2021? We spent nine days in August with an incredible team of organizers and participants exploring that question, and creating a unique set of visions for some of our South Side neighborhoods. Click for more information on the Kick-Off, Workshop, and Final Presentations. Check back for documentation videos and photos soon!

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.