Events: Academic Year 2014 - 2015

Open House at the Gray Center Lab

Please join us for an informal introduction to the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry and the Mellon Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship program.  All are welcome!  We're keen to discuss your ideas over drinks & light fare.

Chicago Studies: The Workshop

New in the 2014-2015 academic year, The Workshop creates a vital space for collaboration, exchange, and critique between undergraduates and potential research mentors, including community participants and UChicago alumni.

Bilingual Knowledge at Humanities Day

Na'ama Rokem, Anastasia Giannakidou & Sayed Kashua offer a public presentation related to their Mellon Fellowship collaboration on bilingualism, as part of Humanities Day.

Alice Oswald: Reading & Workshop

Alice Oswald, the award winning English poet and translator of Homer, will return to the University of Chicago to present a new work entitled TITHONUS: 46 minutes in the life of the Dawn.

Chicago Studies Workshop: Tatsu Aoki, Asian American Improvisation in Chicago

Join the Chicago Studies workshop for a meeting with Tatsu Aoki: bassist, composer, filmmaker, bandleader, and activist.  Our conversation will address Aoki's work documenting, presenting, and archiving Asian American jazz in Chicago, and will explore how this work expands existing narratives of race and ethnicity in Chicago.  

YAMS Collective: Screening

Members of the YAMS Collective will present their film, Good Stock on the Dimensional Floor: An Opera.  YAMS is a collective of artists, writers, composers, academics, filmmakers and performers from around the world who collaborate across disciplines and cities.

Unsuspending Disbelief: The Subject of Pictures

Laura Letinsky (Dept. of Visual Arts) conceives and organizes Unsuspending Disbelief, a symposium on photography with: Matthew Connors, Anthony Elms, Daniel Gordon, Shane Huffman, Martin Jay, Doug Ischar, Barbara Kasten, Deana Lawson, Laura Letinsky, Margaret Olin, Chris Mottalini, and Thomas Struth.

The Imaginary Funeral: Image, Artifact, & the Work of Mourning

Sarcophagi, death masks, trophy heads, hair art, photographs: what are these objects that evoke in such different ways the physical presence of those who have died? What kinds of work are done by the images and artifacts we make of our dead? Join us in exploring the kinds, meanings, and functions of memorial objects from antiquity to the present.