Events: Academic Year 2015 - 2016

Afterword, an Opera premieres at the MCA

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.  

David Levin's Keynote Address at Humanities Day

Gray Center Director David Levin (on leave) presents Elektra Shock: Opera and Radical Interpretation as the keynote address at the 2015 University of Chicago Humanities Day.

Afterword, a Conversation

Part of Humanities Day at the University of Chicago, Composer and Columbia University professor George Lewis reflects on Afterword, an Opera 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, Interim Director of the Gray Center and professor, Cinema & Media Studies, and James Chandler, director of the Franke Institute for the Humanities and professor, English Language & Literature. 

Poetry & Classics Workshop: Devin King and Stephen Williams

The Poetry & Classics workshop series continues in 2015-16 with presentations by poets Devin King and Stephen Williams. King will read versions of the work of Statius, and Williams will read versions of the Homeric Hymns

Marc Bamuthi Joseph: Soccer and the World

The Gray Center and the Chicago Humanities Festival team up to present Marc Bamuthi Joseph in conversation with Logan Center Exhibitions Curator Yesomi Umolu.  Join us for their discussion of Joseph's /peh-LO tah/, a new performance work that seeks to explore the linkages between the sport of soccer with local and global economic hierarchies, fan behaviors, political allegiances and sexual proclivities. aesthetics.

Shuddhabrata Sengupta: Presentation, Conversation & Lunch

Join us for a presentation, conversation & lunch with Shuddhabrata Sengupta, an artist and curator with the Raqs Media Collective, and a writer/political commentator with Kafila.org.  Sengupta is the 2015-16 Keith Haring Fellow in Art and Activism at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.  He lives and works in New Delhi.

Victor Burgin: Prairie

Gray Center Mellon Fellow Victor Burgin presents Prairie, a new projection work at the Neubauer Collegium. This project was developed as part of Overlay, a Gray Center Mellon Collaborative Fellowship with D.N. Rodowick.