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What does ‘drawing’ mean? Gray Center exhibition explores interdisciplinary possibilities

Mar 07, 2022

“The show is a riff on the double meaning of drawing,” said Seth Brodsky, director of the Gray Center. “It obviously designates the act of creating art with pencil and paper. But it also involves pulling, dragging, drawing out, selecting too. It speaks to the way Gray Center fellows select each other, draw from and on each other, find things in each other’s work neither knew was there in the first place.”

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Seth Brodsky Appointed Gray Center Director

Sep 08, 2019

University of Chicago Provost Daniel Diermeier, Executive Vice President David Fithian, and Senior Advisor to the Provost for Arts David Levin announced today that Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities, has been appointed Director of the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry. Brodsky has served as Interim Director of the Gray Center since July 2018 and succeeds Jacqueline Stewart as its third Director. 

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Hyperrhhiz: The Portal | The Sandbox

Mar 01, 2018

Hyperrhiz on Patrick Jagoda and Sha Xin Wei's Alternate Reality Game, The Project"The multilinear experience of The Project came, in both intended and unexpected ways, to serve as an allegory of the game design and production process itself. The game explored the possibilities and limits of play in an early twenty-first century media ecology that blurs the distinction between work and play. The Project sought to produce a collectively imagined augmented reality through sited experiences and emergent networks of play."

Jacqueline Stewart: Newcity Film 50 2017

Oct 02, 2017

Gray Center Director Jacqueline Stewart was featured as one of "Chicago's Screen Gems" in Newcity's annual Film 50 issue. Recognized for her curatorial, scholarly, and preservationist contributions to the Chicago filmmaking community, Stewart comes in at number 8 on this year's list. “I continue to work toward using film to enrich the lives of folks on the South Side of Chicago."

Zachary Cahill: Newcity Art 50 2017

Aug 31, 2017

Gray Center Curator Zachary Cahill was featured as one of "Chicago's Visual Vanguard" in Newcity's annual Art 50 issue. "Zachary Cahill’s politically and historically charged practice transcends boundaries between roles as artist, critic, curator, writer and educator."

Worldview Interview with Susan Gzesh and Carlos Javier Ortiz

Apr 27, 2017

Susan Gzesh (Pozen Family Center for Human Rights) and Carlos Javier Ortiz (photographer, filmmaker, summit artist) discuss What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights? on WBEZ's WorldviewListen to their interview with Jerome McDonnell and Nari Safavi.

Newcity Feature on Artistic Practice of Human Rights Summit

Apr 02, 2017

The upcoming summit What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights? and its accompanying exhibition In Acts is addressed in Newcity. The article considers how the summit and its accompanying exhibition at Weinberg / Newton Gallery work toward social justice through artistic engagement. Read the full article by Elliot J. Reichert.

Call for Proposals

Mar 23, 2017

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.

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Summit Featured in UChicago News

Mar 22, 2017

What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights? — the upcoming, multi-day summit — featured in UChicago News.

e-flux Publishes Summit Participant Alessandro Petti's (DAAR) `Refugee Heritage`

Mar 16, 2017

"In tracing, documenting, revealing and representing refugee history beyond the narrative of suffering and displacement, Refugee Heritage is an attempt to imagine and practice refugeeness beyond humanitarianism." What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights? participant Alessandro Petti (DAAR) authors "Refugee Heritage" for e-flux. This publication opens up the complexities often hidden within typical refugee histories generated by narratives of suffering and displacement.

Tania Bruguera documentary at Berlin International Film Festival

Feb 13, 2017

Berlin International Film Festival to feature "Tania Libre", a documentary by Lynn Hershman Leeson that centers on Tania Bruguera's approach to art making, and her experience as a political prisoner in Cuba. Bruguera is a core participant in the April 29 - May 1 summit at the University of Chicago, What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights?

Jelili Atiku to participate in 2017 Venice Biennale

Feb 06, 2017

Jelili Atiku, one of the summit artists for What is an Artistic Practice of Human Rights?, has been announced as an exhibiting artist in this year's Venice Biennale. Read more on the Biennale and Jelili's participation

Los Angeles Times interview with Theaster Gates

Jan 26, 2017

Gray Center Advisory Council Member Theaster Gates interviewed in Los Angeles Times on the occasion of his recent exhibition at Regen Projects.